Tennis Channel Migrates to File-Based Workflow with IMT

Tennis Channel has called on Integrated Media Technologies, Inc. (IMT), to design and build a new file-based workflow to allow their broadcast operations, editorial, graphics, and postproduction teams to share content.

“Recent growth at our network required an expanded approach to production workflow and storage,” says Dean Hadaegh, SVP of broadcast operations and CTO, Tennis Channel.  “We contacted IMT because of their well-known expertise in this field, their engineering talent and support services.  Within a short amount of time they diagnosed our specific needs and came up with an across-the-board strategy that allowed us to re-design our operation without any downtime.”

IMT consulted with Tennis Channel to create and implement a new architecture for tiered storage.  The new system connects all of their edit bays running Apple’s Final Cut Pro to a shared storage environment leveraging the StorNext and XSAN File system with high performance Fibre Channel attached storage.

“As big fans of the Tennis Channel, we are especially pleased to have this strategic relationship,” says Bruce Lyon, CEO at IMT. “ The solution we designed was a perfect example of IMT’s fast growing, end to end Professional Services business, which includes our specialized StorNext and Digital Archive Practices.”

IMT worked closely with Tennis Channel to architect an asset management strategy that leverages Apple’s Final Cut Server with custom workflows built by IMT Professional Services.  Tennis Channel can use Final Cut Server to move their content through their file-based workflow from primary storage off to their multi-petabyte capable digital archives managed by MassTech.  Tennis Channel has an LTO archival data tape library at both their Culver City and Santa Monica locations. Utilizing Masstech, they can now move any content file between facilities.

This file-based workflow is an excellent example of IMT’s ability to provide comprehensive consulting, design, vendor selection, sourcing, project management, implementation, training, documentation, and ongoing support services,” says Rob Kobrin, CTO for IMT.

The extensive re-design and installation was done entirely at off-hours during a hectic production schedule.  Careful planning was required between the Tennis Channel technical staff, Production Management, and IMT’s Project Management team to assure a smooth transition to the new system.  IMT is also contracted for 24/7 Remote Managed Services as well as Onsite Support Services for the Tennis Channel.

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