Matrix eavesdropping for Big Brother
17 March 2004
Germany - Few TV series in recent years have got people so worked up - and entire nations so riveted - as Big Brother, which first aired on the Dutch channel Veronica, and few series have enjoyed quite the same success internationally, as home-grown versions of the show have sprouted in countries all over the world. The harbinger of the current 'reality TV' boom, Big Brother made the likes of Zlatko and Jürgen into national celebrities in Germany - only to see them plunge back into obscurity within a few months. The same phenomenons, and the same phenomenal ratings, have been seen all over Europe and even in America. Love it or loathe it, you have to admit that on a technical level, the production is first rate.
With multiple camera units positioned all round the set and much of the material being broadcast live, a large production team working flat-out is needed to film, record, edit and broadcast the drama. All this requires a high level of behind-the-scenes coordination. To provide a smooth and reliable solution to the complex communications logistics, production teams in Germany, Belgium, Greece, Portugal, Holland, Norway and Bahrain have all opted for broadcast and communications tools from Telex. Manuel Brico, product manager for Telex E.A.M.E., explained why: "Representing leading companies in the broadcast sector, the teams producing Big Brother had no desire to take risks. The locations are equipped with Telex AdamCS matrices with between 32 x 32 and 56 x 56 ports. Depending upon the size of the production and the topology of the location, between 15 and 20 speaker stations are in use per control room." In addition to the matrices, the Big Brother sets are also equipped with a wide range of Telex peripherals and accessories, such as the Uio256, PAP32 and LCP102. Explains Brico: "We offered each of the companies a tailor-made solution covering all their requirements." With excellent communications guaranteed (if only behind the scenes), Big Brother's producers have ensured that the only real quarrelling goes on in front of the cameras!
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