MXZN joins Canadian Paralympic Media Consortium for Tokyo 2020

Canadian Paralympic Committee

May 14, 2021

MXZN to provide innovative video technology for Paralympic Games

An athlete does an interview using MXZN Mixed Zone stations

OTTAWA – The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) announced today it is welcoming MXZN, a Canadian company focused on delivering high quality video content, to the Canadian Paralympic Media Consortium as an official partner. 

Led by the CPC, the Canadian Paralympic Media Consortium is the official broadcaster of the Paralympic Games in Canada. MXZN joins a family of partners, including broadcasters CBC, Radio-Canada, AMI and Sportsnet, and digital partners Twitter and Facebook, who together bring coverage of the country’s Paralympians back to Canadians from coast to coast to coast.

“The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will be like no other Games in history,” said Martin Richard, Executive Director, Communications and Brand, Canadian Paralympic Committee. “We have had to adapt significantly in order to keep our athletes safe and healthy at the Games, while still working towards providing world-class coverage and shining a spotlight on the team. Even though we are not able to have as much of an onsite media presence in Tokyo, MXZN will allow us to still hear directly from Canada’s remarkable Paralympians and share their performances and personal stories with audiences across the nation through a variety of channels.”

With access to athletes limited and a smaller media presence in Tokyo, MXZN stations will be placed in multiple venues to act as remote digital content capture hubs. The easy-to-use technology features an interactive touchscreen, high quality camera, external microphone, lighting, and an adjustable height, with athletes able to speak directly into the camera after their competition. The resulting video can then easily be shared on a variety of social media platforms or with broadcast and media outlets across the country. 

“Giving all athletes a voice is really what the Mixed Zone Stations are all about,” said Keith Wells, CEO of MXZN. “If reporters or cameras aren’t available, it’s still possible to deliver live or recorded video comments directly to media from anywhere in the world.”  

Wells originally developed the idea for MXZN back at the London 2012 Paralympic Games after seeing multiple athletes go through an empty mixed zone interview area. 

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will take place August 24 to September 5, 2021 in Japan, with more details about the Canadian broadcast set to be announced soon. 

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