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Object-based broadcasting

Interactivity in live sport and music broadcasting could be the next game-changing technology upgrade, says Adrian Pennington

  • TV music: what’s the score?

    The much improved range offered by production music libraries is a bonus for programmemakers, but commissioned music can take a show to another level, says Adrian Pennington

  • Faster than a ray of light

    Lytro’s light-field cinema camera could revolutionise film-making, while developments in holographic display are bringing Star Wars-style technology closer to reality

  • Diversity: writing and directing

    Tackling the lack of diversity in writing and directing TV needs more than lip service. Robin Parker reports on efforts to get new voices in front of producers and commissioners

  • Game on for sport OB firms

    Outside broadcast suppliers are in a race to upgrade to Ultra High Definition and IP as the technology teeters on the cusp of becoming mainstream.

  • Behind the scenes: The Secret Life of the Zoo

    For its latest C4 fixed-rig series, production company Blast Films! called on the expertise of rig specialist Minicams to help it get up close and personal to the animals at Chester Zoo.

  • Light entertainment feels the squeeze

    With the likely closure of Fountain Studios, shiny-floor shows could struggle to find space within the M25, but expansion elsewhere should ease the problem.

  • International: China Focus

    China is hardly renowned for its high-quality television drama, so how did a British team end up penning a 40-part detective series for Chinese TV?

  • Roundtable: Rising to the post challenge Video

    From demanding clients to tech innovation, the bosses of the firms shortlisted for this year’s Broadcast Awards discuss the challenges and opportunities in the sector.

  • Training: Stepping Up

    Creative Skillset’s Stepping Up scheme allows those working in TV to advance their career by learning from experienced colleagues. Broadcast speaks to three people helped by the project

  • Tips and tools for capturing the world in 360 degrees

    With the market for VR headsets expected to take off over the next five years, the pressure is on producers to understand how to tell stories in 360 degrees.

  • Playout Q&A: technology bosses reveal their priorities

    The heads of technology at five leading playout organisations explain where they are investing to develop their business

  • Composing The Hunt

    The NHU’s latest series was Oscar-winning composer Steven Price’s first factual commission. But the natural world proved as inspiring as the space scenes for Gravity

  • Music rights and licensing

    Music licensing is an important area - but is not always covered well on TV production courses. Now music publishers are taking matters into their own hands, writes Kevin Hilton

  • 12 tips for using drones

    Deciding which drone supplier is right for you can be a daunting process. We’ve compiled a checklist of some things you need to bear in mind before you take to the skies.

  • Primal Survivor: filming with drones

    Laurence Hamilton-Baillie describes what he learned over two years shooting with drones in some of the planet’s most remote and inhospitable locations

  • Global formats: scaling the format heights

    From naked dating to mountaineering and feel-good prank shows, Peter White provides a rundown of the hottest international properties and the biggest emerging trends.

  • Bring the Noise, Sky 1

    Sky 1’s new comedy and music spectacular Bring The Noise breaks with panel show tradition by taking inspiration for its set from concert arenas

  • ITN special: 60 years on air

    As ITN celebrates its 60th birthday, ITV News editor Geoff Hill introduces a look back at the key moments and innovations that have helped it change the way we see the world

  • Training: growing talent in Northern Ireland

    Northern Ireland Screen’s Aim High scheme has been helping to develop the next generation of TV producers. Now it’s turning its attention to animation and gaming.

  • International studios: a world of opportunity

    Global demand for production space is fuelling a boom in the sector both in the UK and abroad. Adrian Pennington looks at what the most in-demand overseas operations have to offer

  • Cross-border boost for Belfast

    The city’s animation industry is thriving as companies take advantage of new funding models and tax credits from both the UK and Ireland.

  • Rising star in TV production

    From high-end drama and primetime formats to award-winning docs, Northern Ireland is a region that’s starting to shine

  • Behind the scenes: Rugby World Cup 2015

    For the Rugby World Cup kicking off in September, host broadcaster ITV will be rolling out a series ofinnovations in replay technology, camera positioning and fibre connectivity. Adrian Pennington reports

  • Production: sustainability

    More productions are embracing Bafta’s Albert+ sustainability scheme, but progress is slow and a health & safety-style mandate for broadcasters is needed, says Jane Marlow

  • IBC 2015: Interview with Avid CEO Louis Hernandez

    Avid is to overhaul the way that it certifies third party software in a bid to speed up the process of creating apps for use with the company’s MediaCentral Platform.

  • Turn that noise down

    Despite the best efforts of location sound recordists and mixers, extraneous noise can sometimes make it to post. Four experts reveal their tools and techniques for getting rid of the unwanted hums, clicks and pops.

  • Outside Broadcast

    Growing demand for Ultra HD in live sport is driving change in OB technology, from IP delivery to remote production, writes Adrian Pennington

  • Packed to the rafters

    From Surrey to Scotland, the growth of high-end TV production is driving demand for UK studio space. Adrian Pennington looks at the new space coming on stream

  • IP: live broadcast

    The technology to work with IP-based video in live production has been promised for years. We’re now at a tipping point, says Adrian Pennington

  • Blazing a trail for 4K live sport

    BT is taking a huge step forward with the launch of Europe’s first dedicated UHD sport channel, but its aim of delivering it live over IP remains some way off.

  • Music licensing

    Following the lifting of the BBC’s ban on music by the Doors and Neil Young, Kevin Hilton explores how new technologies and disruptive distribution models are reshaping UK licensing

  • Minicams: Case Studies

    Minicams and special rigs are increasingly shaping broadcasters’ coverage of sporting events and offering factual and drama producers a new set of tools to hook jaded audiences. Michael Burns looks at five examples

  • Training: career shadowing

    Trainees and mentors who took part in a recent career shadowing initiative run by the BBC, RTS and Creative Skillset tell BBCAcademy project manager Suzy Lambert about their experiences

  • Interview: Vitec's Matt Danilowicz

    Matt Danilowicz has snapped up seven companies since he became chief executive of Vitec Videocom in 2012. And, as he tells George Bevir, he’s not putting away his cheque book any time soon.

  • Britain's Busiest Airport, ITV

    Ensuring our ob-doc series would avoid becoming a puff piece for the UK’s biggest airport demanded buy-in from every corner of this ‘mini city’, writes executive producer Tim Wardle

  • Tax relief: the bigger picture

    High-end TV drama tax credits have turned the UK into a haven for big-ticket productions, but have also had some unintended consequences. Kate Bulkley assesses their impact

  • Behind the scenes: Car Share, BBC1

    A complicated five-camera rig was required to shoot Peter Kay’s latest comedy series

  • Music: innovative audio

    TV producers are finding new and innovative ways of sourcing and commissioning music for their shows. Adrian Pennington reports

  • Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, BBC1

    BBC1’s adaption of Susanna Clarke’s novel takes the viewer on a journey into a fantastical world - but always remains grounded in reality. Benji Wilson finds out how it was done

  • A winning tactic for OB

    Innovation in technology is enabling broadcasters to improve the audience’s experience of sports coverage. Adrian Pennington reports on the kit that’s helping on location

  • Election coverage: battle for the viewers’ vote

    As politicians make their final pitches, Adrian Pennington examines broadcasters’ strategies for ensuring their OB teams will be first past the post with the election results

  • UHD takes to the air

    Manufacturers are competing to be the first to offer workable UHD RF camera links, but the technology is still at least a year away from the market.

  • Making space for light entertainment

    Shiny-floor formats haven’t been squeezed out by high-end drama and even quiz show productions are demanding larger, higher-spec spaces, writes Adrian Pennington

  • What to expect in Las Vegas

    Ultra HD, cloud-based solutions and unmanned aerial vehicles are set to be the big themes at the NAB trade show in Las Vegas. Michael Burns offers his pick of the technology on display

  • Kid's TV: changing landscape

    Pact is warning of a crisis in kids’ TV due to a lack of broadcaster investment. Could live-action tax credits or quotas be the answer?

  • Media asset management

    As the costs come down, production companies are increasingly investing in archive and MAM systems of their own. Adrian Pennington asks the experts about the options

  • Small screen, big breaks

    The UK tax incentive for high-end TV drama is giving the industry a massive boost. We look at its impact and assess the prospects for similar schemes elsewhere.

  • Nations & Regions: London

    Exceptional talent, crew, studios and locations, combined with tax breaks, make the capital an increasingly big draw for international productions