2018 RSN Summit


Wednesday, June 27:

Location: Chicago Room, Fifth Floor


10:40 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: RSN Social Media Showcase

This morning workshop will take an up-close-and-personal look at how several RSNs create and distribute content across a swath of social media channels. In addition to presenting behind-the-scenes case studies on their own operations, these social-media pros will offer practical tips and best practices on how to make the most of your social efforts. More information on specific sessions will be available soon.
Moderator: Brandon Costa, SVG, Director of Digital
Case Studies To Be Presented By:
Michael R. Hall
, NESN, SVP, Digital
Kelly Higgins, ‎NBC Sports Regional Networks, Director, Marketing
Kevin Sullivan, YES Network, Managing Editor, YESNetwork.com


1:15 – 2:00 p.m.: RSN’s Get Real: A Real-World Timeline for HDR, 1080p, 4K, and IP
There has plenty of buzz within the industry regarding next-gen technologies like 1080p, 4K UHD, and HDR in recent years. In addition, new IP standards are expected to bring IP workflows into the mainstream for live-sports production environments. However, with obstacles ranging from costly upgrades to production facilities to a lack of viable cable distribution model to the home, these technologies have yet to gain much traction within the RSN sector. Hear the latest tech updates in the 4K HDR vs. 1080p HDR debate, what IP transport brings to the table, and where the industry is headed over the next 12 months.
Moderator: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Co-Executive Director, Editorial
Alex Blanding, SNY, VP, Engineering
Philip Garvin, Mobile TV Group, President/Founder/Co-Owner
Sassan Pejhan, AT&T Entertainment Group, Assistant VP
Jason Taubman, Game Creek Video, SVP, Technology

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.: Networking Break

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.: Greasing the Tech Wheels: How AI and Automated Production Could Impact RSNs
In today’s changing media landscape, RSNs are being asked to produce more high-quality content with less resources than ever before. In an effort to cut costs and streamline operations, many broadcasters are looking to artificial intelligence and automated production platforms. Motion-detecting software systems can produce a game with the touch of a button, while AI platforms are streamlining everything from graphics creation to media management. Learn how these up-and-coming tools can boost your operation, as well as the limitations they still face.
Moderator: Karen Hogan Ketchum, SVG, Senior Editor
Shaka Arnon, WSC Sports, Head of U.S. Operations
Fahad Haider, NESN, VP, Engineering
Patrick Lucey, STATS, Director of AI
Per von Rosen, Sportradar, Product Manager, Broadcast
Jérôme Wauthoz, Tedial, VP, Products

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.: Point-Counterpoint: Is At-Home Production The Future of the RSN Market?
No technological trend has had as major an impact on live-sports production in the past three years than “at-home” production. Many RSNs are deploying smaller crews and fewer resources onsite and running the production from a control room back home at the broadcast center. However, not everyone is aboard the at-home bandwagon. RSN leaders on both sides of the at-home equation take the stage to discuss the benefits, obstacles, and future of at-home production for live-game productions.
Moderator: Jason Dachman, SVG, Chief Editor and RSN Summit Program Director
Steve Grigely
, Fox Sports Networks, VP, Technical Operations
Shawn Oleksiak, NBC Sports Philadelphia, VP/Executive Producer, Live Events
Khalid Patterson, Spectrum Networks, Senior Manager, Remote Operations
Kyle Reischling, Pac-12 Networks, VP, Remote Events
Bob Valinski, Vizrt, Sales Manager