Discovery Selects Video Call Center for Multi-Year Multi-Network Agreement
to Produce Live Video Caller Powered TV Programs
Off air image of 90 Day Replay host Michelle Collins, studio guest podcaster Jordan Fiebelman and remote cast-member Lauren Brovarnik from Nazareth, Israel.
VCC video call acquisition and management technology and services support contribution for multi-national productions and fan engagement opportunities
Palisades, NY, August 2, 2018 — The Video Call Center (VCC) today announced that it has been contracted by Discovery, Inc. to provide its patented two-way video call acquisition technologies, management platform, and expert video call production services for use by Discovery’s global networks. The multi-year, multi-network agreement enables Discovery to extend its use of the VCC platform and services to support new, video call enhanced programs across its domestic and international networks. The VCC has already been used for global remotes on TLC’s 90 Day Fiancé franchise and to produce live video-caller content on the Discovery Channel.
Jhamal Robinson, SVP of Production Management for Discovery Communications said, “The VCC has repeatedly demonstrated to Discovery that its platform is uniquely capable of delivering reliable, high-quality video remotes that help us make distinctive, cost-effective TV experiences. This new agreement gives Discovery a valuable production tool, providing proven technology and creative opportunities that involve both cast members and the superfans of our shows.”
Most recently under the agreement, VCC provided seven, live, two-way remotes into TLC’s successful 90 Day Fiancé Live program on Sunday, July 8. The most challenging remote was from the apartment of a cast member on the distant outskirts of Nazareth, Israel. Connectivity was limited, and travel was not an option due to security concerns. VCC Call Producers coordinated with the cast member, who originated the live national remote with her smartphone, and without any additional local producer, crew, or transmission help.
TLC has worked with the VCC previously for “Tell All” episodes of 90 Day Fiancé. For example, the VCC enabled long-duration, live contribution from cast members around the world for TLC shows produced by Sharp Entertainment, including 90 Day Fiancé: Epilogue, which required hours-long, broadcast-quality video chats to reunite the cast and their family live from locations in six countries over four continents. The two-way video remotes were connected via the VCC for as long as twelve hours while incurring no incremental origination or transmission costs.
Recent productions for TLC have paired the VCC technology and the VCC team with the production and creative experts at Sharp Entertainment. “The VCC platform has become an essential component in the production of immersive television experiences for TLC audiences,” says Mike Granowsky, VP of Production for Sharp Entertainment. “Its reliable IP video call technology means hosts and cast members can stay in the moment for an extended period regardless of location, which allows them to really open up without technology distractions getting in the way. With VCC we’re now able to do shows that were impossible in the past due to cost and logistics. It has been a great, collaborative experience and we look forward to what’s next.”
The Video Call Center suite of production technology and services is expansive and includes:
Larry Thaler, CEO for the Video Call Center said, “Discovery continues to break new ground in both the types of programs it creates and in its embrace of new production techniques to make them possible. The Video Call Center is thrilled to enter this multi-year partnership with the Discovery networks and their production partners like Sharp Entertainment as we push forward what’s possible when it comes to creating compelling, live television experiences from around the world.”
Discovery, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is a global leader in real life entertainment, serving a passionate audience of superfans around the world with content that inspires, informs and entertains. Discovery delivers over 8,000 hours of original programming each year and has category leadership across deeply loved content genres around the world. Available in 220 countries and territories and nearly 50 languages, Discovery is a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens, including TV Everywhere products such as the GO portfolio of apps and Discovery Kids Play; direct-to-consumer streaming services such as Eurosport Player and Motor Trend OnDemand; digital-first and social content from Group Nine Media and a strategic alliance with the PGA Tour to create the Global Home of Golf. Discovery’s portfolio of premium brands includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, Turbo/Velocity, Animal Planet, and Science Channel, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe. For more information, please visit https://corporate.discovery.com and follow @DiscoveryIncTV across social platforms.
About Sharp Entertainment:
SHARP Entertainment is a New York-based television production company with a record of creating and producing groundbreaking unscripted television. Founded by producer Matt Sharp in 2003, Sharp has flourished to become one of the industry’s leading production enterprises, delivering thousands of hours of programming and hits across the dial including 90 DAY FIANCE and EXTREME COUPONING on TLC, MAN V FOOD on Travel Channel, PUNKIN’ CHUNKIN’ on Discovery Channel and DOOMSDAY PREPPERS on National Geographic Channel.
About The Video Call Center, LLC:
The VCC is a technology and content development company devoted to handling large numbers of IP Video remotes-by-smartphone and putting them on the air through patented workflow and assistive automation (patents #8,767,031, #9,654,731 and other patents pending). VCC is a partnership of Wolzien LLC and TEGNA. The VCC is both a Facebook Live Media Solutions and Broadcast partner. The VCC licenses its software and provides caller acquisition and production services. VCC has produced hundreds of programs for broadcast and the web for clients such as Major League Baseball, TEGNA, Fox TV Stations, Discovery and TLC. The VCC’s advanced caller workflows help to expand audience engagement and extend the reach of its clients’ programs. The VCC can be integrated through traditional control rooms or controlled efficiently by the host without a control room. Examples of video caller television programs and complete information about the VCC are available at https://www.thevcc.tv/.