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Anna Valley provides video displays for 65th BBC SPOTY awards

Anna Valley provided a variety of video displays for the 65th annual BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards held on December 15, 2019 at the  P&J Live Event Complex in Aberdeen.  This is the fourth year that Anna Valley has worked with White Productions on the live show which featured a 50% increase in LED displays.

The BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards ceremony is held each December in a different venue and celebrates the most accomplished British sportspeople, chosen by a public vote. Last year’s event was dominated by cricket wins, with Ben Stokes winning “Sports Personality of the Year,” the England Cricket World Cup team winning “Team of the Year” and Jos Butler breaking the stumps to seal World Cup victory for England’s cricket team being voted as the “Greatest Sporting Moment of the Year.”

Anna Valley supplied a mixture of LED, large format displays and projection for the 2019 BBC SPOTY Awards, collaborating with different staging, audio and lighting teams under technical director, Gary White.  This year’s ceremony included 50% more LED than previous shows, with a 8m x 4.5m AV4mm LED taking centre stage to display award graphics, live links and VT playback and a total of 400 panels of DUOLED 12mm panels forming 11 screens of various shapes and sizes to display background graphics – adding character and texture to the set.  Two 21K Panasonic projectors relayed content for the stadium audience while a 95-inch Samsung 95ME LED screen was flown on and off the set using a Kinesys system.

The BBC SPOTY awards is a high-profile, live broadcast event so there’s a lot of pressure to get it right. We’ve worked with Anna Valley on the BBC SPOTY awards and on Michael McIntyre’s Big Show for a few years now and they always provide attentive project managers, good technical products and excellent crew on-site - we always enjoy working with them.
Gary White, founder and technical director for White Productions.