That's A First For Seminole Productions
FSU fans were able to see a lot of things this past weekend at the NCAA Softball Regional in Tallahassee: A Seminole Shutout of Princeton on Friday, a pair of home runs by Anna Shelnutt in FSU's victory over Georgia on Saturday, and a fifth straight trip to the Super Regionals for Lonni Alameda's team after beating the Bulldogs again on Sunday.
What you didn't see: large ESPN broadcast and satellite trucks parked outside of JoAnne Graf stadium on the FSU Campus. You might be wondering how the games were broadcast on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU without any broadcast trucks? The answer is simple: because of Seminole Productions.
The NCAA Tallahassee Regional was the first time Seminole Productions, with the help of members of ESPN's technical staff, produced a live event for an ESPN Linear Channel. It was actually the first time that ANY Atlantic Coast Conference member produced a linear event for its television broadcast partner.
Meg Aronowitz, Coordinating Producer for ESPN wrote “it was great to make our maiden voyage into linear productions in the ACC at Florida State. Our production team had nothing but positive things to say about (the Seminole Productions) team, your facility, and the overall experience!”
Producing live events for ESPN is nothing new for the Seminole Productions staff, they have been doing it for over six years now. Seminole Productions has produced well over 300 live events for ESPN3, the ACC Network Extra, and even a SEC Network live event at last year's NCAA Softball Regional. Florida State was one of 4 ACC member universities that became the first to provide live events to the ESPN family of networks. The lessons learned from this partnership with the ACC helped ESPN launch the SEC Network in August of 2014.
ESPN, by partnering with the schools to produce live events, can now provide more original live event content than ever before. Another benefit of the partnership between Seminole Productions and ESPN is that students in the Florida State College of Communication's - Digital Media Production program now have another way to garner real life production experience. Students taking the advanced level coursework Seminole Productions provides, are able to work on professionally produced programming and live events for national networks.
ESPN and the ACC are set to launch the conference's linear network in 2019. When this happens, sports fans will be able to watch more Florida State content than ever before.