19 April 2016

Advanced field broadcast training service to become a part of the Broadcast Academy

Las Vegas – A collaboration between leading live sports organizations, EVS and HBS will create a new Live Sports Production module which will become a part of HBS’ Broadcast Academy. Since 2007 the world renowned Host Broadcaster, HBS, has run its Broadcast Academy as a training service to improve not just individual TV professionals’ skills but the overall global standard of broadcasting.

In its new role alongside HBS, EVS will offer its industry-leading technology and 20 years of experience in the field to the Live TV Simulator. This is a unique, itinerant live broadcast training tool that teaches broadcast professionals on the ground at the world’s biggest sporting events.

The Live TV Simulator will become an integrated training facility built using the latest in live production equipment. This includes live video servers – enabling up to 12 ISO camera feeds for ingest/playout, instant replay and slow-mo tools and a live video switcher that can be used by two to three trainees simultaneously.  

The Broadcast Academy uses real-world sporting events as training environments. The Live TV Simulator is contained and shipped to those events to teach multiple aspects of live sports broadcasting on the ground. This includes tuition for camera operation, journalism, directing for live television and creating live highlights and replays. All the modules’ teaching is delivered by highly skilled trainers and experts in live sports broadcasting selected by HBS and EVS.

Enabling the entire production team to become autonomous and fully operational as quickly as possible, the Live TV Broadcasting module of the Broadcast Academy is made up by both theoretical courses and practical sessions. Each of the academy’s participants is given detailed feedback for the opportunity to revisit their broadcast and assess where improvements can be made.

Of the partnership, Francis Tellier, CEO of HBS said “this partnership of the Broadcast Academy and EVS is the perfect combination of two of my passions – innovation and legacy. Since we first worked together at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, we’ve developed the most innovative broadcasts and have certainly left a legacy at every single event.”

Muriel De Lathouwer, CEO of EVS said “being able to train the industry’s professionals using industry-leading equipment is an incredibly important part of improving the global standards of broadcast. That’s why we’re so please that we were able to partner with HBS in this way.”

“Whatever the number of cameras available on site at a client’s facility, we’re able to train a full production team,” said Lise Cosimi-Bréant, Director Broadcast Academy. “With the Live TV Simulator, we’re able to extract the best out of participants on a practical level. It’s a really unique live coverage approach to teach teams to work together in a real-world live environment.”

“Delivering the tools to help improve the standard of worldwide sporting event coverage is one of our key business drivers at EVS,” commented Nicolas Bourdon, svp marketing at EVS. “Having the ability to integrate our technology and expertise into HBS’ training modules within the Broadcast Academy is undoubtedly a great way to ensure directors and operators learn to produce the best coverage possible using the industry’s preferred live production technology.”

About HBS:

Established in 1999, Host Broadcast Services (HBS) was originally created by its CEO Francis Tellier to deliver the television and radio signals for the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World CupsTM. On this base of experience, HBS has built a CV currently boasting four highly successful and faultless FIFA World CupsTM, Host Broadcast operations across four continents and a track record of delivering many multi-sport flagship events such as the SEA Games. Based in Switzerland, but with its planning headquarters in Paris/Boulogne, HBS works with a Core Team of 80 people that can increase to over 3,000 during event time. HBS is a 100% subsidiary of Infront Sports & Media.