The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards honoring the best in U.S. prime time television programming was held on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, and was broadcast domestically by ABC, with a viewership of 11.3 million. The visual was impactful – an amazing array of sight and sound staged in front of massive VER LED displays – purpose built for the broadcast.
But, sometimes, it’s what you don’t readily see that really makes a big difference – the little behind-the-scenes innovations and inventions, also known as the glue that holds it all together. Created-on-demand accessories and solutions that VER has become famous for providing. Viewers, at the event and watching from home, could not detect the hundreds of hidden, custom made Curving Mechanics used to provide, with accuracy, the proper curve and angles needed to install the unique LED backdrops.
Michael Pappas, Manufacturing Manager, explains: “We adapt our mounting applications, piece by piece, to match the overall screen size needed at the venue and the creative vision of the producers.” For the Emmy broadcast, the custom-designed and manufactured Curving Mechanics were inserted, four per tile and between each tile, to create the appropriate curve and, ultimately, fit the space perfectly. Depending on the requested radius of the screen, VER curving mechanics are custom made and, very often, specifically engineered and manufactured to an exact end-use specification. Pappas continues, “The difference between a 3.5 degree and a 3.75 degree block would be difficult to see with the human eye, but, over a 30-foot span, that tiny difference can add up to a 2-3 foot gap! We’ve made blocks as small as 1.5 up to 11.0 degrees, and everything in between. Great care goes into the initial design plan to get every part manufactured just right for the end-use.” The state-of-the-art VER Manufacturing Facility produces hundreds of custom made mechanical blocks each week.
When asked about the Curving Mechanics and their Emmy application, Mike just smiled: “We make hundreds of them but I don’t know where they are going once they leave the machine shop … that’s up to Sales. But, what I can tell you is that we all take great pride in producing a high-quality product, accurately, every time. What we do is expressly for the customer – we create by design.”