Second Emmy Award for the Red Bull Air Race TV Production
World renowned sports broadcasters and personalities, including the legendary John Madden, gathered for the special television awards ceremony held at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center located in the Time Warner Center in New York City.
The Red Bull Air Race team this year succeded against strong competiton from "ESPN Monday Night Football", NASCAR on ESPN" and "NBC Sunday Night Football". The Red Bull Air Race World Championship program, which is broadcast in the U.S. on Fox Sports Network (FSN), won in the category "Outstanding Technical Team Remote".
This award is the highest national honour for innovation in sports programming. The Red Bull Air Race World Championship, which is produced in High Definition, is one of the most logistically complex productions. The introduction of flight adds a third dimension to a motorsport, where 15 of the world’s best pilots race individually through a low-level aerial race track made up of inflatable air gates where they reach speeds up to 230 mph. It requires skills from a variety of expert teams to deal with the entire behind the scenes process from the rigging of on-board cameras to capturing the racing footage from the helicopter.
The Red Bull Air Race GmbH has built a strong partnership with European companies, West4Media, SiVision, SkyMedia, LiveMotionConcept and Riedel Communications to produce the Red Bull Air Race World Championship TV programmes from each race along with USA production partner Grace, for post production and final delivery to FSN.
Speaking after the awards ceremony, Bernd Loidl, CEO of Red Bull Air Race GmbH, said: “It is an honour to receive an Emmy Award for the Red Bull Air Race World Championship programme. Capturing the drama, speed and skill of the world’s best race pilots on the ground and in the air is one of the most challenging jobs in televised sport. The producers of the world programme have managed to continually improve the incredibly high levels of production over the six years since the championship began.”
The 2009 Red Bull Air Race World Championship programme was watched by 270 million TV viewers in 183 countries. As part of the 8-race World Championship, the Red Bull Air Race will make its first ever stop in New York City this June 19 – 20, before continuing on to three other races in Europe.