In a major breakthrough for reality TV production, Cutting Edge Technical Services [CETS] helped ITV America’s ITV Entertainment deliver the second season of Love Island (USA) from COVID lockdown.
Love Island, like a lot of productions and events, met many obstacles in 2020. Initially scheduled for production on location in Fiji, pandemic-induced travel restrictions meant the ITV team needed to rethink how and where the show could be produced.
ITV America’s Executive Vice President of Post Operations & Technology Danielle DiStefano oversaw post production on the project from conception to delivery and says every department faced “huge challenges” in creating and delivering the show during a pandemic.
“Our biggest hurdle was how to enable our teams to work together and deliver shows in a short turnaround, while working remotely,” DiStefano said.
The production made the decision to relocate to Las Vegas, Nevada, occupying a number of spaces at Caesars hotel venues, including the famous Cromwell, Flamingo and Rio casinos.
While production was situated in Las Vegas, the majority of the edit and post production team was in Los Angeles. The challenge of delivering a “quick-turn” show to broadcaster CBS meant that robust systems for remote working had to be put in place to ensure all tight deadlines would be met, no matter what.