Press Release: June 20, 2018
Automatic sports production project commemorates passing of sporttotal.tv “digital visionary” Ben Lesegeld
Tel Aviv, Frankfurt & Cologne – 19 June 2018 – Pixellot, the leader in automated sports-production technology, donated automatic production systems to the Jewish Gymnastics and Sports Association (MAKKABI) in Germany in memory of Ben Lesegeld, project manager for sporttotal.tv, who passed away in January at the age of 30. As an active MAKKABI, many of Ben Lesegeld’s ideas and experiences flowed right into programming for the network.
SPORTTOTAL, Pixellot’s partner in Germany, in cooperation with MAKKABI, has released an app to broadcast the matches of approximately 4,000 Jewish athletes in Germany and their teams. The broadcasts will be available both live and on demand and allow the creation of highlight clips that can be shared with the teams’ fans and family. In memory of Lesegeld, the app will be provided free of charge to the athletes.
“The Jewish sports movement in Germany is growing and becoming more attractive,” said Alon Meyer, president of the Jewish sports club TuS Makkabi. “The fact that soon live broadcasts or highlight clips of games of our clubs will be on display is proof of the great work. We as MAKKABI Germany are particularly pleased that this positive development will now reach a wider audience.“
“The launch of the new MAKKABI app is particularly important for SPORTTOTAL due to the sad loss of colleague and good friend, Ben Lesegeld. We continue the app in his memory and as his digital heritage, and at the same time hope to consolidate the friendly relationship between Israel and Germany through sport,” said Peter Lauterbach, CEO of SPORTTOTAL AG.
In July 2017, sporttotal.tv signed a 10-year contract with the German Football Association to raise the visibility of amateur football. Today hundreds of amateur football clubs in Germany starting with the fourth league downward are equipped with Pixellot systems that enable thousands of games to be automatically broadcast in high quality.
“Ben Lesegeld was a digital visionary who worked tirelessly to combine his love of technology, sports, and his Jewish heritage,” said Alon Werber, CEO of Pixellot. “In addition to his broader vision, Ben had tons of hands-on project experience, so he was always a pleasure to work with. He will be missed, but the continuation of his initiatives ensures that he won’t be forgotten.”
Pixellot offers automated sports production solutions that provide affordable alternatives to traditional video capture, production and distribution systems for professional and semi-professional sport events. Pixellot’s patented technology solution streamlines production workflow by deploying an unmanned multi-camera system in a fixed location, with additional angles as required, to cover the entire field, offering a stitched panoramic image. Advanced algorithms enable automatic coverage of the flow of play and highlight generation. Pixellot was founded at 2013 by Dr. Miky Tamir and Gal Oz, bringing extensive experience in broadcasting and media technologies, as well as in sports technology. Pixellot systems are deployed by broadcasters, production companies, clubs, sports portals and coaching solution providers around the globe. For more information: www.pixellot.tv
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