Example of a clip from TLC’s “90 Day Fiancee: Before the 90 Days Tell-All” Patrick, from a studio in Queens, NY, connects with his mother in Georgia and his not-quite-girlfriend in Paris, France for an exchange of words that is so heated, you feel grateful that the participants are not in the same room.
Background: VCC has now worked with TLC and Sharp Entertainment on the second tell-all for the popular 90 Day Fiancee franchise.
For the first episode, in fall of 2017, VCC gathered cast members from 5 different continents, connecting them to their significant others in the studio. The long duration (often many hours) stable connections permitted the participants to delve into tense and intimate conversations from opposite sides of the world. Each cast member, regardless of location saw and heard the other cast members with low-latency, high quality signals, throughout the production process.
This went so well, that VCC was a natural partner for a second tell all in the Spring of 2018. This time, one of the couples was entirely in Marrakesh, Morocco. VCC not only provided a stable feed, but also kept it live for 14 hours, combining them and permitting interaction with other participants not only on the set, but also in Bogota Columbia, Los Angeles, Louisville and Atlanta.
Problems with Traditional Approaches: To have a satellite feed up for many hours from each location would be horrendously expensive and would not provide the return feeds. Cellular Bonding would be less expensive, but would require crews at each location and the latency (delay) between the cast members would hinder their natural conversations. Skype was tested and resulted in terrible quality.
VCC’s Solution: VCC provide reliable smartphone and lap-top based single camera remotes with two-way video and mixed minus IFB audios. VCC’s proprietary call-reliability technology and expert call producing enabled day-long availability of individual feeds, ISO recordings and HD-SDI outputs to the Sharp control room.
Results: Outstanding quality, emotional television. Feeds from: Morocco, Philippines, Brazil, France, The Dominican Republic, Spain, Columbia, Lexington, Los Angeles, & Louisville.
“We had the challenge of our cast being across the globe and the VCC provided us with a great solution. The reliability of the VCC enables cast members to be fully engaged without the technical disruptions that are so common when video calls appear on TV. We were impressed by the VCC’s quality and professionalism.”
– Scott Lewers, SVP, Multi-platform Programming & Digital Content, TLC
“[VCC’s] 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.”
– Mike Granowsky, vp of post production, Sharp Entertainment