CFI – LFP: Training on the production of football matches for six African producers

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Canal France International and the French Professional Football League (LPF) have teamed up yet again to support African TV professionals. After two warm-up sessions in April and November 2009 focussing on match commentary, a third edition in March 2011 catered to TV journalists. This new training course for the producers of football matches was held from 18 to 27 November 2011.

 Hailing from Senegal, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea Conakry, Mali and the DRC, the six producers honed their multi-camera production techniques for football matches. They were supervised by French TV and sport experts working in League 1 stadiums each week. The team of producers watched the setup for the League 1 premium match Paris-SG vs. Nancy and UEFA Champions League matches featuring Olympique de Lyon vs. Ajax and Olympique de Marseille vs. Olympiakos.

This gave the African producers the opportunity to talk with big names in TV sports production such as: François Lanaud who will be in charge for the 2012 Euro final, François-Charles Bideaux, producer for the last three FIFA World Cups and Sports Production Manager at Canal+, and Bruno Hullin, League 1 producer and 3D specialist.

This session wound up with visits to the TV channel Equipe TV and EVS*. They also attended the production of a League 2 night on football channel CFOOT, thus experiencing the broadcasting of a day in League 2 produced in multiplex.