The SVG Summit:CONNECT Day Ahead – Day 2 Features Remote-Production–Services Providers and Conversations With MLB, NFL

Roundtables will address Betting/Predictive Gaming, Venue Production and Technology, OTT and Streaming, and Automated Production Tools

Good morning and welcome to the “Day Ahead” for the SVG Summit:CONNECT for Day Two. Once again, the action starts at 11:30 a.m. ET, this time  with a look back at the 2020 MLB season and some of the innovations that marked the coverage.

Remote-production–services providers are front and center beginning at 12:15 p.m. Tune in to hear what execs from Dome, Game Creek, Mobile TV, NEP, and PPI have to say about the state of the remote-production business. It has been, without doubt, their most challenging year ever, and you won’t want to miss what they have to say.

As if that weren’t enough, we will wrap things up with the NFL. Starting at 1:15 p.m., top execs will discuss the current season as well as NFL Network’s new home, which will open its doors next year.

Want to take a deeper dive? Then make sure to check out the virtual roundtables in the afternoon – addressing Betting/Predictive Gaming, Venue Production and Technology, OTT and Streaming, and Automated Production Tools – beginning at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. ET.

And make sure to check out Tech Tour TV for a look at all the latest products and technology from top vendors in the industry.

Check out Tuesday’s full agenda below (all times EST) and all sessions can be viewed live on My Page at If you have not registered for the Summit, please click here to register. To check out all the sessions, click here.

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.: Event Opens

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: THE CONVERSATION: Inside the MLB 2020
The 2020 MLB season resulted in a unique playoff format, rule changes that might stick for next year, and new workflows designed to make productions safer and better. Leaders from MLB Network, rights holders, and teams discuss their efforts and the lasting impact on MLB production.
Moderator: Susan Stone, MLB Network, SVP, Operations and Engineering
Daniel Blanchard, MLB, Senior Director, Media Technology
Jason Hedgcock, MLB Network, Director, Remote Technical Operations
Jason Lobb, MLB Network, Director
Jacob Soto, MLB Network, VP, Engineering and IT

12:00 – 12:15 p.m.LiveU Case Study: The Mint 400 Live Stream – Under the Hood of the Action-Packed Desert Race
The Mint 400 is the oldest and most prestigious off-road race in America. LiveU Sports Sales Director, Dave Belding explains how California-based production company, Mad Media produced comprehensive live coverage of the entire 116-mile desert race using a LiveU Wireless At-Home Production workflow. Learn how the lean crew produced a multi-camera REMI production amidst challenging outdoor elements and a tight budget, which resulted in record-breaking viewership, engagement, and overall race exposure among a global audience.
Presenter: Dave Belding, LiveU, Sales Director, Sports

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.: The Remote Production Services Town Hall
Those involved in remote production services have had arguably the most challenging 10 months they have ever faced. Top executives from leading remote production service providers join us to discuss the current state of the business, how it is impacting their operations and future builds, and what they need from key clients and partners to ensure the ecosystem weathers the storm.
Moderator: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Executive Director, Editorial
Mary Ellen Carlyle, Dome Productions, SVP and GM
Phil Garvin, Mobile TV Group, Founder and CEO
Pat Sullivan, Game Creek Video, President and Founder
Mike Werteen, NEP Broadcast Services, President
Scott West, Program Productions, President and CEO

1:00 – 1:15 p.m.: Imagine Communications Case Study: Fiserv Forum ― A Look at ST 2110 and Remote Production
When the Fiserv Forum production system went live in 2018, it was one of the first SMPTE ST 2110 uncompressed IP video systems on earth. Amidst the unpredictable circumstances of 2020, Fiserv was able to leverage IP and IT technologies to support remote production workflows and address rapidly changing needs. Ken Barski, Director of Broadcast Technology at Milwaukee Bucks, discusses how things are going today and the challenges they were able to overcome by moving to IP.
Ken Barski, Milwaukee Bucks, Director of Broadcast Technology
Cassidy Phillips, Imagine Communications, VP, Networking Solutions

1:15 – 1:45 p.m.: THE CONVERSATION: Inside the NFL 2020
The NFL is in the midst of its 2020 season but the league also was one of the first out of the chute in terms of remote workflows for the 2020 NFL Draft back in April. Join us to learn about those workflows, the current season of coverage, and a sneak peak at Super Bowl plans and how things might change for the big game.
Moderator: Jason Dachman, SVG, Chief Editor
Onnie Bose, NFL, Vice President, Broadcasting
Bruce Goldfeder, NFL Media, VP of Engineering
Dave Shaw, NFL Media, VP, Head of Media Operations

2:00 – 3:15 p.m.: Roundtable Betting/Predictive Gaming
As sports betting booms in several states across the U.S., sports-content creators — ranging from major national networks to leagues to digital-first media companies — are diving in with a wealth of new interactive experiences to drive engagement approaches ranging from free-to-play games to full-on gambling. Data and video are the heartbeat of it all. Take a deep dive into the developments in this exciting space from content and technology experts looking to deliver the next generation of live-sports-video engagement.

2:00 – 3:15 p.m.: Roundtable: Venue Production and Technology
Without fans in the stands, in-venue professionals had to devise other ways to put their control rooms to use. From videoboard elements to producing fabricated crowd noise, crews had to get creative with their planning and execution. In this roundtable, directors and managers of in-game presentation discuss how content strategies and production philosophies have shifted since the return of live sports, what lessons can be learned from NFL franchises with in-stadium fans, and how remote/cloud-based technologies played a vital role while crew members were working from home.

3:30 – 4:45 p.m.: Roundtable OTT and Streaming
The consumption of live sports through streaming channels climbed yet again in 2020, and the mechanisms used to deliver live video to smartphones, connected TVs, and more continue to evolve and mature. How will personalization, discovery, interactivity. and fan-engagement technologies help sports leagues, networks, and digital-native media companies engage with, monetize, and ultimately grow and retain a subscriber pool? Get first-hand perspectives and insights from some of the smartest minds in digital sports production on where OTT and streaming platforms are headed after an unpredictable year.

3:30 – 4:45 p.m.: Roundtable Automated Production Tools
The evolution of automated production tools continues to accelerate, and they are playing a bigger part in more and more productions. Join us to discuss the latest automated production tools, their use cases, and how AI and machine learning are taking them to the next level.

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