Live events specialist Done and Dusted is to be the first indie in the history of the Olympic Games to produce coverage of the opening and closing ceremonies. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (Locog) awarded the contract after a month-long pitch after the tender which included six other bidders.
Done and Dusted will produce the coverage of the events, which are being created by Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle, in partnership with outside broadcast specialist CTV and Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS).
OBS, which will film the athletes’ entrance, has previously been fully responsible for coverage. However, a spokesman for London 2012 told Broadcast Magazine that the nature of Boyle’s plans for the Ceremonies lent itself better to working with a more traditional TV Production Company.
Done and Dusted has already crewed up and from this week begins a fortnight of off-site rehearsals, before moving to the stadium in Stratford a month ahead of the opening ceremony, which takes place on 27th July.
Done and Dusted managing director Simon Pizey said; “I don’t think there’s anything higher profile than this and we are genuinely delighted to be a part of it. It’s not just about business; it’s about being able to tell your mum and kids that you were there.”
He applauded partner CTV, describing them as “the best in the business”.