The EMMY Awards

The Red Bull Air Race World Championship TV program earned a prestigious Sports Emmy® Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences during the 31st Annual Sports Emmy Awards in New York City last night.

World renowned sports broadcasters and personalities, including the legendary John Madden, gathered for the special television awards ceremony held at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, located in the Time Warner Center in New York City.

The Red Bull Air Race World Championship program, which is broadcast on Fox Sports Network (FSN), won in the category "Outstanding Technical Team Remote", which recognizes the technical portion of sports programs in remote venues. It is the second year running that the Red Bull Air Race World Championship has won in this category.

This award is the highest national honor for innovation in sports programming. The Red Bull Air Race World Championship, which is produced in High Definition, is one of the most logistically complex productions. The introduction of flight adds a third dimension to a motorsport, where 15 of the world’s best pilots race individually through a low-level aerial race track made up of inflatable air gates where they reach speeds up to 230 mph. It requires skills from a variety of expert teams to deal with the entire behind-the-scenes process, from the rigging of on-board cameras to capturing the racing footage from the helicopter.

The Red Bull Air Race GmbH has built a strong partnership with European companies West4Media, SiVision, SkyMedia and Riedel Communications to produce the Red Bull Air Race World Championship TV programs from each race, along with U.S.A. production partner Grace, for post production and final delivery to FSN.

“It is an honor to receive an Emmy Award for the Red Bull Air Race World Championship program," said Bernd Loidl, CEO of Red Bull Air Race GmbH. " Capturing the drama, speed and skill of the world’s best race pilots on the ground and in the air is one of the most challenging jobs in televised sport. The producers of the world program have managed to continually improve the incredibly high levels of production over the six years since the championship began.”

The 2009 Red Bull Air Race World Championship program was watched by 270 million TV viewers in 183 countries. As part of the 8-race World Championship in 2010, the Red Bull Air Race will make its first-ever stop in New York City this June 19 - 20, before continuing to three other races in Europe.

The Sports Emmy® Awards recognize outstanding achievement in sports television coverage.  For over a quarter of a century, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in the U.S.A. has presented the Emmy® as a reward for excellence in sports broadcasting.

For more on the Red Bull Air Race, head to the official site.


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