The Ukraina and Novy channels are two of the most-watched television outlets in Ukraine. In early 2011, the Ukraina station launched a new HD-capable facility, complete with four television studios. At the same time, the Novy channel opened a new, expansive complex with two broadcast studios. Both networks have ambitious production schedules with multiple shows being filmed on each set every day, covering everything from news to sports shows. To keep up with the demands of the fast-paced broadcast environment at Ukraina and Novy, the channels installed ETC lighting equipment.
In Ukraina’s largest studio, the lighting staff relies on an ETC Ion® control console with a Universal Fader Wing. They had looked at other lighting consoles, but decided on the Ion in order to future-proof their rig, as dynamic light becomes more prevalent in broadcast applications. They also liked the output count and the fact that the console supports two external high-resolution DVI monitors. The three smaller Ukraina studios share an ETC SmartFade® control console. The SmartFade’s compact size makes it ideal for moving studio-to-studio to film different shows, and the board’s user-friendly programming is a benefit for quick work during filming. The lighting systems across all four studios also include 16 ETC SmartBar® dimmers, three SmartPack® Wall Mount dimmers, and dozens of Source Four® fixtures fitted with gobos that provide backdrop lighting.
The lighting in Novy’s new studios is controlled by an ETC Element™ control console. The Element gives Novy’s lighting personnel 250 channels of control to run a mixed rig, and provides them with two monitors for easy content viewing. In addition to Element, Novy’s lighting system has ETCNet3™ I/O Gateways and Sensor®+ dimming.
Both installations were conducted by ETC’s official Ukrainian dealer serving the broadcast industry, Comtel.