Monthly Archives: July 2009

Fantastic Production Weekend at Mont Tremblant for the Ferrari Challenge Races

Michael Douglas and Katherine Zeta Jones

Michael Douglas and Katherine Zeta Jones

The team just got back from Mont Tremblant in Canada – we had a very successful week shooting the Ferrari Challenge and Shell Historic Ferrari Challenge races.

On Wednesday we had the entire track to ourselves with four priceless Ferraris including the 250 GTO and the 250 TR – there are only a handful of these cars in the world. We are shooting them for an upcoming documentary on the Shell Historic Challenge. We had cameras out on track and had our cameras on a jib with the cars following us at fairly high speed – the footage was fantastic.

Even though it rained the races were fantastic – the episodes that air on Speed will be great.

We also had the opportunity to talk to Micheal Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones who are big Ferrari fans and fans of the broadcast (OK – they did not say they were fans of the broadcast but they were really nice to talk with).

Overall a spectacular weekend.

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CONFERENCE USA PARTNERS WITH DRIVE DIGITAL MEDIA TO PRODUCE DIGITAL INTERACTIVE SPORT GUIDES

Drive just won the contract to develop next generation digital media guides for Conference USA. The following is the press release.

IRVING, Texas – Conference USA has selected Drive Digital Media to produce its online sport guides for the 2009-10 season. The partnership will enable C-USA to develop digital sport guides with interactive features exclusively online, while redefining the way the league communicates with its audience. The electronic guides produced by the Overland Park, Kan., company replace the league’s traditional printed media guides, acting as a cost-saving strategy and environmentally-friendly maneuver.

The digital guides will feature custom interactive features including video, sharing across social networks, access to current news, standings, scores and much more. C-USA plans to produce online guides for football, volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball and baseball, as well as a year-end magazine, annual report, record book and football and basketball specialty editions. The first edition, 2009 Conference USA Football, is set to debut in late July, in conjunction with the league’s 2009 football kickoff week.

“We are pleased to work with Drive Digital Media to create these unique digital interactive publications, which will enhance the online experience of our valued audience,” said Britton Banowsky, Conference USA Commissioner. “Our collaboration with Drive gives us the opportunity to maximize our communications strategy while utilizing modern technology.”

C-USA chose Drive to collaborate on this project because of its reputation for helping clients using the most advanced technology available for effective and progressive communication and marketing strategies.

“We are excited to partner with Conference USA to develop a series of state-of-the-art digital media guides,” said Matthew Barksdale, president of Drive Digital Media. “The product we developed for Conference USA will completely transform the way conferences and schools use media guides to communicate with their audiences in the future. These next generation products utilize video, social media tools and content management tools to allow two-way communication with the media and fans.”

About Conference USA Conference USA is made up of 12 nationally-prominent universities – East Carolina University, University of Houston, Marshall University, The University of Memphis, Rice University, Southern Methodist University, The University of Southern Mississippi, Tulane University, The University of Tulsa, The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), University of Central Florida (UCF) and The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Conference USA is headquartered in Irving, Texas, and sponsors competition in 19 sports – nine for men (baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis and indoor and outdoor track & field) and 10 for women (basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track & field and volleyball).

About Drive Digital Media Drive Digital Media is an interactive media development agency focusing on the use of digital media to help clients achieve their unique business goals. Specializing in video production and interactive Web development, Drive provides cutting edge online solutions. To learn more about Drive, visit http://www.DriveDigitalMedia.com.

The 6th Episode of Drive’s Ferrari Challenge National Broadcast Takes Place on Friday, July 24th

Drive’s national broadcast of the Ferrari Challenge series on SPEED has been a tremendous success and we are only halfway through the season. The next broadcast takes place this Friday at 9:30 am eastern time. The broadcast takes place right after the Hungarian Grand Prix Formula One practice. (If you are setting your DVR to record the series you should extend the recording time by 30 minutes because the Grand Prix live event sometimes runs long.)

The race is the second race from Infineon Raceway in beautiful Sonoma, California. There is a tight points race between Scott Tucker, Mark McKenzie and Zak Brown so every position counts.