2018 Sports Graphics Forum


9:45 ‐ 1:45 p.m.: General Sessions

LOCATION: Central Park West

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.: Welcoming Remarks presented by ChyronHego
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9:45 – 10:30 a.m.: State of the Arts: Where Creative and Tech Collide
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How can graphics creators work with their engineering and IT teams to better communicate ideas and bring those ideas to the screen? And how can engineer/IT become more aware of creative development and find ways to accommodate the creative team? With technology progressing at an ultra-fast pace, no graphics producer can be creative in a vacuum anymore and, during the creative process, must factor in the technology platform being used on each project. Learn how an art director’s best friends can be the engineering and IT departments, as well as how industry leaders are embracing technology to create the best graphics package possible.
Moderator: JP LoMonaco, CBS Sports, VP, On-Air Graphics and Design
Gary Hartley
, Fox Sports Networks, EVP, Graphics and Creative Director
Gil Haslam, Troika, Executive Creative Director
Jocelyne Meinert, Big Studios, Owner/Director
Timothy O’Shaughnessy, ESPN, Creative Director

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.: Keynote Presentation: ELEAGUE – The Design Revolution of Esports
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Join Turner Sports creatives as they take a deep dive into the design and development of the ELEAGUE brand. They’ll showcase the broadcast look and how it transcends typical sports packaging. Turner and The Future Group will also discuss how AR has begun to revolutionize the esports viewing experience.
Zach Bell
, Turner Studios, Senior CG Artist
Lawrence Jones
, The Future Group, VP and Head of Operations, North America
Sabrina Llenza
, Turner Sports, Design Director
Jordan Shorthouse
, Turner Sports, Creative Director

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.: Networking Break

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: SVGW Presents: Paths To Success in Sports Graphics
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Sports graphics may appear to be a male-dominated industry, but finding success in this industry isn’t just for the guys. Hear from several leading women in sports graphics as they discuss their career trajectories and goals, their creative and technical challenges, and their ideas for how the sports-graphics industry can further diversify its ranks.
Moderator: Karen Hogan Ketchum, SVG, Senior Editor and Director, SVGW
Komal Bhukhanwala
, CBS Sports, Art Director
Carol Boyle
, ESPN, Senior Creative Director
Camille Maratchi
, HBO Sports, Associate Creative Director
Jocelyne Meinert, Big Studios, Owner/Director

12:00 – 12:15 p.m.: Avid Case Study: A VR Experience, Working in Today’s Reality
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The Media & Entertainment industry is changing rapidly when it comes to live events with virtual and augmented reality. As the industry becomes more focused on immersive content, Twizted Design CEO and Co-Founder Jan Umansky is at forefront of this movement. Learn how he is creating dynamic visual environments being driven by real-time data during Live Events such as Super Bowl LI, Roland Garros, and MLS.
Glen Maxheleau, Avid, Business Development, Graphics
Jan Umansky, Twizted Design, CEO and Co-Founder

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.: Augmented Reality: The Wave of the Future Has Arrived
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Although augmented reality is nothing new to sports production — the 1st and Ten line celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2018 — AR has taken a giant leap in the past three years and is dramatically changing the way stories are told, both on the field and in the studio. What are the best use cases, platforms, and workflows for AR? Is it really all just another delivery system for 2D graphics like player stats and matchups, or can AR truly add another dimension to sports coverage?
Moderator: Lawrence Jones, The Future Group, VP, North America- Business and Content Development
Zach Bell
, Turner Studios, Senior CG Artist
Zac Fields, Fox Sports, SVP, Graphic Technology and Innovation
Isaac Hersly, Vizrt, Director, Business Development
John Howell, SMT, Creative Strategist
Bradley Wasilition, ChyronHego, Director, Sports Analysis and Lead Sports Analyst

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.: Networking Lunch

1:45 ‐ 4:45 p.m.: Workshop Breakouts

LOCATION: Central Park West

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.: Year in Review: Highlights in Sports Graphics Design
This can’t‐miss session will examine the latest achievements in graphic design. Panelists from leading sports broadcasters and production houses present their most notable work from the past 12 months.
Moderator: JP LoMonaco, CBS Sports, VP, On-Air Graphics and Design
Michael Dolan
, Fox Sports, SVP, Design
Paul Jamieson, BT Sport, Director of Creative and On Air
Timothy O’Shaughnessy, ESPN, Creative Director
Jordan Shorthouse, Turner Sports, Creative Director

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.: Case Study: ESPN’s College Basketball Graphics Redesign
College Basketball on ESPN was inspired by one thing: FANITUDE. Fanitude is the energy and mindset created when combining Fandom, Attitude and most importantly, Fun. ESPN surveyed sports design and chose to go in the opposite direction of everyone else, celebrating teams’ mascots and fight songs. The network’s graphics team designed around the live shot to showcase the game’s beauty, while also drawing flames on basketballs because “the animation package is straight FIRE! Game on!” Learn how ESPN and Troika worked together to revolutionize the on-air look of college hoops with this graphics package revamp.
Michael Arcangeli
, Troika, Art Director
Dale Harney, ESPN, Senior Concept Designer
Gil Haslam
, Troika, Executive Creative Director
Timothy O’Shaughnessy, ESPN, Creative Director

2:45 – 3:15 p.m.: The Evolving Role of the Operator: More Than Just a Button-Pusher
Can anyone be just an operator anymore? Or does every operator’s skill set need to evolve in order to navigate today’s rapidly changing production world? This panel will address how operators must be capable of understanding both creative and technological aspects of graphics creation.
Moderator: JP LoMonaco
, CBS Sports, VP, On-Air Graphics and Design
Andy Brill
, Freelance TV Producer/Director/Graphics Operator/Graphics Coordinator
Mark DeFrancesco
, CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network, Director, Graphics
David Melfi
, NBC Sports and Olympics, Senior Integration Designer

3:15 – 3:45 p.m.: Networking Break

3:45 – 4:00 p.m.: HBO Sports Case Study: Bringing Sunday Night to Saturday
How does an entertainment network approach the look and sound of sports content? How does a sport over 100-years-old reconcile its past with its present? HBO Sports creatives take you inside the process of rebranding HBO Boxing, illustrating how fresh approaches in cinematography, music and graphics result in an experience that is able to straddle worlds and engage audiences new and old.
Camille Maratchi
, HBO Sports, Associate Creative Director
Christian Winters
, HBO Sports, Creative Director

4:00 – 4:45 p.m.: Insert Graphics: Yesterday and Today — and the Future
Insert graphics continue to be the informational axis on which a graphics package spins. However, we can’t know where we are going until we examine where we’ve been. Industry leaders look at graphics over the past four decades and engage in an open discussion of what is to come. These experts will also address the latest developments in insert systems, execution, template-based graphics, studio vs. game environments, multichannel graphics creation, and the developing use of ‘live’ viewer-inserted graphics on streaming platforms.
Moderator: Brandon Costa, SVG, Director of Digital
Gary Hartley
, Fox Sports Networks, EVP, Graphics and Creative Director
Jason Joly, MSG Networks, Director, Broadcast Graphics
Camille Maratchi, HBO Sports, Associate Creative Director
Glenn White, Reality Check Systems, Producer

LOCATION: Central Park East

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.: 4K HDR Q&A: What Does It Mean for Graphics?
When it comes to creating graphics for 4K and HDR sports productions, it’s not just about resolution; it’s also about color space. And, as the growth in live 1080p HDR sports productions continues to accelerate, what part will graphics play in the production ecosystem? Learn about the new opportunities and potential pitfalls when it comes to this bleeding-edge sector of the industry.
Featuring: Zac Fields, Fox Sports, SVP, Graphic Technology and Innovation
Interviewed by: Jason Dachman, SVG, Chief Editor & Sports Graphics Program Director

2:30 – 3:15 p.m.: Cloud-Based Collaborative Tools: Creating Anywhere, Anytime
Graphics design and creation is no longer a single-site affair. Today’s live sports shows demand that creatives be enabled to collaborate from multiple locations, from the stadium to the broadcast center and even a producer’s hotel room. Discover the latest cloud-based platforms and tools that are breaking down collaborative walls in graphics creation.
Moderator: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Co-Executive Director, Editorial Services
Sören Kjellin, ChyronHego, Chief Technology Officer
Casey Miller, Grabyo, Director, Client Services and Operations
Jan Umansky, Twizted Design, CEO and Co-Founder

3:15 – 3:45 p.m.: Networking Break

3:45 – 4:00 p.m.: Case Study: Bringing Advanced Volumetric AR to NBC’s Live Super Bowl LII Broadcast
Earlier this year, Ross Video worked with a host of other vendors to help create advanced-AR elements that were utilized in NBC Sports’ Super Bowl LII production. In addition to their regular compliment of Sunday Night Football augmented reality components, Ross Video used 3D scans of individual players to create volumetric player animations that were integrated into the telecast. Get an inside look at the planning process for creating and delivering dazzling AR on multiple platforms using multiple vendors.
Bryan Bray
, Ross Video, Project Manager and ARVS Production Specialist
Matt Celli, NBC Sports and Olympics, Head of Production Technology, Innovation and Data
Terry Daily
, Ross Video, Augmented Reality/Virtual Set Designer

4:00 – 4:45 p.m.: Graphics Storage and Infrastructure: Building a Foundation for Success
Today’s graphics-production ecosystems require robust storage and networking systems that make it possible to create, manage, and distribute sophisticated elements at lightning-fast speeds. And just as important – what is your backup strategy if all doesn’t go according to plan? Leading content-creators and vendors take the stage to discuss how the storage and MAM tools for graphics are evolving to meet market demands.
Moderator: Nick Gold, Chesapeake Systems, Chief Revenue Officer
Jeff Blakeman, Dell EMC, Senior Systems Engineer
Jason Coari, Quantum, Director, Scale-Out Storage Solutions
Matt Miller, Vizrt, Director, Technical Pre-Sales

4:45 – 5:45 p.m.: Networking Reception

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