Sony, NEP Broadcasting Capture 84th Academy Awards

The 84th Academy Awards ceremony was broadcast worldwide using 50 Sony high-definition cameras. The HD telecast aired live on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012 from the Hollywood & Highland Center.

NEP Broadcasting, the production facilities provider supporting the event, placed the Sony cameras throughout the inside of the theater, including the orchestra pit; stage left, center, and right; and high camera positions for wide shots. Additional cameras also were outside to capture red-carpet arrivals, celebrity interviews, and exterior shots.

The Sony camera models included 15 of the HDC-2500s, and another 35 HDC-1500s for the main broadcast and other red carpet shows.

According to George Hoover, senior vice president of engineering for NEP, the Sony HD cameras fit the unique production requirements for the telecast.

“The Academy Awards ceremony is a very demanding production, with several ‘shows within a show’ from the red carpet to interviews to the main broadcast itself,” Hoover said. “We’ve used Sony cameras before on many high-profile events and they’ve always come through for us, so we were confident they would help deliver an outstanding telecast again.”

Sony HD cameras and production equipment have been used for years to capture nearly every major live entertainment and sports event broadcast worldwide, including professional and college sports championships, awards shows, all star games, and many more.

The 84th Academy Awards ceremony marks the second time Sony HD cameras have hit the red carpet for Hollywood’s biggest night.

“This is one of the most-watched broadcasts in the world, with once-in-a-lifetime moments creating memories that last forever,” said Alec Shapiro, senior vice president at Sony Electronics. “Our camera technology is the perfect fit for this unique broadcast, and we’re proud once again to be a part of entertainment history.”