This was considered a greenfield project; Diversified received its design-build contract in November, 2011 and turned the facility over to the owner at the beginning of August, 2012; a nine-month design-build cycle.
The build included:
- two identical production studios and control rooms, one for English programming, the other for Spanish
- two flash studios and two voiceover booths
- six edit suites, two graphics suites, and four creative suites
- ingest and master control
Sony, Evertz, Calrec, Chyron, and RTS provided the backbone of the facility. Studio lighting and set design was provided by Redwood Media. Finally, custom console fabrication was by Laguna Designs.
The facility, located in El Segundo, is 17 miles from the Staples Center. Two-way fiber connectivity between the two locations provides camera video and control for events not requiring extensive in-arena coverage.
Although the English- and Spanish-language telecasts share camera feeds, the two shows operate out of separate control rooms, complete with dedicated production crews for each (including producer, director, graphics and EVS operators, etc.), as well as dedicated announcers and sideline reporters.
“We’ve created a system that is very much like a dual feed but is also very different from the way Spanish NBA TV has been done in the past,” says Larry Meyers, VP of content and executive producer. “Instead of just adding a couple announcers and putting the audio in the SAP channel, we are creating an environment where both networks have the personnel, equipment, and resources they need to plan and execute storylines that play to their respective audiences.”