2019 SVG Venue Summit

Full Program

Wednesday, June 26:
LOCATION: Detroit Foundation Hotel, 5th Floor

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.: Opening Night Reception at Detroit Foundation Hotel

Thursday, June 27:
LOCATION: Heritage Hall at Little Caesars Arena, Upper Concourse Level

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.: Registration and Breakfast

10:00 – 10:05 a.m.: Welcoming Remarks

10:05 – 10:40 a.m.: Inside Little Caesars Arena With Detroit Red Wings
Little Caesars Arena opened in 2017, and quickly became a hit with Red Wings and Pistons fans. Featuring the world’s largest seamless centerhung videoboard, the arena not only has plenty of video real estate but a top-notch team to entertain fans on every display in the building. Hear how that team crafted their game-day video presentation and the tools they use to make it possible.
Presenters:
Eric Angott
, Olympia Entertainment, Video Production Engineer

Pete Skorich, Olympia Entertainment, VP of Entertainment Services and Broadcasting, Detroit Red Wings

10:40 – 11:30 a.m.: In-Venue Video: Engaging Fans in the Stands
While the Little Caesars centerhung is certainly stunning, Detroit’s newest venue isn’t the only one in Southern Michigan with a videoboard — and video-production team — to boast about. Local teams take the stage to discuss their video-production tips and tech, and how they leverage video to engage with their fans game after game.
Moderator: Kristian Hernandez, SVG, Assistant Editor and Social Media Coordinator
Panelists:
Bryan Bender, Detroit Lions, Director of Event Presentation
Diane Ferranti, Detroit Pistons, VP, Programming, Production, Broadcasting and Game Operations
Kurt Wisenbaugh, University of Michigan, Director of Game Presentation and Fan Experience

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: Little Caesars Arena Tour

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.: Networking Lunch

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.: What’s Next in Tech: 4K, HDR, 5G, and Beyond
Former buzzwords like 4K UHD and HDR have evolved into realistic options for in-venue production, and commercial 5G services are on the horizon. What would these technologies mean for your team? Leaders in these emerging technologies take the stage to share their experience, answer your most pressing questions, and discuss how they might enhance the fan experience.
Moderator: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Co-Executive Director, Editorial Services
Panelists:
Kevin Cottam
, Ross Video, Director, Global Sports and Live Events

Mike Martin, Anthony James Partners, Director of Broadcast Services
Daryl Mihal, Daktronics, Regional Sales Manager

Steve Serfling, Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment, Director, Technology Services

1:45 – 2:15 p.m.: What’s Next in Tech: The Systems Integrator Perspective
As video-control rooms expand in both size and scope, so too must the role of the systems integrator grow and evolve. Leading systems integrators will discuss their latest projects, the technological trends they’re seeing in sports venues, and much more in this open discussion.
Moderator: Bob Jordan CVE, Industry Consultant
Panelists:
Kevin Henneman
, KMH Integration, President

Mike Meglathery, Diversified, Senior Project Manager/Lead Project Engineer
Jeff Volk, Alpha Video, VP

2:15 – 2:30 p.m. Venuetize Case Study: Connecting The District Detroit via Mobile Technology
Venuetize makes the way people experience spaces easier, more personal, and enjoyable. The company’s mobile platform integrates with existing venue infrastructure to deliver mobile wallets, contextual advertising and information, and other applications that improve and innovate the guest experience. Learn how Venuetize connects fans in Little Caesars Arena and The District Detroit.

Presenter: Craig Duncan, Venuetize, Chief Revenue Officer

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.: Networking Break

2:45 – 3:30 p.m.: Esports Arenas: Redefining the In-Venue Experience
The SVG Venue Summit continues with a look at the hottest emerging market in sports: esports. Esports arenas — designed with both the gamer and fan experience in mind — are popping up all over the world. But is building an esports-specific arena always way to go? Hear from those on the front lines as they discuss the unique requirements, the video/audio considerations, and the shifting mindsets that go into esports event production.
Moderator: Jason Dachman, SVG, Chief Editor
Panelists:
Jim Hackney
, MES Events, Co-Owner

Marvin Mastin, Populous, Brand Activation Manager
Chris Merrill, Grass Valley, Director of Product Marketing
Grant Paranjape, Washington Justice, VP of Esports Business

3:30 – 4:00 p.m.: Closing Keynote: Keith Bradford, District Detroit, SVP, Operations and Development
Little Caesars Arena is the cornerstone of The District Detroit, a 50-block sports and entertainment district that is contributing to the city’s comeback with new retail, office, and residential developments. Learn about the technological considerations that go into planning and executing an entertainment destination like The District Detroit, as well as keeping fans connected.
Moderator: Karen Hogan Ketchum, SVG, Director of Production
Featuring: Keith Bradford, District Detroit, SVP, Operations and Development