Remote working has become a necessity for many people as the world adapts to a life in lockdown as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Those at DFL Digital Sports responsible for producing content for their international media partners are no different. Most of them have been working from home since the middle of March but, thanks to the latest technology, close co-operation with colleagues and a strong work ethic, they have still been able to deliver to the highest standards.
Unable to access their usual workstations in the office or at the Cologne Broadcasting Center (CBC), staff in the media production department – who produce the Bundesliga Weekly show and midweek interviews for overseas partners among other things – have had to be innovative to provide both entertaining social media content and also services that are contractually guaranteed.
Some staff, for example, have taken to converting their bedroom wardrobes into sound booths to ensure the highest quality audio in their productions. Mercifully, there is less invention required to deliver interviews for Bundesliga Weekly thanks to the range of video conferencing formats now available. Moreover, the decision to migrate most workstreams to cloudbased services in recent years – which has been boosted by the cooperation with Amazon Web Services announced in January – now certainly pays off.
Software tools such as ‘Session Link Pro’ together with Microsoft Teams connect the speaker, the co-ordinator at home and the sound engineer at CBC, thus enabling a trouble-free, broadcast-quality voice-over for the programmes.
Output has even increased in the current situation. While Bundesliga Weekly is normally supplied with only English or Spanish audio, a version in German is also being produced and made available to domestic broadcast partners.
Team working has also been crucial. In normal circumstances, World Cup winners Thomas Müller of Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels would meet up in person to record their annual ‘der Klassiker’ head-to-head challenge together.
With social distancing guidelines making that impossible this year the pair instead did it remotely with a little help from staff at their respective clubs. The two players were connected with the referee via Microsoft Teams, supported with cameras on location by the two clubs. At the end, a 15-minute segment was produced and distributed to the two players, the clubs and the broadcast partners.
From the daily news feed, the social media content service and the Bundesliga Weekly to the ‘Der Klassiker’ challenge, DFL staff are supplying Bundesliga fans all over the world with exclusive content that is updated daily even in these difficult times through innovation, technologies und collaboration.