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Grass Valley HD Production Switchers Have 2011 NBA Finals Covered from Both Ends of the Court(June 07, 2011)
NEP Supershooters will share duties in covering the 2011 NBA Finals series for ABC Sports
and ESPN HD. Also, as in years past, they'll both be using Grass Valley(tm) high-definition
(HD) production switchers on board their respective production trucks to manage the live
720p HD telecasts and bring the fast-paced action home to viewers.
Game Creek Video's 53-foot "Liberty" will be on site for the NBA Finals at the AmericanAirlines
Arena in Miami, FL., switching the multitude of cameras, graphics, and replay devices with a
Grass Valley Kayenne(tm) Video Production Center. The company, based in Hudson, NH, was one of
the first in the industry to order the Kayenne HD switcher in 2009, and has all 14 of its production
trucks equipped with Grass Valley production switchers, with a total of eight Kalypso's, six
Kayenne's, and one Kayak(tm).
"It's plain and simple, Grass Valley switchers are what our clients want," said Paul Bonar,
Vice President of Engineering at Game Creek Video. "Technical Directors are well trained on them
and the bulk of the freelance pool our clients use are immediately familiar with how they operate.
So, staying with Grass Valley over the years has been a very easy business decision for our company."
NEP Supershooters, based in Pittsburgh, PA., will send its SS25 HD production truck to the American
Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. The SS25 truck includes a Grass Valley Kalypso HD production switcher
and Grass Valley switchers can be found on board many of the NEP trucks, which is the country's
"We're a proponent of reliability and delivering a first-class product for our clients and the
enjoyment of their viewers," said George Hoover, Chief Technology Officer for NEP Supershooters.
"For us, in the world of sports coverage, that means Grass Valley production switching technology."
Both companies' trucks have also been instrumental in covering several of the first round and
divisionalround NBA playoff series-for ABC Sports, ESPN HD, and TNT HD.
*Disclaimer: Grass Valley is not an official sponsor of the NBA Finals, nor is it affiliated in any
way with the NBA, NBA Playoff Series, ABC Sports, ESPN, and/or TNT. Information supplied in this
media alert does not imply endorsement from the NBA, ESPN HD, ABC Sports, or TNT. The NBA, NBA Finals, NBA Playoff Series, ESPN, ABC Sports and TNT are registered trademarks of their respective owners.
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