NBC Universal Television’s “Maury” and “The Steve Wilkos Show” Taps VCC to Enable Remote Production
Partnership with The Video Call Center to bring virtual guests to “Maury,” and “The Steve Wilkos Show,” for the 2020-2021 season
STAMFORD, CONN. AND PALISADES, N.Y. (PRWEB) DECEMBER 15, 2020 –NBCUniversal Television Distribution announced a partnership with The Video Call Center, LLC (VCC) to bring virtual guests to “Maury,” and “The Steve Wilkos Show,” for the 2020-2021 season. With the VCC’s Caller Cloud® solution, the production teams can reach more people and expand the range of the stories they tell, while maintaining safe, remote practices.
The VCC Caller Cloud enables long-duration, natural conversation between the individual show hosts, Maury Povich and Steve Wilkos, and their respective guests, for compelling and personal interviews that can be done right from the guest’s home. The VCC’s Caller Cloud service provides hyper low latency video return and IFB mix-minus that enables interaction with dynamic, real-time banter using only their smartphones and standard video chat apps.
VCC’s 2-way remote technology was the perfect solution based on its ease of operation, technical superiority and the experience of their highly trained staff.”— NBCUniversal Television Distribution, Stamford Media Center Vice President and General Manager, Vinnie Fusco
The VCC’s 2-way remote technology by smartphone is a flexible and green option that dramatically reduces reliance on flights, satellite links, and complicated logistics to engage guests located anywhere in the world. The VCC’s StageDoor™ feature enables remote VIP guests to join the production simply by clicking a texted or emailed hyperlink. VCC then delivers broadcast-quality ISO feeds of all interviewed participants that can be used for a Director’s line cut or in the post-production process.
VCC CEO Larry Thaler said, “The VCC is thrilled to work with the very talented teams at “Maury” and “The Steve Wilkos Show.” The combination of their energetic production teams, the expertise of VCC call producers, and the one-click simplicity of our StageDoor VIP acquisition solution makes it possible to engage with upwards of 20 compelling remote guests, located anywhere in the world, during every production day and to achieve it all without added travel risk or cost. At the VCC we are proud of our ability to give producers a palette of tools that enables their creativity to shine at all times.”
Stamford Media Center’s Vice President and General Manager, Vinnie Fusco said, “As a result of this unprecedented Global Pandemic, SMC, like many other production operations, was faced with the daunting task of reimagining its production in order to produce shows without a live studio audience, a reduced technical crew, smaller studio/facility footprint and COVID-related guest travel restrictions.” Fusco adds, “Our team began researching remote technologies with the goal of providing transmission of virtual guests and audiences with little to no latency and with the consistency and quality that our shows require. VCC’s 2-way remote technology was the perfect solution based on its ease of operation, technical superiority and the experience of their highly trained staff.”
In addition, “Maury” show producers are now using the VCC’s new CrowdView™ technology, which makes it possible to display video and audio communication between live virtual audiences, Povich and his guests. CrowdView recreates the full in-studio audience experience for fans, the show host, guests, and the show’s production team. All the reaction shots and cheers that fuel a live show can now be recorded while maintaining safe, remote protocols. Thanks to patented technologies from the VCC, audience reactions are delivered to air with virtually no lag to ensure a natural, free-flowing interactive environment.
Typically, “Maury,” and “The Steve Wilkos Show,” are taped in front of a live studio audience at the Stamford Media Center in Connecticut and are produced and distributed in the U.S. by NBCUniversal Television Distribution.
ABOUT THE VIDEO CALL CENTER, LLC
The VCC is a technology and production services company devoted to handling large numbers of IP Video remotes-by-smartphone and putting them on the air through patented caller acquisition technology, workflow and assistive automation (US patents #8,767,031, #9,654,731, China patent #ZL 201380050976.3, and other patents pending). The VCC licenses its software and provides caller acquisition and production services. VCC has helped clients produce hundreds of programs for broadcast and the web, supporting Major League Baseball, Sony/TEGNA, CBS, Fox TV Stations, Discovery, Fox Sports Networks, TLC, WWE, Vice and many others. Examples of video caller television programs and complete information about the VCC are available at thevcc.tv.
ABOUT NBCUNIVERSAL TELEVISION DISTRIBUTION
NBCUniversal Television Distribution is responsible for the production, sales and distribution of NBCUniversal products to broadcast television within the United States. The division develops and produces first-run programming and distributes these shows, along with off-network content, in broadcast syndication. Current first-run broadcast syndicated programming includes “Access Hollywood,” “Access Daily,” “All Access,” “The Kelly Clarkson Show,” “Judge Jerry,” “Maury” and “The Steve Wilkos Show.” In addition, the division distributes the retro television broadcast network Cozi TV and the weekend syndicated series “Open House.” Current off-network programming includes “American Ninja Warrior,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Chicago P.D,” “Monk” and “Dateline.”
Media contact for NBCUNIVERSAL/ STAMFORD MEDIA CENTER
Sara Paige, [email protected], 203-609-1588
Media contact for THE VIDEO CALL CENTER
Evan Sirof, [email protected], 845-883-2109