posted by Allan Kreda on September 9, 2013 2:00 PM
Reaching new frontiers has always been the mindset at ESPN. Hence, the network is working with NASA to supply an automated feed of content to astronauts living and working at the International Space Station. That effort reached a new level this week when astronaut and former U.S. Navy Seal Chris Cassidy read an introduction of SportsCenter’s “Top 10 Plays” from space.
“ESPN’s mission is to serve sports fans any time, anywhere,’’ said Todd Myers, director Programming & Acquisitions. “Now we have the opportunity to serve sports fans in space – the final frontier if you will. It’s really out of this world that we’re able to do this.” continue reading…
posted by Allan Kreda on April 11, 2013 2:52 PM
For Anthony Belenardo, logistics coordinator for ESPN’s X Games, the workload literally never ends.
He is in charge of shipping everything to each Global X Games event, including Foz Do Iguacu, Brazil — home to the next event April 18-21 on ESPN — Barcelona, Munich and back to Los Angeles. This mammoth mission includes keeping track of 13 ocean cargo containers and three 747 charter planes in which everything from rally cars to dirt bikes and necessary television production gear is transported. continue reading…
posted by Allan Kreda on March 13, 2013 3:00 PM
For Norman Whitehurst, the chance to visit the French Alps is all about work.
As Coordinating Producer, ESPN International at the X Games in Tignes, France from March 20-22, Whitehurst is responsible for bringing together the entire production with the French broadcaster Canal +.
“My role is to work with the ESPN producers and Canal + producers to get everyone on same page since we are all producing the same event,’’ said Whitehurst, who began with ESPN in 1994 working on soccer telecasts and started working on the X Games in Tignes three years ago.
“It is collaborative in every way.”
What makes these X Games unique is they take place high above sea level in the Alps, a four-hour bus ride from Geneva, Switzerland.
“Definitely it is an experience driving on winding roads with no guard rails getting to this remote place where Internet access is spotty,’’ Whitehurst said.
“But the scene is absolutely great. The athletes love it and there is plenty of spirit shown by fans, especially the French and Italians. It’s like a mini-Olympics.” continue reading…
posted by Allan Kreda on January 23, 2013 8:00 AM
X Games Research Manager Vince Castellanos couldn’t be happier with the swirl of excitement surrounding this year’s X Games Aspen competition, which airs Thursday through Sunday on various ESPN platforms.
As he and his staff work diligently to “generate just about every piece of information about X Games athletes,” the tension is palpable — in a good way.
“We get information from all corners of X Games; we encourage departments to send us news,” Castellanos says. “Our staff interviews virtually every athlete attending X Games and compiles profiles that we use to make sure our audience comes to know everything about the athletes.”
Castellanos, who has worked on the X Games since 1999, says about 155 athletes will participate this year across the various sports. In the course of collecting background, the research effort takes on a greater significance.
“Each sport has a dedicated researcher and during the events our core researchers sit with television talent to give them fresh information,’’ he says. “We also write detailed recaps of practices and events in a continuous effort to update historical documents and to provide reference material for content producers across our media platforms.” continue reading…