• In Partnership with the National Film & Television School
  • Date: March 2021
  • Number of places: 10
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Course Fee: 1795£ (Freelance rate)                       1995£ (Corporate rate)

How to Apply: Please fill out the registration form below.

For more information regarding the course in London, please visit the NFTS Website by clicking here

1.) Course Information

The Live Sports Direction module incorporates the essence of HBS’s experience of working on world-class sporting events, and is the first of its kind to use the state-of-the-art EVS Live TV Simulator. The training integrates theoretical and practical learning experience and is designed to benefit the Directors in production of a Sports event.

The learning objectives are to understand the use of different cameras in a live sports production, to use the broadcast equipment effectively to adapt to different types of events, to adopt best practice for story telling across slow motion and replays and to understand the various roles in a production team and to work effectively as a team.

Sample Course Plan

Day 1:  Theory

  • Fundamentals of multi camera live sport production-Operations, Personnel & Equipment
  • Team leader & communicator. Prior to the OB – site visit, camera positions, etc.
  • Cameras cutting & story telling
  • Managing the priorities and guidelines
  • Match Coverage philosophy
  • Other Match Deliverables

 Day 2: Theory & Practise

  • Introduction to the Live TV Simulator
  • Practise sessions on the Live TV Simulator using production switcher and EVS replay system. Direct a football match using up to 12 camera feeds
  • Case Study: Review a football match, create a camera plan and explain their philosophy of directing/storytelling of some major incidents.

 Day 3: Practise

Practise session on the Live TV Simulator session and EVS replay system ─ Direct a football match

Day 4: Practise

Practise session on the Live TV Simulator session and EVS replay system ─ Other sports like Basketball/Handball/Tennis

Day 5:

  • Assignment submission by each Participant
  • Trainer feedback to all participants
  • Practical exercises on the Live TV Simulator
  • Evaluation of the session, certificates distribution & closing ceremony

*Note: The above course agenda is for reference purposes only.


  • Directors and producers working with multi-camera live sports events.
  • Knowledge of different kinds of sports.

Apply Here:

Broadcast Academy Course Application


* Only shortlisted applicants will be invited to participate in this course.

2.) Broadcast Academy Expert: John Watts, Executive Sports Producer & Director

John Watts is one of the world’s most experienced multi-camera live sports directors. He has directed the host broadcast coverage at the FIFA World Cup™, UEFA Champions League, Rugby World Cup, Olympics etc. He has won a BAFTA award and received 10 nominations, plus four Royal Television Society awards and a RTS Fellowship.

For more information about our experts, please click here.

3.) Live TV Simulator 

The Live TV Simulator is one of a kind as it includes live video servers – enabling up to 16 ISO camera feeds for ingest/playout, instant replay and slow-motion tools and a Dyvi live video switcher that can be used by multiple trainees simultaneously.

It ensures maximum efficiency in production teams’ preparations for coverage of any live sporting. The system can be configured to playout pre-recorded isolated cameras or connect to an OB truck for off-line live production. The equipment is used in various configurations to simulate training environment for broadcasters, federations and TV professionals.

Each member of the directing team has, as part of a detailed feedback, the opportunity to revisit their broadcast and assess where any improvements can be made.

For more information about our experts, please click here.

Comments from past two sessions:

 “The course gave me practical help to learn how to direct major sports events, and to take this next step in my career. It is important for women to not shy away from opportunities and to acquire skills, confidence and experience to rise in this field.” (Vera Bichler, Director, ORF)

“Thank you for the excellent training session last week. John and the rest of the team were great and it was useful to meet professionals from so many parts of the world. It was the best training he has ever had and I do not disagree with him.” (Andreas Evagora, Freelance producer) 

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