BBC Academy’s College of Production looks behind the scenes of BBC’s Olympics coverage

We hope that sharing films and interviews like these offer valuable insights for people working in the industry and more widely. They’re a great example of how we share our training with audiences beyond the BBC.”Anne Morrison, Director, BBC Academy
Date: 06.12.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.51
The BBC Academy’s College of Production website will next week upload a series of specially-filmed interviews in a collection of films that look behind the scenes of the BBC’s Olympics coverage.

From the dramatic opening ceremony to the thrills of 'Super Saturday', the BBC’s coverage of The London 2012 Olympics was widely loved and praised. The Games showcased not only some of the greatest sportsmen and women from around the world, but also the best in broadcasting and creative talent from the BBC.

The College of Production has talked to some of the key players and produced a new collection of case study films. These take a detailed look at how the Olympics were brought to audiences everywhere, from build-up to broadcast, and how, in some cases, the Games were reflected more widely in BBC content.

  • Oscar-winning director and visionary behind the opening ceremony, Danny Boyle, explains the importance of believing in your production and how he imbued his team of volunteers with the confidence to stage one of the most memorable events of 2012
  • We learn how BBC Comedy drew inspiration from the Olympics to bring us two series of the critically acclaimed Twenty Twelve and executive producer Jon Plowman explains how Lord Coe reacted when he viewed the first episode
  • Nick Brown, BBC Director of Drama Production, reveals how the EastEnders team weaved the Olympics into one of their most exciting story lines this year and how production changed to reflect the surprising success of the live torch relay on screen
  • The BBC online and multiplatform teams went into overdrive this summer, bringing us the Olympics in a number of new and innovative ways. Executive product manager in Future Media, Aaron Scullion, tells us how the BBC collaborated with Facebook to bring us live streaming of the games while video portals editor, Matt Millington, explains the challenges of streaming up to 24 sports simultaneously via the red button
  • Finally, London 2012 presented BBC broadcasters with a punishing schedule. 5 Live's Colin Murray, Anna Foster and Mike Costello and BBC TV’s Steve Cram and Dan Walker explain what it took to bring the games to the nation, in one case sacrificing a relaxing honeymoon in the process

Paul Buller, Editor of College of Production website, said: “These specially filmed interviews give a fascinating and realistic view of the challenges, highs and lows of working behind the scenes at the Games.”

Anne Morrison, Director, BBC Academy, said: “We hope that sharing films and interviews like these offer valuable insights for people working in the industry and more widely. They’re a great example of how we share our training with audiences beyond the BBC.”

The films will be uploaded to the College of Production website on Tuesday 11 December.

Notes to Editors

The BBC Academy is the BBC’s centre for training. It houses the Colleges of Journalism, Production and Leadership as well as the Centre of Technology. The BBC Academy aims to put training and development at the heart of the BBC by equipping both BBC staff and freelancers with the skills they need for a lifetime of employability in an ever-changing media landscape. We aim to share as much of our training as possible with the wider broadcasting industry for free. We also offer some of our courses on a commercial basis, both within the UK and abroad.

The College of Production focuses on core editorial, creativity and production skills, together with production management, health and safety and multiplatform training and development. The College of Production website, the first of its kind for the production community in the UK, provides practical advice on all aspects of TV, Radio and online production and is available to the production community and general public for free.

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