SVG Summit Spotlight: The Esports Revolution – What Does It Mean to the Sports TV Industry?

Esports may seem like the latest thing, but some esports leagues and competitions are more than 15 years old. But now those efforts are migrating from the small screen and websites to broadcast networks and channels. With that in mind, The SVG Summit — Dec. 11-12 at the New York Midtown Hilton — will feature a Day 2 panel titled “The Esports Revolution: What Does It Mean to the Sports-TV Industry?” addressing the latest developments in esports and featuring top executives from Big Ten Network, ESL, MLG, Riot Games, and Turner Sports. 

What are the challenges in producing esports for the big screen? Will younger viewers who are accustomed 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? This SVG Summit session will delve into all these top-of-mind issues with perspectives from the following panelists: 

  • Josh Cella, MLG, Head of Global Partnerships
  • Erin Harvego, Big Ten Network, VP, Marketing
  • Rob Mikulicka, ESL, Director, Operations
  • Matt Mosteller, Turner Sports, VP, Content and Creative
  • Ray Panahon, Riot Games, Technical Lead, Esports
  • Mitch Rosenthal, Riot Games, Senior Manager, Broadcast Operations, Esports

The panel will take place during Day 2 of the SVG Summit (Tuesday Dec. 12) at 3 p.m. and will be moderated by Jeff Jacobs, Viacom Global Entertainment Group, SVP, production planning, strategies, and operations. For more information on The SVG Summit, including registration, program agenda, hotel, and sponsorship, visit

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