The German Comedy Awards 2010 at the MMC-Coloneum

The HDTV-production was realised for - Köln Comedy Festival GmbH and Brainpool TV GmbH.

On October 14th, 2010 the German Comedy Awards 2010 ceremony was recorded at the Coloneum in Cologne. Magic Media Company (MMC) was responsible for the technical realisation of the gala show and the set construction.

In total, 10 cameras were used for the production at MMC Studio 30/31 – amongst them 4 GVG LDK 8000 on studio pedestals, 3 hand-held cameras GVG LDK 8000 Elite, a steadicam, 1 camera on a SuperTechno 30-crane and a Polecam. The camera signals were mixed on a GVG Kayenne (3.5 M/E) at MMC’s control room 11.

A GVG Summit Server (4 channels) was used for playback and recording. 6 XDCam HD-Recorders were available as a back-up.

16 wireless microphones and 3 wireless in-ear-headphones were managed by theLawo mc2 82-audio mixer at the control room. Communications were managed by a Riedel Artist Communication Matrix.

The PA-System at the studio consisted of 18 L-Acoustics dV-DOSC elements, 6 Kiva line array elements and multiple Meyer Sound UPA-1P/2P speakers. A Yamaha PM1D console was used for front-of-house mix.


The impressive stage set-up was provided by MMC’s set construction department based on a design of Wieder Design. Comprehensive media technology was used for the stage set-up, including 300m of Schnick-Schnack LED strips as well as 64 Martin LC frames 2140, 7 Martin LC frames 1140, MiSPHERE strings containing 4.800 spheres, a MiPIX SPHERE DIFFUSION and 2 Barco 20.000 lumens projectors. The LED panels were controlled by Martin VPU media servers.

The lighting package for the show comprised 575 kW of light plus more than 300 moving lights from different manufacturers. Manuel da Costa of mo2 design was responsible for the lighting design.

Thanks to MMC’s tapeless workflow, the post-production of the show was realized very effectively. 6 signals from HD control room 11 were recorded already during the production process onto the central server and were immediately available for further processing at MMC’s networked Avid editing suites.

2.31 Mio viewers (age 14-49) watched the "German Comedy Awards 2010". The programme achieved a rating of 22.3% in this category. In total 3.98 million viewers (aged 3 years plus) tuned into the show that was broadcast by RTL on October 15th, 2010.


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