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Windfall Productions celebrates 5th Consecutive TV Production of the Penn
Relays Carnival in Philadelphia
Windfall Productions celebrates their 5th anniversary as exclusive TV production partner for
USA Track & Field coverage of the Penn Relays Carnival on ESPN2. It is the 116th running of
this American Sports Legacy event.
Haworth, NJ (PRWEB) April 21, 2010 -- Windfall Productions celebrates their 5th anniversary as exclusive TV
production partner for USA Track & Field coverage of the Penn Relays Carnival on ESPN2. It is the 116th
running of this American Sports Legacy event.
Through 115 editions of the meet, more athletes have run at the Penn Relays than at any single meet in the
world. Jamaican superstar Usian Bolt, Olympic and World Champion record holder will headline this years
Penn Relays. Bolt will lead the Jamaican relay team hoping to break Team USA’swinning streak. USA vs. The
World at the Penn Relays has been dominated by the U.S., winning 50 of the past 60 races contested since
Historic Franklin Field at the University of Penn hosts this Track & Field Classic while posing some interesting
technical issues for the broadcast. "The stadium was dedicated in 1895, and it is not your ordinary century old
ballpark" states Ralph J. Mole´, Executive Producer of Windfall Productions. “Our technical team has to rig (2)
Fletcher robotic TV camera heads underneath the upper deck of Franklin Field so that our TV viewers can
basically see the finish line at home in HD. The play by play robotics camera view of the action, (Camera 1)
frames the full race field of athletes utilizing a 21 x 7.8 Fujinon broadcast lens. The close up robotic device
(Camera 2) frames a tighter view of the action as well as specialized isolation shots using a 33 x 11 Fujinon
broadcast lens. The camera operators execute pan, tit & zoom with the robotics TV control panel from a
broadcast command position situated in the Franklin Field lower grandstands behind the press corps. ”Without
this intense rigging effort of TV robotics cameras at Franklin Field, Windfall could not broadcast these exciting
finish line pictures from the 116th Penn Relays.” In a TV production career that spans 35 yrs the 116th running
of the Penn Relays marks Ralph J. Mole´s 11th time producing and directing the Penn Relays for sports
television. The Penn Relays will be covered with eight cameras including a jib, and (2) robotics cameras,
Chyron Duet Hyper-X graphics, DVC Pro HD videotape mastering, 6 Channel EVS XT2 and (2) 4 Channel
EVS RO servers for a “tapeless workflow”. The mobile facilities unit is NEP Supershooter HD 14. The 2010
Penn Relays is a 2 hour special and will air on ESPN 2 from 8-10PM ET April 24th, this Saturday.
Ralph J Mole´, an independent leader in track and field sports television, served as world director for the host
broadcaster of live track during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. In 2003, Windfall Productions produced more than
12 hours of ESPN’s coverage of the “World Championships of Athletics” from Paris, France. Windfall has also
produced athletics TV specials for ESPN from around the globe. Featuring distinguished track meets like
“Weltklasse”, “DN Galan”, “Bislett Games” and “ ISTAF “ These athletics meets previously part of The Golden
League, have now become the cornerstone of the IAAF’s prestigious Diamond League Series.
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