2018 Chairman’s Forum


Friday, April 6:

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.: Networking Reception (LOCATION: Veranda, 5th Floor)

Saturday, April 7:

6:15/6:30/7:00 a.m.: Shuttles to Bear’s Best Golf Course

6:30 – 7:15 a.m.: Breakfast for Golfers at Bear’s Best Las Vegas
The SVG Golf Tournament continues to be a mainstay when it comes to fun networking activities at NAB. This year’s outing will be played at Bear’s Best Las Vegas located at 11111 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89135. Be sure to sign up today by contacting Carrie Bowden at carrie@sportsvideo.org

7:30 – 9:30 a.m.: Breakfast at Red Rock Casino for Non-Golfing Attendees (LOCATION: Veranda, 5th Floor)
If you aren’t hitting the links don’t worry: we have you covered. Join us for a relaxing breakfast buffet at the Red Rock Casino Resort.

7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Golf Outing

7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Spa Treatments at Red Rock Casino Resort
Non-golfers are entitled to a complimentary spa treatment at the Red Rock Casino Resort. Please note that space is limited and spa guests must first be approved by SVG membership services prior to booking their appointment.

12:30 – 2:00 p.m.: Networking Lunch (LOCATION: T-Bones Steakhouse, Casino Level)
The afternoon’s activities begin with a networking lunch at the Red Rock Casino Resort.

2:00 p.m.: Chairman’s Welcome (LOCATION: Pavilion Ballroom, 5th Floor)
SVG Advisory Chairman Tom Sahara takes to the stage to kick things off and introduce this year’s opening keynote presenter.

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.: Global Production Perspectives: State of the Industry
Josh Stinehour, principal analyst with Devoncroft Partners, takes to the stage to offer up Devoncroft’s latest research of the broadcast manufacturing community, the health of the broadcast business, and the potential for new revenue streams during this always lively presentation.
Presenter: Josh Stinehour, Devoncroft Partners, Principal Analyst

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.: Dolby Case Study: NHRA Live Dolby Atmos Production
Paul Bonar
, Game Creek, VP, Engineering
Rob France
, Dolby, Senior Product Marketing Manager

2:45 – 3:30 p.m.: Global Perspectives in Sports Production: North America
In the first of a two-part overview of the sports production marketplace leaders in North American sports production take to the stage to discuss the current and future state of sports production.
Moderator: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Co-Executive Director, Editorial Services
Chris Brown, Turner Sports, Senior Director, Technical Operations
Mary Ellen Carlyle, Dome Productions, SVP and GM
Michael Davies, Fox Sports, SVP, Technical and Field Operations
Steve Hellmuth, NBA Entertainment, EVP, Media Operations and Technology
Scott Rothenberg, NEP, SVP, Technology and Asset Management

3:30 – 3:45 p.m.: Akamai Case Study: Learning from Live: What It Takes to Make a Happy Streaming Viewer
You competed for and won those (increasingly expensive) streaming rights. What do you need to do to make sure your viewers experience the very best of what you paid so dearly for? Akamai, the world’s largest live sports streaming CDN, will share what it’s learned from recent marquee events.
Presenter: Alex Balford, Akamai, Senior Product Marketing Manager

3:45 – 4:00 p.m.: Networking Break

4:00 – 4:15 p.m.: EVS Case Study: How the NJ Devils Use EVS Live Solutions to Warm Up Ice Hockey Fans
One of the key jobs for the Prudential Center’s game presentation and event production team is to engage the Devils’ fanbase from the minute they step inside the 16,514 seat arena. The team does this by delivering video content to all the displays inside the venue. To create and distribute this video content, the production team has extensive technical facilities and wanted to supplement this with new technology to provide the fastest, most effective workflow for its gameday shows.
Presenter: James Stellpflug
, EVS, VP, Product Marketing

4:15 – 5:00: Global Perspectives in Sports Production: Europe
In part-two of our afternoon discussion leaders from the sports production industry in Europe discuss the latest production trends and accomplishments in Europe. How are formats like UHD, HDR, and Dolby Atmos transforming content creation?
Moderator: Fergal Ringrose, SVG Europe, Executive Editor
Robin Broomfield, Sky UK, Technical Manager
Brian Clark, NEP, Sales Director, Major Projects Group
Paul Francis, CTV OB, CTO
Jens Cornelius Knudsen, TV 2 Norway, SVP, Production
David Shield, IMG Media, SVP, Global Director, Engineering and Technology

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.: Free Time

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.: Networking Reception 

7:00 p.m.: SVG Chairman’s Forum Dinner, Golf Awards, and Conversation with Hall of Famer Geoff Mason
Join SVG for a fun evening of awards, dinner, drinks, networking and a dinner conversation with Geoff Mason on The Evolution of Big Event Production. Sports Broadcasting Hall of Famer and industry legend Geoff Mason has a career that spans more than 50 years and has given him the opportunity to be part of some of the most compelling sporting events of the past five decades. He takes to the stage with SVG’s Ken Kerschbaumer for some dinner conversation about how big event productions have evolved, key moments that changed the industry, and how the past can be prologue for an industry about to undergo tremendous changes.

Sunday, April 8:

7:30 – 9:00 a.m.: Networking Breakfast (LOCATION: Veranda, 5th Floor)

Sunday Morning Breakouts
The 2018 Chairman’s Forum concludes with two hours of breakout sessions designed to take a deeper dive into two key areas of the industry:

Breakout One: Sports Content Management and Storage (SCMS) sponsored by Imagen
(LOCATION: Veranda AB, 5th Floor)

8:45 – 11:00 a.m.:
This workshop is designed as an open forum for individuals responsible for managing, archiving, and protecting sports content. Led by SVG’s SCMS Advisory Committee, this two-hour roundtable discussion will provide media-management leaders from broadcasters, leagues, teams, digital outlets, and vendors with an opportunity to address a variety of hot-button issues currently facing the industry, including the rise of object storage, the impact of AI and automation, cloud and virtualization, logging and metadata challenges, cybersecurity and content protection, and more.

Welcoming Remarks: Dave Franza
For 31+ years, Dave Franza oversaw all production application development and related digital content and information processing technologies in the Broadcast and Engineering areas of NFL Films, with additional management responsibilities at NFL Network. He directed technological advancements contributing to the explosive growth in size and production capability at NFL Films and NFL Network for over three decades.

Breakout Two: Future of Remote Production
(LOCATION: Pavilion Ballroom, 5th Floor)

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.: Inside Look at Eurosport’s Olympic Success
When Eurosport snagged the rights to the 2018 Winter Olympics one question was on everyone’s mind: how does a sports production team make its Olympic debut by doing the unthinkable: delivering the games to 48 countries in 21 languages? It was a massive effort that required an amazing amount of planning, coordination, and discipline to make it a success. Eurosport executives take to the stage during this informative session to discuss how they did the unthinkable.
John Honeycutt
, Discovery Communications, CTO
Dave Schafer
, Discovery Communications, SVP, Olympic Operations and Planning

9:45 – 10:00 a.m.: Telstra Case Study: The Telstra Distributed Production Network (DPN) – Enabling Remote Production Workflows
In December 2017, Telstra supported the first live-to-air, uncompressed HD “at-home” production in Australia, using SMPTE 2110 over the Telstra Distributed Production Network (DPN) at a distance of 575 miles from Brisbane to Sydney. Since that historic broadcast, remote production workflows for sports and special events are available from 29 venues across Australia on the Telstra DPN, over distances of up to 2,000 miles. The Telstra Case Study will cover the objective and rationale for building the Telstra DPN, and outline the scope of the initial project and the underlying network requirements to bring live television from remote venues to centralized production hubs.
Paul Suters, Telstra Broadcast Services, Head of Engineering and Service Management

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.: Networking Break

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.: NeuLion Case Study: Creating Engaging OTT Experiences on Mobile
Today, mobile is everywhere. Consumers continue to change their viewing habits, watching more and more long for video on their mobile devices. With over 78% of viewers using mobile devices to consume content daily, it is important to create engaging, interactive OTT experiences, incorporating advanced features and innovative viewing options, for their viewers on mobile.
Presenter: Chris Wagner, NeuLion, Executive Vice President

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.: Automated Production: Friend or Foe?
NAB 2018 promises to feature more and more systems that can automate production processes like operating a camera, audio mixing, editing, and even directing. What are the current limitations for automated content creation? What does it mean to the artistic side of production? And where do the people fit in?
Moderator: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Co-Executive Director, Editorial Services
Steve Hellmuth
, NBA Entertainment, EVP, Media Operations and Technology
Patti Kleinman-Fallick, USTA, Senior Director, Broadcast Operations

11:00 a.m.: Event Ends

11:30 a.m.: Transportation to Las Vegas Strip Hotels

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