A group of Bronxville High School students in Chris Doyle’s Bronco TV class recently spent a day touring ESPN Seaport District Studios, located at Pier 17 in New York City, as they connected with experts in the field and learned what it takes to produce a television show.
The students – who have been mastering all facets of television production as part of their high school television production class and utilizing the district’s newly built state-of-the-art TV studio – got an inside look into ESPN’s control room, as well as the sets of the shows “First Take,” “Get Up!” and the “Jalen & Jacoby Show.” They also spoke with Director of Remote Production Operations Terry Brady, former NBA player and sports analyst Jalen Rose and Vice President of Studio Production Bill Wolff, as well as commentators Max Kellerman and Stephen A. Smith.
“The trip to ESPN gave the students unbelievable access to the inner workings of the studio,” Doyle said. “The staff and talent were very welcoming and spent time talking to the students and showing them how a television show is produced.”
Students said they appreciated the opportunity to get career advice from the professionals and grasp how much effort goes on behind the scenes to create one segment. Senior Matt Rizzo said it was eye-opening to visit the studios and understand how modern television is produced, while junior Emma Estes said the most significant piece of advice about making it into the business was to work harder than anybody else.
“Experiencing ESPN firsthand truly amplified my interest in the media business and what it will take to achieve greatness while following your passion for film and production,” junior Jacoby Goodson said.
Over the course of the school year, under Doyle’s leadership, the students will take on the roles of on-air anchors, reporters, camera operators, producers and editors to produce news shows and segments. They will also learn how to create a script, think on their feet and ask the right questions during interviews, equalize sound, balance the lighting, and film and edit their final videos.
Bronxville’s state-of-the-art TV studio is equipped with three cameras, LED lighting, teleprompters, an anchor desk, playback monitor, green screen and a control room, thanks to a generous grant and support from the Bronxville School Foundation.