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Two Legendary Sports TV Pro’s Reunited in 2018

 Don Colantonio         RJ Mole'

Two Giants in TV Sports Production Back Together Again

For the 2018 ESPN Collegiate Track & Field Season, Don Colantonio, will be joining Executive Producer/Director, Ralph J Mole' and Windfall Productions as Operations Producer/Tech Manager for ESPN'S Collegiate Championship T&F Series.

The schedule of events as follows;

SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships 2/24/18 & 2/25/18
Venue: Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium, College Station, TX – Texas A&M

NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships 3/09/18 & 3/10/18
Venue: Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium, College Station, TX – Texas A&M

SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships 5/11/18-5/13/18
Venue: Tom Black Track @ LaPorte Stadium, Knoxville, TN - University of Tennessee

NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships 6/6/18-6/09/18
Venue: Hayward Field, Eugene, OR – University of Oregon

Ralph and Don have a strong  professional history together, Mole' states " Colantonio and I had been quite the big event production team at ESPN. Together we conquered (15) consecutive years of live ESPN World Cup Skiing, (17) Winter & Summer X-Games, (6) Olympic Festivals, Mike Metger's first ever "Motorcycle Backflip" over Ceasar's Palace fountain in Las Vegas and many other special events."

Colantonio comments, "I’m thrilled to be reunited with my longtime friend and mentor for this track and field series. Ralph is one of the most versatile and talented Producer/Directors in Sports Media. As a leader, he inspires creativity and excellence throughout the production team and the content creation process."

Mole continues to say, "I am inspired that Don was available for the 2018 ESPN Collegiate T&F Championship Season, Don's recent independent production schedule includes DirecTV: Executive Producer for Multi-Screen coverage of Tennis and Golf Majors, including US Open, British Open, Wimbledon, Don also serves as Technical Producer for 4K Production and event coverage of UFC, WTA Tennis, FIS World Cup Skiing, he is in high demand and we at Windfall are glad to get him on our track series production team".

For more info contact;

rjmole@windfalltv.com

 

Windfall Renews ESPN Collegiate T&F for 10th Year

December 1 ,2017 (New York, NY) 10 Consecutive Seasons Windfall Clinches ESPN TV T&F deal Executive Producer, Ralph J Mole', who will be responsible for all TV creative production decisions and serve as live TV director for all national broadcasts on ESPN, states "Track and Field is a tough sport to cover and we are pleased…
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Windfall’s 2017 Test with “Coach Paint” an Overwhelming Success

December 8, 2017 (New York, NY)

Track and Field Analysis takes on a Brighter Future

"Taking a football coach's digital training tool and adapting it for broadcast TV is truly a challenge", says Executive Producer, Ralph J Mole' of  Windfall Productions, "I am always searching for cost efficient ways to improve our Collegiate Track & Field telecasts and about a year ago I discovered Coach Paint by Chyron Hego at NAB in New York City."

Deep analysis of any TV Sports action begins with specific pre-selected video clips. In Track and Field for example, demonstrating the launch out of the starting blocks, clearing the high hurdles, footsteps and release of a 16 pound shot put or the run up, approach and trajectory of a javelin throw. To the track and field fan these points are perhaps mundane but the average viewer can be captivated through the use of "Chyron Hego Coach Paint" and the viewer's experience taken to a higher level regarding technical understanding of the sport of Athletics.

Take a look for yourself at the video attached. Analysis provided by Larry Rawson.

"As we enter our 10th season as exclusive TV packager of ESPN's Collegiate Track & Field" Mole' states, "I will continue to employ Coach Paint to enhance our nearly 40 Hours of live air and digital broadcasts in 2018".

Ralph J. Mole´, Executive Producer of Windfall Productions, served as world director of live track during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics for AOB. In 2003, Windfall Productions produced more than 12 hours of ESPN’s coverage of the “World Championships of Athletics” from Paris, France for ABC Sports and ESPN.

Windfall has contributed nearly a decade of production services to United States Track & Field 1999 through 2008, featuring the "Golden Spike Tour and USATF's network TV broadcasts on ESPN, NBC and CBS.

Over in Europe Mole' has produced FOR ESPN distinguished track meets like “Weltklasse”, “DN Galan”, “Bislett Games” and “ ISTAF “. These athletics meets previously part of The Golden League and Golden Four, have now been absorbed into the the IAAF’s Diamond League Series.

Domestically, RJ Mole' can attribute first hand TV production experience with some of America's legacy Track & Field events such as The Penn Relays, Millrose Games and the Drake Relays.

Future posts will outline the ESPN Collegiate Track & Field schedule for 2018.

For more info contact;

rjmole@windfalltv.com

 

Windfall Productions Renews ESPN Collegiate Track & Field

October 20,2016 (New York, NY)

For the 9th Consecutive Year Windfall Productions Clinches ESPN TV packaging deal.

Executive Producer, Ralph J Mole', who will be responsible for all TV creative production decisions and serve as live TV director for all national broadcasts on ESPN, states "Track and Field is a tough sport to cover and we are pleased to hold the cornerstone of ESPN's confidence for 2017."

ESPN will directly contract Mole' and Windfall’s services to deliver all TV coverage of the
NCAA Indoor and Outdoor T&F Championships plus the SEC Indoor and Outdoor T&F Championships for 2017.  The collegiate sports events will be telecast on multiple ESPN linear and digital platforms.  Check your local listings for specific airtimes.

SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships 2/24/17 & 2/25/17
Venue: Vanderbilt Multipurpose Facility, Nashville, TN

NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships 3/10/17 & 3/11/17
Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium, College Station, TX – Texas A&M

SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships 5/12/17-5/13/17
Weems Baskin Track, Columbia, SC - University South Carolina

NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships 6/7/17-6/10/17
Hayward Field, Eugene, OR – University of Oregon

Windfall Production's Executive Producer, Mole' states that " Our tenure with Collegiate T&F has paralleled the success of ESPN's digital platforms like espn.com and SECN+ and our coverage has exponentially grown to more than 40 hours of live and delayed Track and Field television each season across ESPN's multiple platforms." In 2017 Windfall will showcase Gamecreek Video as our vendor for broadcast remote facilities. Windfall is planning coverage with 7 TV mobile unit cameras plus mounted POV cameras for specialized field events coverage. VizRT live motion graphics will accompany the EVS XT3 servers for slo-motion replays and truly solidify a “tapeless workflow”.

Ralph J. Mole´ served as world director of live track during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics for AOB. In 2003, Windfall Productions produced more than 12 hours of ESPN’s coverage of the “World Championships of Athletics” from Paris, France for ABC Sports and ESPN.

Windfall has contributed nearly a decade of production services to United States Track & Field 1999 through 2008, featuring the "Golden Spike Tour and USATF's network TV broadcasts.

Over in Europe RJM has produced distinguished track meets like “Weltklasse”, “DN Galan”, “Bislett Games” and “ ISTAF “. These athletics meets previously part of The Golden League and Golden Four, have now been absorbed into the the IAAF’s Diamond League Series.

Domestically, RJ Mole' can attribute first hand TV production experience with some of America's legacy Track & Field events in existence for more than 100 years, such as The Penn Relays, Millrose Games and Drake Relays.

This unprecedented ninth year renewal of Collegiate Athletics between ESPN and Windfall Productions is testimony to Ralph J. Mole’s reputation as the independent leader in Track & Field TV production.

Windfall Productions respects the privilege of being able to cover the performances of America's finest student athletes. These young men and women are truly "out of this world". Enjoy our tribute video to these "Shootin Stars".

For more info contact;

rjmole@windfalltv.com

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