June 20, 2018
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NESCom graduates assisted with Olympic broadcasts

BANGOR — New England School of Communications graduates Brandon Gassett (’09) and Keith Bickford (’10) were at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia while working for EVS, a company that provides instant replay capabilities for live sporting events. The two graduates helped to supply NBC and its broadcast affiliates throughout the world with world-class televised sports coverage of the 22nd Winter Olympic Games.

EVS has a system that records all media to a server and then manages the media/metadata. Professionals then have the opportunity to edit the content directly off their server, send it to a third-party editing applications, or play the content on air. The EVS system was used at the International Broadcast Center.

“NESCom’s ability to train students on the EVS system and help students get internships at EVS, resulted in them receiving full-time positions,” said Ben Haskell, executive vice president and academic dean at NESCom. “Their ability to contribute to large-scale professional productions, like the Olympics, is a tribute to the educational quality available to students through NESCom.”

The NESCom graduates arrived in Sochi three weeks before the opening ceremony to configure the systems. While the games were underway, their responsibility was to monitor the system and make sure it ran without any issues.

In addition to Gassett and Bickford, Nick Barrows (’12) was in NBC’s new sports-broadcast center overseeing the EVS operation for the Winter Olympics.

All three graduates studied video production while at NESCom.

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