Bruno Mars Live at the Apollo

This fall TvTech consultants Kevin Hartmann and Deni Graap tag teamed one of CBS’s largest one off events of the year – “Bruno Mars Live at the Apollo.” It was a 4 day set-up, shoot, and breakdown. TvTech spearheaded a large crew into this very complicated and intense production. The first day of shooting took place outside on top of the Apollo Marquee on 125th Street. The first day ended up being a 7 camera multicam production with 2 jibs – one on each side of the street. The final two show days were spent inside the Apollo. To accommodate the productions’ desire of a very cinematic live 12 camera event, TvTech utilized All Mobile Video’s 4k Production Trailer Zurich. The concert was shot and cut entirely in 4k using the Sony F55. When it was time to roll to record, production required a Phoenix Crane, Scorpio Techno Crane, Steadicam, two dolly camera positions, and one rail camera system. This a scenario TvTech thrives on. Kevin and Deni were able to smoothly manage and execute all of the technical requirements and that is what we pride ourselves on!

Comedy Specials 2017

In 2017 TvTech had it’s hands all over the Comedy Special. TvT provided technical management, equipment, and infrastructure for the following productions:

– Norm McDonald (Netflix)
– Jerry Seinfeld (Netflix)
– Brian Regan (Netflix)
– Chris Rock (Netflix)
– Tracey Morgan (Netflix)
– Ali Siddiq (Comedy Central)
– Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)

It was truly a pleasure to work for some of Comedy’s great acts and personalities. and we are certainly looking forward to more of it them 2018.

Frank Ocean “Blonded” Tour Summer 2017

From May – August 2017, TvTech provided video technical infrastructure and support for the entire Frank Ocean “Blonded” Tour. TvTech employees Greg Kanan and Jake Hartmann began at the Brooklyn Naval Yard in late spring helping Spike Jonze and his team technically design and execute the creative for Frank Ocean’s live show. The show ended up using 13 cameras of different makes and flavors run out to the downstage edge of the 80′ thrust that Mr. Ocean performed on at each festvcal. TvTech was ultimately responsible for providing, and building all camera connectivity of which there were 13, along with a live switched 2 M/E feed. The first M/E fed 1 large inner LED Wall. The second M/E fed the festivals outer iMAG LED Walls. Furthermore, we were also responsible for iso records of all the camera feeds, along with a full redundant program record. TvTech toured with the the crew and our gear made the rounds as well. All in all, between June and August, TvTech successfully built and maintained each show over 8 dates around the world. The Blonded Tour traveled to Denmark, England (twice), Sweden, Finland, NYC, LA, and Canada.

That Metal Show

That Metal Show kicked off in mid February and continues through the first week of May, and TV Tech Managers provides talented audio crew members to the TMS audio team. That Metal Show, “home of all things hard rock and heavy metal” is a music talk show that features 3 hosts who interview a variety of hard rock and heavy metal guests. Each episode also features a performance by a hard rock or heavy metal act. If you are a heavy metal fan or just a music fan in general, catch an episode on VH1 on Saturdays at 9pm ET.

The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore

Taking the Colbert Report’s time slot on Comedy Central, the highly anticipated late night comedy talk show the Nightly Show hosted by Larry Wilmore premiered on January 19, 2015. TV Tech Managers was excited to get the Nightly Show up and running by working with teams from both the Colbert Report and the Nightly Show to facilitate a seamless transition between the two. Additionally, TV Tech helped identify and fulfill the needs of the new production including coordinating logistics, vendors, and scheduling. Tune in Monday through Thursday nights at 11:30pm EST.

Photo Credit: The Nightly Show

The Friars Foundation presents: The Lincoln Awards: A Concert for Veterans & the Military Family

At the same time as the People’s Choice Awards, TV Tech was also working across the country at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Here, we were tech managing the Lincoln Awards presented by the Friars Foundation. This was a two day event celebrating veterans and military families, and honoring those who provide support and opportunities to these groups. It featured a special award show on January 6th and an All-Star Concert on January 7th, with performances from big names across the entertainment industry. Be sure to tune in this spring, when the show is set for a prime time broadcast on PBS.

Photo Credit: Gavin DeGraw

41st People’s Choice Awards

The 41st Annual People’s Choice Awards took place at the Nokia Theater L.A. Live in Los Angeles, CA, marking the 5th year in a row that TV Tech Managers has tech managed the show. Technical components of the 11 camera production included: scenic elements including a massive LED wall, live concert performances by Iggy Azalea , Fall Out Boy, and Lady Antebellum, a live internet broadcast of the pre-show Red Carpet to the People’s Choice Awards website, and a televised broadcast of the show on CBS. All of this was made possible by an incredibly talented and hard working 75 person tech crew. It was an excellent way for us to kick off 2015.

American Country Countdown Awards

TV Tech’s last show of the year, but first show of award show season was the American Country Countdown Awards. The production was broadcast live from the Music City Center in Nashville, TN on December 15th. In addition to award presentations, it also featured live performances from many of today’s biggest country music stars, including Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, and Jason Aldean.