The Baltimore Orioles Productions department has been recognized by their peers in Major League Baseball as the "Best Overall Video Display In Baseball" at the annual Information Display Entertainment Association (IDEA) Conference held in Minneapolis, Minnesota earlier this week. This marks the second time since the award was created in 2001 that the Orioles Productions staff has received the honor (2002).
Video content of all aspects of the in-game show were submitted and five finalists were voted on by the 20 other MLB teams in attendance. The Orioles' five-minute submission included the Oriole Park welcome, music videos, moving headshots, crowd prompts, the Fact or Fiction, Andino at the Movies, Adam Jones Gives a Fan a Haircut and This or That segments and other graphic elements. The Andino at the Movies segment was also a finalist for "Best In-Game Feature," competing against all professional and college sports teams in attendance.
"In addition to success on the field, the Orioles are committed to providing a first-class experience for fans from the moment they enter the gates of Oriole Park," said Orioles Executive Vice President of Business Operations Doug Duennes. "We are proud that the talent and creativity of our productions team has been recognized as the industry leader for the quality of the entertainment they provide for fans of all ages."
The IDEA Conference is a yearly event attended by all professional sports leagues, colleges and minor league teams to recognize excellence in video board presentation.
The Orioles productions team includes Director of Productions Mike Stashik; Manager of In-Game Entertainment Bryan Krandle; Producer Ben Epstein; Video Graphics Coordinator Joe Kane; Production Specialist John Tillman; Coordinator of Game Entertainment Heather Bressler and Assistant Coordinator of Game Entertainment Karen Riddle. A game staff of 30 is also instrumental in the gameday entertainment production.