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OUR LATEST WORK
Offering fact-based reporting, and in-depth investigated journalism, Al Jazeera launched its American network in August of 2013.
In early 2013, USTV identified, designed and project managed the complete build out of their Headquarters in New York. Managing a team comprised of over 20 individual subcontractors, we met an incredibly aggressive deadline of six weeks: from raw shell construction, to completed clean rooms ready for technical commissioning and integration.
The entire Al Jazeera American facility was built out to full functionality that included global fiber connectivity, a studio and all supporting broadcast and IT infrastructure. This almost impossible feat was accomplished in about four months, an unprecedented achievement in the industry.
Each week, Jerry Seinfeld takes a friend out for a cup o’ joe to engage in candid conversation while driving classic cars. From creating a workflow that would meet production budgets while delivering the highest level of quality, USTV designed a GoPro workflow camera system that allowed for maximum flexibility and minimal rigging time.
Not only responsible for logistics, as well as technical and media management, USTV became the unofficial classic car mechanic: taking apart engines, cleaning carburetors and devising solutions on the fly to keep the show on its wheels. Now in its 6th season, USTV has been with the Emmy® nominated series since its inception.
USTV was instrumental in launching Crowd Goes Wild, a live sports talk show produced by Fox. From building their facility from scratch at Chelsea Piers just after the area had been devastated by Sandy, to designing their production workflow, we managed all areas of the show, including:
• Sourcing all technical and broadcast equipment
• Providing technical and media management
• Building new studio, control room and technical core
• Providing embedded technical and broadcast support
Originally a weekly show that transitioned to a daily format for its second season, FXX’s Totally Biased with Kamau Bell tackled various topics including current events, politics, pop culture and race, with a brand of astute comedy on the side.
We provided our full array of offerings, from brokering studio and support space, to workflow and production design including the successful implementation of Avid’s iNews solution.
Hosted by Lisa Ling, this CBS reality competition series featured contestants looking for a chance to win their dream job.
USTV managed IATSE and Teamers contracts, crewing, payroll, set design and build.
We designed, acquired and built 9 camera production shoot in the Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center, as well as managed a 300 person crew.
Shot at Manhattan Center, USTV negotiated studio/support spaces and post-production services for VH1’s pop culture-based talk show featuring Jenny McCarthy.
We worked with their production and creative team to design a workflow that leveraged existing infrastructure, met their deliverables and stayed within budget. We also provided crewing and payroll services.
The name says it all. From their website: “Freesytle Love Supreme is a stage show like no other. Five performers take the crowd on a non-stop hip hop improv ride, spinning cues from the audience into instantaneous riffs and fully realized musical numbers.”
USTV tech managed their event at Joe’s Pub in 2014, handling logistics, crewing, gear, workflow plus more.
AL JAZEERA MEDIA NETWORK
Al Jazeera chose USTV to project manage the build out of their new Washington hub. This state-of-the-art broadcast facility integrates Aljazeera Arabic, English, Sports, AJ Balkans, AJ Mubasher and AJ Turkey. This site will efficiently share resources and streamline content among the various channels with shared newsroom and program studios, edit suites, IT/broadcast infrastructure, video and data connectivity.
During the project, Al Jazeera increased and broadened USTV’s role to include full-time management of construction, scenic design, asset management, transmission, and migration. Al Jazeera recognized the ability of USTV to implement an effective coordination and communication strategy to ensure a successful completion of deliverables in a timely fashion — saving both precious time and money.
USTV in Broadcast Pro Middle East
From the article published in Broadcast Pro Middle East's Nov 2013 issue : "In an exclusive interview with Vijaya Cherian, Mohammed Akhlaq, International Operations Director of Al Jazeera Network and Launch Technical Director of Al Jazeera America, speaks about the journey that led to the successful launch of the broadcaster’s channel in the US."
In the article, Mr. Akhlaq talks about the challenges of this project, and credits its success to USTV, among other key members of the team. In addition to working with incredibly aggressive timeline, there were was major hiccup: three days before the launch of the network, a pipe burst in the building causing a major leak in Al Jazeera's newsroom.
Mr. Ahklaq describes the event: "Within minutes, we evacuated the site as there was a real danger that the ceiling would collapse. I had the construction team, MEP engineers, HVAC teams, cleaning services, pumps, etc., on site within 20 minutes of making a call to my team and Ted from USTV. There was a real team spirit with everyone focused on fixing the problem".
Click here to read the full article,
USTV Strengthens Alliance with Manhattan Center Productions
When Cold Pizza finished its run on ESPN2 in 2007, it marked the end of one of the most original sports programs in television history. But it also marked the beginning of a relationship between Ted Nelson—a veteran TV producer associated with the series—and Manhattan Center, the innovative New York City production facility that was part of the show's success.
In the years since 2007, Nelson has founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of USTV Television Management Services; he has an office at Manhattan Center and has made ample use of its state-of-the-art facilities. He has also been instrumental in directing business to Manhattan Center's TV studios.
Most recently, Nelson was a key player in attracting Al Jazeera America to launch its 24/7 news network using Manhattan Center Productions' TV1 studio and its newly renovated newsroom. To read the full press release, click here.
WE ARE GOOD AT
While the content is all that matters, you want to be certain that your tech can keep up. We work with a variety of partners and manufacturers to provide the best solution available.
Based on your show requirements, we will work with you to develop and customize a versatile workflow that meets your deliverables and budget. All without ever compromising quality.
By leveraging our partnerships with industry leading organizations, we can deliver turnkey Broadcast and IT systems design and integration to meet fit your specific requirements. Our portfolio of solutions include full facility build-out,
A/V and IT engineering and deployment, support and training.
With our experience managing live events: from corporate webcasts, to newsgathering and live streaming, we can help design, plan and execute all your production and technical needs.
From rough cuts to finishing touches, we can provide affordable solutions that will deliver a compelling finished product.
ACQUISITION & DELIVERY
Single camera and multi-camera, all HD and SD formats. We've got you covered.
With our ever growing network of professionals, we can manage all your crew needs: from onboarding and scheduling to fully compliant payroll services. Above the line or below the line.
Whether we're delivering live content via satellite or a fiber network, we understand the unique challenges of delivering content on a global scale.
Our embedded engineering support can maintain your infrastructure running smoothly. We understand down time is not an option.
WHAT WE DO
USTV is your missing puzzle piece. A s a company with over five decades of broadcast and communications experience, we focus on comprehensive preparation for every job we do regardless of size, client or distribution.
We have established strong relationships with leading industry partners, including systems integrators, AV equipment rental houses and IT firms. Whether it’s building a brand new facility, leveraging existing infrastructure or working on short term productions, USTV can provide first-rate facility oversight and engineering resources for long or short-term projects.
In 2013, USTV identified, designed and project managed the Al Jazeera America News Headquarters in New York, NY. Managing a team comprised of over 20 individual subcontractors, USTV was able to meet an incredibly aggressive deadline of six weeks from raw shell construction, to completed clean rooms ready for technical commissioning and integration. Additionally, the entire Al Jazeera America facility was built out to full functionality that included global fiber connectivity, a studio and all supporting broadcast and IT infrastructure. This nearly impossible feat was accomplished in four months, an unprecedented achievement in the industry.
We strive to be the acknowledged leader and preferred partner in helping our clients succeed in the world's rapidly evolving video marketplace. We believe in the plan, and the back-up plan. Failure is not an option.
Before founding USTV with Ted Nelson as the company’s Chief Technology Officer, Ed was instrumental in the design and rebuilding Manhattan Center’s 25,000 square foot full digital production facility, including fiber connectivity to both the Hammerstein and Grand Ballroom. During his career in tenure at EUE Screen Gems, he served as CTO, maintaining and designing upgrades to the company’s technical infrastructure for over 20 stages in the US. He successfully managed the acquisition and repurposing of the company’s assets to maintain efficiencies and minimize costs and redundancy.
Ed is currently responsible for the overall project management of Al Jazeera Media Network DC Bureau build and relocation, which successfully launched in April of 2015.
Ed’s philosophy is to actively remain on the forefront of technology and consult with clients to achieve cost effective and streamlined solutions.
Post Engineer &
Though still relatively green to NYC and the world of television, Dean quickly learned that in this constantly changing environment continued learning is the only way to stay sharp and relevant. Dean is a jack of many trades having worked with live sports production with MLS and the AFL, to editing for Style.com, Gilt, and Al Jazeera, to building a full production studio for Fox Sports.
Never afraid to roll up his sleeves, stay late or come in early, Dean is willing to do whatever is needed to make sure the client is happy and that the show makes it to air on time. When not working you can find Dean reading comics or bombing the slopes during the winter.
As a founding partner of USTV in 2009, Ted was responsible for building Al Jazeera America’s North American News Network. From brokering the real estate deal to Project Managing the build and launch of the 24 hour news channel in less than six months, Ted and his USTV Team oversaw every aspect and managed every step of the build and launch.
For the past five years USTV has partnered with and overseen: Editing, Graphics, Technology Teams, Technical Production Managers, Operations Managers, Executive Producers and Studio Crews. USTV works to ensure that the operational and technical needs of all productions are met. They are responsible for identifying and correcting all workflow issues, determine facility needs and create solutions; including cost analyses and profit & loss. Managing multiple projects simultaneously, as well as being responsible for business development, including market positioning, facility oversight, efficiency management and marketing. Ted works with clients to identify their business needs and opportunities, and then creates contracts, scopes of work, budgets and implementation procedures.
Ted Nelson has been working in the production and operations side of television since 1986. From capturing news as a photographer to setting up and operating microwave and satellite news vehicles, to working as Technical Director and Technical Manager, he has been directly involved in all facets of news gathering and delivery. He has managed live production crews, post-production facilities and multi-camera remote events, union and non-union crews. Due to his longevity in this business, he also possesses a strong understanding of traditional and digital broadcast technologies. Most recently with Atlantic Video in New York at The Manhattan Center and in DC at the Washington Television Center, Ted managed Cold Pizza for ESPN, which was a two-hour daily live morning show that ran for over three years, and he also successfully co-wrote and negotiated the contracts for Pardon the Interruption and Around the Horn, both top ten shows on ESPN.
Ted has lived and worked in the field of television news and entertainment in Providence, RI; Boston, MA; New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA and Washington, DC. His personal travels have taken him to Canada, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Europe. He has a unique understanding of local and global news, entertainment and sporting events and the roles television network organizations must play to remain competitive in the twenty first century.
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DEAN PARHAM JR.
Post Engineer & Production Supervisor