CoCo Television are producing three shows as part of the St Patrick's
Festival this month in Dublin.
After winning the tender from RTE, CoCo will be producing the first big
event this Saturday, SkyFest. Kicking off at 8pm, the 30 minute show will be
broadcast live on RTE 1. Five cameras are being strategically placed in
Dublin, including one 'hot-head' camera on one of the ESB chimneys in
Poolbeg, with a 680 ft cable running down to a satellite truck feeding
directly to the satellite truck on the quays. TVM are providing all OB
facilities. Simon Gibney is directing, Stuart Switzer is producing, and Dave Fanning and Clodhagh Ni Shaoire
are presenting the show, with music - a remix of pop music from The Who to
Emimen - mixed by Irish DJ Johnny Moy.
On Wednesday, St Patrick's Day, CoCo Television will be producing another
live broadcast - the Parade - between 12.30 and 2pm. Shooting on Dame
Street, CoCo are establishing a 'stage' area on the street, filming from the
southside to the northside, as well as creating an interview area for
interviews with performers, some celebrities and the public. The televised
show will be a mix of coverage of the parade, interviews at the parade, VT
with background information on some of the participants, VO from the truck
and vox pops with the public. It's an elaborate set up, with Patrick Cowap
directing (You're A Star, Eurovision, The Lyrics Board). Later that evening,
a highlight show, presented by Cabin Fever contestent Andrew Fowler, will be
broadcast with highlights from the day.
Both the SkyFest and Parade will be fed live to Reuters and AP, with 1
minute and 5 minute edited highlight EPKs going out to Reuters and AP on 16
and 17 March. Online editing and satellite services are provided by Windmill
UIP has also confirmed that Shrek will be joining the SkyFest celebrations on Saturday, near the Clarion Hotel on the quays, and will be joining The Lord Mayor and Grand Marshall Rosanna Davidson during the festivities.