Sony Pixel Power calrec Sony

International Women's Day 2021: Sky Sports' Jennie Blackmore on Balancing Being a Parent with the Thrill of Live Sports Production

08/03/2021

Boxing clever: Sky Sports' Jennie Blackmore on balancing being a parent with the thrill of live sports production International Womens Day 2021 focus By Heather McLean, Editor

Monday, March 8, 2021 - 10:45

Print This Story

Sky Sports' head of production for football and boxing, Jennie Blackmore on site for Mayweather versus McGregor in Las Vegas 2017 [seen here in sunglasses]. The team were on the roof of the Manadalay Bay Hotel, overlooking the Vegas strip, filming one of Sky Spots' build up shows

Inspired by her love of cricket, Sky Sports' head of production for football and boxing, Jennie Blackmore, has gone from climbing gantries with donuts for camera crew strapped to her arms, to the top of her game.

Her passion for cricket inadvertently led her to a career in sports broadcasting: While at university, I had a job as a steward at Lord's on match days, which required me to be on site from 7am. So I would sit in the stands, drinking my morning coffee while watching the set up by the TV crew, and instantly became fascinated by the process; envious that this was their full time job.

Today, her love of sport combined with her role at Sky Sports keeps her coming back for more. She comments on what draws her to sports broadcasting: The reactive nature of the job plus the thrill of a live event are amazing. You never lose touch with that no matter how many events you do. I still get blown away when we're at a packed Wembley Stadium or an iconic, stunning venue like Augusta for The Masters; whether I'm there in person or watching the output at home knowing that it's our teams' hard work that is bringing it to our screens.

Persistent attitude

When she left university with a degree in English Literature and Media, my love of playing cricket inspired me to repeatedly hound the executive producer of Channel 4 cricket (Sunset+Vine) on the first day of every month, like clockwork .

With the production executive role and now my head of production role, I had to look at everything with a wider perspective. I was no longer immersed in just one sport or event at any one time; I had a whole team of people with varying roles to think about and multiple sports to take into consideration with every decision that was made. That mental switch took time to adapt to

This determination worked in her favour, she says: I'd send him my CV, a copy of my dissertation on, The Language of Cricket Commentary in TV and Radio' (which I'm sure he enjoyed immensely,) and a plea for any available role on his team. So that was where it all started. After seven months he called to ask me in for an interview and subsequently gave me the role of production secretary.

Blackmore comments: The production secretary role was a combination of administrative work and being a runner on site at OBs. I loved every second of it, even climbing ladders to gantries with bags of tea and coffee in my mouth, and doughnuts strapped to my arms.

Jennie Blackmore, Sky Sports' head of production for football and boxing

During the cricket off-season she worked for Visions OBs now known as NEP as a production coordinator, crewing outside broadcasts. Blackmore goes on: After three years at Sunset+Vine on the cricket they won the BBC Horse Racing contract and I moved over as production coordinator on that for two years. It was an incredible sport to work on and included producing the Epsom Derby, Grand National and Royal Ascot.

When Setanta Sports started in 2007 I had my first opportunity to work as a production manager, first on the Conference Football League and then onto Premier League and the England Football contract. Unfortunately Setanta Sports folded in June 2009, but I was lucky enough to get a job as a production manager at Sky Sports in July 2009. I've been at Sky ever since with a variety of strands under my belt as production manager, including football, rugby union and boxing.

New opportunities

After eight years as a production manager at Sky Sports, the production team created new opportunities including three production executive roles. Blackmore was successful in getting one of these roles, all of which were, incidentally, taken by women.

Yet the move was not an easy leap for Blackmore, who was torn between the opportunity and her passion for being on the road. She explains: Honestly, it was a difficult decision to move from being an on-site production manager into an off-the-road leadership position because I loved the buzz of being in the thick of a live event. However, I could see that it was a fantastic opportunity to apply for a role that had previously not existed within our department.

She spent the next three years as a production executive overseeing cricket, golf, boxing and sports news, after which she took her current role. She adds that the transition to management took time: I didn't think I would get the production executive role when I applied for it. We've all probably suffered from imposter syndrome at some point in our careers and there was certainly an element of that when applying for such an important, new position. With the production executive role and now my head of production role, I had to look at everything with a wider perspective. I was no longer immersed in just one sport or event at any one time; I had a whole team of people with varying roles to think about and multiple sports to take into consideration with every decision that was made. That mental switch took time to adapt to.

Sky Sports' Jennie Blackmore in her new world; working remotely from home with two young children

Exhilarating role

In what she enjoys about her role, Blackmore comments: It's the most exciting, challenging, diverse and exhilarating role that I've ever worked in. I don't miss the constant on-the-road as
LINK: https://www.svgeurope.org/blog/headlines/international-womens-day-2021...
See more stories from svg

Most recent headlines

22/04/2021

WO Automation for Radio v5.0 offers fully remote station operations without compromise

The latest version of WO Automation for Radio, version 5.0, includes significant...

21/04/2021

UKTV experiences record Q1 viewing and sees huge uptick in 16-34s tuning in

21 April 2021 Multi-channel broadcaster enjoys highest ever Q1 share of viewing at 4.73% - an 8.6% growth year-on-year UKTVs share of commercial impacts (S...

21/04/2021

Netflix Adds 4M Subscriptions in Q1 2021, Short of Expectations

LOS GATOS, Calif.-Is the streaming boom powered by the pandemic starting to fade? One sign that could point to that idea is Netflix, the largest streaming provi...

21/04/2021

Hulu Strikes Deal to Carry NFL Network, NFL RedZone

NEW YORK-Hulu and NFL Media have come to terms on a multi-year carriage agreement that will bring NFL Network and NFL Redzone to the Hulu + Live TV service in t...

21/04/2021

Dejero Completes $60M Minority Recapitalization to Boost Growth

WATERLOO, Ontario-Dejero has announced a minority recapitalization of its business that totaled $60 million. The recapitalization was led by Vertu Capital, alon...

21/04/2021

ESPN, Fox Lead 42nd Sports Emmy Nominations

NEW YORK-The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced the nominees for the 42nd Annual Sports Emmy Awards, with ESPN and Fox leading all n...

21/04/2021

APTS, PBS Back FCC's Efforts to Increase False Emergency Alert Reports

WASHINGTON-Citing the goal of quickly and accurately informing the public about safety threats, America's Public Television Stations and PBS (collectively P...

21/04/2021

IBC Set to Go Ahead as Planned in September

LONDON-IBC 2021 is set to go ahead as planned in September, with organizers saying they are focused on delivering a fantastic event at the RAI in Amsterdam....

21/04/2021

Sony Sells Its Memnon Archiving Division to ES Broadcast

LONDON-ES Broadcast announced its acquisition of Sony's Memnon archiving solution arm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed....

21/04/2021

Quibi Content Becomes Roku Originals'

SAN JOSE, Calif.-Roku has driven the final nail in Quibi's coffin, announcing that the short-lived mobile streaming platform's content it acquired in Ja...

21/04/2021

Tightrope's Cablecast Powers Online Video Delivery for Cambridge Public Schools

MINNEAPOLIS-The Cablecast Community Media platform from Tightrope Media Systems ...

21/04/2021

Live Video Game Streaming Hit 8.8B Hours in Q1 2021

LONDON-People aren't just streaming TV shows and movies, live streams of video games grew substantially in 2020, and after the first quarter, 2021 is off to...

21/04/2021

Teradek Joins NDI Ecosystem

IRVINE, Calif.-Teradek is now part of the NDI ecosystem, which it will incorporate with its line of Teradek Cube 700 series encoders. Teradek Cube 705 and Terad...

21/04/2021

SVG Sit-Down: New FOR-A America President Satoshi Kanemura on Company's Role in Sports Production

SVG Sit-Down: New FOR-A America President Satoshi Kanemura on Company's Role...

21/04/2021

SVG SportsTech On Demand: VITEC Mark Robison's on New Venues With IPTV Systems and Enhancing the Fan Experience

SVG SportsTech On Demand: VITEC Mark Robison's on New Venues With IPTV Syste...

21/04/2021

SVG SportsTech On Demand: Haivision's Mark Horchler on Remote Collaboration and Remote Operation Over IP

SVG SportsTech On Demand: Haivision's Mark Horchler on Remote Collaboration ...

21/04/2021

SVG SportsTech On Demand: Spectra Logic's Hossein ZiaShakeri on Evolution of the Storage Industry and the Power of StorCycle

SVG SportsTech On Demand: Spectra Logic's Hossein ZiaShakeri on Evolution of...

21/04/2021

SVG SportsTech On Demand: disguise's Tom Rockhill on the Unlimited Options of xR Technology

SVG SportsTech On Demand: disguise's Tom Rockhill on the Unlimited Options o...

21/04/2021

SVG SportsTech On Demand: BirdDog's Dan Miall on the Power of NDI

SVG SportsTech On Demand: BirdDog's Dan Miall on the Power of NDI By Ken Kerschbaumer, Editorial Director Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 9:20 am Print Thi...

21/04/2021

SVG SportsTech On Demand: Blackmagic Design's Bob Caniglia Discusses Expanded ATEM Lineup and More

SVG SportsTech On Demand: Blackmagic Design's Bob Caniglia Discusses Expande...

21/04/2021

IBC Still Planning on In-Person September Event But Has Fall-Back Option in December

IBC Still Planning on In-Person September Event But Has Fall-Back Option in Dece...

21/04/2021

At the Rink: Washington Capitals Approach Regular Season With Virtual Gameday Digital Experience, Traditional In-Venue Flair

At the Rink: Washington Capitals Approach Regular Season With Virtual Gameday Di...

21/04/2021

Inside the ESPN's NBA Daily Wager Special: How ESPN Produced Its First Sports-Betting-Driven Broadcast

Inside the ESPN's NBA Daily Wager Special: How ESPN Produced Its First Sport...

21/04/2021

STN IP Protection Suite

Maximize and protect your IP with the STN IP Protection Suite . From new users to expert searchers, at all stages of your innovation journey, STN has the soluti...

21/04/2021

LIVE LIFE LOUD - Sony introduces new X-Series range with 3 new powerful wireless speakers

Get bigger sound with Omnidirectional Party Sound on the SRS-XP700 Experience P...

21/04/2021

Hanging in the Balance: More Research Coordination, Collaboration Needed for AI to Reach Its Potential, Experts Say

As AI is increasingly established as a world-changing field, the U.S. has an opp...

21/04/2021

The Future's So Bright: NVIDIA DRIVE Shines at Auto Shanghai

NVIDIA DRIVE-powered cars electrified the atmosphere this week at Auto Shanghai. The global auto show is the oldest in China and has become the stage to debut ...

21/04/2021

Penta and DADman Ready for Big Sur

Tekst: Penta and DADman Ready for Big Sur Upon thorough testing, we are happy to announce that the most recent DADman version for macOS (v. 5.4.5 build 1) is...

21/04/2021

Etisalat and Nokia provide ultra-fast 5G broadband services in the UAE

Etisalat and Nokia provide ultra-fast 5G broadband services in the UAE Press Release Etisalat and Nokia provide ultra-fast 5G broadband services in the UAE ...

21/04/2021

Ragnarok season 2 is coming to Netflix on May 27

Back to All News Ragnarok season 2 is coming to Netflix on May 27 Entertainment 21 April 2021 GlobalNorwayDenmarkSweden View and download the first look im...

21/04/2021

Sardar Ka Grandson Welcomes You To Their Family!

Back to All News Sardar Ka Grandson Welcomes You To Their Family!Play Video Play Video Entertainment 21 April 2021 GlobalIndia Netflix launches the traile...

21/04/2021

UiPath: The Automation IPO

Our first meeting with Daniel at Fish House in Bucharest. Try the Salt-Crusted Sea Bass! By Eric Liaw, Alex Lim, Jules Maltz, and Jason Kong Today, we are exc...

21/04/2021

ITV named a Top 10 Inclusive Employer by the British LGBT Awards

ITV named a Top 10 Inclusive Employer by the British LGBT Awards ITV has been named as one of the top 10 most inclusive employers by the prestigious British LG...

21/04/2021

First look image of Marsha Thomason as DS Jenn Townsend

First look image of Marsha Thomason as DS Jenn Townsend Guest cast announced The Bay Series 3 The Bay adds over one million viewers as an average of 8 milli...

21/04/2021

Fox Corporation Executives to Discuss Third Quarter Fiscal 2021 Financial Results Via Webcast

Fox Corporation Executives to Discuss Third Quarter Fiscal 2021 Financial Result...

21/04/2021

TechnipFMC Awarded a Significant Subsea Contract for Petrobras' Marlim and Voador Fields

Press release | April 20 2021 TechnipFMC Awarded a Significant Subsea Contract...

21/04/2021

Colour Online: Film Awards Season Webinar. Thursday, April 29

Let's celebrate the recent nominees and winners of this year's awards season. Register now FilmLight is hosting a discussion with the talents who have...

21/04/2021

Delphine Ernotte Cunci, EBU President, launches the TV Assembly 2021

Delphine Ernotte Cunci, EBU President, launches the TV Assembly 2021...

21/04/2021

Cisco Commits $100 Million to Help Address Climate Crisis

News Summary: The Cisco Foundation is committing $100 million over ten years to help reverse the impact of climate change. Cisco will move the needle on cli...

21/04/2021

Seniors Become Tech in Spain with Onliners and Old Timers

Gestmusic, a Banijay Iberia company, confirms it will produce Onliners and Old Timers (Canvi de Xip) in collaboration with Catalan Ministry of Culture for TV3. ...

21/04/2021

Avid and Dolby Deliver Industry First Pro Tools Dolby Atmos Production Course and Certification

Avid and Dolby Deliver Industry First Pro Tools Dolby Atmos Production Course ...

21/04/2021

IBC set to go ahead as planned in September

Fall back dates for December are still in place, and an announcement on that is expected to be made in June By Jenny Priestley Published: April 21, 2021 Fa...

21/04/2021

Orchestral Tools launch Tallinn

Chamber music with a Baltic twist Berlin-based sampling experts Orchestral Tools have just announced the release of Tallinn, a 43GB (92GB uncompressed) soft...

21/04/2021

YouTube Select Adds Seasonal Sponsorship Opportunities

YouTube said that it will be making seasonal sponsorships available as part of its Select premium advertising product, allowing marketers to own the top mom'...

21/04/2021

Primetime Ratings Monday: Fox on Top With 9-1-1'

Fox won the Monday ratings race with the return of 9-1-1 and 9-1-1: Lone Star. Fox rated a 0.9 in viewers 18-49, per the Nielsen overnights, and a 6 share. In s...

21/04/2021

PTC Issues Cord-Cutters Guide to Streaming Services

In its first report under its rebrand as the Parents Television & Media Counsel, PTC said there are upsides and downsides to streaming media that families need ...

21/04/2021

Syndication Ratings: Aaron Rodgers Leads Jeopardy!' to Weekly Win

Aaron Rodgers, playing guest host for two weeks, gave CBS Media Ventures' Jeopardy! a big boost in the session ending April 11. Rodgers, the star quarterbac...

21/04/2021

Deadliest Catch: Bloodline' on Discovery Plus April 20

A new season of Deadliest Catch: Bloodline is on Discovery Plus April 20. Captain Josh Harris and business partner Casey McManus venture to Hawaii after discove...

21/04/2021

Netflix Adds Just 4 Million New Subscribers in 1st Quarter

Netflix added just 3.98 million streaming subscribers worldwide in the first quarter after adding 15.77 million a year ago as the COVID-19 pandemic set in....