At an opening ceremony that was also its first live broadcast, Pitt Athletic Director Heather Lyke introduced Pitt Studios, a brand new, state-of-the-art facility in the main lobby at the Petersen Events Center on Oct. 4.
The 6,000 square foot facility houses three redundant broadcast control rooms, multiple editing suites and a broadcast studio located in the lobby of the Pete.
The studio will give students and talent hands-on experience producing live events and news. Also, there is a significant educational component to the project: Athletics has collaborated with the Film and Media Studies Program to partially fund a faculty position and to aid in the creation of a broadcast curriculum, giving Pitt students a chance to observe and interact with broadcast professionals during live network broadcasts for ESPN.
"Up to this point, our students have had to go elsewhere to gain this kind of experience," said Director of Film and Media Studies Randall Halle. "I know our film and media studies students will have meaningful placement opportunities and will be directly responsible for live content via Pitt Studios and the ACC Network."
The broadcasts will support the ACC Network scheduled to launch in August 2019 in collaboration with ESPN. In addition to the opportunities Pitt Studios will offer to students in terms of experience, every school in the ACC will be part of the network and will receive equal proportions of its revenue.