American Ninja Warrior • Season 10
Warren Chong: Technical Supervisor for American Ninja Warrior
American Ninja Warrior – a top Reality Show where top athletes face a rotation of advanced obstacle courses in cities across the United States. The capture of these events moves at an aggressive pace and the stage has to be set, engineered for both live broadcast and live audiences, and then, broken down – just in time for the production to travel to the next city.
Warren Chong knows his way around live production. With eleven plus years experience working on shows including TheVoice, Top Chef, and Ultimate Beastmaster, today he is Technical Supervisor for American Ninja Warrior. For the last two seasons he has been working with VER and one of their customized Flex Solutions trucks. As a result, their production has been streamlined immensely.
In case you were living under a rock, the hit reality show that features a hybrid obstacle course consists of contestants climbing, jumping, and flying off of trampolines. Now in its tenth season, the show has morphed into a celebrated sport, as contestants from all walks of life, come and train year-round for this single heart-throbbing event.
In the 55-foot Flex Solutions mobile broadcasting truck there are two EVS units, one for slow-motion replay and another with content to fill the LED screens at the start of the show as the contestants make their way to the obstacle course. The Flex Solutions truck is equipped with, among other things, a workhorse 128×320 router that, provides multi-views of the contestants and their cheering family and friends in the audience.
In an effort to streamline engineering, a custom 55ft VER Flex Solution mobile broadcast truck was specially designed to include a master control room, with a Grass Valley Karrera switcher, VTR on Sony PDW-F1600 recorders, an audio control area, and meeting room – backed by a fiber network. A Broadcast truck, a new idea to the production of American Ninja Warrior, accommodated the traveling nature of the show- with increased efficiency, lessening set-up time and protecting control room equipment from weather conditions.
Warren Chong has been following VER throughout his career. “VER has gone from basically being a box rental house to what it is today, building more advanced systems for broadcast solutions. It’s really been a pleasure seeing everything evolve,” he says.
The feeling is mutual. VER’s National Account Executive Erica Bell calls working with Warren on American Ninja Warrior “an absolute treat. His professionalism and expertise in his role as Technical Supervisor challenges us to always be on the top of our game.”
As before, for Season 10, VER provided audio, broadcast, camera, and fiber equipment and services:
Sony HDC 2500
Sony HDC 4300
Panasonic AG-HCK10 POV
VER Flex Solutions
VER XFrame furniture
Evertz 8U Xenon 128×224 3G/HD/SD SDI Router with Xlink
Sony MVS-7000 Multi-Format Production Switcher Processor
Comms – Freespeak integrated with Riedel system
Console – Yamaha CL5 with Dante System for workflow
Mics – Complete wiring of Ninja course with mics