THREE-STAGE TV STUDIO COMPLEX

TypeSTUDIO
Date of CompletionFEBRUARY 2018
ClientGAMESYS
The main control room in Gamesys' TV studio complex

Working in partnership with custom studio builds provider Croga Studio Builds and acoustics specialist Audio Schemes, ES Broadcast delivered a turnkey 6,000 sq.ft. TV studio complex comprising three purpose-built studios for casino and gambling/gaming company, Gamesys.

The TV studio complex are used for live gaming which is streamed online via Gamesys’ website and app. The client required as much flexibility as possible in the design of the studio spaces, to allow for scenarios where they might wish to combine all three studios – as well as for likely future expansion, without significant disruption.

DELIVERING INTERNALISED PRODUCTION WITH LOW HEADCOUNT

Key to Gamesys’ brief was a desire to internalise 24/7 production capability, allowing them to move studio productions back to the UK from Eastern Europe. They also wished to operate the main TV studio – including the studio floor – with as low a headcount as possible, and with minimal operator training. At the centre of everything was Gamesys’ goal of increasing the production value of their live gaming/gambling streams.

The technology chosen for the system build therefore needed to be of a broadcast standard, but without the barrier of a steep learning curve from an operational perspective.

SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE DESIGNED FOR FLEXIBLE CONFIGURATION

ES Broadcast presented a system architecture in which all three TV studios were separated by configuration only, so that they could be operated independently, or easily combined if required using a simple configuration change.

Each studio has its own gallery, powered from a single CAR. The 20x17m main studio uses 10 Ross Video PIVOTCam remote PTZ cameras, the first instance of these cameras being used in the UK. The studio is designed to support up to eight sets of various sizes, and – thanks to the stunning set design – offers players a real-life premium casino ambience via Gamesys’ UI.

Studios 2 and 3 cater for Gamesys’ on-going slate of production with conventional PSC cameras and chroma-key CVC walls, offering maximum flexibility.

FROM OLD GARAGE TO SOUNDPROOF, PURPOSE-BUILT TV STUDIOS

Built in a former car dealership, the project required a complete retro-fit to provide sound-proofing and acoustic treatment to negate the considerable external noise generated by two major roads and a flight path.

A studio airlock door allows access – including for vehicles – without compromising acoustic integrity.

SYSTEMS EXPERIENCE HELPS DESIGN SCALABLE TV STUDIO TO MEET CLIENT NEEDS

As a client with no broadcast background, Gamesys’ brief for the job was based almost solely on operational and production requirements. With very little technical lead, ES Broadcast’s systems architects were able to draw on their wide-ranging experience to design a studio system that provided for the client’s initial needs, but which was also completely scalable, to allow them to grow their operations.

And we were able to select equipment and design custom control systems that met their need for single-person operation without extensive training, that allow operators to run macro actions at the push of a button.

The result is a secure, compliant studio site for legal gambling, with high production quality, scalability and simplicity of operation.

KEY EQUIPMENT

• 10x Ross Video PIVOTCam PTZ cameras
• Sony PXW-X160 cameras
• Ross Video NK-3G144 router with control panels and custom Dashboard
• Ross Video digital glue, SPG and changeover
• 3x Ross Video Carbonite vision mixers
• Ross Video Xpression Prime graphics suite
• Telex Zeus 3 communications system
• Sennheiser diversity presenter IEM & radio mics
• DELL control PC’s
• Custom technical control-room furniture
• Wall-boxes throughout the studio spaces