WWE ThunderDome Wins SPORTEL Award

The ThunderDome has now won an award.

The company's virtual environment set-up allowing fans to be a part of WWE shows at the Amway Center has received top honors for Virtual Fan Experience at the SPORTEL Awards. The awards recognize the best in sports video production.

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Fightful was also sent a release touting The Famous Group's work with Thunderdome.

The Famous Group (TFG) took home two honors at the SPORTEL Awards, the prestigious international competition held each year in Monaco recognizing the best in sports photography, videography and graphical presentation.

Mathieu Zagrodzki, the company’s Director of Business Development for Europe, was on hand to accept the awards – the Promotion Programme Prize for “Boston Celtics Deadly Challenges” and the Digital Prize for “WWE ThunderDome – Virtual Fan Experience.” The Famous Group was nominated alongside companies such as NBC Sports Group, Onion TV, Hurricane Creative and Kiswe Mobile in their categories.

“We are so incredibly honored to be recognized with two SPORTEL Awards,” said TFG Executive Vice President Andrew Isaacson. “While it’s humbling to have our work selected as the best among so many outstanding organizations in each category, the true reward for us comes in knowing that our clients are successful in reaching their goals.

“We’re thankful to be able to work with organizations like the Boston Celtics and WWE, among many others, and their passion to be the best at what they do only further motivates us to push the boundaries. None of this would be possible without the amazing partners that we’re fortunate to work with, making us look good along the way.”

The Boston Celtics Deadly Challenges campaign was a VFX driven collaboration with the legendary NBA franchise that thrusts star players into a futuristic virtual world where they must use their skills to overcome other worldly challenges.

For WWE Thunderdome, after World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) developed the concept for the look and feel of the Thunderdome, The Famous Group worked alongside WWE to create a live virtual fan experience that has never been seen before, bringing fans into the arena for multiple events even when they couldn’t be there physically due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the Honorary Presidency of H.S.H Prince Albert II, the SPORTEL Awards are held every year as part of the SPORTEL Monaco convention, the world’s leading Sports Content Media Rights and Technology Convention. This event is first and foremost an international competition that rewards the most outstanding sports footages of the year, during a ceremony open and free to the public.

The ThunderDome has been active since August when WWE moved into the Amway Center to hold Raw, SmackDown and pay-per-view shows. The most recent pay-per-view WWE held at the ThunderDome was the Hell In A Cell pay-per-view. For full results of that show, click here.

The ThunderDome is set to continue at least throughout November for WWE Raw and Smackdown content.

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