EMC wins national award from SVG

Production of MT-ECU basketball billed best in nation

June 2, 2014 · @MTAthletics

ATLANTA, Ga. - The Middle Tennessee Electronic Media Communication Productions team won the collegiate athletics outstanding live game and event production for the MT-ECU men's basketball game at the 2014 Sports Video Group College Sports Summit. The summit was hosted in Atlanta, Ga. on May 28 and the award is given to the best student-produced game in college athletics.

"This award validates the professionalism of our program and its stature on a national level," stated Dr. Dennis Oneal. "Our students are given the ultimate realistic experience in critical thinking and problem solving by producing sports programming for the Nashville television market. Our students control all aspects of the broadcast from producing and directing to setting up and taking down the equipment. MTSU has provided us with state-of-the-art resources and the students are making full use of them. We are very proud that our students have been recognized as the best in the nation for college student produced sports programming."

Oneal heads the truck alongside Mike Forbes, assistant director of technologies, and Marc Parrish, the director of video systems technology, alongside 19 students.

This is the third time Middle Tennessee's EMC Productions has been recognized in the college sports media awards. They received an honorable mention in 2012 for a home basketball game and another for the MT-UTEP football game this past year.

"The CSMA's are one of the most prestigious awards that a student can get in live event production," Mike Forbes said. "So we're really thrilled and happy for our students that they get to experience this honor and achieve it."

The awards were handed out in front of other media members such as ESPN, CBS, Fox Sports 1, and Turner Sports. ESPN personality Rece Davis hosted the ceremony.

Before revealing the award winner, Davis described the live game and event entries as one of the reasons the SVG summit exists, because college students are now producing content comparable to professional networks. Over 300 entries were submitted in the 16 different categories, an all-time high for the summit.

EMC Productions first used its 1.7 million dollar production truck in the fall of 2011 and operates exclusively through it.

"Our students do a tremendous job and our partnership with EMC continues to grow," said Mark Owens, Associate AD/Communications. "There's not a better learning ground than college athletics and we are fortunate to have the personnel and equipment to reach our audience on a consistent basis."

Before the start of EMC Productions, the EMC department broadcast games as a class on ESPN3 for both football and basketball. The production team is 100 percent student-run.

"EMC Productions has come a long way since its conception thanks to Dr. Oneal. The students have really made a difference and helped turn the national spotlight to Middle Tennessee athletics," Parrish said.

Crew List for MT-ECU Game
Producer: Lena Cline
Director: Chris Robertson
Technical Director: Adam Peck
Associate Producer: Robbie Weaver
Graphics: Joshua Cragg
Graphics: Corinne Wolowicz
Audio Engineer: Drew Elliot
Assistant Audio: Jay Czys
Play-by-play: Chip Walters
Color Commentator: Kyle Turnham
Sideline Reporter: Justin Beasley
Executive Producer: Dennis Oneal
Engineer: Marc Parrish
Engineer: Mike Forbes
Tape: Jennifer Dutton
Replay: Ashlyn Bourque
Camera: Murphy Mulvihill
Camera: Melody Carson
Camera: Phil Layton
Camera: Breanna Frye
Camera: Jackson Jones
Camera: Kyle Bates
Grip: Justin Carroll
Grip: Lee Degraffreed

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