Books, Production Guide, and Graphics Guide and case, Sydney Olympic Broadcasting Organisation, Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, written by SOBO, published by SOCOG, 2000.
These publications, Graphics Guide and Production Guide, were printed in 2000 for the Sydney Olympic Broadcasting Organisation (SOBO) - the official broadcast company that provided all radio and television coverage of the Sydney Olympic Games. The Graphics Guide and Production Guide set codes of practice relating to all aspects of transmission, including replays, live coverage and the inclusion of credits, pictograms, flags and other visual information. Together, these guides reflect the coordination and protocols that enabled SOBO to deliver consistent transmission of the Olympic Games.
In 1996, the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG) established SOBO as a complete broadcast company and as Host Broadcaster of the Olympic Games. The organisation comprised an operating charter, a board of directors, and a corporate mission, and aimed to "provide outstanding levels of service to Rights Holding Broadcasters, and to produce more than 3400 hours of live, visually stunning and technically superior coverage of the Games of the New Millennium."
From 13 September to 1 October 2000, SOBO produced all television and radio coverage of Olympic competition for the 200 broadcasters that held rights to the Games. During this period, it was the largest broadcasting production company in the world, supporting 3300 local and international personnel across eight divisions: Executive, Production, Technical Operations and Engineering, Broadcast Information, Support Services, Venue Management, Business Affaires and Booking.
The International Broadcast Centre (IBC) was the hub of SOBO operations, and was equipped with 35 studios, 1600 broadcaster rooms, a commentary switching centre, a video archive and a satellite farm. Here, at Olympic Park, SOBO monitored 40 simultaneous international signals, and televised to a worldwide audience of around 30 billion people.
The Production Guide and Graphics Guide were written by the Sydney Olympic Broadcasting Organisation to establish codes of practices amongst its 3300 personnel.
The Production Guide and Graphics Guide were printed in Sydney, c.2000.
These unused copies of the Production Guide and Graphics Guide are identical to those the Sydney Olympic Broadcasting Organisation distributed to its staff to set codes of practice during the Sydney Olympic Games.
Made for and owned by the Olympic Coordination Authority/Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, and donated to the Powerhouse Museum after use in the Games.