Fall 2008 Newsletter
One Giant Leap, 50 Years of the American Space Program
Can you believe it? NASA is 50 years old this month! CCI has marked the historic event with a sixty minute documentary that traces the exciting 50 year history of the United States Manned Space Program. The documentary, "One Giant Leap" is hosted by Corbin Bernsen and will air on the Documentary Channel in November.
"One Giant Leap" includes interviews with some of the individuals directly involved in the space program; they share their personal experience, the good and the bad, but mostly the triumphs of what was and still is one of the greatest technological and human achievements in the history of mankind. The program starts at the beginning in the 1950s and ends with a glimpse of future manned space programs to the moon, mars and beyond. It includes exclusive interviews with Space Shuttle Astronaut Hoot Gibson; Mercury/Apollo Astronaut Alan Shepard's daughter, Laura Shepard; Apollo/Skylab Astronaut Bill Pogue; Space Shuttle Astronaut Jon McBride; Apollo Astronaut Al Worden and Voice of Launch Control Jack King, plus footage of all significant events in NASA's history explained by those that lived it. "We were fortunate to get all these astronauts to talk with us and to get Corbin Bernsen to host the show. He is a real space fan." said CCI Show Producer Jim Lewis. CCI had worked with Corbin before during the production of the TV series The Cape. "Working with CCI and Jim in particular, it's just been a wonderful experience. I mean the projects always have great importance, and great value." said Corbin Bernsen. Bernsen is probably best known for his role on L.A. Law as Arnold Becker. He has also appeared in shows such as General Hospital, Cuts, Boston Legal, JAG and is currently seen on USA on Pysch. "In recognition of the excellence of the American Space Program and all of those who have contributed to it, The Documentary Channel is proud to premiere "One Giant Leap" as part of our "Spirit of America" theme for the month of November," says, Tom Neff, CEO and Founder of the Documentary Channel.
The Documentary Channel, is seen on DISH Network channel 197. It is America's only 24/7 television channel devoted exclusively to the voice of the independent documentary filmmaker.
CCI Produces Live Webcast at Universal Studios
In June, Communications Concepts produced a live webcast for ON24 and their client Price Waterhouse Coopers at Universal Studios, Orlando. On24 is a webcasting and virtual event solution company. The one hour webcast was hosted for senior financial executives on the recent SEC rule proposal for mandatory filing of SEC reports in interactive data or XBRL.
CCI coordinated with Universal Studios to use Sound Stage 19 and provided a generic news set, multi-camera live production with teleprompters and entire crew to produce the event.
"CCI was key to our success during this event for Price Waterhouse Cooper. Price requested a live, professional studio event with less than one week notice to coincide with a local conference and trade show. CCI responded immediately with the knowledge and considerable resources required. CCI's friendly, professional manner resulted in a great triumph for our client!" said Andy Kochendorfer, Sr. Director, ON24.
Alison M Clausen from PriceWaterhouseCoopers concurred stating that the event was "PwC's largest client-facing webcast to date!" and thanked ON24 for making PwC look great!"
The online seminar, "The XBRL Mandate and Beyond," featured a panel of financial and legal experts who provided an overview of the SEC Rule Proposal and outline the steps necessary to comply with the rule, as well as best practices in adopting and using XBRL technology for financial information exchange and reporting.
Florida Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
CCI was honored to produce the broadcast for the Florida Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Cypress Gardens Adventure Park in Winter Haven, Florida. Sports stars from 2007 and 2008 were inducted into the Hall of Fame on August 16. The show premiered in early September on Sun Sports.
Former major-leaguer Tino Martinez, pro wrestler Hulk Hogan and three-time Super Bowl champion Michael Irvin were just three of the members of the star-studded class of 2007 and 2008.
Communications Concepts, Inc. (CCI) was there to capture all the action with TV crews shooting on the red carpet, at the awards and behind-the-scenes interviews. The 2008 Florida Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies show was the biggest yet as both the 2007 and 2008 classes were inducted together. CCI's Ashley Babb hosted the one hour TV event.
"The induction ceremonies were a great opportunity for attendees to mix and mingle with some of the biggest sports stars in Florida's history," said Rick Dantzler, Chairman of the Hall of Fame Foundation Board, "It was a really special event."
CCI worked closely with Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing (PCTSM) to plan and produce the six camera coverage of the event.
The program was telecast on Sun Sports, a FOX regional sports network and seen on most cable systems throughout Florida and nationwide on DirecTv Channel and Dish Network.
CCI to Redesign Website for Space Coast Tourism Development Commission (TDC)
When it came to choosing a company for the TDC's new website on the Space Coast, they choose CCI.
"Because we are local, we have a good understanding of the TDC Web-site and the work required to take this website to the next level of destination promotion. Our scientific approach to analyzing web visitor viewing patterns coupled with our experience producing friendly websites with graphics and videos made us a clear choice over our competitors" said Tom Affeld, Web and Multi-Media Manager.
CCI has been developing websites for business and organizations for over eight years and uses PHP, HTML, PERL, SQL and FLASH web development software. CCI plans to develop an interactive events calendar and interactive maps page specifically for the Space Coast TDC site. CCI will also provide a comprehensive website traffic report system and manage the sites promotion and growth. TDC Executive Director Rob Varley said that "We look forward to working with CCI to enhance our web site and improve our exposure on the World Wide Web. Having worked with CCI on several projects in the past we fully expect a successful partnership."
The new Space Coast website will go online in 2009.
CCI provided A/V support for the Oynx Awards in Melbourne, FL
In late October, CCI provided A/V support for the Oynx Awards in Melbourne. The Onyx Awards is a black tie / red carpet event that includes a special reception for sponsors, nominees and their guests. Before dinner there is the red carpet walk where nominees and guests are interviewed. CCI provided a tricaster flypack, 2 videographers, 2 LCD projectors, and microphones as part of the A/V rental agreement. CCI also hired announcer John Leach to host the program. Proceeds from the Onyx Awards go to Sickle Cell Disease organizations to help send young sickle cell victims to summer camp.
In other A/V news, The City of Palm Bay has hired CCI to videotape city meetings. CCI recently submitted a proposal for the audio-visual work. Communications Concepts, Inc. (CCI) will videotape the meetings of the City Council on a bi-monthly basis. The meetings are held on the first and third Thursday of every month and last about 3-4 hours. The meetings are also broadcast on Space Coast Government TV.
CCI has a long history for producing television coverage of government meetings. For example, CCI produced coverage of Brevard County Commission Meetings for over a year when Space Coast Government Television first started. CCI is also currently providing video taping services for the City of Melbourne and have been since 2006. The City of Melbourne recently extended the current contract for another year