LIVE SPORTS Direction (Delivered in French)


Venue: Boulogne Billancourt, Paris, France

Date: From 14-18 January 2019

Number of places: 8

Duration: 5 days

Course Fee: 2,450 Euros

How to Apply: Please fill out the registration form at the bottom of this page

1.) Course Information

HBS Broadcast Academy announces it is launching the world’s first Live TV Simulator Sports Direction course in Paris, France. The short course, which will run from 14-18 January 2019. The ‘Live Sports Production with Live TV Simulator’ short course incorporates theoretical and practical learning and is the first of its kind to use the Live TV Simulator. The equipment uses state-of-the-art EVS broadcast technology and enables sports production teams to replace expensive production infrastructures such as OB vans, fly-away kits or the studio gallery.

The Live Sports Direction programme is designed to benefit the Directors, Replay Operators and Producers in production of a Sports event. Using the brand new, Live TV Simulator, the participants will be able to practise the art of storytelling and learn from various international broadcasting philosophies to broadcast a live event. The theoretical and practical course aims to encourage and develop existing expertise and creativity of participants. 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 storytelling across slow motion and replays and to understand the various roles on a production team and to work effectively as a team.

2.) Broadcast Academy Expert: Laurent Lachand, Sports Director

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A highly experienced director, active since 1997, Laurent is the most recent addition to the roster of FIFA Match Directors. It is a return to familiar ground, however, having previously been selected as one of the seven directors for the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan™. A director at both the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ and UEFA EURO 2016 France, his most recent international accomplishment was to direct the Final of the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 between Germany and Chile. In the years between his FIFA World Cup™ missions, Laurent worked extensively in UEFA club competitions and French domestic football coverage.

FIFA Events:

  • 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/JapanTM
  • FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015TM
  • FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 (Directed the Final)

UEFA Events:

  • UEFA EURO 2016 France
  • UEFA Champions League
  • UEFA Cup/Europa League

3.) Live TV Simulator 

True to HBS’ tradition of innovation, the Sports Live Direction module will be delivered using the latest EVS Live TV Simulator. The simulator allows a production team to learn from making mistakes in a controlled environment using relevant sporting event footage.

Through the combined use of pedagogy and the Live TV Simulator, it is now possible to control and analyse all recorded images with each of the participants.

The Live TV Simulator will become an integrated training facility built using the latest in live production equipment. This includes live video servers – enabling up to 12 ISO camera feeds for ingest/playout, instant replay and slow-motion tools and a live video switcher that can be used by two to three trainees simultaneously. 

The Broadcast Academy uses real-world sporting events as a training environment. The Live TV Simulator is contained and shipped to those events to teach multiple aspects of live sports broadcasting on the ground. This includes tuition for camera operation, journalism, directing for live television and creating live highlights and replays. All the modules’ teaching is delivered by highly skilled trainers and experts in live sports broadcasting selected by HBS and EVS.

Aiming to enable the production team to become autonomous and operational as quickly as possible, the Live TV Broadcasting module merges theoretical courses and practical sessions with the Live TV Simulator comprising test matches.

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.

Comments from participants:

“Whatever the number of cameras available on site in client’s country, we are able to train a full production team and extract the best out of them thanks to the practical sessions with the simulator. But more than a practical tool, the Live TV Simulator is part of a unique live coverage approach based on team spirit and group solidarity.” (Trainer, Live TV Broadcasting module).

“Thanks to this course I improved my broadcasting skills and especially my work with the camera positions.” (Technician – Live TV Broadcasting module)

“I learned to become more interdependent with the rest of the team, to work more rigorously and to make the best out of our TV equipment.” (Cameraman – Live TV Broadcasting module)

“I understood that there is no room for improvisation in live coverage.” (Assistant TV director – Live TV Broadcasting module)

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