Burnsville, MN (October 27, 2006)–Telex Communications announced that the new NBC drama series Friday Night Lights, based on a fictional high school football team in Texas, has been using the Telex Legacy wireless football coaching system for its authentic football scenes.
The Dillon Panthers, coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler) and his coaching staff are utilizing a live and fully functional Telex Legacy wireless football coaching system, which was designed specifically for high school and small college football programs, and was launched into the market earlier this year. The system has been so successful that despite its initial use as a prop, acclaimed writer/director Peter Berg has even used the live system to pass directional instructions to the actors.
The Panther’s opposition teams are also using various Telex professional headsets, the majority of which are used by 98 percent of all of the Division 1 college programs.
Virle Reid, assistant prop master, Friday Night Lights, commented, “While doing research into football coaching headsets, especially amongst the bigger high schools in Texas, Telex is the leading brand and product. To accurately portray that aspect of the game, we had to have the genuine system being used by respected programs across the country. The added bonus was that the Legacy product worked so well that it actually helped us improve our on-set communication! If Telex headsets are good enough for Mack Brown, the Texas Longhorns, and all the other top college coaches, they are definitely good enough for the Dillon Panthers.”
“It has been a real coup to be involved with Friday Night Lights. Telex wireless football coaching headsets are seen on TV most nights of the week, with all the professional, college and high school games. It’s now great to see them featured every Tuesday night on NBC primetime,” added Telex’s Marc Archer.