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6th Edition

Television Sports Production

ISBN 9780367563738
Published April 19, 2021 by Routledge
302 Pages

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Book Description

In this sixth edition of Television Sports Production, regional Emmy Award-winning producer Jim Owens walks readers through the planning, setup, directing, announcing, shooting, and editing involved in covering a sports event.

Originally written as a training guide for entry-level broadcast staff at the Olympics, this manual gives readers the tools they need to effectively cover sports from ice skating to motorcycle racing. Throughout, Owens breaks down all aspects of the production process, revealing the techniques that producers and directors use to bring sports to a worldwide audience. Chapters further include tips and advice on using the latest technologies and tools such as production trucks, REMIs, smart phones, mobile units, cameras, audio equipment, and lighting rigs. Featuring new instructive illustrations and sample forms, as well as testimonials from experienced professionals in the business, this new edition gives readers an inside look at how the experts produce live or recorded television and sports coverage.

This comprehensive book is essential reading for intermediate and advanced students looking to learn how to successfully produce sports broadcasting.

Table of Contents





Part 1: Introduction To Remote Production

Chapter 1: What is Remote Production?

Chapter 2: Television Sports Personnel

Chapter 3: What is Television?

Chapter 4: Production Facilities

Part 2: Planning

Chapter 5: Planning the Production

Chapter 6: Cameras

Chapter 7: Lighting

Chapter 8: Audio Production

Chapter 9: Design: Graphics and Sets

Chapter 10: Preproduction and Setup

Part 3: Creating the Production

Chapter 11: The Production

Chapter 12: Directing: Telling the Story

Chapter 13: Sports Announcing

Chapter 14: Postproduction

Chapter 15: Production Safety

Chapter 16: Budgeting for the Remote

Appendix I: Truck Diagrams

Appendix II: Camera Placement Diagrams

Appendix III: Microphone Diagrams

Appendix IV: Production Support Documents

Appendix V: Event Storyboards

Appendix VI: Sports Announcing Article


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Jim Owens has worked and taught in the video and television industry for over 30 years. As a regional Emmy Award-winning producer, he has worked on local and national productions. His international television work has included 18 Olympic broadcasts and has taken him to over 40 countries. He is the author of the Video Production Handbook, Television Production and Television Sports Production, and has had over 30 articles published in television and broadcast magazines in the United States and Europe. He served as the curator of the History of Olympic Broadcasting exhibition at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland and is the Dean of the School of Communication Arts at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky, where he has taught since 1981.


Praise for Television Sports Production, 5th Edition

"Quite simply, no one person knows more about how to teach sports television production than Jim Owens. With nine Olympic broadcasts under his belt, including the training of students that worked at six Olympic Games, Jim is unique in both his knowledge of professional television sports production and how to teach students the skills and techniques necessary for them to be a successful part of any sports production."

--Michael Silbergleid, Former Editor, Television Broadcast Magazine

"It’s the best information reference on television sports production that I have ever seen! It is a book that really cuts to the essence of what television sports production is really about."

--Brian Douglas, Television Producer/Director, Head of Olympic Production for Salt Lake, Torino and Vancouver Olympics

"A sports production book for seasoned professionals and newcomers alike with detailed information, diagrams, and charts covering diverse areas of expertise all in a single volume. In a condensed format, a wide body of knowledge is at your disposal."
--Joseph Maar, Vice President of Programming & Production, NESN

"This is not only the definitive text on remote television sports production, but Jim Owens brings the unique perspective of vast personal experience gained working at live remotes."

--Ben Brown, Partner, Event Support Services

"Jim Owens offers a unique perspective as an educator and an author. He explains the language of broadcast jargon and technical terms in simple language that draws the reader into the fascinating world of sports television. His unique access to television professionals has allowed him to compile an encyclopedia of relevant information."

--Dennis Baxter, Four-time Emmy Award winner in audio for CBS and NBC Sports