BEIJING, CHINA, AUGUST 28, 2008 â€“ The recent broadcast of the 2008 Beijing Olympics went off without a hitch, thanks to an array of equipment from Anton/Bauer, the worldâ€™s premier provider of professional camera batteries, chargers, lighting and other key mobile power equipment.
Anton/Bauer delivered an assortment of gear to a number of global networks including Beijing Olympic Broadcast (BOB), WNBC-TV Network, NBC Today, and NBC owned, operated and/or affiliated stations Belo Television, Hearst Argyle Television, Lin Broadcasting, Bonneville International Corporation and Gannett Company. The equipment was also used by ESPN, CNN, Australian-based SBS, Finlandâ€™s YLE and Sweden-based SVT, as well as several news stations, such as Malaysia TV, Televisa Mexico, SBP Italy, CBS News Beijing, TVE Spain, ESPN Brazil, NOS Netherlands, TYC Sports Argentina, ARD/ZDF Germany and EBU European Broadcasting Union.
â€œDuring the 2008 Olympic Games, I was sent to Beijing to cover the event as a cameraman for CNN,â€? explains Andrew Waller, a London-based CNN photojournalist. â€œWhile on assignment, I required support from the Anton Bauer guys on more than one occasion and was delighted with their swift, professional and friendly service. Nothing was a problem for them and I’m looking forward to seeing them again here in London in 2012.â€?
Among the Anton/Bauer gear utilized were 80-QuadÂ® 2702, 35-TWQÂ® and 35-T2Â® chargers, 50-DionicÂ® 160 and 100-DionicÂ® 90 batteries, 400-HytronÂ® 140 and 75-HytronÂ® 100 batteries, 25-HytronÂ® 50 batteries for broadcast and ENG-style cameras and 20-ElipZÂ® 10K batteries for smaller 7.2 volt handheld cameras. In addition, brackets, lighting, belts, cables and other accessories were employed as well. All the equipment was housed at the Olympicsâ€™ Green venues that comprised of the Birds Nest (main stadium), Water Cube (swimming stadium), and Gymnastics and Fencing Halls.
â€œAnton/Bauer is proud to have had such a large presence at this yearâ€™s Olympic Games,â€? says Michael Accardi, president of Anton/Bauer. â€œThe amount of networks and news stations that relied on our equipment for such a high caliber event as the Beijing Olympics is really very telling of how we are upholding our mission in providing the industry with the highest quality products.â€?
Anton/Bauer has had a consistent role at the Olympics since the games were held in Barcelona in 1992. Its staff remained on site throughout the 2008 Olympics, providing 24-hour support for a total of 27 days, both prior to and through the entire broadcast. In keeping its steadfast presence at the Olympics, Anton/Bauer is planning to meet with WNBC by yearâ€™s end to start planning for 2010.
Anton/Bauer is recognized as the worldâ€™s premier provider of professional camera batteries, chargers, lighting and other key mobile power systems for the broadcast and video production markets. Headquartered in Shelton, CT and established in 1970, Anton/Bauerâ€™s superior-quality camera batteries, chargers, and mobile power systems have become an industry standard. Since its inception, Anton/Bauer has expanded its product offerings to include many signature lines such as its leading Gold MountÂ® system, which includes the Interactive chargers, HyTRONÂ® 50, 100 and 140, and DionicÂ® 90 and 160 batteries, as well as mounts, compatible with virtually every camera brand on the market today. Other Anton/Bauer performance products include the UltralightÂ®, the ElipZÂ®, ElightZÂ®, CINE-VCLXâ„¢ and its new CINE VCLX/2â„¢. For more information on Anton/Bauer, visit www.antonbauer.com.