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Athletics: New production concepts to bolster KTLA's Marathon telecast



Coverage plan utilizes 18 cameras from downtown L.A. to Santa Monica

LOS ANGELES, March 12, 2011 -- No two pairs of eyes see the world the same way. In that way, the March 20 telecast of the 2011 Honda LA Marathon presented by K-Swiss will be all new, seen through a fresh set of eyes that have worked on some of the world's greatest races.

New York-based IMG Media, producers of major marathon telecasts in Chicago, Berlin, New York and elsewhere, is developing a new approach to the Los Angeles race, which will air exclusively on the city's first television station, KTLA 5, and online on KTLA.com, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Pacific time.

"Everything about this Honda LA Marathon is unique: the Stadium to the Sea course and especially the Challenge," said Executive Producer Steve Mayer. "We want to bring some of the texture of the race, of the people who make it special, to the viewers on Sunday morning, March 20.

"Our broadcast program will highlight not only the elite racers, but the many compelling stories among the thousands of participating runners, walkers and wheelchair racers, and we have an excellent team to bring those stories to our viewers."

A total of 18 cameras will provide pictures of the race from every angle, including cameras fixed on the men's and women's leaders, in the main pack of runners, on the course, and overhead from the KTLA 5 helicopter.

As in 2010, KTLA 5 sports anchor Derrin Horton will offer mile-by-mile coverage of the race with veteran running analyst Toni Reavis, who has provided commentary for all 25 prior Los Angeles Marathons. At street level will be KTLA 5 morning news anchor Jessica Holmes and the newest member of the KTLA 5 news team, morning anchor Chris Schauble, who will not only report from the course, but actually run the marathon himself.

"This is our second year bringing one of L.A.'s most prestigious events to the viewers of Southern California," added Don Corsini, President and General Manager of KTLA 5, "Our reporters will line the course, and bring home the local color that always shines along this historic route."

On the course itself, specially-outfitted Honda Ridgeline trucks will be dedicated to the men's and women's lead packs, using Cineflex Gyro-Stabilized, High-Definition cameras for enhanced picture quality. U.S. Olympic marathoner Ed Eyestone (1988 and 1992) will provide commentary on the men's elite field, with 1996 U.S. Olympic 1,500-meter runner Juli Henner following the women.

The broadcast will be produced in high-definition, with an all-new format and easy-to-understand graphics. Bruce Treut, a veteran of dozens of marathon broadcasts, will direct.

"We are excited to once again team with KTLA 5 to provide extensive race-day coverage of the 2011 Honda LA Marathon presented by K-Swiss," said LA MARATHON LLC partnerships director Dave Klewan. "Along with our new production partner IMG, we look forward to focusing on the many great individual runner and community stories that come from such an amazing experience."

About LA MARATHON LLC:
We inspire athletes and connect communities. With thousands of volunteers, tens of thousands of participants and hundreds of thousands of spectators, the Honda Los Angeles Marathon presented by K-Swiss is one of the largest organized road races in the country. For more information, visit LAMarathon.com.


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