Venue Services Group Meets Goals of the Tennis Channel's New HD Television Production Studio

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The cutting edge production and operations facility is completed in time for New Year's broadcast

It was a pleasure to deliver a soup-to-nuts solution that included design engineering, installation and our own custom consoles to fit nicely into the Tennis Channel's project scope and budget.

With innovative engineering solutions by Venue Services Group (VSG), the Tennis Channel christened their new production studio with the live broadcast of the Hopman Cup Tournament in Australia on January 1, 2008, followed by the Australian Open coverage which began January 14th. The Tennis Channel also made its first HD broadcast over DIRECTV, the start of a major launch for the channel this year.

The new multiple-studio, master control and post production facility is the home to the only 24-hour channel dedicated to the sport of Tennis. Formally utilizing the facilities of FOX Sports since 2003, the Tennis Channel's growth and in-depth programming called for a home of their own. The new high-end facility in Culver City is now the Tennis Channel's new production and operational home for the future.

Venue Services Group was brought in to deliver a turn-key solution including: design, engineering, construction, installation and integration, along with custom-built consoles. The three-story facility includes a 5000-ft. production stage, an insert stage, a green room, an HD master control room, a satellite feed room, two control and edit rooms, an audio room and a voiceover booth, all having to meet California's earthquake specifications.

"The Tennis Channel group has been a great partner during this ambitious project," said Dave Shaw, president of VSG. "It was a pleasure to deliver a soup-to-nuts solution that included design engineering, installation and our own custom consoles to fit nicely into the Tennis Channel's project scope and budget."

With a looming deadline for the inaugural broadcast, VSG employed unique solutions to make it all happen. With limited elevator access to the second floor, booths and furniture had to be designed in sections for assembly on-site. VSG also pre-configured the five-rack router and patch-bay system so that it could be delivered as one complete unit, typically unheard of for this type of installation. This allowed VSG to greatly speed up the install and cabling time and maintain clean and orderly cable runs.

"Sometimes you make unconventional decisions to have the job done professionally while meeting the client's needs," said Shaw, "and our engineering and fabrication teams delivered on this one."

"Because of the enormous amount of detail and extensive wiring necessary to launch our new operations facility by the end of 2007, we needed someone with a proven track record in these types of projects," said Keith Manasco, Tennis Channel's Vice President of Operations. "VSG's design and installation more than met our expectations. Their quick turnaround helped us to bring Tennis Channel in high definition to millions of fans around the U.S."

In addition to their design and integration expertise, VSG added an on-site engineering staff to insure the Tennis Channel's initial broadcasts went off without a hitch.

"The ability to supply staffing to the Tennis Channel facility sets us apart from most systems integration firms," said Shaw. "Combine this with our ability to provide back up support from National Mobile Television, the parent company, gives a comfort level unmatched in this industry."

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Venue Services Group is a wholly-owned subsidiary of National Mobile Television, one of the largest sports mobile and venue production services company in the nation. For more information on Venue Services Group, please visit or contact:

Craig Taylor                        
Venue Services Group (VSG)            
Phone: 888-700-HDTV (4388)            

James Knapp
Nista, Hancock & Knapp (NHaK)
Phone: 562-624-0100

Dave Shaw
Venue Services Group (VSG)
Phone: 888-700-HDTV (4388)


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