March 1, 2011
KITAY PRODUCTIONS TO PRODUCE MYSTICS GAMES FOR CSN
Kitay Productions, Inc. has reached an agreement to produce live broadcasts of every Washington Mystics' home game for the 2011 season. These games will be produced through an innovative production plan, using the latest Newtek Tricaster HD to provide a simulteanous web stream and broadcast feed to Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic.
The NBA has been broadcasting its D-League games on NBA TV through use of the Tricaster, and the Mystics have asked Kitay Productions to improve on that model for a local broadcast for them.
"We produced the Mystics' video scoreboard show in 2006, so the Mystics were familair with us," said company president Joel Kitay. "Since that time, our company has been producing college basketball games and other content for CSN. As a result of all three parties knowing each other well, the deal came together easily."
Kitay believes that this will provide a very strong "road test" for the ability to use Tricaster in demanding live remote sports situations.
"We're very intrigued by the Tricaster and have used it to some extent with one of our video scoreboard clients," said Kitay. "However, we are extremly excited about testing one of these out in a true broadcast application. We see the Tricaster-type solution as the future of the live sports production business, due to its many capabilities and low cost, compared to a truck-produced show."
Three cameras for each broadcast will be exclusive to the Kitay-produced show, while a fourth camera will be shared and operated by the Verizon Center's video scoreboard crew. Kitay's staff will produce and direct the show, including replays, graphics, and announcers. Every game will be available online for free, and 10 of the 17 games will be simulcast on Comcast SportsNet. Frank Hanrahan and Christy Winters-Scott will call the action throughout the season.