Streamlining Sports and Entertainment Rundowns with Content Blocks
Dramatify’s latest update, the introduction of Block functionality in Rundowns, brings a practical and efficient solution to sports and entertainment broadcast production challenges.
Blocks are a new feature designed to wrap several rundown scenes and segments together, allowing for easier movement and reordering as a single entity. It has been developed for the Paris 2024 Olympic sports coverage by one of the Olympic broadcast partners.
This functionality is particularly useful in organising segments within a show. For instance, an entertainment show might use blocks for their different acts; a current affairs or morning show may have a news block, entertainment block and human interest block, or different sections within a sports broadcast production. All these can be neatly organised and moved within the show, to the Shelf or another episode using Blocks.
The Practical Benefits of Using Blocks
Blocks contribute to making the production process more manageable, particularly in the following ways:
- Simplified Management: Blocks can be created and managed within the technical rundown, offering a more organised and accessible way to handle different show segments. They can also be sent to the Shelf for either storage or moving to another episode and rundown.
- Visual Organisation: Scenes within a Block are indented, providing a visual cue that aids in quicker identification and management.
- Production Speed: With Blocks, reordering scenes within a segment and moving content becomes more straightforward, a useful feature in the dynamic setting of live broadcasts.
Blocks in the Broader Context of Dramatify’s Tools
Blocks integrate with Dramatify’s existing features to enhance the overall user experience:
- User-Friendly Rundowns: Blocks add to the ease of managing rundowns, aligning with Dramatify’s commitment to user-friendly solutions.
- The Story Shelf: This feature for pre-producing large sports events becomes more versatile with Blocks, enabling better management of pre-produced content.
- Dramatify’s Scheduling Suite: Dramatify offers an extensive suite of planning and scheduling tools that integrate with our rundowns and episode management: The Production Planner for overview planning, Crew scheduling, Cast scheduling, Shooting scheduling for pre-produced content, Running Orders, Daily Production Scheduling and Call sheets.
Real-World Impact of Blocks
In practical terms, Blocks are a valuable addition for professionals involved in:
- Segmented Programming: Facilitating the management of various show segments in sports broadcasts, current affairs productions or entertainment shows.
- Live Event Management: Offering flexibility in rearranging content on the fly during live sports, entertainment events, or current affairs shows.
- Studio Production Organisation: Assisting in the structuring and executing of complex studio productions.
Blocks enhance production efficiency
Dramatify’s introduction of Blocks represents a meaningful step forward in streamlining the process of broadcast production. By simplifying the management of scenes and segments, Blocks enhances the efficiency and organisation of sports and entertainment rundowns and is a significant addition to Dramatify’s toolkit, offering a more seamless and user-friendly experience for broadcast professionals.