2019 Esports Production Summit

Keynotes

Pete Emminger, Activision Blizzard Esports, VP, Global Broadcast

As vice president of global broadcast at Blizzard Entertainment, Pete Emminger leads all broadcast and live production for Activision Blizzard Esports. He is responsible for developing and managing all of the broadcast technology tools and overall execution of live broadcasts across Blizzard’s esports programs, including the Overwatch League.

Pete Emminger began working with Blizzard Entertainment in 2013 as a consulting technical producer, and moved into his current position at the beginning of 2017. He played a key role in the first edition of Heroes of the Dorm that aired on ESPN in 2015, and has been deeply involved in all of Blizzard’s large-scale esports productions ever since. Most recently, he was instrumental in building and operating a permanent broadcast home for esports at the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in Burbank, California.

Pete Emminger is a fine arts graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. When he isn’t facilitating live broadcasts to every corner of the globe or parsing real-time game statistics, he devotes himself further to his passion for esports by dreaming up new and better ways to fine-tune the spectator experience.

Saralyn Smith, Blizzard Entertainment, BlizzCon Executive Producer

Saralyn Smith recently took on the role of executive producer for BlizzCon, an annual period of celebration for Blizzard games, esports, and community, culminating in a convention reaching millions of players and fans across the globe. Prior to this role, Smith led global community development, supported numerous global game launches, and served in leadership capacity over operational groups in global publishing and customer service. Since first joining Blizzard in 2011, she has been on support teams for Blizzard Entertainment games including World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, Warlords of Draenor, Legion, and Battle for Azeroth; Hearthstone; StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void; Diablo III and the Reaper of Souls expansion; Heroes of the Storm; and Overwatch.

Smith earned her master’s degree in organizational behavior and completed her undergraduate studies in psychology. For nearly a decade she played on the domestic professional beach volleyball tour—she loves to discuss the intersection of traditional sports and competitive gaming. These days, she gets her fix of team competitions and comradery through World of Warcraft.