Lights, camera, action: the long-awaited Mashpee TV studio on Industrial Drive is about to go live.
The Enterprise received a sneak-peek tour of the new 4,000-square-foot state-of-the-art production and community media center earlier this week, and it is an impressive facility indeed. The nonprofit Mashpee TV was formed in 2012 to take over from Comcast, which last August ceased producing and broadcasting local programming, including the government and school channels, in Mashpee.
Mashpee TV Executive Director Amy Davies proudly showed off the facility’s editing suite, play-back room, conference room, and 1,000-square-foot studio complete with overhead lighting and backdrops. The control room is awaiting the delivery of additional equipment. The studio, which was set up for a two-person talk show configuration, could accommodate a variety of show formats with ample room for props, and even a live audience.
“We provide the space and the training, and the community provides the creativity,” Ms. Davies said, adding that Mashpee TV will be a free speech forum for town residents.
While a formal grand opening celebration is planned for Wednesday, September 4, Mashpee residents can start developing their video production skills next week. A free orientation class is scheduled to be held at the studio on Wednesday, July 17, from 6:30 to 8 PM. Additional information can be found on the Mashpee TV Facebook page or at www.mashpeetv.com.
Ms. Davies also said that there is a membership promotion drive underway. As Mashpee TV’s public access programming is broadcast on channel 99, the first 99 members can join for $9.99 for the first year. The regular price is $25 per year.
“We are very excited about Mashpee TV and its new studio and are already partnering with the organization and look forward to even more collaboration. Mashpee TV is in good hands with Amy Davies. She’s a great manager,” Debra Rogers, executive director and CEO of Falmouth Community Television said.
Longer Contracts With Town Requested
Mashpee TV was also on the agenda at Monday evening’s Mashpee Board of Selectmen meeting.
James Vaccaro, president of Mashpee TV, lobbied the board to draft an article for October Town Meeting seeking authorization for the town to enter into long-term contracts with Mashpee TV, beyond the current three-year period.
Mr. Vaccaro said that Mashpee TV is having difficulty leasing, or leasing-to-purchase, equipment due to the short duration of its contract with the town, for which more than a year has already ticked off. He also said that there are plans to possibly purchase a van and equipment for a Mashpee news show.
Board of Selectmen Chairman John J. Cahalane was initially skeptical of the proposal, saying that he found it hard to justify extending the length of contracts when “we haven’t seen anything yet.”
In the end, the board unanimously agreed to place the article on the warrant.
“Passage of the article would allow us to enter into longer contracts, but commits us to nothing,” Selectman Wayne E. Taylor said.