2011 Year in Review – September
If it’s September, it must be IBC, and you can read what we thought the main trends from the show were below. Meanwhile, SVGE held its extremely successful inaugural summit just before the show opened, it rained Biblical amounts again at another major golf tournament, we delved into castells in 3D, and on the other side of the world, New Zealand prepared to host the Rugby World Cup
So, beyond the fact that it’s been the best-attended IBC ever and that the amount of economic confidence suddenly percolating back into the industry is fairly astonishing, what can we say about IBC2011? What are the five key trends that we can take from the show as we move forwards into 2012 and what could well be sport broadcasting’s biggest year to date? Well, we have some ideas…
SIS Live will launch the latest addition to its fleet, SIS 65, on the 17th September and, what’s more, the unit has been designed specifically for the requirements of ESPN America and its ongoing coverage of the English Premier League.
The French Professional Football League (LFP)’s new TV channel, Cfoot, which focuses on the French second division championship, has been based at AMP’s Les Studios 107 on the outskirts of Paris since its launch at the end of July.
SVG Europe’s first major event, the Sport Production Summit held the day before IBC opened, was a huge success as nearly one hundred of the leading industry professionals from the world of sports production from across Europe and beyond debated and discussed the issues affecting the industry.
Not many sport film screenings finish off with a lecture by a noted sociologist – in this case, Salvador Cardús – but then Enxaneta is a fairly unusual film; a 3D documentary, produced by Televisió de Catalunya, about the world of “castells”, a Catalan folk tradition which involves making human towers.
Either the gods genuinely dislike golf, or the game’s simply enormously unlucky, as the last three big tournaments in Britain and Ireland have been hit by some fairly extreme rainfall. Last year’s Ryder Cup, this year’s Open, and last weekend the Solheim Cup at Ireland’s Killeen Castle – CTV’s Technical Director, Hamish Greig, has got drenched at all three.
The Rugby World Cup starts on Friday morning as tournament favourites and hosts New Zealand take on Tonga at Auckland’s Eden Park. The tournament probably features more battle scenes than NZ’s most recent famous production of The Lord of the Rings, and ITV is one of the five broadcasters that have made the long journey out to the Land of the Long White Cloud to operate add-ons to Sky NZ’s host coverage.