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Riedel equips high-tech van to power Greece’s cultural hub

Riedel's MediorNet, Artist, and Bolero are all aboard the new UHD5 OB van, which powers View Master Events' broadcasts at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, in Athens, Greece

Riedel Communications has announced that View Master Events, a production company based in Athens, Greece, has used Riedel’s technology solutions at the multi-functional Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre (SNFCC), which houses Greek National Opera, the National Library of Greece, the Stavros Niarchos Park and an opera hall with an alternative stage, outdoor stages, and conference rooms.

View Master Events has entered a joint venture with Live Productions to create the UHD5 OB van. In collaboration with Telmaco, a leading European systems integrator located in Athens, the van has been equipped with advanced technologies, including Riedel’s MicroN UHD, Artist-1024, SmartPanel, and Bolero solutions.

These solutions are integrated into SNFCC’s technical infrastructure through its MediorNet Compact stage boxes, enabling connectivity for a variety of productions at one of Athens’ most iconic venues.

The SNFCC complex has been using Riedel’s MediorNet Compact stage boxes since its opening in 2016. The MediorNet system serves as a distributed AV signal-routing backbone for distribution of video, audio, data, and communications signals throughout the diverse spaces. Through these stage boxes spread across the premises, View Master Events can integrate their UHD5 mobile production infrastructure, ensuring production quality for every one of SNFCC’s events.

Besides reducing cabling, enhancing system stability, and providing versatility in signal routing, MediorNet’s modular structure allows easy scaling as SNFCC’s production needs evolve.

John Zarganis, production and technical director at View Master Events and Live Productions, said: “Our new UHD HDR OB truck provides unprecedented production flexibility, with new, powerful capabilities to produce broadcasts from small shows to massive multisport events. A future expansion of our MediorNet system with Riedel’s new MediorNet HorizoN will further future-proof our production infrastructure, paving the way to IP workflows.”

During its tours primarily around Greece, the rest of Europe, and Turkey, the van’s MicroN UHD devices allow View Master Events to handle a wide range of video formats, including 4K/UHD signals.

Ismet Bozkurt, senior regional sales manager, Eastern Europe, at Riedel, added: “We are proud to continue supporting View Master Events in delivering exceptional experiences for a wide range of cultural, educational, and sports events at the SNFCC. This collaboration not only enhances the production capabilities at one of Athens’ most iconic venues but also underscores our commitment to providing cutting-edge solutions that meet the evolving needs of the live production industry.”