EVS and HBS partner to develop first live sports production training programme

A collaboration between live sports organisations, EVS and HBS will create the first Live Sports Production module which will become a part of HBS’ Broadcast Academy. Since 2007 the Host Broadcaster, HBS, has run its Broadcast Academy as a training service to improve not just individual TV professionals’ skills but the overall global standard of broadcasting.

In its new role alongside HBS, EVS will offer its technology and 20 years of experience in the field to the Live TV Simulator. This is a unique, itinerant live broadcast training tool that teaches broadcast professionals on the ground at the world’s biggest sporting events. The Live TV Simulator will become an integrated training facility built using the latest in live production equipment. This includes live video servers — enabling up to 12 ISO camera feeds for ingest/playout, instant replay and slow-mo tools — and a live video switcher that can be used by two to three trainees simultaneously.

The Broadcast Academy uses real-world sporting events as training environments. The Live TV Simulator is contained and shipped to those events to teach multiple aspects of live sports broadcasting on the ground. This includes tuition for camera operation, journalism, directing for live television and creating live highlights and replays. All the modules’ teaching is delivered by skilled trainers and experts in live sports broadcasting selected by HBS and EVS.

Enabling the entire production team to become autonomous and fully operational as quickly as possible, the Live TV Broadcasting module of the Broadcast Academy is made up by both theoretical courses and practical sessions. Each of the academy’s participants is given detailed feedback for the opportunity to revisit their broadcast and assess where improvements can be made.

Of the partnership, Francis Tellier, CEO of HBS said “this partnership of the Broadcast Academy and EVS is the perfect combination of two of my passions – innovation and legacy. Since we first worked together at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, we’ve developed the most innovative broadcasts and have certainly left a legacy at every single event.”

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