2.1 Production Objectives - Freestyle Skiing

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2.1 Production Objectives

Television is one of the essential publicity tools for competitive sports competition and is a vital component of an events marketing plan. The Host Broadcaster (HB) is responsible for the delivery of a high quality international television broadcast in close partnership with the Organising Committee (OC) and the International Ski Federation (FIS). The appointed FIS TV Supervisor will aid and assist the planning process and support the delivery of the production plan.

FIS Broadcast partners who have purchased the TV and/or media rights to FIS Freestyle Skiing events are identified in this manual as Rights Holding Broadcasters (RHB’s).

As a general rule, FIS aims to present a clear and concise division of responsibility with regard to the successful broadcast of a FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup or World Championship competition. The OC or the National Ski Association (NSA) of the host country will deliver the competition itself; including providing much of the physical infrastructure that will benefit both the HB and attending RHB’s.

Perhaps the single most important objective for all HB’s is to deliver a consistent and high level of production standard across all races throughout all participating host nations during the calendar season. The FIS presents simple guidelines for Host Broadcasters to follow which can be summarised as follows:

  • As technology advances and where agreed to deliver a live complete and continuous 16:9 format international world feed to attending and non attending RHB, with opening titles, a complete graphics service (provided by approved FIS data and timing partner), international stereo sound and closing animation. A written and prepared format will be followed for pre and post-race programming including specific procedures for the podium ceremony and post race formalities. Features in the running order should include a “where in the world” animation and where possible a course animation. The final phase of the running order should include a graphic that leads to the next competition venue on the FIS World Cup Freestyle Skiing calendar
  • The HB will produce the events in an unbiased and professional manner
  • Offer the television audience exceptional coverage of the action that is likely to appeal to existing freestyle skiing fans and stimulate growth and interest in emerging markets
  • Follow the drama inherent to the competition by using a variety of camera techniques, an exciting audio experience including appropriate use of replays and slow motion analysis
  • Offer modern and innovative enhancements and speciality camera devices that will complement the overall viewing experience
  • Include post race formalities as a high priority in the coverage plan including athletes reactions, the flower ceremony and athlete interviews which can also be featured in the multilateral feed
  • RHB’s are encouraged to customise their programming by attending the event and sharing the space and infrastructure in the TV Compound. The appointed Host Broadcaster’s are expected to liaise and support the needs of visiting broadcasters

The importance of ‘insightful, informed and editorially credible storytelling through appropriate shot selection and replay options’ remain a key priority for all host broadcasters. HB’s must follow the examples of the multilateral running order for the various FIS Freestyle Skiing disciplines provided in section 4 of this document.

The preparation and delivery of the production plan will present itself as the most demanding of challenges, but equally the HB must also consider the likelihood of providing support services to unilateral broadcasters, TV Compound logistics, cabling, broadcast management and technical assistance.

Facilities may include the supply and installation of the commentary booth equipment, tailboard connection to unilateral broadcaster’s facilities and perhaps the supply of broadcast facilities to an attending rights holder.

The Organising Committee will be responsible for the supply and installation of the necessary cables to interface with FIS's data and timing service partner, although typically the Host Broadcast will assist with this task providing the distances are reasonable and within the confines of the TV compound. The site survey will seek a suitable and convenient position for the Data and Timing Partner’s technical facilities.

HB’s and RHB’s are invited to develop suitable production ideas that best illustrate the race dynamic, capture the athletes’ experience and offer performance comparisons in a way that is likely to appeal to both freestyle skiing fanatics and new audiences.

The designated TV Compound should be designed and prepared well in advance of the competition with respect to occupation by both the host broadcast operation and unilateral broadcasters. These obligations may vary on a case-by-case basis and specific guidelines for each race venue will be made available to the respective HB and the organising committee.

Host Broadcaster’s are expected to design a suitable time frame in advance of each competition to fully prepare their broadcast installation. The schedule should consider the possibility of conducting a full technical and production rehearsal (with timing and a podium presentation) at least one day before the actual competition.

The organisation of the technical and production rehearsal should be carefully reviewed by the FIS Freestyle Race Director with the local organising committee.

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