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TeleProductions Super Bowl Journey Continues

TeleProductions production of the Super Bowl provides experiential learning opportunities for the students attending. Most professionals in this industry do not get to attend the Super Bowl, but Kent State takes its students to experience production firsthand. This year, trip first-timers and Kent State University School of Journalism and Mass Communication electronic media production majors, sophomore Mike Donelan and senior Chris Nyman will help broadcast the game for Fox Mexico.

TeleProductions Super Bowl journey!
TeleProductions Super Bowl journey!

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And TeleProductions is Off to the Super Bowl!

TeleProductions’ staff and student workers set out on their trip to the Super Bowl today!

TeleProductions on the road bright & early!
TeleProductions on the road to the Super Bowl bright & early!


Below are bios of the students accompanying TeleProductions on this trip:

Dan LeBeau – I am an alumnus of Kent State University (2013). I have worked with the Teleproductions department for the past five years, first as a student employee and now from time to time as a freelance employee. Teleproductions has done so much for me — it’s opened a lot of doors and provided me with a lot of amazing experiences, including allowing me to work at the Super Bowl — twice! It’s an absolute pleasure to continue working with the staff and student employees of Teleproductions. Kent State University and Teleproductions will always mean a lot to me, and I’m incredibly grateful that they have provided me with yet another amazing opportunity to work at the highest levels in my industry alongside a team of talented and dedicated KSU students and staff.

Chris Nyman – My name is Chris Nyman, and I am a senior here at Kent State University. For the past three and a half years I have been working at Teleproductions, and given the opportunity to be a camera operator for TV2, The CW, and ESPN3. This past year I have become one of the veteran student employees, and with that I have to pass my knowledge to the younger students coming into Teleproductions, like Ryan Luli, Katie Dillon, and Dan LeBeau did for me. This year I have been given the opportunity to go to Super Bowl XLVIII and work with Teleproductions. As a student this is an unbelievable experience, and professionally it will stand out on my résumé. I’m looking forward to having one of the most eventful weekends of my life in New York City working Super Bowl XLVIII. Maybe in a few years I will be there working The Super Bowl for one of the major sports networks thanks to the experience I have gained at Teleproductions.

Michael Donelan – I am a sophomore at Kent State majoring in Electronic Media Production with a minor in Sports Administration. I’m a graphics assistant at TeleProductions producing video board content for Kent State Athletics. I’m also a production assistant working on crews for in house video board productions, television sports productions on the TeleProductions production truck, and crew various other productions. The opportunity to go to the Super Bowl will impact me as a student because I will gain real world experience that is impossible to replicate in a classroom setting. After a strong head start in high school, TeleProductions has allowed me to grow as a student without restricting me due to age. I think my experiences at TeleProductions are great examples of their dedication to students’ education. The experience will also help me because working with industry professionals creates a strong network of contacts. While working on various productions along side industry freelancers I have developed a greater sense of professionalism, which becomes more important on large-scale productions such as the Super Bowl. I hope to gain a better understanding of high profile events and the process behind the production of the biggest game of the year.

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TeleProductions’ Staff, Satellite Truck Returning to Super Bowl to Support Live Broadcast for Latin American Television Station

Student Crew to Travel with Kent State TeleProductions’ Team to Assist with Production

Being able to tell future employers that you have helped produce the Super Bowl is a big honor. Being able to tell them you did that as a student will blow them away.

Kent State University TeleProductions’ staff members Jeff Bentley, Jason Forbes and Dan Tonelli; Dan LeBeau, an alumnus of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication; and students Mike Donelan and Chris Nyman, will travel to East Rutherford, N.J., with the department’s satellite uplink and production truck for Super Bowl XLVIII to provide production and satellite capabilities for the FOX Mexico live broadcast of the game.

In 2013, TeleProductions partnered with PMTV, a global provider of broadcast and video production services, to offer its clients highly customized broadcast, corporate TV and entertainment needs. After a rigorous negotiation process to make sure its truck and production team met all of the technical and professional requirements, Kent State TeleProductions began working with PMTV and its clients to fulfill live broadcast needs.

“Being invited to work at the Super Bowl for a second year in a row is a significant achievement,” said Mark Bussey, director of technology and TeleProductions. “It is a clear indication of Teleproductions’ success last year and the trust they have placed in us.”

This production provides experiential learning opportunities for the students attending. Most professionals in this industry do not get to attend the Super Bowl, but Kent State University takes its students to experience production first-hand.

LeBeau will travel with the group to attend the Super Bowl for the second time. He will supervise audio and camera set-up, as well as equipment observation during the game.

Bussey said, “Teleproductions’ involvement with the Super Bowl is a testimony to its reputation, high level of professionalism and technical capability. I’m very proud of my team and the talented students who accompany them.”

Follow TeleProductions’ journey to the Super Bowl and its time broadcasting the live show on the TeleProductions’ Facebook page or on Twitter @TeleProductions #KSUSuperBowl beginning Jan. 30.

TeleProductions Earns Two Communicator Awards

By Brandon Koziol

Kent State’s own TeleProductions took home gold in the 19th annual Communicator Awards.

“I’m pleased that TeleProductions has received this accolade,” said Mark Bussey, the director of technology and TeleProductions. “It is an important validation that our work is recognized as award winning, a confirmation of our continued pursuit of excellence.”

Out of more than 6,000 entries from around the world, two of TeleProductions’ videos were among those honored by the judges.

The production company earned both a gold and silver award. The Gold Communicator Award recognized the video “The Kent State UXD Program,” a video that incorporates hand-drawn cartoons to help highlight the User Experience Design (UXD) concentration in the Information Architecture and Knowledge Management program in the School of Library and Information Science. The Silver Communicator Award honored the “Traveling Stanzas 2012: Blooming Thoughts,” an animation that brings a poem written by a third grade class to life.

The International Academy of Visual Arts (IAVA) judged the videos and hand selected each. IAVA is a 600-member organization of professionals from leading media outlets like Disney and Time Inc.

“Winning these awards feels great,” said Graphic Designer Jim Hurguy. “It lets us know that the work we’re doing is appreciated and up to par with the work that those corporations are used to seeing.”

Hurguy worked closely Senior Media Specialist Shane Roach, who directed and produced the videos, and student graphic designers Brian Recktenwald and Alex Kurr.

For the “Kent State UXD Program” video, Roach explained how he wanted the commercial to help solidify the whole concept behind the program. He wrote the script around the idea of a person explaining what User Experience Design is all about while interacting with hand-drawn sketches. Since the program is based on user interaction and sketching out ideas, Roach thought this theme would be a perfect fit.

Traveling Stanzas 2012: Blooming Thoughts” was a video created for the Wick Poetry Center. Hurguy and Kurr took on the job of bringing the third-grade poem “Blooming Thoughts” to life through animation. Kurr came up with the idea of using a rotating globe to give the animation a different, 3-D look.

With hours of hard work poured into the videos, the awards represent a great testament for TeleProductions, Roach said.

“We can put this out there, and future clients and the university can see that we’re being recognized for exceeding standards,” Roach concluded.