LIV Golf Details Production Plans for Centurion Club Debut
A team of award-winners, 50+ cameras, 60+ mics will cover the 12-team, 48-player event
This week, LIV Golf will be launched at the Centurion Club north of London, and more details have been revealed concerning the production, which will involve more than 50 cameras and 16 views from different towers, drones, and Steadicams with tracer technology. Live coverage will be globally available direct to consumers on LIVGolf.com, YouTube, and Facebook, as well as on a global roster of leading premium and free-to-air broadcasters providing coverage in 138 territories around the world.
At LIV Golf’s shotgun start, the 12-team, 48-player field will tee off all at once. Fans will hear the sport like never before: more than 60 microphones will be deployed from tee to green on every hole, with player and caddie mics bringing fans inside the competition. Meanwhile, on-screen graphics will showcase innovations to the viewing experience while keeping fans updated in real time on the teams and individuals leading the field. Additional modernization of the broadcast will be unveiled throughout LIV Golf’s inaugural season.
“The LIV Golf broadcast will be unlike anything fans have seen before,” says LIV Golf Chief Media Officer Will Staeger. “The innovations we are introducing to the sport will be distributed to existing and new audiences all over the world as we deliver golf coverage dedicated to entertainment and access. We’ve built a world-class production team that has combined the industry’s best practices with a reimagined [viewer] experience to create a one-of-a-kind broadcast. We’ve been counting down the days to Thursday’s start so fans can tune in and watch what we have been working on.”
Staeger has assembled an award-winning team of producers responsible for some of the most renowned broadcast creations in the sports and entertainment industry to lead LIV Golf’s in-house production team. Former Fox Sports Chairman David Hill — who has spearheaded some of the world’s biggest networks, television programs, and production innovations — serves as production consultant. James Watson — who has produced worldwide championships, including Australian Open Golf, Australian Open Tennis, and ICC Cricket World Cups — is SVP, global production. Steve Beim, a nine-time Emmy Award winner and one of the premier directors in sports broadcasting, serves as live event coverage director and executive producer; he has more than three decades of credits directing global events, including the Olympics, Indianapolis 500, Super Bowl coverage, the U.S. Open on Fox, and all six versions of The Match for Turner Sports. LIV Golf’s creative director is Will Newell, a live-event specialist who has delivered promotional and on-air assets for the Olympics and major sports leagues throughout the world. Executive producer of non-live, social, short-form, and pre-show content is multiple-Emmy Award-winning producer and documentarian Michael Mandt. And veteran Fox Sports executive Clark Pierce serves as head of innovation and production partnerships.
The LIV Golf original music theme, to be unveiled with LIV Golf’s inaugural broadcast, was composed and produced by NJJ Music’s Scott Schreer, composer and producer of the popular NFL on Fox theme.
Arlo White, the heralded voice of the Premier League in the U.S. for nearly a decade, takes the role of lead play-by-play caller for LIV Golf. He has called matches on some of the world’s biggest stages, including the Olympics, the FIFA World Cup, UEFA Champions League, Major League Soccer, five Super Bowls, and the Cricket World Cup. His global experience announcing international soccer and cricket competitions includes coverage duties for BBC Sport in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Pakistan, and the Caribbean. White’s distinguished voice and personality have been showcased on the award-winning show Ted Lasso, where he serves as the voice of the popular fictional club AFC Richmond.
Experienced and versatile golf broadcaster Jerry Foltz will serve as an analyst and color commentator in the LIV Golf booth. After playing professionally for more than 15 years, he has spent more than two decades as an analyst, play-by-play host, studio host, instructional-series host, and on-course reporter for such broadcasters as Golf Channel/NBC Sports. Over the past 13 years, Foltz has been an on-course reporter for various tours, primarily as a leading voice for the LPGA Tour. In London, the three-person booth team will be completed with Dom Boulet, a former player on the Asian Tour who is widely known throughout Asia as the voice of golf. Boulet has served as a broadcaster of golf’s major championships and has helped expand coverage of marquee global golf events in international markets, including the Eurasia Cup, CIMB Classic, and CJ Cup.
Su-Ann Heng, a former No. 1-ranked golfer in her native Singapore and six-time member of the Singapore Ladies National Team, will lead on-course commentating. An experienced golf analyst with such networks as Fox Sports Asia, she has covered women’s major championships and hosted marquee global events for more than seven years. The bilingual Heng has served as a contributor for Women’s Golf Magazine and has established herself as an accomplished athlete and influential voice on the global golf scene.
The multi-talented Troy Mullins will serve as an on-course reporter and social influencer for LIV Golf. The former Women’s Long Drive Record Holder (402 yards) and a regular contributor on the Golf Channel, Mullins brings her engaging storytelling skills to LIV Golf’s courses. A standout heptathlete at Cornell University, where she majored in China Asia Pacific Studies, she will carry on her role as a global golf ambassador through entertaining reporting and content development that will showcase the players and personalities featured throughout the LIV Golf Invitational Series.