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From its beginnings as a provocative magazine, VICE Media has long found success by shining the light on subjects not normally covered by mainstream media. VICE News continues this tradition by using in-depth investigative reporting to uncover serious news stories that fall between the cracks.
In 2016, VICE News turned its eye to daily news programming with the announcement of VICE News Tonight, a 30-minute nightly news show that airs on HBO. While most daily news shows rely on live news anchors who read the fast-changing stories of the day, VICE News Tonight decided to stick to its roots with pre-recorded, documentary-style news segments.
Mark Leombruni, Head of News Audio for VICE Media, was one of the first to join the VICE News Tonight post-production team, working with Vice President of Post-Production Ben Baker to create the new show. “It was an interesting challenge,” says Leombruni. “The format of the show was meant to be investigative journalism, which is quite different from the normal nightly news TV broadcast. We knew we’d be facing very serious time-crunches to produce shows nightly, but we still wanted to deliver high-quality programming that could stand up to any other show on HBO.”
Faced with extremely tight daily deadlines, the VICE News Tonight team knew that they would need to streamline workflows as much as possible. Editors would likely need to keep working until the last minute, leaving no time to export files for post-finishing processes. The team decided to create a workflow where all editing and post-finishing processes took place at the same time using Adobe Premiere Pro.
“Because of the rate at which we need to edit and finish our new show every day—8 segments a day, 40 segments a week—we have no time to turn over into any other package,” says Baker. “We developed our own Adobe Premiere Pro template that’s distributed to all of the editors and covers everything from the correct frame rate to use to their graphic elements, lower thirds, identifiers, end slates and intro cards.”
“We’re saving ourselves hundreds of hours by working off the same timeline in Adobe Premiere Pro rather than round tripping to other programmes,” adds Leombruni. “Thanks to Adobe Premiere Pro, we’re delivering award-winning news documentaries four days a week, in record time.”