‘A TV producer needs to catch the pulse of where the game is going’ – Ajesh Ramachandran

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In the latest episode of the podcast we chat with Ajesh Ramachandran, who is an Executive Producer at the ICC and their Broadcast and Content Lead.

Ajesh takes us through the typical day in the life of a TV producer, and goes on to explain the intricacies of a live cricket broadcast.

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Talking Points:

  • The responsibilities of an executive producer before an ICC event
  • Hiring the crew and inspecting the venues for suitability of broadcast
  • The broad vision for the broadcast – melding journalism and entertainment
  • Rostering the commentary queue on match eve
  • The importance of time-management during pre-match routines
  • The producer-director chemistry – and how that often shapes the coverage
  • Understanding the rhythm of the contest to guide the storytelling
  • Briefing the commentators about the context and gravitas of the tournament
  • Being in the commentators’ ear through the match and balancing various voices
  • Memorable moments from a 20-year career in broadcasting

Participants:

Ajesh Ramachandran (@Edged_and_taken)

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee)

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Related:

These pictures brought to you by – Nagraj Gollapudi – ESPNcricinfo

ICC looks to entice a new generation of viewer – Will Strauss – SVG Europe

Remember the game – Siddhartha Vaidyanathan – The Cricket Monthly

‘I really get annoyed with one-sided cricket’ – Ian Chappell interview by Siddhartha Vaidyanathan – ESPNcricinfo

Pitch perfect – Harsha Bhogle interview by Arun Venugopal – The Hindu

Mohammad Rizwan match v nets – ICC

Wahab Riaz spell to Shane Watson in Adelaide in 2015 – ICC

World Cup final Super Over at Lord’s in 2019 – ICC

What do broadcasters have to do with ball tampering – Sidharth Monga – ESPNcricinfo

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