Several of ESPN’s studio shows have moved to versions where all the talent appears from home during the era of social distancing, but the network is going even further with NBA show The Jump. The Jump last aired as a stand-alone show on ESPN on March 19 (they’ve since been doing some shorter segments seen on SportsCenter, YouTube, and other ESPN platforms), but ESPN announced this week that it will return as a half-hour daily show on Monday, April 13 (with a show including an interview with Scottie Pippen about the 90s Chicago Bulls documentary The Last Dance, which ESPN is rolling out beginning Sunday, April 19). And what’s particularly interesting there is that The Jump will be the first show with this workflow to be produced entirely from the crew’s homes. Chris Calcinari, the senior vice president of remote production operations for ESPN and ABC Sports, has more on that in a piece at ESPN Front Row; here are some key comments on how they’re pulling this off with the help of new technology.
What started as a small, six-person committee within Remote Operations quickly expanded to a team of 30-plus from departments across the company – Creative and Studio Direction, Production, Production Operations, Remote Production Operations and Technology.
The goal of the committee was to review the best option for producing studio shows at a high-level, while allowing all of the associated staff to work from home.
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