Arts, Technology and America’s Got Talent in Downtown Newark
Panasonic Innovations Help Build New NJPAC World-Class Broadcast Center--Appeals to Top Shows and Supports Arts Education for Millions of Kids.
America’s Got Talent Host Nick Cannon and celebrity judges Mel B, Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, and John Legend descended on the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in downtown Newark, NJ, in March to tape auditions for the new season of NBC-TV’s leading reality show.
The celebrity judges and hopeful performers vying for the chance to win America’s hearts and the $1 million prize kicked off taping for the 2015 season with a new state-of-the-art broadcast studio at NJPAC.
The new broadcast studio, which recorded five days of America’s Got Talent acts, brings significant cost savings and efficiencies across all areas of broadcast production including reduction in load-in and load-out days, supplying portable broadcast ‘fly packs’ instead of equipment rentals, and providing greater availability to ‘house’ broadcast cameras and interfaces and recording in high-definition as part of a simplified plug-and-play system. “Broadcasting is an important part of the Arts Center’s story of growth. We’re creating opportunities to position ourselves for expansion and new revenues. Broadcasts also enable us to deliver arts learning opportunities to millions, not thousands, of kids each season,” said NJPAC President and CEO of NJPAC John Schreiber.
Education in the arts and distance learning both have long-term benefits for the city of Newark and the state of New Jersey. “What really struck me about the project, was the potential this broadcast center has to expand the horizons of young people as they consider careers. Knowing that there is such a broadcasting center right in the heart of Newark can make them aware of opportunities they didn’t know existed, encourage them to pursue careers in television and, I hope, exponentially expand diversity in the TV production industry,” said Panasonic Corporation of North America Chairman and CEO Joseph M. Taylor. Read more in Broadcasting the Future of NJPAC with Panasonic Support.
NJPAC has built a reputation with networks including Home Box Office, Comedy Central, BET, PBS and NJTV. Airings of shows produced at NJPAC in the current season include John Leguizamo’s Ghetto Klown (HBO), Artie Lange’s The Stench of Failure (Comedy Central), and the American Songbook at NJPAC (WNET/NJTV). NJPAC’s new broadcast studio also won the return of Black Entertainment Television's Black Girls Rock, which taped in March.
Meanwhile, with any luck, the aspiring performers who appeared at America’s Got Talent at NJPAC will make it on air for the new season--expected to be broadcast this summer.