SVG College Summit 2021: Three Day Event Kicks Off Today!

Panel on state of the industry followed by focused workshops on live broadcast highlight Day 1

The 13th-annual SVG College Summit begins today!

Visit to sign up and to access today’s live program which includes a state of the industry panel with key players from across the college sports media landscape, a tour of Temple University‘s new centralized control room, a case study from EVS, and a live question and answer session with ESPN director Jimmy Platt.

Here’s some of the highlights to come today in Day 1!

1:05 – 2:00 p.m. ET
State of the Industry: After a Challenging Chapter, What Comes Next?
To say that the past 15 months have been challenging would be a grave understatement. From the total cancellation of sports to highly restricted production environments to a crossover season unlike anything anyone has ever been a part of, professionals in college-athletics video production have burnt the candle at both ends. What have we learned, what does the future hold, and in what ways has the industry been changed forever?
Meg Aronowitz, ESPN, Senior Coordinating Producer
Dan Butterly, Big West Conference, Commissioner
Jonathan Gantt, Clemson University, Associate AD/Creative Solutions
Mark Hulsey, Big Ten Network, Senior Vice President, Production and Executive Producer
Jim Nachtman, Penn State University, Assistant Athletics Director for Media, LIVE Events & Broadcasting Operations
Brandon Costa, SVG, Director of Digital and Director, SVG College

2:00 – 2:15 p.m. ET
EVS Case Study: Automating Live Camera Positions in College Basketball Productions, Featuring the University of Oklahoma
For college basketball productions, more cameras means more opportunities to enhance the storytelling of a game. However, while extending the camera coverage is a great way to increase viewer engagement, it also increases operational costs. To overcome this challenge, production teams can choose to automate key camera positions, by integrating a solution built on EVS’ AI-driven Overcam autonomous system and the ShotTracker sensor-based system. In this case study, EVS will demonstrate how how basketball venues equipped with ShotTracker can make use of a single EVS Overcam system to drive PTZ cameras simultaneously from a wide range of positions and assignments including center court wide, tight, slash, high-behind, reverse and more.
Nestor Amaya, EVS, VP, Solutions Architecture, The Americas

2:15 – 2:45 p.m. ET
Campus Connection: Virtual Facility Tour – Temple University
Miss visiting your colleagues’ facilities and getting inspired to bring new ideas back to your campus? Take a focus tour of a new control room or live-production facility and get the chance to ask questions of those who built it.
Kevin Copp, Temple University, Associate AD / Video Production
Kevin Hession, Temple University, Director of Video Production / Broadcast Engineer

2:45 – 3:15 p.m. ET
Keynote Q&A: The Art of Directing a Live Game
One of the highlights of the show will be an interactive keynote question and answer session with ESPN director Jimmy Platt, hosted live on Tuesday, June 22 at 2:45 p.m. ET/11:45 a.m. PT. The director of the iconic sports television property Monday Night Football and of ESPN’s coverage of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Final will take your questions LIVE on the art of directing.
Jimmy Platt, ESPN, Director, Monday Night Football and NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four
Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Co-Executive Director, Editorial

In-depth Workshops on Live Game Broadcast

This year’s SVG College Summit features workshop tracks dedicated to hyper-focused meetings address topics critical to athletics programs and staffs of varying sizes. Find the conversation that most suits your needs. Today’s tracks address:


3:15 – 4:00 p.m. ET
Live Game Production: Raising the Technology Bar on the Big Stage
With network partners limited in their ability to travel to campuses, the pandemic has offered Power 5 schools the opportunity to play an even more hands-on role in the live broadcasting of their most high-profile sports. As our audiences grow, how is the live–game-production process continuing to advance? Take a deep dive with live-content creators on pushing the boundaries in image quality, graphics, replay, audio, and more.
Tom Githens, University of Tennessee, SEC/ESPN Network Director
James Japhet, Hawk-Eye N.A., Managing Director
Jeremy Morris, NewTek, Sales Engineer, USCA
Jeremy Noe, University of Louisville, Assistant Athletic Director for Television Production
Brian Smoller, Kansas State University, Senior Director of Broadcasting/Video Services
Jared Timmins, TVU Networks, SVP of Solutions
Kristian Hernandez, SVG, Associate Editor and Social Media Manager


3:15 – 4:00 p.m. ET
Live Game Production: Robotics, POVs, Automated Production and Meeting Your Department’s Long Tail of Needs
For small staffs and one-person bands, finding the resources and the bandwidth necessary to meet the content needs of live college sports production today can be daunting. However, technologies are evolving to help streamline the process. What tools (robotic cameras, automated production systems) and solutions (IP connectivity, asset-management systems) can bring more live coverage to more sports without taxing your staff (or yourself)?
Nicholas Case
, Charleston Southern University, Director of Athletic Video Communications
Nicole Frechette, High Point University, Multimedia Production Coordinator
Imry Halevi, Harvard University, Assistant Director of Athletics, Multimedia and Production
Lucas Haskins, Texas State University, Broadcast Productions Manager
Andrew Kurtz, Monmouth University, Director of Live Production
Greg Sandercox, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Broadcast Productions Coordinator

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