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Wide world of sports - Alumni Profiles
March 2012 Issue
Like many of us, Mark Parkman (BA ’87) will watch the 2012 Summer Olympics on television. The difference is that Parkman will be in London helping oversee 5,000 hours of coverage that will be viewed by more than 4.5 billion people in 200-plus countries. As vice president of operations for International Sports Broadcasting and the operations executive for Olympic Broadcasting Services, Parkman will monitor a bank of televisions, just as he’s done in Atlanta; Nagano, Japan; Sydney, Australia; Salt Lake City; Athens, Greece; Turin, Italy; Beijing and Vancouver. “People assume that in between the Olympics there’s nothing going on,” says Parkman, who won an Emmy Award for his work in Salt Lake City. “But in reality, it takes four or five years to plan one Olympics.” Parkman helps decide where the huge international broadcast center will be located and the camera placements in the venues. About 5,000 people must be hired to work on the host broadcast, which will produce seven …
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