SVG College Summit Preview: Wednesday Dives Into Creative Storytelling In Live Event Production

Registration for this four-day virtual event is free to qualified attendees from the college sports video production community

SVG College Summit: Virtual Campus 2020 is just days away!

This year’s SVG College Summit has gone fully virtual, so don’t miss this opportunity to prepare for the challenging academic year ahead with a four-day series of keynotes, panels, presentations, and video-based networking events on June 22-25. And you can attend it all for FREE and from the safety of your own home!

REGISTER: SVG College Summit: Virtual Campus 2020 (June 22-25)

Registration for all online activities is free to all qualified professionals and students. And with the program going online, we expect greater participation (both from VIP speakers and attendees) and a community more united than ever before.

Register today to join us for two hours of themed, exclusive live programming per day, showcasing some of the most critical topics and smartest minds in college sports video.

Here’s a preview of what to expect on Wednesday:

On Wednesday, we talk our bread and butter: games. Our treasured live games will return and, when they do, we’ll be there to tell their stories better than ever before. Whether it’s through interpersonal relationships or technological enhancements, how are collegiate athletics live event producers not only presenting a live broadcast of the game, but telling the deeper stories of their student athletes, coaches, and campus to add a deeper layer of engagement to the live game broadcast?

12:30 – 1:00 p.m. ET
Keynote Conversation: Directing an Elite Live Event
Artie Kempner is one of the top directors in the sports television business. The 12-time Emmy Award winner has directed everything from the Super Bowls to numerous Daytona 500s, as well as The Masters and NBA. Kempner sits down with the SVG College community to talk about the artform of directing.
Keynote Speaker:
Artie Kempner, Fox Sports, Director
Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Executive Director, Editorial

1:00 – 1:15 p.m.
Venue Edge Case Study: Rebranding a Classic Tournament
Venue Edge worked with the Mountain West Conference to create a new energy for the game day presentation of their longtime basketball championships. Venue Edge Founder David Saphirstein will be joined by former Mountain West Associate Commissioner Dan Butterly to discuss the process and share what makes a successful fan experience.
Dan Butterly, Big West Conference, Commissioner
David Saphirstein, Venue Edge, Founder

1:15 – 1:45 p.m.
Tech Focus Panel: At-Home Production Tools
Prior to the Coronavirus outbreak, the sports video industry’s accepted definition of “at-home” or “REMI” production looked quite similar to a centralized control room on a college campus. Now, as the college industry hopes to get back to live events, collegiate content creators are looking for creative solutions to deploy a production crew safely with solutions that may take some positions out of the control room environment. Technology experts gather to share their learnings from the past couple of months to help you make decisions on what “at-home” tools may help you get your live events back on the air safely and efficiently.
Olaf Bahr, Variant Systems Group, Co-Founder / VP, Marketing
Joseph Bischof, EVS, Sales Manager
Marcus Schioler, Haivision, Vice President of Product Marketing
Ken Kerschbaumer
, SVG, Executive Director, Editorial

1:45 – 2:30 p.m. ET
Strategies and Tech for Integrating Deeper Storytelling Into Live Event Production
While the core tenant of any live sports broadcast is to deliver the game to the viewer, content creators these days are looking for new ways to better tell the stories of not only the score, but the athletes, coaches, and campus life behind each program. Whether it’s through technology (graphics, replay, cameras, lenses, microphones, connectivity) or strategy (relationships with coaches, on-air talent, SIDs), how are live college sports broadcasters taking the live game to the next level to developer deeper affinities among viewers?
Mark Fragale, Rochester Institute of Technology, Associate Director of University Sports and Events Production
Kristin Hennessey, Syracuse University, Producer
Parker Leppien, Auburn University, Senior Producer
Bradley Wasilition, Ross Video, Business Development Manager, Piero Sports Graphics – Americas
Kristian Hernandez, SVG, Associate Editor and Social Media Manager

NOTE: Agenda subject to change. The college sports world is changing rapidly as we learn more about this virus and how it will impact our lives and futures. We at SVG pledge to remain nimble and will adjust the topics to be discussed in this year’s Summit as needed to ensure that you are receiving the most relevant and impactful information for you and your staffs.

If you have any questions regarding the 2020 SVG College Summit, please email SVG College Director Brandon Costa at