Qualified as ‘a unique and transformative learning experience’, the Live Sports Direction training course organized by HBS Broadcast Academy
and EVS was held for the first time in France, at the EVS offices in Boulogne Billancourt, from January 14 to 18.
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 program for professionals. It covers the principles of live sports production and storytelling before moving onto extensive hands-on training with the EVS Live TV Simulator.”
The course was led by Laurent Lachand, known for his direction of some of the world’s biggest sports events, who said he “enjoyed sharing his experience with 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.”