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Bexel Does the First TV Talk Show with All Robotic Cameras

Think of a TV talk show where inhibitions are down and television cameras blend into the woodwork. The idea is to create an environment where friends get together and just talk, forgetting the formalities of a television studio.

Bexel Global, the provider of television broadcast services, was commissioned to create this kind of show by Pilgrim Media Group, the producer of Kocktails with Khloé.

The idea is the host’s guests join her in the kitchen and around the table for a lively dinner party, where conversations pair with cooking, party games and, of course, “kocktails.”

The show is the first television talk show to rely exclusively on robotic cameras. Bexel Global provided the production with 24 robotic cameras in total, 20 AW-HE130 Panasonic pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras and four Panasonic AW-HE2 point of view (POV) cameras.

No traditional broadcast cameras are used to capture the show’s action, meaning no camera operators are located on set.

Bexel's kitchen set

Bexel's kitchen set

The idea was to make the guests feel as if they were visiting an actual home. The show has a four-wall set, with a completely enclosed living room, kitchen and dining room, so guests feel like they are coming into a real home.

With the robotic cameras, once shooting begins, there are no stage managers or crew running around. This ultimately allows guests to be relaxed and to be themselves, which helps achieve a comfortable, intimate environment.

In addition to supplying the robotic cameras and integrating them into the set, Bexel Global designed and built out the master control room as well as the complete infrastructure for video and audio on the show.

While the initial installation was done over the course of five days, the company is supplying the production with sustaining engineering, providing three of the company’s engineers for every shoot day.

Utilizing robotic cameras for this hybrid talk show format, allows viewers a fresh, fly on the wall experience, which has clearly worked well for the production.

Bexel is a worldwide provider of broadcast services including video and audio equipment rentals, fiber services, new audio sales, used equipment sales, and repairs/maintenance.

Bexel's dining room set

Bexel's dining room set

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