Bright House Networks | 2005-2013 

Broadcast Graphics Integration

Company: Bright House Networks
Role: Art Director | Design Integration Manager
Integration: XPlay | XStudio | XPanel | XPlorer | XNews | XG | VizArtist | VizEngine | VizNLE | VizPilot | VizTicker3D | VizMaps | Website
Technical: .NET | MOS | AS2/3 | ENPS | Dalet | VB Script | XML | HTML | FLASH | JAVA | Sharepoint

Overview:

Bay News 9 is a cable news television network located in St Petersburg, Florida. It currently serves the Tampa Bay Area including Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee, Polk, Pasco, Hernando, and Citrus counties. The station, which is exclusive to Bright House Networks customers, broadcasts news 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with the exception of some special programming, including a weekly political program, Political Connections.

Central Florida News 13 is a cable news television station located in Orlando, Florida. It currently serves the greater Central Florida areas including Volusia County, Seminole County, Orange County, Osceola County, Lake County, Marion County, Flagler County, and Brevard County. Central Florida News 13 covers news in cities such as Orlando, Daytona Beach, Melbourne, and Kissimmee, as well as surrounding areas.

Bright House Sports Network is a 24-hour regional sports network in the Tampa Bay and Central Florida areas. The station began in the Tampa Bay region in 2004, and is owned by Bright House Networks, seen exclusively on their systems on cable TV channel 47.

InfoMas is a Spanish-language cable news television network covering the Tampa Bay and Central Florida regions. The news channel, which is exclusive to Bright House Networks customers in these regions, broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week, airing news, weather reports, and coverage of local events. The network premier on July 12, 2011 and airs in both Standard Definition and High Definition on Channel 900 and HD 1900.

As Art Director in the earlier years managing the day to day graphics, marketing and website content was essential but more importantly developing a database system to manage, recall, and organize control room graphics. Developing interactive flash website applications was relevant during this period. During the transition period of 2006, we were slated for a brand new facility, equipment, software, and a new graphics package. We decided to complete the entire graphics package in-house. Opens, Teases, Bumpers, Music, Fullscreen, Lower3rds, Tickers, and basically the whole works.
This was a very challenging task not only to design the entire package, but also to create all the producer driven templates using XStudio, integrating with XPlay, and XPanel for the Ticker. Developing custom graphics workorder models & templates to sustain a 2 person staff was ideal to support the 24hr newsroom. Over the next several years managing, designing, developing, and marketing lead roles were acquired.

As Design Integrations Manager for Bright House Networks Local Programming Group, consisting of 4 Channels, we took aim at the challenge of progressing all Newsroom software from ENPS to Dalet, and the graphics from XMediaSuite to Vizrt. This was definitely a challenge and our experience in workflow, design, and integration was a true success to the network.
Developing a unique, custom, centralized graphics workflow management system was essential to share content, video, and graphics. Custom approval processes throughout all management roles was the key ingredient.
We also took an in-house design and development lead on the integration of election graphics for the November 2012 General Election. Managing 3 seperate stations across central florida, Bay News 9 in Tampa, Infomas covering all Central Florida, and Central Florida News 13 covering Orlando and surrounding counties, we managed to bring together seamless and exceptional election night graphics, ticker systems, and website graphics.
Utilizing the recently installed vizrt graphics suite, including Viz Artist, Viz Content Pilot, Viz Template Wizard, and Viz Ticker 3D we managed and executed the entire process of real-time data playout. Some of the key features of the integration included custom integration for Live Update AP driven data templates and live customized ticker playlist results.

“Managing all aspects of the complete data flow for the 3 sister stations is a highly complex task”, Adam Martinez says “There are so many moving parts that have to be accounted for, checked, and re-checked numerous times. During Election Night there is always so much going on within the newsroom, watching the systems come together and execute seamlessly is always a great sense of accomplishment.”