More than 500 employees are on the ground in Russia and ready for kick-off as Telemundo Deportes gets set for its debut as the exclusive Spanish-language TV home of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.
The small army of staffers will produce all 64 games across 11 cities, 12 venues and four time zones, with more than 20 technical production and editing facilities supporting multi-platform coverage.
In addition to a team of sports on-air talent led by Andrés Cantor and soccer legends serving as expert commentators, such as Diego Forlán, Manuel Sol and Claudio Borghi, Telemundo has sent the network’s top talent from Un Nuevo Día, Noticias Telemundo, Al Rojo Vivo and Titulares y Más, including José Díaz-Balart, María Celeste Arrarás, Marco Antonio Regil, Rashel Díaz and Ana Jurka to report live from Russia.
World Cup coverage will start each day with the morning show, with Rashel Díaz and Marco Antonio Regil broadcasting from Gorky Park in Moscow. The network is also launching new primetime studio show Viva el Mundial y Más hosted by TV host and actress Jacqueline Bracamontes and Titulares y Más co-host Karim Mendiburu.
Today, Telemundo released the following itemized “by the numbers” production details of the month-long event that starts this Thursday, June 14 and runs through Sunday, July 15:
- 500+ on-the-ground personnel to produce all 64 games from Russia
- 20+ commentary team of play-by-play voices, game analysts, soccer experts and correspondents
- 4 announce teams covering in-venue for the majority of the matches
- 150+ dedicated personnel at the International Broadcast Center
- 40+ dedicated personnel at Telemundo’s Red Square studio location
- 25+ dedicated personnel at Telemundo’s Gorky Park studio location
- 10+ dedicated personnel at Telemundo’s Zaryadye Park studio location
- 110 tons of equipment
- 78-vehicle fleet for transportation of personnel
- 37 cameras, including FIFA pool feed cameras and Telemundo exclusive cameras
- 7 studios and stages– Red Square; the International Broadcast Center; Telemundo News and ARV; Zaryadye Park; Gorky Park (for Un Nuevo Día); Fan Festival Moscow, and Luzhniki Stadium
- 20+ technical production and editing facilities–Miami Telemundo Center; Telemundo Hialeah; NBC Sports Group Stamford; 30 Rock in New York City; NBCU Technology Center Englewood Cliffs; Comcast Media Center Colorado; International Broadcast Center, Gorky Park and Zaryadye Park, all 12 FIFA World Cup venues across Russia
- 64 production engineers and an additional 25 dedicated Telemundo camera crews working throughout Russia
- 4K Ultra High Definition available for all 64 World Cup matches on demand via a 4K-capable set-top box and a 4K television
- 56 live matches on Telemundo
- 8 live matches on Universo
- All 64 matches live on Telemundo Deportes En Vivo and NBC Sports apps (in Spanish)
- All 64 encore presentations of each game every night on Universo
- 12 venues throughout Russia
According to Telemundo, its production team made more than 400 individual visits to Russia over 48 months of planning in preparation for the World Cup.