The Family Life Center on the fifth floor of Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago provides a place for patients and their families to relax, play and socialize. It also doubles as a TV studio for Skylight TV, the hospital’s in-house TV channel, which recently upgraded its production capabilities with a Broadcast Pix Slate 1000 live video production system.
Producer Rene Roy said the center has served as studio space for Skylight TV for more than 10 years. In about 20 minutes, the Skylight TV team can transform the area into a makeshift studio for a two-camera shoot, complete with scenery, wireless mics, and, perhaps most importantly for the young patients, a prize cart.
The hospital maintains a regular schedule of four live shows each week, including bingo-type games that teach about body parts and injury prevention on Mondays and Tuesdays — and often attract more than 200 players throughout the hospital. Wednesdays feature a storytelling program, while Thursday mornings begin with an hour-long music and variety show with patients serving as a studio audience. Skylight TV also creates additional content for its patients as well.
Roy said the channel takes advantage of the built-in Fluent workflow tools, including the multiview, clip and still stores, and Inscriber CG.
The hospital is building a new 23-story facility in the heart of Chicago that will open in 2012 called Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Skylight TV will have a dedicated studio (complete with retractable green screen) and control room in the middle of the new building.