EMG will provide broadcasting services for nine cycling competitions organised by RCS Sport in Italy, including the Giro d’Italia and Giro di Sicilia.
EMG Italy and teams from EMG Belgium and EMG France have developed a production plan for the events.
The whole package of races requires an average use of three OB trucks, 10 (audio and video) motorbikes, 10 cameras along the cycling track (including super slomo and RF) and two helicopters with gyro stabilised Cineflex cameras.
Live video coverage will be guaranteed by two radio-link airplanes, regardless of weather conditions. EMG will operate with a crew of 120 professionals in the whole production chain – from cabling to aerial shooting and from live direction to highlights editing together with RCS Sports, said the company.
Paolo Bellino, CEO of RCS Sport, said: “This is an epic turning point as we have decided to directly manage TV production for the first time in the history of the Giro d’Italia. We have a big international partner such as EMG Group and we have already tested the production and broadcasting during our spring races. We will offer live images in full for every stage, so that cycling fans all over the world will be able to watch every single moment of the toughest race in the world’s most beautiful place”.
“We are truly honoured and proud to be the official production partner of RCS Sport,” added Shaun Gregory, CEO of the EMG Group “Our team will operate with proficiency and enthusiasm, relying on years of international expertise. EMG has always been a leader in technology development for live sport coverage in many disciplines; being a solid partner of sport federations and international broadcasters. Cycling, as one of the most complex sports to produce, is one of our best assets”.