SVG Summit 2017

Wednesday, January 10, 2018SVG Summit 2017: State of the Game - NBAFrom the NBA Draft to the NBA All-Star Game and, of course, the NBA Finals, the sport of professional basketball connects with fans in a way few sports are capable of doing. In addition to the production of the games themselves, the pre-game, half-time, and OTT and streaming services continue to evolve to ensure that fans remain as connected to the sport as ever. In this panel discussion from the 2017 SVG Summit, learn how the NBA and its broadcast partners continue to evolve their relationship with fans and what next-generation technologies will make a difference. Panelists: Chris Brown, Turner Sports, Senior Director, Technical Operations Tim Corrigan, ESPN, Senior Coordinating Producer, NBA David Denenberg, NBA Entertainment, SVP, Global Media Distribution and Business Affairs Matthew Lipp, Turner Sports, Director Moderator: Steve Hellmuth, NBA Entertainment, EVP, Media Operations and TechnologyWednesday, January 10, 2018SVG Summit 2017: State of the Game: MLB [FULL PANEL]Major League Baseball dominates the sports calendar for nearly nine months of the year and continues to use new technologies, new statistics, and new production techniques to ready the nation’s most traditional sport for the future. At the SVG Summit, top execs from the production, operations, and emerging tech sectors took the stage to discuss how they are improving the storytelling around America's Pastime and cultivating the next generation of fans. This "State of the Game: MLB", session moderated by SVG's Brandon Costa, featured a panel of experts —Brad Cheney, Fox Sports, VP, Field Operations and Engineering; Phil Orlins, ESPN, Senior Coordinating Producer for MLB; Kevin Prince, MLB, VP, Emerging Technologies; and Michael Santini, MLB Network, VP, Production— addressing topics ranging from the maturation of MLBAM's Statcast, the return of the "low-home" camera position this season, 4K production on the diamond, and much more.Wednesday, January 10, 2018SVG Summit 2017: Lessons Learned in the Move to IP Routing [FULL PANEL]More and more remote production engineering teams are making the move to IP. How has it changed the way they work compared to baseband operations? What are the pros and the cons? And what do they want out of next-generation routing systems? This discussion from the 2017 SVG Summit looks to answer those questions. Panelists: Jason Taubman, Game Creek Video, VP, Design and New Technology Peter Wehner, Mobile TV Group, Director of Engineering Moderator: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Co-Executive Director, Editorial ServicesFriday, January 5, 2018New York Giants' Don Sperling on How the Club Celebrated the 10th Anniversary of Super Bowl 42It may have been a tough season on the field for the New York Giants, but it was a big season for Giants Entertainment, the media, marketing, programming, production, and events arm of the club. The team created exciting content celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Giants' history Super Bowl 42 win over the New England Patriots. Don Sperling, VP/executive producer of Giants Entertainment, stopped by to chat with us at the 2017 SVG Summit to discuss the project and how it was executed across multiple platforms and activations.Wednesday, January 3, 2018MLG's Josh Cella Breaks Down the Bright Broadcast Future of EsportsEsports has taken the entertainment industry by storm. So how does a broadcaster use technology to tell the story of a major esports tournament? At the SVG Summit, we caught up with Josh Cella, who is Head of Global Partnerships for ‎MLG, which is a division of Activision Blizzard to discuss the future of esports as a broadcast entity and what separates it from traditional sports.Wednesday, January 3, 2018SVG Summit 2017: Focus on Imaging: Lenses, Cameras, and Slo-Mo Replay [FULL PANEL]Providers of remote production facilities face a number of challenges, including purchasing cameras and lenses that are as future proof as possible while also making financial sense today. In this conversation from the 2017 SVG Summit, leaders in camera and lens development discuss some of the newest developments as they look to ready their offerings for next-generation needs that include UHD, HDR, super slo-mo, and more. Panelists: Paul Bonar, Game Creek, VP, Engineering Philip Garvin, Mobile TV Group, President/Founder/Co-Owner Larry Thorpe, Canon U.S.A., Senior Fellow, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Professional Engineering and Solutions Division Moderator: Alec Shapiro, Industry ConsultantWednesday, January 3, 2018SVG Summit 2017: At-Home Productions - What’s Next? [FULL PANEL]At-home production workflows continue to be an area of interest, especially for smaller events where every dollar counts. During a panel discussion at the 2017 SVG Summit, those who have embraced at-home workflows discuss some of the pros and cons of working remotely and what technical areas are most in need. Panelists: Sarah Backerman, Pac-12 Networks, Director, Remote Operations Michael Francis, CBS Sports, Director, Remote Engineering and Technical Operations Kevin Moorhouse, Gravity Media, COO Scott Rothenberg, NEP Group, SVP, Technology and Asset Management Jonathan Solomon, Aspera (an IBM Company), Faspstream Technical Evangelist Stephen Wharton, SkyCam, CTO Moderator: Salli Frattini, Sunset Lane Entertainment, Executive ProducerTuesday, January 2, 2018SVG Summit: NBA's David Denenberg on the League's Multiplatform SuccessWhen it comes to American professional sports leagues, the case can be made that no one entertains and engages with a global audience better than the NBA. David Denenberg, SVP, Global Media Distribution & Business Affairs at NBA Entertainment stops by the chat with us at the SVG Summit about what the cause of that success and what he's looking forward to it 2018.Tuesday, January 2, 2018SVG Summit 2017: Replay Operations - Video is Served [FULL PANEL]The replay area of production trucks continue to grow in complexity as they look to meet ever-expanding needs of not only the team on the front bench but ancillary services that make use of highlights and replays. In this conversation from the 2017 SVG Summit, learn about the latest advances in replay devices, servers, and related devices. Panelists: Ray Laird, Game Creek Video, EVS Project Manager Peter Wehner, Mobile TV Group, Director of Engineering Moderator: Joseph Maar, NESN, VP, Programming and Production/Executive ProducerTuesday, January 2, 2018SVG Summit 2017: Front Bench Tech [FULL PANEL]The front bench area is a bee hive of activity during a live sports production. In this session from the 2017 SVG Summit, experts discuss what technologies are being deployed to make a difference and improve the way the team works? Learn about new developments in production switchers, multiviewers, intercom systems, and monitors that can help your team work better and smarter. Panelists: Philip Garvin, Mobile TV Group, President/Founder/Co-Owner Alan Karloff, Dome Productions, Manager, Engineering Services Keith Martin, Game Creek, Engineering Project Manager Scott Rothenberg, NEP Group, SVP, Technology and Asset Management Moderator: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Co-Executive Director, Editorial ServicesWednesday, December 20, 2017SVG Summit 2017: The Esports Revolution: What Does It Mean to the Sports TV Industry? [FULL PANEL]Esports may seem like the latest thing but some esports leagues and competitions are more than 15 years old. Now those efforts are migrating from the small screen and Websites to broadcast networks and channels. In this panel from the 2017 SVG Summit, experts in the field answer what are the challenges in producing esports for the big screen? Will younger viewers who are used to watching esports on digital devices make the transition to the living room? And can esports become an important piece of the sports fan’s daily diet of news and action? Panelists: Josh Cella, MLG, Head of Global Partnerships Erin Harvego, Big Ten Network, VP, Marketing Matt Mosteller, Turner Sports, VP, Content and Creative Ray Panahon, Riot Games, Technical Lead, Esports Mitch Rosenthal, Riot Games, Senior Manager of Broadcast Operations, Esports Moderator: Jeff Jacobs, Viacom Global Entertainment Group, SVP, Production Planning, Strategies, and OperationsWednesday, December 20, 2017SVG Summit: Fox Sports' Michael Davies Reflects on a Strong 20172017 was a unique and outstanding year for Fox Sports with major productions like Super Bowl LI, the U.S. Open, the World Series (just to name a few). The network also took a deeper step into its broadcasting of major college football. Fox Sports' SVP, Technical and Field Operations Michael Davies stops by to chat with us at the SVG Summit about his highlights from the year and what he feels 2018 has in store for the industry at large.Tuesday, December 19, 2017SVG Summit: State of the Game - NFL [FULL PANEL]NFL coverage continues to be a bastion of technical innovation and ratings success. Content creation and distribution experts from across the NFL spectrum took the stage at the 2017 SVG Summit to share their thoughts on the current state of NFL production, what they want to see out of next-generation developments, and much more. Panelists: Harold Bryant, CBS Sports, EP and SVP, Production Michael Davies, Fox Sports, SVP, Technical and Field Operations Dave Shaw, NFL Media, VP, Production Don Sperling, New York Giants Entertainment, VP and Executive Producer Moderator: Jason Cohen, Vice President – HBO Sports Production **This SVG Summit session was sponsored by Sony.Tuesday, December 19, 2017SVG Summit: NY Giants' Don Sperling on What He Learned From Odell Beckham's Instagram FollowersWhile the NFL has dealt with its challenges over the past couple of seasons, coverage of the league continues to be a bastion of technical innovation and ratings success. At the 2017 SVG Summit, content creation and distribution experts from across the NFL spectrum took the stage to share their thoughts on the current state of NFL production, what they want to see out of next-generation developments, and much more. There's also an evolving media landscape that has team's rethinking how they create content and engage with their fans. Don Sperling, VP and Executive Producer for New York Giants Entertainment shares how what he learned from digging through Odell Beckham Jr.'s Instagram followers taught him about the next-generation sports media landscape.Tuesday, December 19, 2017SVG Summit: CBS Sports' Harold Bryant Says Ratings Haven't Impacted NFL ProductionWhile the NFL has dealt with its challenges over the past couple of seasons, coverage of the league continues to be a bastion of technical innovation and ratings success. At the 2017 SVG Summit, content creation and distribution experts from across the NFL spectrum took the stage to share their thoughts on the current state of NFL production, what they want to see out of next-generation developments, and much more. Despite much publicized ratings challenges over the past two years, CBS Sports' EP and SVP, Production Harold Bryant says that hasn't had an impact on production plans. In fact, NFL shows are bigger than ever before.Tuesday, December 19, 2017SVG Summit: Fox Sports' Michael Davies Says NFL Production is Brimming With High-End TechWhile the NFL has dealt with its challenges over the past couple of seasons, coverage of the league continues to be a bastion of technical innovation and ratings success. At the 2017 SVG Summit, content creation and distribution experts from across the NFL spectrum took the stage to share their thoughts on the current state of NFL production, what they want to see out of next-generation developments, and much more. Fox Sports' SVP, Technical and Field Operations Michael Davies says NFL production has never been more technologically advanced and it continues to grow year-over-year.Monday, December 18, 2017Bleacher Report Executive Editor Jermaine Spradley on the Culture Approach to B/R's SuccessWhen it comes to success in the digital sports media space, few - be them legacy brands of newer startups - do it better than Bleacher Report. The company has built a tremendous following [well over 250 million social media followers] and a lucrative business by focusing on not just the action on the field, but instead in the lifestyle, culture, and personalities of the modern sports world. At the 2017 SVG Summit, Bleacher Report Executive Editor Jermaine Spradley stopped by to chat about the company's highlights in 2017, what he's looking forward to in 2018, and how video is playing a more increasing role in it all.Friday, December 15, 2017SVG Summit: Fox Sports Outlines Where, What Type of World Cup Match Productions Will Be DeliveredFox's FIFA World Cup Executive Producer David Neal and VP, Field Operations/Engineering Kevin Callahan took the stage at the SVG Summit in an interview with our Ken Kerschbaumer to discuss everything from how Fox Sports will program around the event, their technical operations in Moscow at the IBC and across Russia, and much more. Callahan and Neal break down how many FIFA World Cup matches will be delivered in various forms and flavors, be it on broadcast, cable, in UHD, in Dolby Atmos, etc.Friday, December 15, 2017SVG Summit: Fox Sports' Kevin Callahan Outlines the Venue Connectivity Plans for World Cup 2018Fox's FIFA World Cup Executive Producer David Neal and VP, Field Operations/Engineering Kevin Callahan took the stage at the SVG Summit in an interview with our Ken Kerschbaumer to discuss everything from how Fox Sports will program around the event, their technical operations in Moscow at the IBC and across Russia, and much more. With a dramatic geographical footprint to face, Callahan outlined how IP will play a key role in connecting the IBC with all of the World Cup venues across Russia.Friday, December 15, 2017SVG Summit: Fox Sports' David Neal Offers the Recent FIFA World Cup Broadcaster MeetingsFox's FIFA World Cup Executive Producer David Neal and VP, Field Operations/Engineering Kevin Callahan took the stage at the SVG Summit in an interview with our Ken Kerschbaumer to discuss everything from how Fox Sports will program around the event, their technical operations in Moscow at the IBC and across Russia, and much more. Callahan and Neal recently returned from a series of broadcaster meetings held with FIFA and its Host Broadcast Services to lay out further plans for this summer's World Cup. Neal offered a peek inside some of what was discussed there.Friday, December 15, 2017What are Dome Productions' Mike Johnson, AT&T Entertainment Group's John Ward Favorite UHD Events?In this keynote conversation from the 2017 SVG Summit, our Jason Dachman spoke with Dome Productions' Director of Engineering Mike Johnson and AT&T Entertainment Group' SVP, Content Operations John Ward about some of the practical challenges in Ultra HD/4K and HDR (high dynamic range) production. Johnson and Ward both share their perspectives on their favorite events to watch in UHD.Friday, December 15, 2017SVG Summit: AT&T Entertainment Group's John Ward Answers Whether 4K Production Has Fully ArrivedIn this keynote conversation from the 2017 SVG Summit, our Jason Dachman spoke with Dome Productions' Director of Engineering Mike Johnson and AT&T Entertainment Group' SVP, Content Operations John Ward about some of the practical challenges in Ultra HD/4K and HDR (high dynamic range) production. After many years of trials, tests, tweaks, and discussions, has 4K production fully arrived? Ward says he is feeling confident and enjoying many fewer sleepless nightsFriday, December 15, 2017SVG Summit: AT&T Entertainment Group's John Ward Looks at Next Steps for UHD/HDR ProductionIn this keynote conversation from the 2017 SVG Summit, our Jason Dachman spoke with Dome Productions' Director of Engineering Mike Johnson and AT&T Entertainment Group' SVP, Content Operations John Ward about some of the practical challenges in Ultra HD/4K and HDR (high dynamic range) production. What's the next steps that need to be taken on the production side for this emerging technology? Ward offered his take.Friday, December 15, 2017SVG Summit: Done Productions' Mike Johnson Gives an Update on His Company's Work in UHD/HDRIn this keynote conversation from the 2017 SVG Summit, our Jason Dachman spoke with Dome Productions' Director of Engineering Mike Johnson and AT&T Entertainment Group' SVP, Content Operations John Ward about some of the practical challenges in Ultra HD/4K and HDR (high dynamic range) production. Johnson opened up the conversation with a brief update on the work that Dome Productions is doing  in the field of 4K and HDR in Canada.Friday, December 15, 2017SVG Summit: Dome Productions' Mike Johnson, AT&T Entertainment Group's John Ward Break Down UHD/HDRAs 2017 nears its conclusion, there was one more bit of sports television history to be made as DirecTV delivered an NHL game in UHD/HDR (high dynamic range) on December 14. While UHD and HDR production have become a part of everyday sports production in the UK, here in the U.S., the case has yet to be made to compel sports production teams to embrace 4K and HDR on a large level. That tide may change in 2018, placing many production teams on a steep learning curve. Thankfully, there are a number of executives in the industry who have experience working in HDR and UHD. In this keynote conversation from the 2017 SVG Summit, our Jason Dachman speaks with Dome Productions' Director of Engineering Mike Johnson and AT&T Entertainment Group' SVP, Content Operations John Ward about some of the practical challenges in HDR and UHD production, and how that will change the way your team works.Thursday, December 14, 2017SVG Summit: Fox Sports Previews 2018 FIFA World Cup Production Plans [FULL CONVERSATION]While much has been made in the press as to what might happen with Fox Sports' coverage of the FIFA World Cup, following the untimely qualification exit of the US Men's National Team, it was clear during a keynote conversation at this week's SVG Summit that there's no taking the foot of the gas for this summer's massive soccer party. Fox's FIFA World Cup Executive Producer David Neal and VP, Field Operations/Engineering Kevin Callahan took the stage at the SVG Summit in an interview with our Ken Kerschbaumer to discuss everything from how Fox Sports will program around the event, their technical operations in Moscow at the IBC and across Russia, and much more.Thursday, December 14, 2017AT&T Entertainment Group's John Ward Announces the Delivery of a Live UHD/HDR NHL GameAT&T Entertainment Group confirmed that DirecTV will attempt to deliver a live 4K/HDR NHL hockey game (Pittsburgh v. Vegas) on December 14. AT&T Entertainment Group's SVP, Content Operations John Ward first broke the news at the SVG Summit on December 12, adding how excited his company was to bring UHD/HDR to the consumer's home.Wednesday, December 13, 2017ESPN President John Skipper Previews ESPN Plus, Tackles Media Trends [FULL CONVERSATION]The rapidly changing media business has challenged America's largest sports media company, ESPN. 2018, however, promises to be a year of bold movement for the "Worldwide Leader in Sports." At the 2017 SVG Summit, ESPN President and Disney Media Networks Co-Chairman John Skipper joined our own Ken Kerschbaumer on stage to discuss the upcoming direct-to-consumer product 'ESPN Plus' and tackles other emerging media trends such as the place of in-depth sports journalism, evolving consumer consumption behaviors, and much more.