SVG Summit Spotlight: Venue Production Workshop To Explore Building Broadcast-Friendly Venue, LED, Control-Room Design

Discussions will cover challenges facing teams, leagues, broadcasters, venue consultants

Despite the importance of at-home production, broadcasters often encounter difficulty getting their needs met when new sports venues are under construction. This year’s Venue Production Workshop on Monday Dec. 11 will begin with a panel discussion that aims to uncover current challenges faced by teams, leagues, broadcast networks, venue consultants, and more. In addition to laying out what SVG can do to improve the situation, it will explore the latest in in-venue LED design/integration and control-room design.

Venue Production Workshop
Monday Dec. 11
1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
New York Hilton Hotel, Nassau Suite (2nd Floor)

1:00 – 4:45 p.m. Building a Broadcast-Friendly Sports Venue
Following a successful start to the conversation at SVG’s Chairman’s Forum in April, experts in venue design and construction reconvene at the SVG Summit to discuss the current challenges in building a broadcast-friendly venue and the steps SVG can take to improve the situation.
Moderator: Robert Jordan CFE, Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment, SVP
Confirmed Panelists:
Chris Brown, Turner Sports, Senior Director, Technical Operations
Brad Cheney, Fox Sports, VP, Field Operations and Engineering
Steve Hellmuth, NBA Entertainment, EVP, Media Operations and Technology
Jay O’Brien, Baltimore Ravens, VP, Broadcasting and Gameday Production

1:45 – 2:30 p.m. Case Study: Notre Dame: From IP Vision to Reality
Notre Dame recently opened the Rex and Alice A. Martin Media Center, an IP-centric production facility. The path from vision to reality was full of blind curves, requiring new thinking and conversations, new language and knowledge, and new designs and documentation. Hear about what it takes to go full throttle into the new world of IP from the key technology partner and the project engineer, who committed two years to bring this project to life.
Confirmed Presenters:
Brendan Cline, BeckTV, System Engineer/Project Manager
Scott Rinehart, University of Notre Dame, Director, Broadcast Technology

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Networking Break

2:45 – 3:30 p.m. The Latest in In-Venue LED Design and Integration
Often, the center-hung or end-zone video display is the first thing fans see when attending a game. As teams continue to push the limits of size and design, the backend challenges increase as well. Hear how manufacturers, systems integrators, and teams are working in tandem to concept, build, and program an ever widening range of in-venue displays — both traditional and non-traditional — and how they think in-venue video will evolve in the future. Will HDR ever be a factor?
Moderator: Kirsten Nelson, Freelance Venue Writer
Confirmed Panelists:
Kevin Cottam, Ross Video, Director, Sports and Live Events
Tony Kuck, Daktronics, Strategic Product Manager

3:30 – 4:00 p.m. Case Study: Inside the New York Giants’ Multiplatform Season-Long 10-Year Anniversary Celebration of Super Bowl XLII
Throughout the 2017 schedule, the New York Football Giants are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their 2007-08 season and Super Bowl XLII Championship. The centerpiece was halftime of the Monday Night Football game on Sept. 18, when the entire team and coaching staff were honored in a special ceremony. The celebration continued across all Giants’ media platforms, including content dedicated to the anniversary for every game; special features designed for social and digital media; dedicated television programming and features all season long; and radio, publications, and events planned all year. The planning started more than a year ago, with Giants camera crews traveling the country, interviewing, and collecting hundreds of hours of content that were shot and edited.
Confirmed Presenters:
Nilay Shah, New York Giants, Director, Digital Strategy
Don Sperling, New York Giants Entertainment, VP/Executive Producer

4:00 – 4:30 p.m. Control-Room Design Update
As the brain of the entire video-production system, video-control rooms must be well organized to function properly. Conversations on layout, lighting, power, cooling, acoustics, and much more are pivotal to a well-run video-control room. What should you consider when laying out a control room, designing the infrastructure, contemplating virtualized systems, and installing video-production technology? Leading systems integrators weigh in on their best practices and biggest lessons learned in the field.
Moderator: Karen Hogan Ketchum, SVG, Senior Editor
Confirmed Panelists:
Kevin Henneman, KMH Audio-Video Integration, President
Jeff Volk, Alpha Video, VP
Fred Wright, BeckTV, Senior Director, Sales, Central Region

The SVG Venue Initiative continues to serve the educational, informational, and networking needs of sports-venue personnel, including videoboard production, control-room technology and infrastructure, engineering and IT, television broadcasting, and more. End users and SVG Venue Initiative sponsors are encouraged to attend this informative workshop to discuss their challenges and network with sports-venue professionals, broadcasters, systems integrators, and technology providers.

SVG’s Venue Initiative is sponsored by Bexel, Canon, Clear-Com, Crown Castle, Daktronics, Grass Valley, KMH Audio-Video Integration, Panasonic, Quantum, Ross Video, Sony, and VITEC.

For more information on the Venue Production Workshop, please contact Karen Hogan Ketchum at For more information on becoming an SVG Venue Initiative sponsor, please contact Rob Payne at

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