How Digital Center 2 was brought to life

This behind-the-scenes video details how ESPN arrived at 11 p.m. ET on June 22, 2014 – the magical moment SportsCenter became the first program to originate from the 194,000 square foot, Digital Center 2. Later this year, the building also will become home to all of ESPN’s NFL studio programming.

“This building is a pretty big statement about where we are and what we think of in terms of our place with fans and in the world of sports and sports media,” ESPN President John Skipper said during May’s unveiling of the building.

Along with external and studio visuals illustrating DC-2’s construction, this video presents thoughts from those involved from its concept to completion, including Skipper, Senior Vice President, SportsCenter & News Rob King, Senior Vice President, Operations Jodi Markley and Executive Vice President, Production, Program Scheduling & Development Norby Williamson.

“Our goal was to reach ESPN employees in Bristol, and those worldwide who wouldn’t normally have an opportunity to see DC-2’s progression,” said Mike Becker, lead producer/editor, Studio Production, who was producer, editor and cameraman for the video along with co-producer Meabh McDowell-Bullard.

“We created some time lapses of the build-out in Studios X and XA [SportsCenter’s home], combined them with perspectives from folks involved in the decision-making process, and added some creative shots from within the studio environment to add to the overall imagery,” Becker said. “Hopefully this shows the work and planning that went into DC-2, and ultimately, the new innovative look of ESPN’s flagship show, SportsCenter.”

Video produced by Mike Becker and Meabh McDowell-Bullard

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