EMC Friday Forum: Nic Dugger and the Nokia OZO Virtual Reality Camera
No, that’s not a blow dryer. This strange looking piece of equipment is the Nokia OZO virtual reality camera. Mark your calendar and join us this Friday April 7th at 1 p.m. for the EMC Friday Forum in the Bragg building with EMC alumnus Nic Dugger who will give us a demonstration of his Nokia OZO camera and discuss how he uses it to produce live virtual reality broadcasts. The OZO is the world’s first professional grade camera to capture 360° spherical video and 360×360 surround sound.
Dugger first became interested in the live TV truck production as a student at MTSU working on the EMC Mobile Production Lab. In 2004 Nic founded his company TNDV: Television, LLC and completed the construction of his first mobile television production truck. Since then his fleet has grown to eight mobile television production trucks which have been used for major television events from presidential inaugurations to major awards shows, sporting events, and other live television productions.
Mr. Dugger’s company has been recognized as Nashville’s Small Business of the Year by the Nashville Business Journal in 2016. You may have seen the billboards around Nashville honoring Nic for this.
He has established an endowment-based after school program for high school students to learn about mobile broadcasting. He is the recipient of the 2006 Mid South Regional Television Academy Rising Star Award. He has 34 Emmy nominations and has received 7 Emmy Awards. He is an inductee of the College of Media and Entertainment’s Wall of Fame. He currently serves as the Vice President on the Board of Directors for the Mid South Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Media and Entertainment.
Nic continues to be one of the most active industry supporters for the College of Media and Entertainment in particular. He is one of the Dean’s most active advisory board members; he hires our graduates; supports us with in-kind gifts; and generously shares his time and expertise with us. He is very respected in the industry.