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PESA Delivers 2004 Presidential Debates

Major networks and cable outlets rely on PESA routers and switchers (November 10, 2004)

PESA Switching Systems, Inc., a leading provider of analog and digital video and audio equipment, today announced that its switching systems were used for coverage of all three presidential debates between Sen. John F. Kerry and President George W. Bush, as well as for the vice presidential debate between Sen. John Edwards and Vice President Dick Cheney. Installed in mobile broadcast units from Game Greek Video, YES Productions, and Token Creek Mobile, PESA routers facilitated pool coverage with feeds distributed to all the major networks and all cable outlets.

The three mobile broadcast production companies installed PESA routing systems in their mobile units to ensure reliability in critical applications such as the presidential debates, for which their trucks served as the sole distribution point for the event's main audio and video feeds.

"In live events of this magnitude, where there is no backup, the reliability of your equipment is a fundamental concern," said Paul Bonar, director of engineering of Game Creek Video. "We've incorporated PESA gear into the majority of our mobile units because, in addition to their functionality, performance, and space-saving footprint, they are absolutely dependable and backed by very responsive after-sales technical support."


YES Productions' "YES I" provided pool coverage for the first presidential debate, held at the University of Miami on Sept. 30. This unit is equipped with a Jaguar 64x64 SDI video router, a Jaguar 64x128 analog video router (for monitor routing within the truck), a Jaguar 64x64 analog stereo audio router, and PESA's RCPMB2 multi-bus control panel.

"For this particular show, we used the MB2 panel at the technical-director position because its versatility allows us to view and control the status of multiple destinations directly and to access all the sources," explained Dave Kennedy, engineer in charge for YES Productions. "From one control panel, the TD was able to send isolated cameras down different transmission fiber paths, and this made it very easy for us to control what everyone was seeing."

For the Oct. 5 vice presidential debate at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Game Creek Video's "Southern Cross" and Token Creek Mobile's "Millennium" trucks were responsible for providing video and audio feeds to broadcasters. The 53-foot "Southern Cross" is equipped with a PESA Cheetah 192x384 SD-SDI video routing switcher, one of the industry's largest standard definition routers, and a Tiger 144x144 analog stereo audio routing switcher. "Millennium" features a PESA Jaguar 48x32 video router and a Cougar 32x32 audio router.

The "Southern Cross" also served as the pool truck at the second presidential debate, which took place Oct. 8 at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. "Intrepid," also a Game Creek Video truck, worked the third and final debate held Oct. 13 at Arizona State University in Tempe. "Intrepid" is equipped with PESA's Tiger 96x96 SDI video routing switcher, a Tiger 128x128 analog stereo audio routing switcher, and a Tiger 48x48 analog video router.

"PESA is there to provide support when we need it, and the company's engineers have been very helpful in providing solutions that perform well for us now and have the flexibility to adapt as our company grows," said John Salzwedel, president of Token Creek Mobile.

Learn more about PESA's complete line of switching products at www.pesa.com.


About Game Creek Video
Game Creek Video was founded in 1993 with a very simple concept: to provide its customers with top-quality television production units, top-quality support and coordination, and most important, the highest-quality engineering. Game Creek can provide a wide variety of mobile units to meet the demands of the largest, most technically complex shows to the simple closed-circuit corporate event. The company's mobile units and engineers have provided service for events such as the World Series, Baseball's All-Star Game, the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals and the NBA All-Star Game, the MLS Cup, the Masters, and the Kentucky Derby for customers including ABC, CBS, ESPN, HBO, The Lifetime Network, Major League Baseball, NBA Entertainment, NBC, The USA Network, and Winner Communications.

For more information, visit www.gamecreekvideo.com.


About YES Productions
YES Productions is a mobile production company that was founded in 1981. The company's major focus is on sporting events (NBA Hornets, Cox Sports, ESPN, Turner and Fox), but YES also provides facilities for major entertainment productions and conventions. YES also features studio facilities, field packages, online and nonlinear editing systems as well as two mobile production trucks. The company is based in New Orleans and provides mobile production and broadcasting services throughout the southern United States.

For more information please refer to www.yesproductions.com.


About Token Creek Mobile
For more than a decade, Token Creek Mobile Television has been serving the production needs of broadcasters, corporations, educators and the entertainment industry in addition to the demands of local, regional and network sports clients. Based 15 miles northwest of Madison, Wisc., the company has an unsurpassed track record of providing quality production services from its fleet of vehicles. Whether the project requires a small or large mobile truck, Token Creek will work with clients to provide state-of-the-art facilities.

More information is available at www.tokencreek.com.


About PESA Switching Systems, Inc.
Located in Melville, N.Y. and Huntsville, Ala., PESA Switching Systems, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of high-quality analog and digital video and audio routing switchers and control systems for the broadcasting, mobile production, post-production, corporate, educational, cable, religious, industrial, and government markets.

For more information, visit the PESA Web site at www.pesa.com.

 


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