The technological wind beneath Tinker Bell's wings in NBC's broadcast of "Peter Pan Live!" earlier this month was provided by Melville-based ChyronHego Corp., the company revealed Friday.
Digital animators used ChyronHego's Mosaic graphics platform to create the animated character of Tinker Bell and flew her to interact with Allison Williams, as Peter Pan, and other actors in the live TV production.
Tink got a sparkling review from Newsday critic Verne Gay after the Dec. 4 broadcast from Grumman Studios in Bethpage. He praised the "special effects deployed to render Tinker Bell a magical, floating miniature light saber."
More than 9 million viewers tuned in to the three-hour show, which also featured a starry night sky and oceanscape rendered and integrated into the show through ChyronHego's digital manipulation.
"With the ChyronHego solutions, we were able to bring Tinker Bell to life and create virtual backgrounds that viewers usually don't see in live television," Javier Winnik, the show's supervising producer, said in a statement.
Digital animators also used ChyronHego software to render Tinker Bell's emotions and coordinate her sounds with changes in her sparkly appearance. In addition to the Peter Pan of Williams -- the daughter of "Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams -- the cast included Christopher Walken as Captain Hook and Kelli O'Hara as Mrs. Darling.
In November, ChyronHego agreed to a buyout offer from San Francisco private equity firm Vector Capital for about $120 million.
ChyronHego was formed by a merger between Long Island's Chyron Corp. and Sweden-based Hego that closed in May 2013. Chyron pioneered the news crawl at the bottom of television screens, and its hardware and software for graphics are used by broadcast and online news productions.
The company also is pushing into sports markets, measuring the performance of athletes in baseball, football and soccer and translating it into data and graphics for teams, leagues and broadcasters.
The company employs about 80 people on Long Island, 100 nationwide and 200 globally.