ESM Productions served as executive producer of the World Meeting of Families Papal visit. We managed all on site logistics, created site plans, acted as a liaison for city services, handled talent acquisition and management, managed labor, designed all lighting, staging and scenic for the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Independence Mall. In addition, we acted as host entity for the global broadcast, produced the feed for distribution, and staffed the entire crew of nearly 100 broadcast professionals, including camera operators, directors, technical directors, script writers and many more.
The event took place on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, a major artery and cultural center in the heart of Philadelphia. This outdoor, public venue sees thousands of cars and tourists each day. In addition, there were other venues throughout the city where ESM managed labor, logistics, and broadcast crews. These locations were Philadelphia International Airport, Independence Mall, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, and Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility.
Due to the size of this event and the nature of the guest of honor, security and safety were of the utmost concern. We helped coordinate and acted as a unifying force between the safety and security entities of the United States Secret Service, the Philadelphia Police Department, Homeland Security, and Vatican Security offices.