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MoVi signs MOU for 4K Outside Broadcast Truck
By Serena Williams
Mar 5, 2018 - 11:00:33 AM

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Now available in The Bahamas a state-of-the art 4K broadcast quality Outside Broadcast Truck at vastly reduced cost to event managers. It is an asset to the country as its local accessibility through MoVI is a draw for overseas event planners considering The Bahamas for their conferences and events. L to R Burton Wallace - Lead /Operations Manager The MoVi Group with Megan Minus - Movi Senior Manager and Jeff Rodgers, Senior Marketing Manager, Bahamas Sports Tourism (Photo: MoVi Group.)

Nassau, The Bahamas - The MoVi Group, the leading sound, lighting and stage and film production house in The Bahamas, has signed an MOU with MultVideo of Brazil that gives them preferred access in The Bahamas for the use of a multi-million-dollar 4K Outside Broadcast (OB) Truck. 

Providing state-of-the art 4K broadcast quality on demand, and at vastly reduced cost to event managers, is an asset to the country as its local accessibility is a draw for overseas event planners considering The Bahamas for their conferences and events. It negates the current need to import/export OB Trucks at huge cost and the related logistics nightmares for events pegged for global broadcast coverage.  It will facilitate full production and 4K quality broadcast services for international and local 0nshore events.

Burton Wallace said the deal for The Bahamas to have preferred access to an Outside Broadcast facility was in the making since 2016 and a MOU was signed in December 2017 with the principal of MultiVideo, Sergio Mattoso

“This is a first for The Bahamas. MoVi now has unobstructed access to the OB Truck and its related assets which are housed in Florida. The first assignment was last month, when a full Bahamian MoVi team manned the OB Truck to provide select global coverage of the Bahamas Basketball Federation national team in a games against the Dominican Republic and Canada, as a part of the FIBA Basketball World Cup Americas qualifiers games.”

Megan Minus – MoVi Senior Manager with Burton Wallace - Lead /Operations Manager (Photo: MoVi Group) inside the Broadcast Truck during the global broadcast of the recent FIBA Basketball World Cup Americas qualifiers games at the Kendall Isaacs Gym in February. (Photo: MoVi Group)

Mr. Wallace said there are dozens of opportunities each year to utilise the MoVi OB.

“MoVi already has the technical expertise as we are regularly engaged by every incoming major event that uses broadcast equipment and needs professional, well-trained technically-skilled people. It was a natural progression for us to eventually have our own broadcast unit here to save people time and money.                        

“Having assets easily accessible at this level also makes The Bahamas a more attractive proposition for event and destination management companies,” he said.  
“I saw the need a long time ago. I just never knew how to satisfy it. One of my mentors taught me business is simple – it’s just a solution to a problem, with a price tag attached to it. Being on the perimeter of all these events that we support, we see all this equipment and people being imported all the time and I realized it would be such a great business opportunity if these things could already be here. When we talk to the people driving these events, they say the same thing – ‘If you guys had this here we’d be calling you all the time’ – because they hate having to ship equipment for the job. They’d like to be able to come here, do their thing, and leave without all the extra hassle to worry about. So that was the spark.

“After getting connected with Sergio, who is from Brazil, we spoke about business opportunities. I did the research on his company and liked what I saw and also, we got on really well. We made the decision to do business together whilst both working on an IDB conference. What impressed me about him was his support for us, The MoVi Group. This guy has over 600 people on staff – he’s exceptionally successful – and he’s like, ‘Burton, I want to support you and your company. All of my staff coming to The Bahamas for the IDB conference will be branded in MoVi shirts. We’re there to represent yours.’

“Meeting and working with Sergio, who owns several successful media companies, has given me a source for services that is just phenomenal. It has greatly increased the footprint of what we can put on the table now for clients, and literally all it takes is a phone call. This business alliance has also opened the door for extensive training opportunities for Bahamians in the tech communications field. For instance, I’m working with BTVI because I want to ensure their studies are in keeping with the tech needs of the day, also I’m thinking of MoVi Internships for UB students. We now have the capability to produce world-class communication technicians at all levels. The opportunities are many,” said Mr. Wallace.

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