2020 TOKYO OLYMPICS
In the summer of 2021, after a delay due to the pandemic, NBC produced the 2020 Olympics from Tokyo, Japan. I had the pleasure of editing for them out of their NBC Studios in Stamford, just north of New York City.
17 nights of prime time coverage on the broadcast network ranked just behind Sunday Night Football as the second-most-watched show of the 2020-21 TV season. Viewers streamed a record 5.5 billion minutes of events across social media and online platforms such as NBCOlympics.com, the NBC Sports app and the streaming service Peacock.
Those figures make the Tokyo Games the most-streamed Olympics ever, giving Peacock its best two weeks of use since it debuted in April 2020.
NBC touted they were producing some 7,000 hours of Olympic coverage, most of which would funnel through their NBC Sports facility in Stamford, and through our edit bays. We had 60 bays running 24 hours a day. Each editor worked a 12 hour shift. No days off.
The 300,000 square-foot broadcast center sits on 32 acres and has numerous amenities including six on-air studios, six control rooms, more than 50 editing rooms, 50 graphics suites, among other features.
The new facility stays connected through more than 1,000 miles of broadcast wires and has an open design, with sports themes throughout its hallways.
Prior to building the new facility, NBC Sports had employees spread out between Philadelphia, Stamford and their main headquarters in New York City. The new headquarters allows NBC to consolidate all of the members of their sports division under one roof.
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