Broadcast Management Group (BMG) is expanding capacity at its New York Times Square facility. BMG will add an audio mixing room as well as workstations for proofreading, technical director, playback, graphics, master control and teleprompting. Broadcast Management Group’s business model gives clients access to top production talent anywhere in the world, while providing production redundancy and lowering production costs compared to the existing production model.
In line with the company’s REMI strategic plan, BMG is taking the next step and expanding its REMI hub and spoke network with a new hub facility at its Times Square location. This facility will allow the company to tap into production talent in New York, while leveraging its Las Vegas broadcast hub REMI, which is a cloud-based broadcast center. The New York facility will have hard surface consoles for mixer, audio, replay, playback, teleprompting, graphics and master control. All will be connected to the REMI Broadcast Hub. Each workstation can support any Hub control room.
“For our New York production team, a combination of full-time employees and contractors, it will be as if they are physically at the broadcast center,” says Mark Ott, Director of Broadcast Operations. The New York facility will be connected to the Las Vegas operation via proprietary ultra-low latency, high quality audio and video transport designed by the BMG engineering team. The way BMG designed the REMI broadcast hub, it can be used with a single engineer, with production teams remaining in a BMG REMI mobile unit, at home or in one of its satellite facilities around the world. .
“Over the past two and a half years, BMG has worked with various manufacturers to perfect the REMI production workflow, which includes the design of our purpose-built REMI playout hub, REMI mobile units, spoke rigs and home kits. BMG produces complex live productions at scale, enabling a remote workforce that increases quality and redundancy, while reducing production costs,” says Todd Mason, Managing Director of Broadcast Management Group. “The REMI Broadcast Hub has also been designed for customer-owned facilities to connect to the Hub, leveraging BMG’s production teams and facilities. BMG currently has three customer-owned facilities in New York, Washington, DC and Chicago. All are connected to its REMI Broadcast Hub. For some customers, they don’t need to build anything other than a local studio as they can use BMG’s cloud production hub, which reduces space requirements, capital investment and staffing costs.
“We intend to build a hub-and-spoke facility in Chicago and another REMI hub facility,” says Megan Kirst, Senior Vice President of Systems Design and Integration. “The second REMI Broadcast Hub will be connected to the current REMI Broadcast Hub, providing redundancy to each other as well as spoke and customer facilities connected to the hubs,” Kirst continued. The company has designed two types of shelf operations, one for production teams and the other for customers and production teams. The second model allows customers to enter a control room that looks and functions like any other major control room. However, the rear end of the control room is connected to the Broadcast Management Group’s REMI broadcast hub. The company designs its hub and spoke network to support a global customer base