New Advanced Director's Training Course Praised by the Community


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The HBS Broadcast Academy’s ground-breaking director’s training course has been called “a unique and transformative learning experience”. Opening its doors for the first time in France, the BA has offered its flagship course in Live Sports Direction from 14-18 January at EVS’ Paris offices.

The course was targeted at improving the skills of experienced professionals and football director Francois Bietry had high praise for the concept. “There isn’t a similar programme for professionals. It was excellent to begin with the theory of sports direction and understand the wider vision before moving onto the use of the Live TV Simulator, based on EVS technology’.”

The course was led by Laurent Lachand, known for his direction of some of the world’s biggest sports events, who said he “enjoyed giving his experience to the participants”.  He was supported by Nathalie Talbot, who discussed the importance of storytelling in her direction of tennis at Roland Garros.

The programme was developed by the HBS Broadcast Academy, which has built a reputation for delivering training courses around the world which utilise the experience of HBS at the world’s biggest sports events.

Myriam Fontaine, the only female director on the course, was thrilled to be selected to take part in the five-day programme alongside some of the experienced directors in France. “There are very few female directors in sport in France, and this was a great chance for me to build on my experience directing news and entertainment shows and to learn from some of the best in the business. I now want to take what I’ve learned and show my abilities on live events.”

The course covered multiple challenges with practical examples in football, tennis and handball. HBS CEO Dan Miodownik praised the experience. “It is excellent that we can share best practices in the industry and deliver this unique service to broadcast professionals”.

Lise Cosimi, Director, Broadcast Academy added, “We are delighted with the response and we hope to create more opportunities for the broadcasting community in the future.”