Fresh Off Benefit Concert for Oil Spill, YES Productions Joins as SVG Sponsor
The Sports Video Group is pleased to welcome its newest sponsor, YES Productions. Founded in 1982, the New Orleans-based mobile-production company offers two 53-ft. expando HD trucks for productions throughout the southern part of the U.S.
“I look at the people involved with SVG, and I want to be a part of that,” says VP/GM Jim Moriarty. “I know and respect a lot of SVG people for discussing the issues of the day in this industry. I’m honestly not sure why I haven’t become a sponsor sooner, but I’m glad to be part of it now.”
Both of YES Productions’ mobile units are self-contained HD trucks, without B units. YES HD 1 and YES HD 2 are based on Grass Valley Kalypso switchers and feature Calrec audio consoles, two EVS LSM XTs, and a Chyron Duet HyperX graphics system. YES HD 1 is equipped with nine Ikegami HDK 79 EC cameras, while YES HD 2 sports eight HDK 79 EX cams.
After one of the trucks was destroyed during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Moriarty decided to convert both trucks to HD. “We ended up running into Katrina down here and lost one of our units in the flood,” he says. “So when we went to rebuild, we decided to move on to the next level with HD. We got a lot of help and advice from our friends in the business after the storm, and we got back on the road rather quickly. We ended up with a contract with Professional Bull Riding right off the bat, and that really kept us busy.”
YES Productions currently works several high-profile productions, including New Orleans Hornets basketball, CBS college football, ESPN college football, and a host of Cox Sports Television productions. In addition, YES was onsite in Miami during the New Orleans Saints’ Super Bowl XLIV victory in Feburary, producing NFL Network’s Total Access Super Bowl show.
The recent oil spill in the gulf has devastated much of the Southeast, and, to help those affected by the spill, YES offered its services free of charge for a May benefit concert featuring Lenny Kravitz, Mos Def, Ani DiFranco, and Allen Toussain at the Mardi Gras World River City in New Orleans. The concert aired on FUSE, and all proceeds were donated to the fishermen affected by the spill.
“We donated our truck, and the crew donated their time and services to the benefit concert,” says Moriarty. “We were pretty proud of that. Everybody just wanted to chip in and do their part. Even when I told everyone that we didn’t have any money to pay them, they just said, sign me up. So we got a couple jibs and eight or nine cameras and did the show. It was a lot of fun.”