Anton/Bauer Soars at Beijing Olympics

Anton/Bauer, a brand of The Vitec Group, and a provider of professional camera batteries, chargers, lighting
and other key mobile power equipment 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.