2017 Sports Venue Production Summit

Full Program & Audio Recaps

Monday, March 13

4:00 p.m.: Registration

4:00 – 5:30 p.m.: U.S. Bank Stadium Tour

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.: Opening Night Reception

Tuesday, March 14

9:00 a.m.: Registration opens

9:25 – 9:30 a.m.: Welcoming Remarks by Sony Electronics

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.: Opening Remarks by the Minnesota Vikings
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Lester Bagley, Minnesota Vikings, EVP, Public Affairs and Stadium Development

9:45 – 10:15 a.m.: Inside U.S. Bank Stadium With the Minnesota Vikings
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U.S. Bank Stadium, one of the NFL’s most highly anticipated new venue builds, opened in 2016 with an ambitious video plan to entertain Minnesota Vikings fans. Members of the team’s Vikings Entertainment Network draw back the curtain on their unique approach to in-venue video, how they leverage their brand-new facilities, and what Vikings fans can expect in 2017.
James Farstad
, Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, Chief Technology Advisor
John Penhollow, Minnesota Vikings, VP, Corporate and Technology Partnerships

10:15 – 11:00 a.m.: Producer Perspectives: Tips for Using Video to Energize Your Fanbase
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As the in-venue video experience evolves to include larger-than-life displays, concourse TVs, mobile apps, and more, the role of game-day producer is changing. How are local production departments answering the call for more content on more screens? Producers weigh in on what steps they’ve taken to develop, distribute, and promote their team’s unique video strategy across a variety of platforms.
Moderator: Karen Hogan Ketchum, SVG, Senior Editor
Brad Baker
, Minnesota United FC, Senior Director of Video Production
Chadwick Folkstead, Minnesota Timberwolves, Executive Producer, Live Programming and Entertainment
Sam Henschen, Minnesota Twins, Director of Twins Production
John Maher, Minnesota Wild, VP, Brand Content and Communications

Allan Wertheimer, Minnesota Vikings, Senior Manager, Production

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.: Networking Break

11:15 – 11:45 a.m.: Choosing the Right Capture Technology for Your Needs
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A broadcast-quality video presentation needs broadcast-quality tools, and sports venues are increasingly turning to network-caliber cameras, lenses, and replay servers to create their shows. Learn about the latest in capture technology for in-venue video needs, how venues and broadcasters can work together and share resources between the control room and truck, the potential impact of HDR, and more.
Moderator: Jason Dachman, SVG, Chief Editor
Mike DesRoches, Sony Electronics, Senior Sales Support Engineer
Steve Serfling, Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment, Director of Technology Services
Alan Tanielian, Fujinon Optical Devices, Regional Sales Manager

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: The Latest in In-Venue Video Distribution
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Investing in broadcast-quality cameras and high-resolution displays also means investing in the broadcast infrastructure to deliver content from Point A to Point B. Industry leaders discuss how to integrate 4K and 8K production tools into your video workflow, the latest in the move towards a hybrid IP/baseband world, and how evolutions in video distribution will play out on your video displays.
Moderator: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Executive Director, Editorial
James Farstad
, Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, Chief Technology Advisor
Eli Garten, VITEC, VP, IPTV and Enterprise Video Solutions
Ryan Nowak, Green Bay Packers, Technology Systems Engineer
Joe Schulte, Daktronics, Senior Engineer and Product Owner, Digital Media Players and Live Event Systems
John Shike, Snell Advanced Media (SAM), VP, Business Development, Americas

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.: Lunch

1:30 – 2:15 p.m.: Using Social Media and Digital Platforms to Maximize Fan Engagement
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With the quality of the at-home broadcast experience at an all-time high, sports venues must work harder than ever to entice fans to leave their living rooms and catch a game live. What are today’s fans looking for in their game-day experience, and how are teams leveraging social media channels, mobile apps, and proximity-determining technologies to find out? And will virtual reality make an impact?
Moderator: Brandon Costa
, SVG, Director, SVG Digital
Brea Hinegardner
, Minnesota Twins, Digital Communications Specialist
Ryan Maus
, University of Minnesota Athletics, Director of Digital Production
HJ Rorke
, Timecode Systems, Director of Sales, North America
James Stellpflug
, EVS, VP, Product Marketing

2:15 – 3:00 p.m.: Getting the Most Out of Your Control Room
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As the command center of a venue’s video strategy, the video control room must adapt to the increasing demands for content across a variety of platforms. Industry leaders weigh in on investing in new technology on a budget, how to select control room technology that can grow with your team’s needs, and what the move towards software-based and virtualized machines means for you.
Moderator: Karen Hogan Ketchum, SVG, Senior Editor
Joe Cirincione, Evertz, VP, Sales, Sports and Entertainment
Joel Larsen
, University of Minnesota, Live Production Operations Manager
Jeff Volk, Alpha Video, Vice President
Tadd Wilson, U.S. Bank Stadium, Broadcast Operations Manager

3:00 p.m.: Closing Remarks

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