News Production & Post

HBO headlines Clear-Com intercoms in The Newsroom

26 June 2012
HBO headlines Clear-Com intercoms in The Newsroom

The Newsroom, a new television drama which aired on 24 June on HBO, is running with Clear-Com’s Eclipse-PiCo digital matrix, V-Series panels, Tempest 2400 wireless system and HME DX121 digital wireless intercom. The intercom systems are being used by cast members as working props on the show, and for actual communications with each other, the director, and with crew members. There are four discrete intercom channels on the Tempest2400 digital wireless intercom, two for the engineering staff, one for actors and the director to talk with one another, and a fourth channel for the actors to communicate with each other. In one scene where the fictional news production crew was working in the control room, the actors relied on Clear-Com’s V-Series matrix panels to communicate with their counterparts on the news set, who listened to and interacted with them on their Tempest wireless BeltStations and various Clear-Com headsets, including the new CC-300 single-muff headset. “In multiple scenarios, we’ve had our lead, Jeff Daniels, who plays the anchor on the show, wearing an IFB earpiece while conducting an interview, and the actor playing his producer was actually talking in his ear,” said Matt Morrissey, video effects supervisor, The Newsroom. “Having an actor perform to live interaction rather than a piece of recorded audio really changes the performance, allowing the actors to depict their reactions to each other in realtime for the audience. After the pilot episode, our creative producer liked this so much that he asked us to continue showing these kinds of interactions moving forward.” The Eclipse-PiCo – a computer using its Eclipse Configuration Software (ECS) software – and the Tempest BaseStation are located behind the monitor wall of the control room set. A Tempest remote transceiver connected via a CAT5 cable is strategically mounted in a central location to meet the desired wireless intercom coverage objectives. The on-set A2 and communications operator, Serge Popovic, manages the Eclipse-PiCo using ECS to quickly make audio adjustments. Popovic stayed in communication even while away from his V-Series panel with the HME DX121 and WH200 all-in-one headset. Additionally, five V-Series panels are located in the control room set, in front of the actors, as they would be in an actual television production. Morrissey, his graphics coordinator, and the technical director all wear Tempest2400 BeltStations and headsets so that they can talk throughout the set about graphics and other important issues. “We’re proud that such a high-profile show as The Newsroom has chosen to use Clear-Com equipment both behind the scenes and in front of the camera,” said Jaz Wray, regional sales manager of Southwestern USA and Latin America, Clear-Com. “HBO wanted to update their intercom equipment with something suitable for a TV newsroom that looked modern and would also be fully functional.”


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