Pac-12 Engineering and Programming Teams earn Network Automation award

The Pac-12 Networks engineering and programming teams have received recognition as part of Broadcast Engineering magazine’s 12th annual Excellence Awards, which honor the industry’s best examples of innovation, high-quality design and construction.

The Pac-12 Networks were nominated for two awards – Network Automation and Post and Network Production Facilities – and won for network automation and finished as runners-up in the post and network facility category.

“There is no mistaking how important our engineering and programming teams have been in allowing us to do something that has never been done before,” Pac-12 Enterprises President Gary Stevenson said. “We are proud that they are receiving much deserved recognition, but frankly they cannot receive enough praise for the remarkable job they have done and continue to do as we grow the Pac-12 Networks.”

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The Network Automation award recognizes the work done at the master control facility in Denver and how its interoperability with the Pac-12 Studios in San Francisco has helped deliver hundreds of live events across seven networks. CMC and the Pac-12 engineering and programming teams needed to design and manage systems that would allow the staff in San Francisco to produce and contribute file-based content, remotely schedule and segment feed record and handle programming changes when needed. The complexity of having seven distinct networks also meant building a system that could help seamlessly manage advertising requirements unique to each regional network.

The Pac-12 engineering team and broadcast system integrator Diversified Systems were recognized for their efforts in creating the state of the art Pac-12 Studios in record time. The herculean effort to deliver a robust network with connectivity from San Francisco to all 12 universities in less than seven months was named runner-up in the crowded and competitive Post and Network Production Facilities category.

“It is nice to be recognized by your peers in the broadcast engineering community for the work that you’ve done,” said Hal Reynolds, Senior Vice President of Engineering for Pac-12 Enterprises. “Our team was working under some very tight deadlines and showed a high level of professionalism in getting the job done. We didn’t have time to make mistakes; we had to go straight to the answers.”

The Broadcast Engineering Excellence Awards are selected by magazine readers. You can view the categories and nominations here.

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