Intelsat Partners with Pangea Day for Live Broadcast Spanning Five Continents
Pembroke, Bermuda, 8 May 2008
Intelsat, Ltd., the world’s leading provider of commercial satellite services, announced today its agreement to supply the global satellite capacity for the contribution and broadcast distribution of Pangea Day. Pangea Day is a global film event, which endeavors to bring the world together and promote understanding and compassion through film. On 10 May 2008 – Pangea Day – at 18:00 GMT, when millions of people gather to watch the live program, event organizers will use Intelsat to beam this global event to the world.
As the official satellite capacity sponsor, Intelsat will use its industry-leading network of satellite and terrestrial facilities for collection and distribution of Pangea Day’s short films, inspirational talks and musical performances. The event will be coordinated live from six locations-Cairo, Kigali, London, Los Angeles, Mumbai, and Rio de Janeiro-and broadcast in seven languages. The content will then be transmitted to thousands of movie theatres and registered “Friends of Pangea Day” watch parties in more than 100 countries.
As a result, film enthusiasts will experience a global event that will feature 24 short films selected from an international competition, coupled with talks from CNN’s Christiane Amanpour and Queen Noor of Jordan, among numerous others. The program will also feature live music, including performances by Bob Geldof, The Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart and Iranian rock band Hypernova.
During the event, Intelsat will collect and transport program feeds from three venues to the production center in Los Angeles. The live content will then be delivered to Intelsat’s teleports in Napa, California, Fuchstadt, Germany and Ellenwood, Georgia, for distribution through Intelsat’s industry-leading video neighborhoods serving North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, East Asia and Asia-Pacific.
“The complexities of producing a global event such as Pangea Day are significantly reduced when all of the required contribution and distribution connections are available from a single, integrated source,” said Michael Olmstead, Executive Producer of Pangea Day. “We thank Intelsat for its technical and capacity contributions to our event.”
“Globalization of live content will transform what audiences view and how programming is distributed in a world of multimedia, on-demand needs,” said Ron Rosenthal, Intelsat’s Regional Vice President, Broadcast Services. “Producers of global events continue to seek out Intelsat because of our infrastructure, which enables seamless, reliable content transmissions from and to every continent and makes such live broadcasts successful. We are pleased to sponsor the Pangea Day event, and deliver this content to a global audience via the Intelsat network.”