8/28/2008 5:25 PM
BEIJING, CHINA, AUGUST 28, 2008 – The recent broadcast of the 2008 Beijing Olympics went off without a hitch, thanks to an array of equipment from Anton/Bauer, the world’s premier provider of professional camera batteries, chargers, lighting and other key mobile power equipment.
Anton/Bauer delivered an assortment of gear to a number of global networks including Beijing Olympic Broadcast (BOB), WNBC-TV Network, NBC Today, and NBC owned, operated and/or affiliated stations Belo Television, Hearst Argyle Television, Lin Broadcasting, Bonneville International Corporation and Gannett Company. The equipment was also used by ESPN, CNN, Australian-based SBS, Finland’s YLE and Sweden-based SVT, as well as several news stations, such as Malaysia TV, Televisa Mexico, SBP Italy, CBS News Beijing, TVE Spain, ESPN Brazil, NOS Netherlands, TYC Sports Argentina, ARD/ZDF Germany and EBU European Broadcasting Union.
“During the 2008 Olympic Games, I was sent to Beijing to cover the event as a cameraman for CNN,” explains Andrew Waller, a London-based CNN photojournalist. “While on assignment, I required support from the Anton Bauer guys on more than one occasion and was delighted with their swift, professional and friendly service. Nothing was a problem for them and I'm looking forward to seeing them again here in London in 2012.”
Among the Anton/Bauer gear utilized were 80-Quad® 2702, 35-TWQ® and 35-T2® chargers, 50-Dionic® 160 and 100-Dionic® 90 batteries, 400-Hytron® 140 and 75-Hytron® 100 batteries, 25-Hytron® 50 batteries for broadcast and ENG-style cameras and 20-ElipZ® 10K batteries for smaller 7.2 volt handheld cameras. In addition, brackets, lighting, belts, cables and other accessories were employed as well. All the equipment was housed at the Olympics’ Green venues that comprised of the Birds Nest (main stadium), Water Cube (swimming stadium), and Gymnastics and Fencing Halls.
“Anton/Bauer is proud to have had such a large presence at this year’s Olympic Games,” says Michael Accardi, president of Anton/Bauer. “The amount of networks and news stations that relied on our equipment for such a high caliber event as the Beijing Olympics is really very telling of how we are upholding our mission in providing the industry with the highest quality products.”
Anton/Bauer has had a consistent role at the Olympics since the games were held in Barcelona in 1992. Its staff remained on site throughout the 2008 Olympics, providing 24-hour support for a total of 27 days, both prior to and through the entire broadcast. In keeping its steadfast presence at the Olympics, Anton/Bauer is planning to meet with WNBC by year’s end to start planning for 2010.
Anton/Bauer is recognized as the world’s premier provider of professional camera batteries, chargers, lighting and other key mobile power systems for the broadcast and video production markets. Headquartered in Shelton, CT and established in 1970, Anton/Bauer’s superior-quality camera batteries, chargers, and mobile power systems have become an industry standard. Since its inception, Anton/Bauer has expanded its product offerings to include many signature lines such as its leading Gold Mount® system, which includes the Interactive chargers, HyTRON® 50, 100 and 140, and Dionic® 90 and 160 batteries, as well as mounts, compatible with virtually every camera brand on the market today. Other Anton/Bauer performance products include the Ultralight®, the ElipZ®, ElightZ®, CINE-VCLX™ and its new CINE VCLX/2™. For more information on Anton/Bauer, visit www.antonbauer.com.