TWI's TV innovations for darts championships

LONDON: Independent sports producer and sports programme distributor TWI will produce an innovative Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships for BBC TV next January.

Part of the IMG Group of companies founded by Mark McCormack in the 1960s, TWI will be introducing new production and presentation techniques, and on-screen innovations. These will include three-way split screens, and the most up-to-date and informative graphics and statistics ever seen in televised darts.

TWI executive producer Graham Fry was quoted in an official release saying, "We are delighted to be producing the Lakeside World Professional Championships for the BBC. We are hoping to make them even more colourful and entertaining than they have been in the past - with a whole range of feature ideas, entertainment initiatives, and a competition with a prize".

TWI already produces snooker including the Embassy World Championships from The Crucible as well as many more major televised sporting events around the world TWI will also be producing the 30th Anniversary Winmau World Masters for BBC TV from 1-2 November. 

In addition to Fry, the TWI darts production team will include show producer Stuart Watts and director Simon Wheeler, who has previously produced darts for BBC, satellite and cable TV. The match director will be Malcolm Kemp, who has been producing the coverage from Lakeside for BBC TV Sport since 1998..

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