Iron Mountain Entertainment Services Plays Key Role in HBO’s The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart Documentary
Iron Mountain Entertainment Services (IMES) has been featured in the Los Angeles Times. The article dives deep into IMES’s role into the restoration of footage that was featured in HBO’s The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart documentary.
It’s been several decades since a TV show was recorded on a two-inch Quadruplex videotape machine. Kurt Spada, lead encode operator for Iron Mountain Entertainment Services, remembers working on one early in his career as a TV technician.
Fortunately, he still knows his way around the piece of equipment, which was first used during the advent of videotape in 1956 and now looks like a set piece from a vintage “Star Trek” episode. On a November afternoon in the Moonachie, N.J., facility, he was transferring tapes of programming from the 1960s into a software system that converted them into digital files.
“As long as you’ve got the proper equipment, you could probably play this 100 years from now,” Spada said. “But most of that equipment is hard to find, which is why people are taking their material and digitizing it for whoever wants to view it.”