SVG Summit Spotlight: ‘State of the Game’ Panels Go Inside MLB, NBA, NFL Evolving Production Ecosystems

Top operational, production, and digital executives will discuss the rapidly evolving video roadmaps of the three leading U.S. sports leagues

Day 2 of The SVG Summit — taking place Dec. 11-12 at the New York Midtown Hilton — will feature a trio of “State of the Game” panel discussions in which operational, production, and digital executives from the MLB, NBA, and NFL will share their thoughts on their area of expertise. These panels will address the rapidly evolving video-production and -distribution ecosystems for each league. Top execs from the three leagues will address how they are transforming their production techniques and delivery mechanisms to serve fans on any screen, anytime, anywhere. 

Here’s a look at the three “State of the Game” panels taking place at the SVG Summit on Dec. 12 in the New York Midtown Hilton’s Trianon Ballroom:

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.: State of the Game: NFL
NFL coverage continues to be a bastion of technical innovation and ratings success. Content creation and distribution experts from across the NFL spectrum take to 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.
Moderator: Jason Cohen, HBO Sports Production, VP
Confirmed Panelists:
Harold Bryant
, CBS Sports, EP/SVP, Production
Michael Davies, Fox Sports, SVP, Technical and Field Operations
Dave Shaw, NFL Media, VP, Production
Don Sperling, New York Giants Entertainment, VP/Executive Producer

11:15 a.m. – noon: State of the Game: MLB
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. Where is America’s Pastime headed? And how are production professionals improving storytelling around the sport and cultivating the next generation of fans?
Moderator: Brandon Costa, SVG, Director of Digital
Confirmed Panelists:
Brad Cheney
, Fox Sports, VP, Field Operations and Engineering
Phil Orlins, ESPN, Senior Coordinating Producer for MLB
Kevin Prince, MLB, VP, Emerging Technologies
Michael Santini, MLB Network, VP, Production

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.: State of the Game: NBA
From 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. In addition to the production of the games themselves, the pregame, halftime, and OTT and streaming services continue to evolve to ensure that fans remain connected to the sport. Learn how the NBA and its broadcast partners continue to evolve their relationship with fans and what next-generation technologies will make a difference.
Moderator: Steve Hellmuth, NBA Entertainment, EVP, Media Operations and Technology
Confirmed 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

In addition to these panels, Day 2 of The SVG Summit will feature three keynote conversations and a series of Technology Case Studies.

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