all the bases.
Jeff Moon and Moonlink Satellite covered the primary work being
done at Detroit's Comerica Park during Major League Baseball's
recent All Star Game events. With Billy Bob Thornton in town for the Celebrity/Legends
Game, JMPSI provided four cameras and crews to shoot several media
events for cross-selling Thornton's new Bad News Bears movies
and the Celebrity Baseball Game. These press tours were done as
"one on one" interviews with Billy Bob Thornton, and local and
international media for station entertainment segments. The
movie's director, Richard Linkletter, also sat in for several
Tony D'Annunzio, staff senior video tech, liaisoned for Major League Baseball, as
he has for many years. MLB came into town needing a total of 12
crews each day for their multi-day shoots: some of these crews
were flown in from out of state, but our local freelancers also
stepped up to the plate and did a great job. Their footage was
used not only for historical coverage of the games, but also for
segments of This Week in Baseball and Spike TV.
JMPSI also provided a slew of crews, camera packages and rental
gear to cover the live shows and events for networks, including
Nippon Television and Comcast Sports.
Jeff Moon spent most of his early mornings on the set of Cold
Pizza for ESPN, which originated three days of live remotes
from Detroit. Each day was a different location and a real
challenge. Monday's remote originated from Cobo Center at the
"Fan Fest" where sports writers and baseball managers were
interviewed. Tuesday it was the players' turn from the Ritz
Carlton Hotel in Dearborn, and finally, the morning after the All
Star Game, the remote came directly from Comerica Park.
Four uplink trucks and one downlink
were needed in various locations around Metro Detroit as well as
at the Park for the five day event. Several of the trucks were
running such long hours that two complete crews and multiple
uplink engineers were required. Moonlink's C/KU hybrid provided
all the primary feeds for ESPN's Baseball Tonight,
SportsCenter, ESPN News, and Cold Pizza, and sat idle
for only about three hours each night.
In addition to ESPN, Moonlink had a KU truck dedicated to
Fox Sports/Los Angeles. This truck supplied many Fox regional
programs and tape feeds for Fox Sports channels in Detroit and
really did shine from all of the great visuals and the positive
comments that were broadcast from here", said Jeff Moon. "One
of the sportswriters-who had never been to Detroit-commented on
how polite everyone was and what great hosts we were during his
visit. He added if this is anything like what could be expected
for the Super Bowl next February, Detroit is poised for nothing
less than excellent marks. It was truly nice to hear national
media say great things about Detroit for a change."