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Clear-Com Connects Hell’s Kitchen

Culver City, CA (February 25, 2011)--Clear-Com provided an integrated communications environment for the production team on FOX's Hell's Kitchen.

Culver City, CA (February 25, 2011)–Clear-Com provided an integrated communications environment for the production team on FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen.

The production team, which has been using Clear-Com solutions for the past eight seasons, is now utilizing a system comprising the Eclipse Median digital matrix intercom, V-Series intercom panels and CellCom Integra wireless intercom products.

Eclipse Median brings most of the wired and wireless communications devices used by Hell’s Kitchen staff members into the same communications environment, streamlining the show’s overall production workflow. Eclipse can accommodate both Clear-Com and third party systems, so when an employee needs to speak to another team member, he only needs to pick up the nearest device to enter the network.

Hell’s Kitchen’s action revolves around the interplay between chef Gordon Ramsay and the contestants on the culinary competition show. That requires, among other things, production editors to follow each contestant and report back to Ramsay, via IFB and/or CellCom wireless system, on cooking errors, miscues and other issues.

“Clear-Com listened to our production needs and put together a package of equipment that was truly the right fit,” says second engineer Tony Gonzales. “The combination of the Eclipse digital matrix with V-Series panels and CellCom systems gives us a tremendous amount of communications flexibility, making it much less stressful to manage the various tasks that go into a typical episode of Hell’s Kitchen. It truly frees us up to go anywhere in the facility that production takes us, without having to worry about losing a connection.”

During Hell’s Kitchen filming and production, up to 60 staff members communicate through the Eclipse Median intercom frame. About 30 staffers work off of Clear-Com ICS-92 legacy panels directly connected to the frame, while the rest are on CellCom beltpacks, V-Series panels and an HME PRO850 wireless intercom system.