International Broadcast Centre, Sotchi.
“Excellence Award” given to Mr. Nikolay Zharov & Mr. Lars Gehring
ANO "Sport Broadcasting" thanked ZAO "FUJIFILM-RO" Mr. Nikolay Zharov (Service Engineer) and Mr. Lars Gehring (EMEA Service Manager/ FUJIFILM Europe GmbH) for the great cooperation in preparation for and during the broadcast production of the XXII Olympic Winter Games and XI Paralympic Winter Games. As one of the biggest (in numbers) onsite clients ANO deployed around two hundred (200+) Fujinon HD EFP/ENG lenses.
Fujifilm’s Service facility was located at the SONY World Support Centre at the Sotchi “Office Plaza”. The fully equipped service facility also provided numerous back-up HD and 4K lenses in order to guarantee seamless service to onsite broadcasters and production companies. The service team which consisted of Mr. Zharov and Mr. Gehring arrived well in advance of the Winter Olympics in order to provide assistance to clients during the set-up and testing phases, which was quite intense at times as there was not much room for error during an event of such magnitude which is a challenge for any company producing Sports
There was one particular instance with a Canadian TV wide-angle HD lens ZA12x4.5BERM which had a scratched frontal lens: they immediately received a back-up lens until final repair of their damaged lens. Taking into consideration that several hundreds of Fujinon HD lenses were deployed; there had only been minimal instances (and numerous false alarms which always gets the adrenalin going) that required action by the Service Team this speaks for the design and the quality of Fujinon HD and 4K lenses which had to operate under very divers climatic conditions.
Numerous major broadcasters expressed their appreciation for the proactive professional support given by Fujifilm during the Winter Olympics; ARD, ZDF, SRG, NRK Sport, BBC Sport, ASBU, NOS, SRG, TV2, YLE, BBC, CZER, LTV, RTVS, NBC and the Japanese NHK. By providing this one of a kind technical service Fujifilm’s Optical Devices Division Fujinon ensures seamless productions to major clients at Sports and Entertainment events around the Globe.