Chile’s Popular “Sabado Gigante” Shuts Down Production After 53 Years

The milestone final episode of Univision’s highly rated “Sábado Gigante” variety show was shot this year, after a 53-year run, with seven Ikegami HDK-79EXIII cameras on set at Univision’s Miami studios.

Anthony Diaz, a camera operator for the Univision show and others, said that the image quality of the HDK-79EXIII was instrumental to showing viewers the true picture of what was happening on set.

“Sábado Gigante” first aired in Chile in 1962 and moved to Miami in 1986. The three-hour show has long been celebrated for its wide range of performances, musical acts, skits and games. The final episode of “Sábado Gigante” saw host Mario Kreutzberger, known more commonly as Don Francisco, joined by a who’s who of stars including appearances by Shakira, Marc Anthony, Gloria Benavides, Luis Fonsi, Espinoza Paz, Paulina Rubio, Enrique Iglesias, Juanes, Daddy Yankee, Gloria Estafan and more.

Diaz also uses the Ikegami HDK-79EXIII cameras to shoot Univision shows including the Spanish-language entertainment news show “El Gordo y La Flaca,” and daily morning show “¡Despierta América!” “Ikegami cameras have been extremely reliable for us, no matter what the application,” he said.

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