Today’s FIFA World Cup final (Argentina vs. Germany, 3 p.m. ET, ABC) in Brazil represents the culmination of years of planning and months of work for ESPN’s production team. It’s a huge day for the 300-plus employees who have been working in-country the past month and for another key group that’s 7,800 miles away, though equally invested in the success of the telecasts.
Instead of working in the host country as it did four years ago for World Cup 2010, ESPN’s content edit team has done its job from Connecticut the entire tournament. It is the first time ESPN has implemented a Remote Post Production scenario of this magnitude.
ESPN coordinating producer Julie McGlone in the Creative Content unit leads a team of more than 100 people, including ESPN production staff, freelancers and creative teams from Bluefoot Entertainment (West Hartford, Conn.) and Victory Pictures (Avon, Conn.). Collectively, this group has produced every single piece of World Cup content this month, including show opens, video essays, long-form features, match teases and more.
Using fiber technology, content is transferred daily to and from Bristol and the other facilities in Connecticut to the International Broadcast Center and ESPN’s production studios in Brazil.
McGlone discusses the content edit team’s work in the video above. For more, the Hartford Courant offers a detailed look at this group and the teams at Bluefoot and Victory Pictures.
Video produced by Bill Hofheimer