Working in the Control Room of a TV show

Working in the Control Room of a TV show

By

Class of Ronak Nair

This semester I’ve been lucky enough to intern at CONAN in the Control Room  next the Warner Bros Studio building that the late night show is shot. I’ve always been interested in the technical side of TV production, specifically the real time processes involved in putting the show together. There is immense coordination, hard work and planning involved in putting together the show every day. People often don’t realize that making a show that airs every day is not a streamlined version of regular production. It’s the same process from writing to rehearsal, blocking, planning, rewrites, and the actual shoot. All of this happens very fast. At the beginning of the day, the show is being written and the acts are being rehearsed. From there, the cast come in and rehearse and during that time give their input about the show and rewrite jokes as necessary. All throughout this time, segments are being pre-taped, edited, rewritten and generally discussed by the staff involved. Every single show is a different animal and I am in awe at how smoothly such a difficult process goes each day. If one person slacks or does not do their part, the entire show is at risk. This is the kind of unpredictable, high pressure environment I have always thought of when I dreamt of going into TV.