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This year’s remote Emmys were a big success thanks to kit house C Mount and Blackmagic gear, allowing nominees to win – or lose – from their own homes

he Emmy Awards are TV’s biggest annual gala. But this year, Covid-19 forced the party out of LA’s Staples Center and into virtual space. The result was a remote broadcasting success that turned the usual stages, lights and applause into something a bit more intimate, with TV’s glitterati sitting in front of their cameras at home, just like everyone else in 2020.

When this year ’s lockdowns began to halt shoots everywhere, C Mount, a camera rental house based in Glendale, California, along with the rest of the production industry, held its breath. But the pandemic has actually caused many companies to innovate, with remote production techniques turning living rooms into TV studios. C Mount’s expertise in specialty camera mounting has made it the go-to place for complicated camera support, for everything from underwater shoots, to complicated car exteriors, to tricky POVs. “When the pandemic hit, we quickly started to hear from clients who knew we had specialty equipment and small cameras, and specialised in wireless and remotes,” says Jason Liquori, C Mount’s co-founder and EVP of innovation. One of those clients was production and events company, Done+Dusted, which asked C Mount if it could supply remote camera kits for use on Disney Channel’s Summer Sing-Along. When it was becoming clear that Done+Dusted’s upcoming production of the Emmy Awards was going to have to go virtual, the company went back to C Mount. “We decided to come up with a plug-and-play remote kit that could be sent to the homes of nominees with as little technological interaction as possible,” explains Liquori. “The challenge was: what can we build that’s going to look great, be easy to use and able to be scaled quickly?”


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