Jason Dachman, SVG, Chief Editor & Graphics Forum Program Director
Jason Dachman oversees all aspects of SVG’s North American editorial operations, including the thrice-weekly SVG Insider newsletter and SVG’s annual print publications. A member of the SVG team since 2009, Dachman also serves as program director for SVG’s Sports Content Management & Storage (SCMS) Forum, Sports Graphics Forum, and TranSPORT event. Prior to joining SVG, he spent three years covering local sports for The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, MA, and spent two years on the production staff of SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s The Ron & Fez Show. Dachman began his career in the Sports Information Department at Northeastern University in Boston, where he also earned a B.A. in media communications and cinema studies.
Zac Fields, Fox Sports, SVP, Graphic Technology and Innovation
Zac Fields oversees FOX Sports’ real-time graphic development and integration, software development, and new technology. This team provides design, implementation, and support for all of the FOX Sports Media Group. Along with the daily workflows across all FSMG networks, this group provides high-end graphic design with new ways to display information for large events such as the Super Bowl, Daytona 500, MLB World Series, the U.S. Open, and the FIFA World Cup.
Nick Gold, Chesapeake Systems, Chief Revenue Officer
Nick Gold is the chief revenue officer for Chesapeake Systems, an East Coast-based IT-centric media systems integrator. Chesapeake Systems specializes in working with large media entities to design, install, and maintain video post-production, archive, media asset management, storage, ingest/playout, and program delivery systems. Gold brings to his consultant role an extensive technical knowledge base and his intense curiosity drives him to stay current with the latest developments in the media and IT fields. He is recognized as a leading expert within the realm of media asset management (MAM) and related archive and storage workflows.
Gold has moderated New York City-based symposia concerning MAM and presented a MAM primer to SMPTE DC’s Bits By The Bay conference. As video delivery has become synonymous with the internet, Gold has been interested in exploring the burgeoning role of over-the-top internet broadcasting. He has given presentations on the topic to the SMPTE sections of DC, Philadelphia, and New York City.
Gold is also a co-host of the popular audio podcast series, The Workflow Show. The episodes address overarching trends and specific tech topics to help guide listeners through these challenging yet exciting times of unprecedented change within the realm of digital media workflows.
Mike Johnson, Dome Productions, Director or Engineering
Mike Johnson is the director of engineering for Dome Productions and has been part of Dome’s growth for over two decades. During this time, the company has moved from analog to digital, SD to HD, and more recently, has entered UHD production. Johnson has led engineering planning and development for mobile production and technical facilities and managed fiber-network services, all in support of video/audio media delivery for host broadcast events, major league sports productions, and award show presentations across North America.
Recent activities include pursuit of further advancement in UHD and HDR productions, along with implementation of VR elements in support of Dome’s broadcast partners.
Jason Joly, MSG Networks, Director, Broadcast Graphics
Jason Joly is the director of broadcast graphics for MSG Networks. He and his team are responsible for the creative direction for MSG Networks’ live event packages for the Knicks, Rangers, Devils, Islanders, Sabres, Red Bulls, and Liberty. They also oversee the packaging for all on-air promotion, social media, studio shows, and original programming.
Joly is a seven-time Emmy Award winner with nearly 20 years experience in sports television and design. Joly previously served as a producer at boutique creative agency Nth Degree, working for clients such as ABC, Bravo, CBS, Discovery, Food Network, HGTV, History, and Yahoo. He is a graduate of Syracuse University.
Karen Hogan Ketchum, SVG, Senior Editor and Director, SVGW
Joining the SVG team in 2011, Karen Hogan Ketchum manages SVG’s print publications, including the semiannual SportsTech Journal, the annual Mobile Sports Production Yearbook, and all event print programs. She drives the company’s Venue Initiative, writing about the sports venue production industry and coordinating the agenda for the annual Sports Venue Production Summit and Venue Production Seminars. In addition, Hogan Ketchum is the director of SVGW (formerly SVG’s Women’s Sports Media Initiative). Hogan Ketchum began her career in sports at Fordham University with WFUV Sports, serving as Supervising Producer of “One on One,” WFUV Sports’ weekly call-in show. After graduating in 2009, she spent the 2009-10 season in the public relations department of the Trenton Devils (ECHL) before taking on a freelance copy editor assignment with Professional Sports Publications.
Sören Kjellin, ChyronHego, Chief Technology Officer
Sören Kjellin is chief technology officer at ChyronHego, a position he has held since the merger of Chyron Corporation and Hego AB in May 2013. In this role, Kjellin leads the company’s global engineering and technology initiatives. From July 2011 to May 2013, he served as director of product management at Hego AB, guiding the global development teams and product management.
Prior, Kjellin served as chief technology officer at Svenska Tracab AB, having led the company’s development teams from January 2009 to July 2011. He previously served as director of business development.
Camille Maratchi, HBO Sports, Associate Creative Director
Camille Maratchi is a producer and associate creative director at HBO Sports where she oversees the on-air graphic look for the department’s live telecasts, studio shows, and documentaries.
While in this role, Maratchi has helped create the on-air look for HBO Sports’ flagship telecasts – World Championship Boxing, HBO Pay-Per-View, and Boxing After Dark. In addition, she was instrumental in the rebrand of two of its other properties, Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel and The Fight Game with Jim Lampley, which included a seamless integration of new set designs and complimentary insert graphic packages.
Jocelyne Meinert, Big Studios, Owner/Director
7-time Emmy Award winner and 20-time nominee, Jocelyne Meinert has been pioneering CG animation and design since the industry’s inception in 1982, receiving several national and international awards in the first five years of her career. Meinert started Bigstudios in 1991, completing large scale design and animation projects for clients such as ABC News & Sports, HBO, MTV, Oprah, CTV, CBC, ESPN, CBS, and NBC.
Bigstudios is now one of the most established design and animation studios in North America. 2D or 3D animation, VFX, live action, graphic design, or all the above, Meinert continues to direct and manage large-scale projects such as ESPN’s Monday Night Football, Turner Ignite, and CBS March Madness. She also works on stadium packages for major league and college teams and puts the push on E-Sports, AR/VR, and original content development.
Brian Perkins, MLB Network, Senior Director, IT Production Systems
Brian Perkins is the senior director of IT Production Systems for MLB Network. He oversees graphics technology, production system integration, and the continual evolution of statistical systems used to enhance storytelling. In addition to MLB Network, Perkins oversees the IT production systems for NHL Network, whose daily on-air operations haven been based and operated out of the MLB Network headquarters since October of 2015. An eight-time Emmy Award winner, Perkins places particular importance on automating creation of on-screen and on-set graphical elements containing baseball and hockey data.
Perkins has been a key member of MLB Network since it debuted on January 1, 2009 in a record-setting 50-million homes, the largest launch in cable history at the time. Prior to joining MLB Network, he spent eight years with NBC News as the director of newsroom computer systems. At NBC, Perkins drove the transition from siloed newsroom systems to an enterprise-wide connected newsroom “community.”
A true believer in the power of data, Perkins started his career scoring Little League games in New Jersey, later moving on to record stats for the basketball coaching staff at the University of Notre Dame. He graduated from Notre Dame in 1995 and holds a master of science degree in technology management from Stevens Institute of Technology.
Maria Rapetskaya, Undefined Creative, Founder and Creative Director
Maria Rapetskaya is the architect of Undefined Creative, a media production agency that specializes in motion graphics and works with household names like NHL, NBC Universal, Better Homes & Gardens, and the United Nations. She built the company’s reputation on good old-fashioned customer service and consistent execution on brand, on time, and on budget. Rapetskaya stubbornly remains a hands-on creative, doing what she truly loves on a daily basis.
Blessed with nearly 20 years of success, Rapetskaya is a serious pay-it-forward give-backer. She teaches motion graphics at NYU, mentors via She Runs It (formerly AWNY), and regularly contributes her thoughts on entrepreneurship and creativity through writing for the likes of 99U, Fast Company, and Entrepreneur. She also speaks at events nationally and donates 300+ hours a year in pro bono work and mentorships, together with her studio.
DefineYourPath.co, Rapetskaya’s new side project, is a growing collection of her articles, podcasts, and talks. She loves helping creatives at all levels develop careers and companies that accurately express their personalities and goals.
Michael "Spike" Szykowny, ESPN Creative and Studio Direction, Senior Director, Motion Graphics and Production Planning
Michael Szykowny (better known as “Spike”) has been at ESPN for 21 years and is an eight-time Emmy Award-winning senior director of motion graphics and production planning. He has worked on everything from Monday Night Football and The College Football Playoffs to the ESPN Megacast and he leads a group of over 170 designers, animators, and VZRT Artists that create and play out graphics for the family of ESPN networks. Szykowny notes that this SVG event is one of his favorite events of the year. He is honored and humbled to be back again to speak this year.
Bradley Wasilition, ChyronHego, Director, Sports Analysis and Lead Sports Analyst
Bradley Wasilition is ChyronHego’s director of sports analysis and lead sports analyst. Wasilition’s previous experience includes roles in sports broadcast and statistical analysis at HEGO USA, as a research analyst for the NFL Network, a football personnel analyst for the Tennessee Titans, and a graduate assistant coach at the University of Florida.
Wasilition earned his MBA in sports management from the University of Massachusetts, and a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, in economics from the University of Virginia. Wasilition also studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science.