Come the new year, Universal Sports Network’s production and broadcast operations will emanate from the Comcast Media Center.
The Olympics sports proponent will relocate its broadcast operations from Los Angeles to Denver, where CMC will provide studio production facilities, linear master control origination and distribution services.
Universal Sports Network expects to be fully operational at the CMC on Jan. 1, 2013. The move to Denver will create 44 new jobs.
CMC already provides technical services to a number of networks, including NHL Network, In Demand and PAC-12 Networks, and manages more than 20,000 HD, SD, and 3D live and recorded events a year.
In addition, Universal Sports has been awarded a grant by the State of Colorado’s Economic Development Commission as part of the Colorado Film Incentive program, which is designed to attract content creation and packaging in the state. Once established in Denver, Universal Sports will enjoy enhanced access to the snow sports industry, whose elite competitions feature prominently in the network’s programming schedule, and the many Colorado-based national governing bodies for Olympic sports with which the channel has programming and marketing partnerships.
“Moving our production and broadcast operations to Colorado will create exciting new opportunities for our network,” said David Sternberg, CEO of Universal Sports, in announcing the upcoming relocation. “CMC’s advanced technological capabilities, combined with the incentive program offered by the State of Colorado, helped to make our relocation decision an easy one. The proximity of CMC’s facility to many of our distribution partners, advertisers and Olympic sports programming suppliers makes it an ideal location for our production and operations team, and will enable us to continue delivering world-class sports programming to our viewers across the country.”
Noted Richard Buchanan, vice president and general manger, content solutions, for Comcast Media Center: “Universal Sports Network is a fantastic addition to the Colorado business community and we’re proud to have been selected to provide many of the video production and network origination services they will require. We were also very pleased to play a role in Universal Sports’ decision to move its operations to Colorado by offering a highly robust set of video content solutions, demonstrating our market can compete with other service providers based on the coasts and elsewhere in the U.S.”