Comcast Media Center’s West Works Studios Wins Two Emmy Awards

The pilot episode of The Stage – Colorado, which was produced by West Works Studios (formerly Comcast Media Center Production Services), took home Heartland Emmy Awards for Arts/Entertainment – Program/Special and for Lighting at the 2012 Heartland Chapter Emmy Awards ceremony, held Saturday night in Denver.

Shot in 1080/60P, 1080/30P, and 3D, the production was also a finalist in the Technical Achievement category. Conceived and executed within a three-day time-frame, the shoot required creating a warehouse set with full concert lighting at West Works Studios as well as on-site interviews at the Buffalo Rose venue in Golden, CO.  Featured artists included Denver’s Melissa Ivey, Andy Hackbarth, and the musical group Churchill.

“We are delighted and honored to receive this recognition from the Heartland Emmy Awards,” said Paul Catterson, senior director of broadcasting engineering and production operations for Comcast Media Center.  “I am very proud of the West Works Studios team.  The fact that such a high-quality and engaging television program using the latest in video production technology could be turned around in such a short timeframe is a true testament of the caliber of expertise and wide range of capabilities that are available to our customers.”

Members of the West Works Studios production team that worked on The Stage – Colorado, included:

  • Robert Baker, Manager of Production Engineering,
  • Judy Bandstra, Production Engineer,
  • Mike Bednarz, Associate Producer,
  • Stephen Donnelly, Writer,
  • Kerry Hart, Production Engineer,
  • Jim Jones, Lighting Director,
  • Andrew Kenyon, Graphic Artist,
  • Matthew Small, Lead Editor,
  • Todd Smoots, Producer/Director, and
  • Tom Wise, Production Engineer.

West Works Studios encompasses five production studios, including one of the region’s largest, with an adjacent control room capable of HD multi-camera live productions, numerous post-production suites, and an on-site satellite and fiber teleport for content distribution.

In addition to housing West Works Studios, Comcast Media Center’s facility in Centennial Colorado provides a full spectrum of content management capabilities, including IPTV transcoding, metadata formatting and multiplatform distribution via streaming media, video on demand (VOD), and linear TV channel formats.

The Heartland EMMY Awards honor outstanding video productions in a dozen TV markets, including   Denver, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Wichita/Hutchinson, Omaha, Colorado Springs/Pueblo, Lincoln/Hastings –Kearney, Topeka, Grand Junction/Montrose, Cheyenne/Scottsbluff, Durango (Albuquerque/Santa Fe), and North Platte.

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