Located in Midtown, Manhattan Center Productions (MCP) has been a cornerstone of New York City broadcast production for decades. With two legendary venues on site—the 3,500-capacity Hammerstein Ballroom and the elegant Grand Ballroom—Manhattan Center is a facility with space and technical resources unmatched in Manhattan.
Studio 1 control room. Photo by Frank Oudeman.
The 40+ Ikegami HD monitors at MCP are a constant for the range of productions that take place there. Ikegami HLM-2450WB 24” monitors and HLM-1750WR 17” monitors were essential on recent shows including the Howard Stern Birthday Bash for Sirius XM, Red Bull Battle Grounds, and the Ink Master finale for Spike TV.
“All of our key positions have Ikegami monitors,” says Marvin Williams, director of video engineering and operations for MCP. “Whether it’s for shaders who need to paint the cameras properly, or for our lighting people who have to achieve the proper contrast ratios, we need to see a true representation of what’s on the set. Ikegami monitors provide us with that capability, so we can be sure we’re producing exactly what the client wants.”
MCP’s last major upgrade to the TV2 control room, which handles production for both the Hammerstein Ballroom and the Grand Ballroom, included the addition of multiple Ikegami 24” monitors for the video wall. As well, several Ikegami HLM-905WR 9” HD monitors were integrated for use at producer and director stations.
But the most notable person at MCP to use Ikegami monitors recently might be the “King of All Media,” Howard Stern himself. “He had a 17” Ikegami HD monitor at his desk,” Williams recalls. “It was there throughout the Birthday Bash so he could personally see all of the playback video up close.”