Multi-purpose studios for sports and drama series
Sister companies SuperSport and MNET, both prominent African broadcasters, needed a studio complex for production of a new prime-time boxing drama-serial titled ‘Kona’.
SuperSport also needed front-end presentation coverage of east African sports events. The complex needed to support the two separate production workflows, both completely file-based from acquisition to TX, with shared and adaptable studio space.
The two control rooms were carefully designed to meet the challenging brief, providing both flexibility and suitability for the different types of production.
Control One included a tiered layout for a production team of up to 18 people, working with five VTR/SSD decks, eight HD Sony camera channels, an eight-channel EVS XT3 with two EVS IP Director production positions, two channels of production graphics, separate audio control area and work-stations for two producers.
From here, studios 1, 2 and 3B can be controlled, depending on the requirements of the production.
“It made sense to commission WTS for this project since they built a similar studio complex for us in 2011 in Lagos, Nigeria – for MNET’s drama-serial ‘Tinsel’ and SuperSport coverage.”
– Andre Venter Super Sport
Control Two is the main control area for ‘Kona’ and controls studios 3A, 3B and exterior sets.
The space was designed specifically for a drama team and split into three areas for production, vision and audio. It includes control of three VTR/SSD decks, four HD camera channels, and a four-channel EVS NANO XS with two EVS IP Director production positions.
EVS IP Director was used to provide asset control, and a C2S-designed touch-screen router control helped simplify routing operations for studio staff whilst allowing instant status of all paths. Twelve camera channels were installed across the studios – eight for the SuperSport studios and four for ‘Kona’, with provision for an additional four in future.
“It made sense to commission WTS for this project since they built a similar studio complex for us in 2011 in Lagos, Nigeria – for MNET’s drama-serial ‘Tinsel’ and SuperSport coverage,” said Andre Venter of Super Sport.
“The team has a talent for working under restricted conditions and we’ve always found they rise to a challenge. The build was completed on time and production commenced in early June. We’re very happy with it.”