RSN Summit

Wednesday, July 5, 2017RSN Summit: Pac-12 Networks' Leon Schweir on Social Media's Impact on the NetworkPac-12 Networks continues to innovate both behind and in front of the cameras. The college sports broadcaster has been aggressive in its use of social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook to distribute games and extend its content's reach. At SVG's RSN Summit, Leon Schweir, SVP of Production at Pac-12 Networks discusses his company's social strategy and previews some things to come this upcoming academic year.Wednesday, July 5, 2017RSN Summit: Altitude Sports' Ken Miller on the Advantages of Being a Team-Owned NetworkOwned by Kroenke Sports Enterprises, Denver-based Altitude Sports & Entertainment is one of the more unique regional sports networks in the country in that its owned by the teams it covers. That, in turn, offers some advantages on the content creation side of the business. At SVG's RSN Summit, Ken Miller, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Altitude Sports chatted about those advantages of leveraging shared resources with the teams and how a multi-platform TV Everywhere app could potentially complete the network's media offerings to viewers this fall.Friday, June 30, 2017RSN Summit: NBC Sports Regional Networks' Jon Slobotkin Talks Relationships Between RSNs and LeaguesAt the second-annual RSN Summit, SVG's Brandon Costa catches up with Jon Slobotkin, SVP of Content and Live Programming for NBC Sports Regional Networks to discuss the relationship between RSNs and the professional sports leagues and the overall impact that this Summit has had on the industry.Friday, June 30, 2017RSN Summit: Fox Sports Regional Networks' Michael Connelly Previews New On-Air BrandingAt the second-annual RSN Summit in Chicago, SVG's Jason Dachman caught up with Michael Connelly, SVP/EP of Fox Sports Networks to discuss the successful start to the baseball season across his company's RSN portfolio. He also offers a preview of some on-screen branding changes to come for basketball and hockey seasons this fall.Thursday, June 29, 20172017 RSN Summit: Program Director Larry MeyersAt the second-annual RSN Summit in Chicago, SVG's Jason Dachman chats with event program director Larry Meyers about the state of the RSN industry and how this event brings the community together.Tuesday, July 12, 2016RSN Summit: Dome Productions' Kryst Budziak Outlines 4K In Action in CanadaNorth of the border, Rogers and their mobile production partners at Dome Productions have proven to be leaders in the industry in the deployment of 4K production. The network, this year, has broadcast Toronto Raptors, Toronto Maple Leafs, and now Toronto Blue Jays games to viewers at home in 4K. Kryst Budziak, Director of Production Services for Dome Productions gives his assesment for how its gone so far.Tuesday, July 12, 2016RSN Summit 2016: Mobile TV Group's Phil Garvin on 4K at Regional Sports NetworksThe shift to 4K is a major topic among all broadcasters, not just those who work in live sports. However, is there a place for it yet at the regional level? Philip Garvin, GM and Founder of Mobile TV Group believe there is and that RSNs could actually lead the charge.Tuesday, July 12, 2016RSN Summit 2016: Mobile TV Group's Philip Garvin Sees No At-Home Threat on Dual-Production ModelDespite the growth of at-home production, there are still many major events where the resource savings turn into a detriment to the production. Philip Garvin, GM and Founder of Mobile TV Group doesn't see a threat from at-home production to the dual production model when home and away game productions are done from the same mobile unit.Tuesday, July 12, 2016RSN Summit 2016: NBC's Jon Slobotkin Believes At-Home Workflows Need To Be Industry DecisionAt-home production workflows will surely continue to proliferate throughout the RSN industry, but the panelists agreed that it can only work at its best when adopted by all. Jon Slobotkin, VP/Executive Producer – Live Events for NBC Sports Regional Networks expressed his belief that it needs to be an industry decision, not just a decision that can be made by his company.Thursday, July 7, 2016RSN Summit 2016: Caught in the Web: Creating a Compelling Online Presence [FULL Panel]Die-hard fans have an insatiable appetite for online information and video covering their local teams and RSNs are in a unique position to provide just that. Meanwhile the keys to authenticated in-market streaming of MLB, NBA, and NHL games have allowed more and more RSNs to connect with local fans on a whole new level. Digital leaders from RSNs and service providers discuss how to develop a compelling social media presence, create better live and on-demand video content, and build a tighter relationship with local sports fans. Speakers: Jen Franklin, NBC Sports Regional Networks, ‎VP Digital Jeffrey Gilbert, Verizon Digital Media Services, Client Executive, Media and Entertainment T.K. Gore, CSN Chicago, Sr. Director, Digital Michael Spirito, FOX Sports Regional Networks, VP, Business Development and Digital Media Moderator: Brandon Costa, SVG, Senior EditorThursday, July 7, 2016RSN Summit 2016: Verizon's Jeffrey Gilbert on go90Verizon's digital media service, go90, offers users a platform to watch and share video clips in a mobile setting. The platform has even offered sports fans a mobile destination to watch live NBA games. Jeffrey Gilbert, Client Executive, Media and Entertainment for Verizon Digital Media Services shares the latest with go90 and what Verizon is taking away from the experience.Thursday, July 7, 2016RSN Summit 2016: Fox Sports' Michael Spirito on Navigating Digital RightsWhile the worlds of digital and linear programming are blurring together, the rights agreements are still very distinct, especially when it comes to live games. Michael Spirito, VP, Business Development and Digital Media for FOX Sports Regional Networks discusses how his company works those complex relationships.Thursday, July 7, 2016RSN Summit 2016: Fox Sports' Michael Spirito on Embedding Digital With ProductionIn many cases, a regional sports network's digital team may be a group working in its own silo. That's beginning to change, including at Fox Sports Regional Networks, where Michael Spirito, VP, Business Development and Digital Media has placed an emphasis on his digital teams working closely with and being a part of meetings with traditional linear production.Thursday, July 7, 2016RSN Summit 2016: NBC Sports' Jen Franklin on Uniqe Personalities of Each Comcast RSNMany regional sports networks fall under a larger parent company [Fox Sports, Comcast SportsNet, ROOT Sports], however, each network functions best when treated as its own individual entity. Jen Franklin, VP, Digital for NBC Sports Regional Networks discusses striking that balance between maintaining a national corporate brand while fostering unique identities at each network.Thursday, July 7, 2016RSN Summit 2016: CSN Chicago's T.K. Gore on Designing Content for Various PlatformsEach digital platform - be it a website or a social network - offers unique opportunities for content creators. T.K. Gore, Senior Director of Digital at Comcast SportsNet Chicago shares how his team develops a workflow strategy to meet the demands of those platforms.Thursday, July 7, 2016RSN Summit 2016: Before and After - Perfecting Pre- and Post-Game Coverage [FULL Panel]Studio operations make up a large part of a regional network’s broadcast day, especially when it comes to pre- and post-game coverage. How are different networks approaching pre-game and post-game coverage? Is there a major advantage to being on site at the event or can most of it be handled from a remote studio? Experts in studio operations discuss the art and science of pre- and post-game coverage. Speakers: J. David Hoffman, Brainstorm, Sales Engineering Manager Doug Johnson, Root Sports/AT&T Sports Networks, VP/Executive Producer Tom Stathakes, NBC Sports Regional Networks, SVP Production and Programming Howard Zalkowitz, NESN, Director of Production/Senior Coordinating Producer Moderator: Karen Hogan, SVG, Senior EditorThursday, July 7, 2016RSN Summit 2016: NESN's Howard Zalkowitz on Differing Challenges Between Pre- and Post-Game ShowsPre- and post-game shows have two very distinct goals. One is meant to build to a live event, while the other is meant to retain viewers following that live event. Howard Zalkowitz, Director of Production/Senior Coordinating Producer at NESN discusses the inherent challenges in both and shares some of his network's strategies.Thursday, July 7, 2016RSN Summit 2016: RSN Leaders Discuss Value of Pre- and Post-game ShowsOutside of the live game, the pre- and post-game show is the most valuable content that regional sports networks producer. Doug Johnson, VP/Executive Producer at Root Sports/AT&T Sports Networks; Tom Stathakes, SVP Production and Programming at NBC Sports Regional Networks; and Howard Zalkowitz, Director of Production/Senior Coordinating Producer at NESN discuss why these productions receive so much TLC.Thursday, July 7, 2016RSN Summit 2016: ROOT Sports, NBC Regionals on Driving Tune-In to Post-GameKeeping fans on board for the post-game show is an ever-evolving challenge. Doug Johnson, VP/Executive Producer at Root Sports/AT&T Sports Networks and Tom Stathakes, SVP Production and Programming at NBC Sports Regional Networks dive into their thoughts and strategies behind finding success in post-game.Tuesday, July 5, 2016RSN Summit: Time Warner Cable Sports' Larry Meyers on At-Home WorkflowsAt-home production has become one of the most prominant ways to cut costs on live event sports productions when the solution is an appropriate one. Larry Meyers, VP, Content and Executive Producer at Time Warner Cable Sports outlines in what circumstances his team utilizes at-home production workflows.Tuesday, July 5, 2016RSN Summit 2016: Big Time Look on a Budget - Making the Most of Your Resources [FULL PANEL]Professional sports teams can justify larger production budgets but the flip side are the ton of smaller events, like amateur, high school, college, or minor league games, that require a network to stretch the dollar as far as it can go. How are regional networks getting the most out of their production budgets on these shows and what new technologies are they leveraging? Moderator: Joseph Maar, NESN, VP of Programming & Production/Executive Producer Speakers: Jason Bernstein, Hawk-Eye North America (A Sony Company), Managing Director Robert Carzoli, Program Productions, President/CEO Jim Corno, Jr., Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Executive Producer, Events Gerard Hall, SMT, Founder/President/CEO Larry Meyers, ‎TWC Sports, VP, Content and Executive ProducerTuesday, July 5, 2016RSN Summit: CSN Chicago's Jim Corno, Jr. Offers His Tech WishlistDespite the need to be more considerate of what resources to deploy at a live event, there's still the demand to produce games at a high level. Jim Corno, Jr., Executive Producer, Events at Comcast SportsNet Chicago delves into some of the technologies he'd love to see more of on his RSN productions.Tuesday, July 5, 2016RSN Summit: Hawk-Eye's Jason Bernstein on Open Communication Regarding At-Home ProductionAt-home production is certainly a polarizing topic within the sports production industry, but Jason Bernstein, Managing Director of Hawk-Eye North America (A Sony Company) believe a more open line of communication will help crews understand the difference between traditional and at-home production.Tuesday, July 5, 2016RSN Summit: Program Productions' Rob Carzoli on At-Home ProductionAt-home production has become one of the most prominant ways to cut costs on live event sports productions when the solution is an appropriate one. Robert Carzoli, President and CEO of Program Productions outlines how his company is putting these types of workflows into action.Tuesday, June 28, 2016RSN Summit 2016: CSN Chicago's Phil Bedella on Value of News at RSNsWhile so much of the value at a RSN rests in the live game, there are many hours left in the day to program and, for many, that's approached, in part, through news and information programming. At SVG's RSN Summit, Phil Bedella, VP/GM of Comcast SportsNet Chicago discusses how news has become a core service-offering for its viewers.Tuesday, June 28, 2016RSN Summit 2016: Fox Sports' Michael Connelly Believes All Efforts Should Support Live EventsLive games are the foundation to every regional sports network across the country. Michael Connelly, SVP/EP of Fox Sports Networks takes the stance that all programming on a RSN should in some way support and build interest in live events that the networks are paying for the rights to carry.Tuesday, June 28, 2016RSN Summit 2016: Altitude Sports' Ken Miller on Building Love For PlayersAt KSE/Altitude Sports and Entertainment, regional sports networks are directly owned by the sports franchises whose games are produced. For that reason, Ken Miller, SVP, Production and Programming for Altitude Sports believes his network has a responsibility to build a love for players and teams to actually drive attendance to games.Tuesday, June 28, 2016RSN Summit 2016: TWC Sports' Mark Shuken on Digital Media StrategyMany RSNs aim to be the number one source not only for live games but for any news and programming surrounding those teams. Many approach that philosophy by offering a robust website, social, and digital content strategy. Mark Shuken, SVP/GM at TWC Regional Sports Networks believe "digital" and "social" all need to be a more direct part of the RSN ecosystem.Friday, June 24, 2016RSN Summit 2016: Keynote Conversation with Fox Sports Regional Networks President Jeff KrolikAt the inaugural RSN Summit, Fox Sports Regional Networks President Jeff Krolik spoke on the state of the industry in this keynote conversation with SVG Executive Editor Ken Kerschbaumer.