San Antonio company Nelco Media helps publicize Miss Universe pageant to the world


When the Miss Universe pageant goes live on Sunday, one of the people who will ensure the show runs smoothly across the world will be San Antonio-based producer Philip Nelson.

Nelson’s company, Nelco Media, was asked to oversee the international broadcast of the contest from Hollywood, Florida. The contest is broadcast in more than 160 territories and countries, according to an Associated Press report.

“We’ll be working with all of the broadcasters around the world by taking that stream, coordinating all of their signals and getting them to satellite,” Nelson said. “It’s definitely a big deal and a lot of stress. And we do it with COVID compliance guidelines. In the TV truck, we have to have a small team working on the show, and we have to have dividers between each station. “

The contest, hosted by Mario Lopez and Olivia Culpo, will air live at 7 p.m. Sunday on FYI and Telemundo. The competition has not been held since December 2019 due to the pandemic.

The United States will be represented by the subsidiary Aysa, from Mississippi, Miss USA. The current Miss Universe is Zozibini Tunzi from South Africa.

Nelson, 49, is familiar with broadcasting a live show in the coronavirus era. He played the same role for last year’s Miss USA pageant, which was held in November at Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley in Memphis.

“I love what I do and it’s so much fun, stress is exciting stress,” he said. “And it’s really cool to know every button you press, millions of people see this shot. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Live programs like contests are part of what Nelco Media does in San Antonio and across the country.

The company has outfitted podcasting studios for some top people in this growing field, including Joe Rogan, Adam Carolla and Tom Green. Green yelled at Nelson on a vlog he posted last year, in which he noted that a remote camera in his studio was being controlled by Nelco in San Antonio.

“I’m getting a lot of help from Nelco Media in San Antonio, Texas,” Green said. “What’s up, Phil Nelson?”

Comedian and podcast Tom Green says he worked with Nelco Media for years on “Webovision,” his term for streaming video.

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He said he had worked with Nelson since “the early days of Webovision,” his term for his streaming shows.

“He always helps me with technical advice, putting it all together,” Green said.

Nelco is also working on a new esports site in South Bend, Indiana, connecting space computers and building custom lighting, rigging and furniture for players.

In San Antonio, the company installed the multicamera system at Texas Public Radio’s Carlos and Malú Alvarez Theater in its new headquarters at the Alameda Theater.

“We are, for the most part, a glorified video equipment vendor,” Nelson said. “We build TV studios, we sell cameras, we sell lighting.

“But my philosophy is that it’s hard for me to go out and say to you, ‘It’s the best thing to do’ if I don’t. You don’t want to take fashion advice from someone who is a bad dresser, and you don’t want to seek medical advice from someone who is in poor health.

Philip Nelson is president and founder of Nelco Media Inc., based in San Antonio.

Philip Nelson is president and founder of Nelco Media Inc., based in San Antonio.

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Nelson has worked in live television and video since the late 1980s and has cultivated a large pool of talent that he can call on for projects. He asked John Leland, former technical director of NBC Sports, to help him on Miss Universe.

Leland said he was happy to step in – it’s no small feat, he added, given he retired in 2012 and is now 73.

“I keep my hand only when working for people I want to work with,” said Leland, who first met Nelson when he was at NewTek, a digital technology company in San Antonio. “It’s nice to be able to help someone who is worth it.”

The day before Nelson’s flight to Florida for Miss Universe, he was at TPR, working in the tech booth for the livestream of “¡Viva!”, A telethon for local artists run by the station and Luminaria.

Philip Nelson produced

Philip Nelson produced “Viva,” a live telethon raising funds for San Antonio artists, from the black box studio of Texas Public Radio.

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The event raised $ 5,187, an amount increased by a matching contribution of $ 5,000 from Guillermo Nicolas. Donations are always accepted.

The telethon debuted last year as a way to help artists struggling due to the pandemic, and Nelson was also a part of it.

“He’s really good at what he does, and it’s great to have someone like that in San Antonio who’s willing to volunteer their time to come and help us produce an event like this, a fundraising, free, ”said Adam Fleming, events manager for TPR. “He’s very interested in the idea of ​​raising San Antonio, and I think he’s giving up his time and helping us produce this stuff so that we can raise funds for the artists who work in San Antonio, that says so much.” long on what he wants. happen in this city.

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Nelson, a native of Louisiana who moved to San Antonio in 1998 to work for NewTek, said he’s made it his mission to do what he can to foster connections between creatives across town. Before the pandemic, he said, Nelco held monthly networking events to this end.

“There are people who succeed by training people around them, and others who succeed by crawling on people and pushing people down,” he said. “Life is too short to work with people who don’t build others.

“That’s why I love San Antonio. It really is a helping community. And we need more opportunities for collaboration and for us to build on each other.

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