It’s a tradition. On each Olympics, a TV Globo sets up a studio in the host city to broadcast the competitions. The pandemic, as we know, changed plans across the planet and postponed the Olympic Games in Tokyo in a year. It will be a different edition, full of care and without a public in the stands. And if it’s not possible to go to Tokyo, TV Globo and SporTV bring Tokyo to Brazil, with their Olympic studio built in Rio de Janeiro.
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The news was announced this Sunday night at Fantástico and anticipated here by Casual Exam. Globo guarantees that state-of-the-art technology, virtual solutions and real-time images will transport the viewer to the Japanese capital. The magic comes into play on the 23rd, at 8:00 am (GMT), the date of the opening ceremony of the Games. The TV Globo broadcast will be commanded by Galvão Bueno, who will be alongside reporter Marcos Uchôa and commentators who have already experienced the emotions of the biggest sporting event on the planet: ex-athletes Fabi, from volleyball, Flávio Canto, from judo , and Daiane dos Santos, from artistic gymnastics.
Set up at Estúdios Globo, in Rio de Janeiro, in an area of 400 square meters, the Olympic studio was inspired by Japanese architecture, which mixes tradition and modernity. It is an evolution of the “magic box”, a concept created for the 2018 World Cup studio in Russia. Three cameras installed in Tokyo will send live images from the Games headquarters to the nearly 80 m² of LED screens that make up the scene Circular. It will have an amplitude of 270 degrees and will be a window to Tokyo: when it is night in the Japanese capital, this will be the image that the viewer will see, even if the sun is still shining in Brazil.
“The studio will be a virtual window to get the feeling of being in Tokyo. The screens will be filled with virtual themed pieces of the characteristic elements of each sport. This allows us to make a different setting every day. We can play with elements from all the Olympic modalities”, explains Gilberto Castanon, Globo’s sports and events technology director.
Feeling of being in Tokyo
The Olympic studio will operate 21 hours a day, from 5:00 pm to 2:00 pm the following day. It will be the heart of TV Globo’s Olympic coverage, with over 200 hours of content, and SporTV, with its four channels. On TV Globo, Alex Escobar and Felipe Andreoli take turns in the space for live entries in programs and TV news, from ‘Hora 1’ to ‘Jornal da Globo’, passing by ‘Bom Dia Brasil’, ‘Jornal Hoje’, ‘Jornal Nacional’ ‘, and also in ‘Fantástico’, on Sundays. It is also from there that Andreoli presents the national edition of ‘Globo Esporte’, and Lucas Gutierrez commands the ‘Esporte Espetacular’.
The studio also has three booths, from which narrators such as Galvão Bueno, Luís Roberto and Cleber Machado, and the team of Olympic commentators broadcast TV Globo events. On SporTV, ‘Ohayo Tokyo’, commanded daily by Marcelo Barreto and Bernardinho, opens the Olympic journey on SporTV, at 6pm. For the program, the studio gains a different visual identity and furniture, with space to receive guests.
“Of course we’re not going to say we’re in Tokyo, but the studio will feel that way. Technology has allowed us, for example, to increase our angle of vision. At the World Cup in Russia, the studio set up on Red Square in Moscow had a 180-degree view. Now, there will be 270. It is one of the strengths of our Olympic coverage and will give us the opportunity to convey all the emotion of an event that is already born in history”, explains Joana Thimóteo, Globo’s sports events director.
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