Sunset+Vine awarded 2016-2019 live events production services contract by ICC
Sunset+Vine has been awarded the ICC’s live events Production Services contract running from 2016 to 2019. The multi-events contract covers eight major tournaments including next year’s ICC World Twenty20 Combined Men’s and Women’s event, and culminating with the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.
Executive producers will be Huw Bevan and Gary Franses. Gavin Scovell will be the senior match director with Joanna Lowndes-Lumb, head of production.
The first event to be covered will be the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh followed by the ICC World Twenty20 in March/April 2016 in India; ICC Champions Trophy 2017 (England & Wales); ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 (England &Wales); ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2018 (New Zealand); ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 (Bangladesh); ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2018 (West Indies) and the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 (England & Wales).
Jeff Foulser, Chairman of Sunset+Vine, comments: “It’s a real honour and privilege to be awarded this amazing contract. Cricket coverage has been in this company’s DNA since the late ‘90s when we introduced innovations like Hawk-Eye and the Snickometer to Channel 4’s coverage, and we look forward to working closely with the ICC’s broadcast rights holders to deliver exciting and compelling coverage for their viewers around the world.”
Campbell Jamieson, general manager – Commercial, International Cricket Council, said: “ICC has taken live production in house for the first time and are looking forward to a successful relationship with Sunset + Vine and Broadcast Solutions. ICC aims to provide innovative and compelling coverage of its events using first class broadcast technology to service its fans via Star Sports, ICC’s Global Broadcast Partner, and its other media rights partners.”
Sunset+Vine has a strong cricket heritage. Between 1999 and 2005 it produced nearly 50 live Test matches, 65 one-day internationals and 348 highlights programmes for Channel 4 in the UK. The company was recently the host broadcaster for the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2015 and currently produces daily highlights shows of both England’s domestic Test series and One-Day Internationals for Channel Five.
The company has won 26 major broadcast awards for its cricket coverage, including five BAFTAs, as well as introducing innovations such as the Red Zone, Snickometer, the Analyst, Hawk-Eye and the ultra slomo camera.