VENN launches gaming and esports network with Blackbird video assist

Esports trailblazer VENN has selected Blackbird for remote video production. The deal is for three years and was brokered by Blackbird’s new US systems integrator partner, ASG.

VENN is a new kind of TV network for the streaming generation, aimed at gaming, pop culture and esports audiences. Founded by gaming visionaries Ariel Horn and Ben Kusin, VENN broadcasts live from studios in New York and Los Angeles with content distributed across a broad range of media platforms.

VENN’s production team will use Blackbird to remotely and frame-accurately edit, enrich and publish a wide variety of engaging video content ultra-fast. Content will be delivered to VENN’s 24/7 post cable network and social channels including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Twitch for millions of gaming fans around the world to enjoy.

The content will span multiple categories of entertainment with original programming produced both in-house and with some of the biggest names and creators in gaming, entertainment, streaming and esports.

Blackbird provides rapid access to video content for the easy creation of clips, highlights and longer form content to multiple devices and platforms. Blackbird is accessed through any browser, easy to learn and needs only limited bandwidth to use.

Scott Gillies, CTO of VENN, said: “VENN is launching a network dedicated to pop culture viewed through the lens of gaming and esports. Launching in this era of COVID and social distancing is presenting unique production challenges.

“With Blackbird, we have a new level of flexibility and it allows us to reimagine how productions should work. We can operate remotely and rapidly create and deliver highly engaging video content for gaming fans to enjoy whenever and wherever they wish.”

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