We’re proud to announce our SIS LIVE & ACEA on-board camera teams were nominated in Multi camera category of this year’s Royal Television Craft and Design Awards. Amazingly, out of the 26 categories, with three programmes short listed in each, our work on the America’s Cup was the only sport-related programme to be shortlisted.
The nomination was for work delivering stunning pictures from the Plymouth Regatta which aired in September 2011 as part of the 34th America’s Cup series. The America’s Cup is a massively complex series of yachting events, spanning three years and taking place at locations all over the world. In the competitive events each catamaran is fitted with onboard cameras, expertly built into the yachts to achieve the best shots whilst also ensuring there is no interference with crew movement, and weight is kept to an absolute minimum.
The technology behind the camera systems has been designed to maintain a constant signal, through turbulent weather, taxing salt water conditions and incidents which are part and parcel of the events. During the Plymouth Regatta four of the yachts capsized at various times. All the yachts, when righted, carried on with fully functioning systems, proving just how robust the systems designs were. This enabled the capture of some of the most exciting live TV coverage ever broadcast of a yachting event.
David Meynell, Managing Director, SIS LIVE, says “We are very proud to have been nominated for this award, which recognises the hard work and ingenuity of our talented staff. It has been a pleasure to work with the ACEA to develop the innovative technology and techniques used to capture these events, and we are looking forward to delivering compelling coverage of the final stages of the competition, which promise to be extremely exciting.”
Denis Harvey, Production Executive, ACEA, says “This nomination is well-deserved and I am delighted that our camera teams have been acknowledged in this way. SIS LIVE’s Special Cameras team have been working with us right from the early planning stages back in 2010, helping us to realise our ambitious vision for the TV coverage of the series. The Plymouth Regatta was only the second in the tournament and proved to be one of the most exciting events, testing the onboard audiovisual broadcast systems to the limit. These robust systems held up well, delivering incredible shots which allowed viewers to experience, for example, the point of view from a yacht as it capsizes. It is the hard work and innovation of the SIS LIVE crews that has made this possible.”
This year’s awards see a host of television professionals competing in 22 categories for a coveted Royal Television Society Award, with the event taking place on Monday 26 November at The Savoy, London, hosted by British TV presenter Laura Hamilton.