SVG College Summit 2023: Event Highlights Include Distinguished Keynote, Tech-Focused Panel Discussions, Special Breakouts by School Size

Register for free today for event at Omni Atlanta Hotel on May 31 - June 1

The 15th-annual SVG College Summit is just three weeks away but its not too late to join your college sports video production colleagues at the Omni Atlanta Hotel on May 31-June 1 for two days of panels, case studies, workshops, and networking.

REGISTER: SVG College Summit (May 31 – June 1, Atlanta)

Additionally, you’ll receive the opportunity to browse a technology exhibit floor crafted specifically for the needs of those who work in collegiate athletics video content creation.

Schools and conferences of all shapes and sizes benefit from the program crafted by SVG and our talented SVG College Advisory Committee representing institutions from across the country.

And the better news? Registration is FREE!

Here are some of the major highlights from this year’s program:

CBS Sports Director Serves as Keynote Speaker

Day 1 of the SVG College Summit will be highlighted by a keynote conversation with CBS Sports Director Mark Grant.

Grant will speak on the event’s main stage on May 31 beginning at 4 p.m. ET to discuss the art of directing a live sporting event in today’s environment, what he’s learned in his 40+ years in the sports production industry, and to take your questions. Grant will be interviewed by SVG’s Co-Executive Director, Editorial Services Ken Kerschbaumer.

Grant made history earlier this year when he directed his first NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four and National Championship for CBS, becoming the first person of color to sit in the director’s chair for the broadcast of a major American sports championship.

Panel Discussions Address Control Room Tech, Drones, and More!

From the nitty-gritty of the cloud and remote production’s impacts on centralized control rooms to the flashy images acquired through the use of live drones, the agenda at the 2023 SVG College Summit is loaded with conversations geared at helping you tackle all of the pressing challenges and opportunities facing your collegiate athletic department’s video production strategy.

Here are some panel highlights:

The New Control Room? Production Facilities in the Age of Remote Production and The Cloud
Thursday, June 1 | 9:00 a.m. ET

Centralized control rooms, trailers, and even fly packs are the established norm across collegiate athletic departments. As the greater broadcast industry evolves to utilize more remote (or REMI) production and cloud-based workflows, in what ways does that make us rethink the facilities that we call home? From switchers to comms to replay, graphics, audio, and everything in between, live production leaders share their takes on new flexibilities available in live production.
Confirmed Panelists:
Jeff Hanel, University of Texas at Austin, Director, Creative Video
Andrew Kurtz, Monmouth University, Director of Live Production
Greg Macchia, Riedel Communications, VP, Business Development, Live Production
Scott Rinehart, University of Notre Dame, Director, Broadcast and Streaming Technologies
Jared Timmins, Diversified, VP of Innovation, Media Solutions

Send in the Drones: Efficiently Bringing Aerial Coverage to Your Live Games
Thursday, June 1 | 10:00 a.m. ET
Across all levels of sports broadcasting, live drones are delivering truly unique visuals and providing truly eye-catching images to integrate into live game coverage. What technologies are needed to make the shot and, most importantly, what steps do you need to take to ensure you use drones safely – and legally? Live college producers who have done so, share their experiences.
Confirmed Panelists:
Byron Abt, Georgia Southern University
, Assistant Director of Athletics for GATA Productions
Imry Halevi, Harvard University, Associate Director of Athletics – Content & Strategic Communications
More Speakers TBA

When Linear Comes Calling: Producing Games For Your Broadcast Partner
Thursday, June 1 | 11:15 a.m. ET
In a testament to how far this industry has come, live production teams on campus are being entrusted more frequently by their linear broadcast partners to produce live games for their air. How do you prepare differently – if at all – for a linear game? What technologies and services have come up clutch for you? How does it affect staffing? How do you manage relationships with your linear broadcast partner? And what other key issues should you consider when this exciting opportunity arises – whether it’s scheduled or sudden?
Confirmed Panelists:
Justin Argo, Texas A&M University
, Director of Live Broadcasts
Ryan Brodie, CTI
, Branch Director
Paul McAniff, Canon
, Senior Technical Specialist
Dennis Trapani, University of Wyoming
, Associate Athletics Director, Creative Services
More Speakers TBA

For the full event agenda, visit

School-size Breakout Sessions

Day 2 of the SVG College Summit is capped by a pair of special breakout sessions designed to offer athletic departments and conference officers of similar staff/budget sizes and challenges to speak candidly together in an off-the-record conversation. And the topics don’t focus solely on technology. The conversations address everything that it takes to run an effective video production team.

These Breakouts will occur simultaneously on Thursday, June 1 from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. ET.

Breakout Track 1: Large Athletic Departments
More demands from our linear partners. Bigger videoboards and larger crowds at our venues. Higher expectations. Our departments may be well-oiled content machines but what pain points are holding us back and what opportunities are primed for us to take advantage of? For the second consecutive year, we are happy to bring back this in-depth open forum where professionals from Power 5 conference schools can come together and share their best practices, compare notes, and share general advice. Key members of the SVG College Advisory Committee will lead the conversation but this breakout is designed for full audience participation.
Conversation Leaders representing: Baylor University, Purdue University, University of South Carolina, more TBA

Breakout Track 2: Mid-Size Athletic Departments
Fair or not, our jobs come with high expectations. Regardless of department size and available resources, schools are annually tasked with the huge task of producing hundreds of live games for their media partners – and a lot more. For the second consecutive year, we are happy to bring back this in-depth open forum where professionals from mid-major and small conference schools can come together and share their common pain points, best practices, and overall advice. Key members of the SVG College Advisory Committee will lead the conversation but this breakout is designed for full audience participation.
Conversation Leaders representing: Charleston Southern University, The Patriot League, Ouachita Baptist University, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, more TBA

Speakers TBA. Sessions subject to change.

For more information on SVG College’s program, events, and overall year-round efforts, email Brandon Costa at [email protected].

Technology vendors interested in exhibiting at the event, please email Rob Payne at [email protected] or Andrew Gabel at [email protected].

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