NEP OB truck tees off at US Open14 June 2007
NEP Broadcasting will be the primary supplier of television production technology to broadcasters providing global coverage of the 107th US Open starting today. NBC and ESPN’s coverage of the event will be captured by NEP Supershooters’ newest high definition truck, ND4, writes Fergal Ringrose.
Outfitted with a virtual monitor wall within a spacious control room and furnishing a GVG Kalypso switcher, Calrec Alpha audio console, Sony HDC1500 cameras and several EVS LSMs, the new ND4 will join NEP Supershooters’ fleet of mobile trucks at the US Open to form a massive broadcast compound. For this year’s contest, NEP is supplying more than $50 million worth of equipment and hardware to leading television networks from around the globe, which, in addition to NBC and ESPN, includes The Golf Channel, Sky Sports, TV Asahi and the USGA world feed.
According to NEP Broadcasting Vice President of Engineering, George Hoover, this year’s Open presents a rare and special opportunity for NEP.
“While the majority of our efforts take place throughout the country and around the globe, we’re happy to launch ND4 at this year’s US Open, which is happening right here in our own backyard,” Hoover stated. “The introduction of ND4 further strengthens our position as the leader in TV production facilities. The world’s leading broadcasting organisations and networks, such as NBC, ESPN, The Golf Channel and Sky Sports, continually depend on NEP for its state-of-the-art mobile broadcast facilities, highest level of technical expertise and unmatched production services. The US Open is the jewel of professional golf’s major championships, and we are proud to ensure that continuous coverage of the action is delivered to millions of fans around the world.”
Hosted each year by the United States Golf Association, the Open will enjoy at least 27 hours of live network coverage from its broadcast partners. NEP will support these efforts with over a dozen mobile production facilities housed on the grounds at Oakmont Country Club.