"Fast Money," which airs live weekdays at the end of Wall Street's trading day, is usually telecast from NASDAQ. But four times a year the show takes to the road for programs sponsored by Schwab, which draw audiences of 500 to 2,500 people.
"We worked with Scharff Weisberg on our leadership awards show in April," recalls Geoff Cortelyou, CNBC's Production Manager. "The 'Fast Money' program from Jazz at Lincoln Center -- where we love the venue and the view -- was going to be an 8-camera show with Steadicam. So we called Josh Perlman at Scharff Weisberg to determine our crew and equipment needs."
"Live television leaves no margin for error," notes Perlman, the project manager. "With news from Wall Street coming fast and furious, changes were being made up to show time and wireless requirements increased every day; we ended up with 30 channels of wireless intercom, IFB and mics."
Cortelyou concedes that his staff "had a lot of things planned for the show that actually didn't happen because of the Wall Street crisis. But we had a lot of support from Scharff Weisberg in this ever-changing landscape."
The company's Cliff Pospisil handled wireless IFB, which took the form of ear monitors for everyone on the show. Wired mics were also furnished.
Scharff Weisberg set up a Grass Valley Kayak SDI switching system and an Avitek Multiview system which enabled the floor producer to see the output of all eight cameras from one source and check for delays. Barry Grossman designed the fiber transmission system from the Allen Room to CNBC's New Jersey headquarters for broadcast.
"Scharff Weisberg took good care of us," says Cortelyou. "We never had any technical glitches; everything was smooth as glass, and the communications between the camera people and the director were flawless. That's rare."
Michael Cruz, Scharff Weisberg's resident manager at Jazz at Lincoln Center, served as Engineer In Charge.
Scharff Weisberg and Video Applications, firms with extensive histories in the presentation and staging markets, recently announced a co-ownership agreement. While continuing to operate independently the two companies work together strategically to provide clients with state-of-the-art audio, video and lighting equipment and services. With a strong presence on both coasts Scharff Weisberg and Video Applications are able to deliver a large array of cost-effective services on a national level. For more information, call 212-582-2345 or visit our website at www.scharffweisberg.com. For more information on Video Applications, visit www.videoapps.com.