Bexel’s Fingerprints All Over Super Bowl XLV Productions
Super Bowl XLV marked Bexel’s 20th year of involvement in the Super Bowl, arriving onsite days in advance and working with more than 40 customers.
This year, Bexel debuted optical services for the photo press. These services interconnected their positions on the field, stands, and catwalk above the field to the press workrooms inside the stadium and outside in the press compound. This allowed photographers to eliminate the need for runners to move media cards from the photographers to the workrooms, while helping to speed up the workflow—from image capture to final content delivery.
Bexel also provided support to the NFL and NFL Films, utilizing Bexel’s Optical ESU as signal distribution point for domestic post-game interviews broadcasting from the field. The NFL Officiating crew also had Bexel technicians on hand to support the expanded Instant Replay systems utilized throughout the Super Bowl.
Fox Sports called upon Bexel to provide all of their on-site studio and game-editing facilities. The multi-edit bay and viewing station operation was supported by Bexel engineers throughout Super Bowl week. After using Litepanels LED Lighting Systems during NFL regular and post-season games, for the second Super Bowl in a row, Fox Sports exclusively utilized the Litepanels fixtures to illuminate the announcers’ booth. Bexel also provided an assorted of equipment found in the Fox broadcast compound including EVS LSM’s, Super Slo-Mo camera systems, monitoring, lenses, teleprompters, and more.
Bexel’s support went beyond Cowboys Stadium in Arlington to Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth, ESPN’s home base during Super Bowl festivities. At the stadium, ESPN utilized a mix of equipment, Sony HD cameras and optical equipment supporting its broadcast, while offsite for ESPN’s “Sports Center,” Bexel supplied engineering crews, fiber optic equipment, teleprompters, monitors and a Q-Ball HD/SD Minicam system. The Q-Ball was mounted above the ESPN Radio stage, providing an overhead shot of the highly accurate “animal picks” for the winner of Super Bowl XLV.
“We are proud that Bexel’s presence has grown at the Super Bowl, with this year bringing even more new and exciting challenges,” says Scott Nardelli, chief business development officer, Bexel. “As the needs of our clients grow, Bexel has the solutions and engineers to help execute dynamic productions of this nature and we look forward to what next year will bring.”