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Tue 19 Nov 2013

United facilitates MTV EMA

United facilitates MTV EMA

Technical feat across Amsterdam

On November 10th United facilitated the MTV European Music Awards (MTV EMA) for MTV, one of the most sensational music award shows in the world. With the main show from the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, three remote stages in Paradiso, the Melkweg, the Heineken Music Hall and the Red Carpet show at Endemol, the MTV EMA provided an enormous technical challenge.

For the prime attraction, the main show in the Ziggo Dome, United took care of the graphics and the complete audio in addition to a sophisticated camera recording. United also operated ‘Digital’, MTV’s platform, where the main feed was made for MTV in America. A fly-away set was used for backstage shots: from there, United connected 10 editing sets for different parties.

Events took place around the MTV EMA in different locations. These were also facilitated by United. On Friday 8th November, United recorded a show in Paradiso, images from which were used in the main show on Sunday. A show in the Melkweg on 10th November was linked live to the main show. There, United handled the multi-camera recording, the audio, two uplinks, an extra back-up and different feeds. In the Heineken Music Hall too, United was there with multi-camera recording, uplinks and feeds: a part of the concert by American rock band Imagine Dragons was linked live to the main show from there. In addition, there was the Red Carpet show in the MediArena where a camera crew was linked to the main show trough a United SNG.

All content was run on two DTP servers which mirrored each other: one main and one back-up. The first was set in the digital environment and received all feeds from the main show as well as the fly-away set, the red Carpet and the remote shows. The images from the main server went to an editing house in London to be edited for re-runs.

Alongside all of the technical requirements for the MTV EMA, United also handled the decor in the Ziggo Dome via HollandseHanden.
The MTV show was broadcast live by MTV Europe, MTV and most of the international MTV broadcasters. It is estimated that this twentieth edition of the MTV EMA was watched on more than 60 MTV channels by 40 million viewers worldwide!