Live Election Coverage from Washington, DC

Aug 17, 2016  |  by Andrew Ryback

In 2008, BMG was hired by

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In 2008, BMG was hired by ARTE France to produce a 90-minute live special from Washington, DC covering the outcome of the 2008 presidential election. The program was live in France and Germany and translated into 3 languages (which we did on location). Our client wanted a setting with an iconic “Washington” look, but with a short lead time, most local resources were booked. Except one. We found a rooftop location in Arlington, VA that had a skyline view of the National Mall. It was the perfect backdrop for an election special. It worked so well that we’ve secured the same location this year for producing live election coverage.

As was the case in 2008, this year’s election cycle is shaping up to be monumental. That’s why we’ve prepared ourselves. We can accommodate both domestic and international networks for daytime or nighttime shoots on November 7th or 8th. In addition to a one-of-a-kind venue, here’s a look at the full production services we can provide.

Production Equipment & Engineering

BMG will provide all the technical infrastructure and overall engineering support to accommodate a 5-camera live show. We will supply all cameras, lenses, mounts, cabling, audio equipment, lighting gear, comms infrastructure, and on-site client monitoring areas. Clients will have the capability to roll-in pre-produced packages and graphics during the live show and can also take in remote feeds. We have 2 sets available: an indoor set for daytime shoots and an outdoor, tented set for day or night. Additionally, we have talent support areas available as well, including green rooms and makeup rooms.

Full Production Staffing

BMG will provide all the technical staff to support your live production. Additionally, we can provide directors, producers, and editors if needed. We’re comfortable interfacing directly with your editorial team, or providing that team on your behalf. All production personnel will have the skill sets to meet your needs. BMG can provide remote ENG crews as well if you’re looking to shoot news packages for your live program.

Live Transmissions & Remote Segments

BMG will have on-site transmission services available for transmitting your live program domestically or internationally. Additionally, we will have the capability to take in live remote segments. For example, if you wanted to take a feed from a field correspondent on the ground at each candidate’s campaign headquarters, we could easily integrate that into your program.

Production Graphics & Creative Design

BMG can provide a full suite of creative elements for your live program. We can create your entire graphics package, including slates, bugs, lower thirds, and intros. Or, we can design on-set signage to match your program’s look and feel. Additionally, we can design elements for social media in order to keep your audience engaged in your live program and keep the look and feel of your graphics consistent across all platforms.

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