NEP and Skyway Studios Launch LED Smart Studio in Nashville

NEP and Skyway Studios Launch LED Smart Studio in Nashville

NASHVILLE, TN

|

June 23, 2020

New studio offers state-of-the-art 3D “smart” technology and safe environment for local and national productions.

NEP Group, the leading worldwide outsourced production partner for premier content producers of live sports and entertainment, in partnership with Skyway Studios, has installed the first general-production LED “smart studio” in Nashville to support the local entertainment market as well as national broadcasts and live events. Using the latest in Ultra High-resolution LED, the NEP-Skyway Smart Studio transforms the typical flat-wall stage into a true 3D environment, allowing for unlimited creative possibilities and a more natural exchange between the talent and the virtual space. Presenters and performers can walk on stage and immediately feel comfortable in the space, reducing or even eliminating the need for additional rehearsal time.

Designed to accommodate a full national touring act performing a complete concert in the space, the stage is the largest of its kind for production rental and offers a dynamic, virtual backdrop for a wide range of productions – including concerts,touring acts, news/politics shows and events, film & TV, entertainment and sports award and talk shows, still photography, corporate meetings/events and more. The 38’ wide x 20’ deep x 14’ tall stage is part of a 150,000+ square foot facility with many amenities and features including:

  • 4 full-size sound stages and virtual insert stages
  • Ample space for social distancing between performers and crew
  • Limited labor needed to install and operate the stage
  • Availability for production 24/7
  • Fully secure campus with 24-hour security
  • Full studio amenities including complete Hair, Makeup and Executive Greenrooms

The facility opened its doors last week, featuring video content and 3D graphics developed by Lightborne Communications to give visitors an inside look at the creative possibilities of the technology.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the opening of the Nashville Smart Studio. Our teams have worked very hard to build out the studio quickly with this technology,” said Graham Andrews, Global President of NEP Live Events. “Thanks to our strong partnership with Skyway Studios and the content talents of Lightborne, we can offer a creative,cost-effective option in a virtual, safe environment to our clients. The visual opportunities and types of productions that can use this facility are almost endless.”

“We are thrilled to be partnering with two global leaders, NEP and Lightborne, on this revolutionary technology here in Nashville. Skyway has been at the forefront of technical innovation over the years, but this new Smart Stage enables us to provide an experience that is unmatched in the marketplace. Given Nashville’s position as a market leader in the entertainment industry and the changing landscape that we are all facing in the marketplace, having this technical capability will allow artists, production companies, corporations and agencies the opportunity to create unrivaled content in their hometown," said Julie Stadler, CEO of Skyway Studios.

Scott Durban, President of Lightborne, added: “Working alongside NEP and Skyway Studios has been an incredible opportunity to pair cutting-edge technology and atop-of-the-line studio facility with Lightborne’s renowned content creation abilities. We have a long history creating environmental content for live events and concerts as well as doing traditional VFX and production work. Using Unreal Engine to create content for this space draws on all of our capabilities and combines them into a new kind of alchemy that has seemingly endless conceptual, narrative and visual potential.”

The LED Smart Stage is conveniently located near downtown Nashville and the Nashville International Airport and scheduling now. To learn more, schedule a tour or book the studio, contact your NEP or Skyway account manager or Andy Gerber at agerber@screenworksnep.com.

 # # #

About Skyway Studios

Skyway Studios is an independent media production and distribution complex located in Nashville, Tennessee. Skyway brings together a community of entertainment industry partners including casting, legal expertise, talent acquisition,post-production, music recording and audio engineering in one location. Located 5 miles from downtown and 15 minutes from the airport, the 16 acre, 150,000+square foot complex houses four large full capacity stages, three insert studios, a flexible studio dedicated for live shots, two HD broadcast control rooms, seven circuits of dedicated broadcast fiber with connectivity for satellite distribution, executive/management office space, client edit suite,commercial kitchen, green/dressing rooms and meeting and conference spaces. Skyway has provided end-to-end production support for such artists as Faith Hill, Dolly Parton, Amy Grant and Vince Gill, Carrie Underwood and the CMA Awards along with other major artists. Skyway is the former home of the syndicated show, Pickler & Ben. For more information, please visit www.skywaystudios.com.

 About Lightborne

Lightborne Communications, a world-renowned video production studio creating visually stunning works for complex multi-disciplinary projects.  Specializing in full-service production services for commercial and non-broadcast work as well as motion graphics for large touring music shows, Lightborne’s staff includes directors,videographers, editors, animators, producers and sound designers at their Cincinnati location. For more information, visit www.lightborne.com or contact Lauren Bentle at 513.721.2272 or lauren@lightborne.com.

Contact

For media inquiries, contact NEP: Susan Matis or Meredith Knight

PRESS@NEPGROUP.COM

About NEP

For over 30 years, NEP has been a worldwide outsourced technical production partner supporting premier content producers of live sports, entertainment, music and corporate events. Our services include remote production, specialty capture, RF and wireless video/audio, studio production, audio visual solutions, host broadcast support, post production, connectivity and transmission, premium playout and innovative software-based media management solutions. NEP’s 4,000+ employees are driven by a passion for superior service and a focus on technical innovation. Together, we have supported productions in 88 countries on all seven continents.

NEP is headquartered in the United States and has operations in 24 countries. Learn more at nepgroup.com.

Recent News

Big Picture Launches Premium Live Event Studio Facility in Sydney

SYDNEY, Australia

|

Our team at Big Picture Australia & New Zealand has joined forces with production partners South West Solutions and IKONIX to offer the most technologically advanced and connected virtual event space in Australia to deliver broadcast-quality online event, corporate theatre, and live performance experiences.

read more

ITV Sport Back in the Saddle for the Return of Live Sport

LONDON

|

Continuing to lead the way in the return of live sport over UK free to air television, ITV Sport resumed its horse racing coverage last weekend, facilitated by a host of innovative technical solutions from NEP’s Home Studio offering, that allowed for remote talent contribution and interaction, all being produced by a production team from their own homes.

read more

NEP Group contributes as live Ireland On Call show airs on RTÉ TV

Dublin

|

NEP Group companies CT Ireland, NEP Ireland and Screen Scene are playing key roles in delivery of the new primetime Ireland on Call series live from the Department of Health in central Dublin.

read more

BSI Turns on Idle 3D Printers To Build Critical Components for PPE Gear for COVID-19 Responders

United States

|

Much has been made of the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) like face shields for doctors and nurses working with COVID-19 and other patients, and now BSI, a division of NEP Group and its U.S. Specialty Capture division, is helping out. The company’s two industrial 3D printers use new materials to produce chin and head straps that can be used with PPE gear.

read more