SVG College Sports Summit Preview: May 28 Agenda Breaks Down Future of College Video Production

The SVG College Sports Summit (May 27-29, Omni Hotel at CNN Center, Atlanta) is just two weeks away and the event program is locked and loaded.

CSS2015On Thursday, May 28, attendees will be treated to a robust exhibit hall of 40+ Technology Showcases, professional networking, and a comprehensive agenda on panels that will address a wide array of pertinent topics for college sports video professions.

Attendees will hear in-depth conversations surrounding the growing world of digital distribution, best practices in multi-camera live event production, and future technologies including 1080p, 4K, drones, and more. In addition, there will be presentations on the new SEC Network and strategies for effectively bringing student production personnel into the fold.

All sessions on May 28 will be held in the Main Ballroom at the Omni Hotel

Here’s a full preview of Thursday’s panel and presentation lineup:

9:05 a.m.
Content Is King: The State of the College Sports Video Industry
Today, tens of thousands of collegiate sporting events are produced live for a variety of video distribution platforms and athletic departments, conferences, and networks continue to create more and more content. So what does the future hold? Leaders in college sports discuss how video has changed everything from marketing, to media relations, to venue construction and renovation.
Brandon Costa
, SVG, Program Director, SVG College Sports Summit

Mike Bilbow, College Football Hall of Fame, VP, Content & Production
Joe Ferreira, Learfield Sports, Chief Content Officer
John Lasker, ESPN Digital Media, VP, Programming and Acquisitions
Stewart Marlborough, IMG College, Head of Digital

10:00 a.m.
SEC Network: A Look Back at Year 1
ESPN and the Southeastern Conference took revolutionary steps together this year with the launch of the SEC Network. Supported by the power of ESPN, all 14 SEC institutions made significant investments into gear and infrastructure and now boast some of the most impressive video production facilities in the country. Panelists will share experiences, lessons learned, and tips for how to build out college athletic video departments.
Moderator: Jason Dachman, SVG, Editor

Bennie Ashford,
 Mississippi State, Assistant AD, Video Production
Justin Brant, University of Alabama, Director, Crimson Tide Productions
Stan Silvey, University of Missouri, Assistant Athletic Director, Broadcast Operations
Andy Young, Auburn University, Assistant AD, Video Services
Jared Schatz, Ross Video, Director of Sales, USA

11:15 a.m.
Are You Ready to Go Over-The-Top?
The TV Everywhere era has put content in the viewer’s hands anywhere, at any time. Whether your fans are on their laptop, using a streaming media device hooked up to their television, or checking their smartphone, is your “channel” everywhere it needs to be? Also, what is the difference between over-the-top and streaming video on a Web site both technically and from a business standpoint?
Ken Kerschbaumer
, Sports Video Group, Co-Executive Director, Editorial Services

Michael Calderon, Big Ten Network, VP, Programming & Digital Media
Ryan Jespersen, Wowza Media Systems, Streaming Media Technologist
Matt Panto, Ivy League, Assistant Executive Director, Digital Media & Communications

1:20 p.m.
SVG College/BEA Fast Break: Great Ideas In Teaching Sports Video Production
In this fast-paced presentation, multiple experienced content creators and professors share informative and intriguing case studies that offer best practices on engaging, training, and foster live event production personnel, including full-time personnel and students.
Heather Birks
, Broadcast Education Association, Executive Director
Michael Bruce, University of Alabama, Asst. Professor of Telecommunication
Paul Danna, University of South Carolina, Director of Gamecock Productions
David Lind, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Executive Producer, WIUP-TV
Michael Martin, TCU, Instructor, Department of Film, Television, and Digital Media
Don Piper, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Associate Professor
Lauren Ritter, University of Alabama, Director of Video Production, Crimson Tide Productions
Alex Seiver, University of Alabama, Senior Broadcast Producer/Editor, Crimson Tide Productions

2:05 p.m.
More With More: Best Practices In Multi-Camera Live Event Production
College sports content creators are regularly raising the bar on the quality of video productions. Expectations of viewers, in turn, have also skyrocketed. Just good enough is no longer good enough. Experts in the field share their guidelines for the latest in live event production, be it camera placement, graphics, replay, and more.
Mark Fratto,
Linacre Media, Principal and Director of Business Development
Imry Halevi, Harvard University, Director of Multimedia and Production
Chris Lincoln, Fox Sports Regional Networks, VP, Production & Coordinating Producer, NBA & NCAA
Brandon McKenzie, Tightrope Media Systems, Developer
Philip Nelson, NewTek, Chief Relationship Officer
John Servizzi, Webstream Productions, CEO and Founder

3:15 p.m.
The Future Is Now: 4K, High-Speed, Aerial Robotics, Fiber, and More
The industry stands at the precipice of an exciting exposition of new video acquisition, distribution, and production technologies. What are the advantages of and challenges still facing each and should you be planning for any of these tools to be a part of your future workflows?
Ken Kerschbaumer, Sports Video Group, Co-Executive Director, Editorial Services
Bruce Lane
, Grass Valley, Strategic Accounts – Sports Venues
Mark Rodin, Florida State University, Director of Seminole Productions
Ken Rowe, Canon, Senior Technical Specialist
Tom Sahara, Turner Sports, VP, Operations and Technology
Rob Willox, Sony, Director of Marketing

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