MTSU’s EMC Productions wins national award for Outstanding Live Game Production

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EMC Productions, MTSU’s live TV production varsity team has won the award for Outstanding Live Game Production, Collegiate Student category of the College Sports Media Awards. The College Sports Media Awards are conducted by the Sports Video Group (SVG) and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). The award was announced June 1, 2017 in Atlanta in this national competition’s awards ceremony. The winning entry was for EMC Production’s coverage of the men’s basketball game between MTSU and Florida International and aired on ESPN3.

On hand to accept the award for EMC Productions were Zac Leonard, Stephen Hart, Kaelin Bastin, and Logan Day. All four of these students held key positions in the winning production team. Professor Bob Gordon, Executive Producer for EMC Productions had this to say about the team, “These students go beyond what is required. They don’t look at these events as assignments they have to do. They look at them as fun, exciting, shows that they want to do. They are preparing for a career in live event television production and I love helping them get their start.”

EMC Productions students with the SVG award. Logan Day, Kaelin Bastin, Zac Leonard, and Stephen hart

EMC Productions students with the SVG award. Logan Day, Kaelin Bastin, Zac Leonard, and Stephen Hart

This is the second win of this coveted award by EMC Productions. The first win was in 2014 for their live coverage of the men’s basketball game between MTSU and East Carolina.

EMC Productions is a unique organization at MTSU. It is essentially the university’s varsity team for live TV event production. Students compete for positions on the team, and just like athletics teams they must work and practice to develop their skills. The name of the organization will change to Media Arts Productions on July 1, 2017 when the name of the department changes from Electronic Media Communication (EMC) to Media Arts.

Exciting spring semester for EMC multi-camera students

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This semester is shaping up to be a very busy and exciting one for students studying live television production in MTSU’s College of Media and Entertainment’s Department of Electronic Media Communication.

The 25-person EMC Productions “varsity production team” has already produced five nine-camera live MT basketball games for Conference USA Digital Network and Blue Raider Network. The first one this season was from the Bridgestone Arena.

EMC Productions also produced their third “WHO KNEW” program, a TedTalk-style event presented by Nashville’s Music Industry Forum at Third and Lindsley in Nashville.

Last week, EMC Productions was hired to by NFHS Network to produce six TSSAA Boys and Girls Basketball Championship games, for satellite distribution by PlayOn! Sports, a professional sports network.

This May, EMC Productions will again produce the “Raiders Choice Awards” for MT Athletics.

Multicam studentsOver a single weekend, the EMC/RIM advanced television production concert class produced the IBMA-award-winning Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver concert with Riders In The Sky, a Grammy-winning western/comedy act who have had both a CBS and an NPR series plus a song in the movie “Toy Story.” Both performances were recorded at‪ the Franklin Theater. ‬‬‬‬‬

In April, the class will produce a concert with the Nashville Symphony at the Schermerhorn and the MTSU Dance Theater Concert at MTSU’s Tucker Theater.

The EMC 3140 Multi-camera class is also busy producing six live baseball games for Conference USA Digital Network and The Blue Raider Network, six modern dances for video, seven episodes of a cooking series called “Snackbreak” and a two episode game show series.

The EMC 2131 basic studio production class will be producing 22 interview segments and 22 demonstration segments as class projects.

In and among the above efforts, multi-camera students have produced an interview show for Recording Industry Department with Beverly Keel and Bill Carter and an interview special for MT Athletics with ten members of the 1963 Blue Raider Men’s Basketball Team.

Before the semester ends, multi-camera students will have produced a six-episode interview/performance Songwriter Master Class series with Odie Blackman; another series of interview/performance programs for the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the 2016 Blue Spark Awards.

We will also be planning our summer return to Bonnaroo, where last summer, we produced 16 live concerts in 4 days. At the same time, we will prep for the Fall 2016 Women’s Volleyball and Soccer telecasts where students have produced as many as 27 live games in 15 weeks.

Bob Gordon, Assistant Professor of Multi-Camera program production said, “I am proud of the enthusiasm, and the endurance of the EMC and RIM students who combine forces for these exciting, real-world styled projects.”

The College of Media and Entertainment leans forward.

EMC Students Ring in the Holiday Cheer


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week, as the holiday season gets into full swing. On Thursday, December 3rd, EMC Students captured MTSU’s first production of “Joys of the Season” at Tucker Theater. The production featured  performances from the School of Music and The Theatre and Dance Department with artwork from the Art Department.

Then, on Saturday December 5th, students broadcasted the Nashville Christmas Parade on WKRN News 2 to the Middle Tennessee Audience. The parade

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featured some amazing floats, performances, huge floats, and even Santa Clause paid a visit! The students’ work was broadcasted to over a million homes in the Middle Tennessee Area.