Since the Olympic test events at Vancouver’s Cypress Mountain in 2009, DBD has covered Ski Cross World Cups in Canada on six occasions. Most recently DBD produced the world feed for the 2017 Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup at Blue Mountain, considered by international rights holders to be one of the best Host Broadcast productions of the season with 15 cameras including dramatic drone and jib shots.
Over the past 20 years, Double Black Diamond has produced more Freestyle Skiing coverage in Canada than any other production organization. DBDP is widely acknowledged by Canada’s major sports networks (CBC, TSN, RSN) as experts in the sport of Freestyle Skiing. DBDP has worked as Host Broadcaster, producing world feeds for FIS Freestyle World Cups in Canada since 2000. DBDP has also produced many Freestyle event shows and feature material for Canadian and US networks, news outlets and TV magazines programs.
L to R: John Johnson (TD), Chris Robinson (Director), Lisa Crowley (Production Manager). Live production of 2017 FIS Freestyle World Cup (Moguls), Val St-Come, QC.
Cross Country Skiing is widely regarded as one of the most challenging sports to cover on TV.
In 2005, Double Black Diamond reached out to experts from Finland’s YLE TV to partner in a Host Broadcast bid for coverage of the first World Cups to be held in Canada since 1996. From there a lasting partnership was forged with DBD serving as Host Broadcaster for FIS Cross Country World Cups in Canada in 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2016.
With proven capabilities DBD secured the VANOC contract for production of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games test events in Cross Country as well as Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined.
In 2016, DBD covered 5 of the 8 legs of the FIS Cross Country Ski Tour Canada, the first ever 'tour format' series of World Cups to be held outside of Europe. DBD's coverage received accolades from international rights holders for compelling race story telling and beautiful imagery under the production supervision of DBD’s Chris Robinson and YLE Director Tapani Parm.
L to R: Don Moss (TD), Tapani Parm (Director), Chris Robinson (Producer). 2016 Cross Country Ski Tour Canada, Canmore, AB.
The sport of Crossfit exploded 10 years ago and the pursuit to become the 'Fittest On Earth’ opened a new era of fitness competition highlighted by the annual CrossFit Games. The worldwide qualification system for the CrossFit Games grew to include regional competitions in eastern and western Canada with Double Black Diamond Productions being selected as CrossFit Inc’s Canadian production partner for online and television content covering of the Canada East and Canada West regional competitions. The relationship continued for 4 years with DBD providing ENG, post produced content in 2012 and 2013, with end-to-end live coverage (web streamed) over 3 days in each 2014 and 2015.
Double Black Diamond Productions’ owner and Executive Producer Chris Robinson holds a personal passion for road cycling. From 2013 to 2015 DBD was contracted by Centurion Cycling to cover the annual cycling festival and U23 Prospects Challenge including packaged programs for national broadcast on Rogers Sportsnet with Robinson as show host and commentator.
From 1999 to 2003 DBD was the leading producer of Adventure Racing TV coverage in Canada. In 2000 DBD produced a 13 episode series titled ‘Never Give Up’ focused on the Raid The North and Sea2Summit AR series’ of races across Canada exclusively for Outdoor Life Network. From 1999 to 2001 DBD also covered the multi-day expedition races known as ‘Raid The North Extreme’ in Elliott Lake, Revelstoke and Newfoundland. In 2003, DBD was contracted for the TV production of Eco-Challenge North America, producing two hours of national programming for TSN.
Over the years DBD’s diverse portfolio of video and TV productions has also included:
· Associate Producers of Acura World of Golf (TSN) (2004-2005)
· FIS World Cup and World Championship Snowboarding (various 2001 - 2013)
· Satellite transmission coordination and management for Infront Sports & Media; various Canadian Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding events (2013 - 2017)
· UCI World Cup Mountain Biking (2006)
· Tennis Canada Rogers Cup 'street match’ (2009)
· Resort TV Network (2003 - 2006)
· Human Resources training videos for The Body Shop and Toys R Us Canada (2000 - 2007)