Three billion viewers worldwide. 500 stagehands. Perhaps the biggest opening ceremony show ever, when all eyes were on Sochi, Russia, for the start of the Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014. The three-hour show, filmed and produced by OBS and Russian host broadcaster VGTRK (Channel 1), had massive scenery designed by Russian émigré George Tsypin, who lives in New York City, and also co-scripted and co-directed the production. “I was ...

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