Leeds, UK (November 27, 2012)-Clear-Com intercoms are used daily as part of the production of the long-running British soap opera, Emmerdale, which is filmed at ITV’s new HD complex in Leeds and on location in Northern England’s Yorkshire Dales.
Production team members for the soap, which airs six episodes a week to an audience of almost 10 million, employ the Clear-Com Eclipse-Median digital matrix intercom, V-Series panels and ICS-1016 digital intercom stations.
The size of the new Eclipse system, which is larger than ITV’s previous Eclipse-PiCo system, allows the Emmerdale crew to communicate between the five studios and two production galleries at the ITV complex. The system, which has been in place since the first day in the new complex, is also expandable. This enables the team to incorporate functions to meet more communications needs as they arise in the future.
“With both a quick move and production schedule, we needed a talkback system that would be flexible enough to meet our needs as we grew into the new complex, while also being immediately recognizable to the crew,” says Steve Ridley, a senior engineer at ITV.
“While the PiCo system worked well for our original studio, when we moved to the new location we wanted something that gave us the same capabilities with an increased channel count. Also, because of our tight shooting schedule, we had to move straight into our new studios with minimum downtime. So, we had to have a talkback system already in place rather than try to move and reconfigure our existing equipment.”