NYT: Dave Mazza Is NBC’s First Link in Wall-to-Wall Olympic Coverage
In advance of the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremonies, the New York Times has put together an in-depth look at NBC Olympics engineer-in-chief Dave Mazza and his team’s comprehensive efforts at the London Games. Mazza has been in London for nearly three months already, overseeing the installation of the network’s control rooms and servers at the IBC about a mile from the main stadium. His staff has nearly 100 distinct video feeds going to the United States, the most ever for an Olympics, all destined for the main NBC network and a panoply of cable channels and Web sites.
“Either it’s getting harder, or we’re getting older,” Mazza, an 18-year veteran of NBC, said with a laugh as he showed a reporter around the control rooms.
Indeed, as watching the Olympics at home has become easier, getting all the signals straight has become harder.
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