10 Years, a New Website and Thoughts on Sochi

by Larry Meyer, Founder and President of LDM Worldwide Productions

Today, LDM Worldwide launched our new website, exactly 10 years after the launch of our old website, which coincided with the launch of LDM Worldwide as a company. When I started this business in 2001 the market was more centralized and focused on Networks (ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC) and just a few Cable Sports Channels (ESPN, CSTV). Today the market is fractured with multiple sports networks (eg., ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, CBS Sports Network, FS 1, FS 2, NBC Sports Network, etc.), regional sports networks, as well as conference run networks (Big 10, Pac 12, SEC). Additionally sports programming on the web is showcased on Yahoo, Google, YouTube, etc., and has begun to permeate on second and even third screens. Viewers have begun to unplug from the traditional source of sports viewership, presenting a brave new world that brings it’s own unique challenges and opportunities.

In the same ten years, LDM Worldwide has grown into one of the leading crewing and packaging companies in the world. Our company has staffed and provided packaging services for thousands of live events from all over the world, and for a variety of well-known brands like ESPN, FOX Sports, Comcast, et al. Our staff has grown from a team of two — myself and Tyler Benjamin — into a full-time team of 10 in Seattle, plus a deep worldwide contracting network. I thank the wonderful team at LDM Worldwide and the crewmembers on the ground who have worked hard to provide their best each day, with each production.

The new LDM Worldwide website is an extension of our company, utilizing technology to inform and educate our clients and employees. The website will provide our customers and employees with a content and management portal online that allows them to manage their accounts and learn more about LDM Worldwide. The website is designed to serve as a communication tool and we look forward to engaging in this manner with our customers.

As I turn my attention from past events and accomplishments I look forward to joining many wonderful people in the world of TV in Sochi Russia. These Olympics will be like no other. I am looking forward to the camaraderie the Olympics brings and how it provides a perfect example of how similar we all are as people, regardless of origin. It is truly a time to unite and watch some amazing athletes!

In Sochi I will be working as a Venue Manager at the Bolshoy Ice Dome, which is the sight of the Men’s Hockey competition. The hockey drama should be palpable too, considering the history between USA Hockey and the Russians. In case you’ve forgotten, here’s a little reminder:

It’s been a fabulous ten years! At LDM Worldwide, we look forward to another generation of growth with our current and future customers. This new website and news portal is the next step in that direction. See you in Sochi!

January 30, 2014

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