2019 SVG Venue Summit

Speakers

Eric Angott, Olympia Entertanment, Video Production Engineer

Eric Angott is the video production engineer for Little Caesars Arena, overseeing live in game presentation for the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons. He is the liaison for network broadcast on game days. Angott also acts as head of engineering for the Detroit Tigers and DTE Music Theater.

Keith Bradford, District Detroit, SVP, Operations and Development

Keith Bradford is SVP, District Detroit – operations and development, and has held the position since June 2018. In his current role, he is responsible for all development strategy including real estate planning, retail, residential, and office development. Bradford also leads master planning, leasing, design, and project management activities for all real estate ventures in The District Detroit. He is also responsible for the operations of facilities such as Comerica Park, the award-winning Little Caesars Arena, the historic Fox Theatre, and numerous office buildings and retail spaces.

Bradford has responsibility for leading the development and operations of The District Detroit, a dynamic urban destination in the heart of Detroit that includes something for everyone and a variety of developments alongside Detroit’s premier sports and entertainment venues. The District Detroit is connecting downtown Detroit to growing nearby neighborhoods such as
Midtown, Corktown, and Brush Park. The District Detroit is having a dramatic economic impact on Detroit, is a driving catalyst of the city’s remarkable resurgence, and will contribute to Detroit’s amazing comeback for years to come.

Most recently, Bradford was responsible for operations and the redevelopment of “Downtown Disney” to “Disney Springs.” The unique and highly successful retail, dining, and entertainment destination now features more than 150 venues, including over 30 restaurants. In addition to Bradford’s responsibilities at Disney Springs, he held numerous senior-level roles in resort operations and development over his 23-year career with Disney.

Originally from Mississippi, Bradford graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from the University of Mississippi.

Kevin Cottam, Ross Video, Director, Global Sports and Live Events

Kevin Cottam is the director of sports and live events at Ross Video. A graduate of Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology, he began his television broadcasting career in 1996 with CTV News. In 1998, he began working with CTV Sportsnet (now Rogers Sportsnet) in Toronto, Canada. Cottam was at Sportsnet for 13 years as a technical director/studio director, working on studio and live sports productions.

Cottam began freelancing with Ross Video in 2006 as a demonstration artist and trainer, with a focus on professional sports and entertainment productions. He joined Ross Video full-time in 2011 and has been working extensively with professional and collegiate sports teams for game day productions, as well as high-profile entertainment productions. In 2013, Cottam was promoted to head up Sports & Live Events for the U.S. and Canada. In 2018, he started to take on global responsibilities. Cottam’s team of solutions experts create cutting-edge designs and manage projects from conception to completion in the traditional sports venues, esports, and live event venues vertical markets.

Jason Dachman, SVG, Chief Editor

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 RSN Summit, Sports Content Management 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 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.

Will Ellerbruch, Daktronics, National Sales Manager, Live Events Market

Will Ellerbruch is the national sales manager for the Live Events market at Daktronics. In his position, Ellerbruch creates and implements effective direct sales strategies and leads nationwide direct sales personnel toward achievement of corporate sales objectives. He develops competencies and processes to create an effective and efficient sales organization. He also provides supervision through field visits and works with the sales staff to provide monthly, quarterly, and annual sales forecasts. Ellerburch works closely with the service, marketing, and engineering divisions at Daktronics, as well as attends industry trade shows to stay on top of trends.

Ellerbruch earned a Bachelor of Science degree in sports management and a minor in business from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, IN.

Major projects Ellerbruch has worked while at Daktronics include the University of Kentucky; Indianapolis Indians; Buffalo Bisons; Columbus Crew; Providence Performing Arts Center; Hartford Civic Center; Indiana University; Verizon Wireless Arena; Boardwalk Hall; Cincinnati Reds; Lake County Captains; University of Akron; Ohio University; Pittsburgh Pirates; Cleveland Indians;  Detroit Lions; Cleveland Browns; Nationwide Arena; Michigan Baseball Foundation; Erie Seawolves; Indianapolis 500; Buffalo Sabres; University of Louisville; Toledo Mud Hens; Kent State University; Pittsburgh Steelers; Indianapolis Colts; Cincinnati Bengals; Detroit Tigers; University of Notre Dame; Baltimore Ravens; and the United States Naval Academy.

Diane Gonzalez-Ferranti, Detroit Pistons, VP, Programming, Production, Broadcasting and Game Operations

Diane Gonzalez-Ferranti has just completed her 30th season with the Detroit Pistons and Palace Sports and Entertainment in her current role as vice president of programming, production, broadcasting, and game operations. Her responsibilities include overseeing all areas of video production including all television and radio commercials, digital content, marketing materials, broadcast programs, and production of all Detroit Pistons live events. She is the team liaison for all Detroit Pistons and NBA broadcast partners including Fox Sports Detroit, ESPN, and TNT.  Gonzalez-Ferranti also oversees all elements of the live event presentation outside of the production studio, as well as including all the Pistons Entertainment teams, the Detroit Pistons Dancers, Pistons Extreme Team, Pistons Drumline, and Pistons Minis.

Gonzalez-Ferranti joined Palace Sports & Entertainment in 1988 as the Palace’s first videoboard director and was named PS&E’s Employee of the Year in 2011. Prior to joining the organization she was managing director of Showcase Cinemas.

Gonzalez-Ferranti is an Emmy Award Winning Producer and has been a part of numerous GMA’s awards for her work on Detroit Pistons broadcasts and videoboard shows. She has been a proud member of IDEA since 1989, served as the chairperson for the GMA’s from 1994-98, and is currently an active member of WISE.

Gonzalez-Ferranti graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in radio, TV, and film.

Kevin Henneman, KMH Integration, President

Kevin Henneman founded KMH Audio Video Integration in October of 2005. With an educational foundation in electrical and audio-video engineering, he provides focus and leadership allowing KMH to develop and implement facility plans and technical systems solutions that support the end users’ goals both operationally, financially, and with an eye for future technical workflows.

Over a 30-year career, Henneman has worked in the field of post-production editing, as well as live sound and video production helping to bring a practical approach to KMH’s consulting, design, and integration efforts.

KMH has strong working relationships with manufacturers and product developers which helped to launch the Media Suite at the main facility in Holbrook, NY. At the Media suite, both customers and KMH engineers and technicians can demonstrate software-based tools for media content management.

Currently, KMH leads a nationwide integration project allowing multiple local content providers and distributors to share and distribute content utilizing off-premise cloud and automation techniques all managed and monitored from a central location.

KMH customers include the Pittsburgh Steelers, ABC, NBC, Viacom, AMC Networks, Vice Media, and Group Nine, as well as the NY Giants, NY Red Bulls, MetLife Stadium, Barclay’s Center, and Nassau Coliseum, among many others.

Kristian Hernandez, SVG, Assistant Editor and Social Media Coordinator

Kristian Hernandez handles the day-to-day construction of the SVG Insider newsletter, oversees all social media content distribution, and covers various sports technology topics for Sports Video Group. Before joining SVG, Hernandez served as co-founder of CHC-TV, the first student-run television studio at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA. While at CHC, he produced a daily sports show named “On the Hill with Hernandez” — covering all men’s and women’s athletics for the college. Also, Hernandez spearheaded the college’s newspaper, “The Griffin”, as its sports editor. Hernandez graduated with a B.A. in communications. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he currently lives in Hazlet, NJ.

Bob Jordan CVE, Industry Consultant

Bob Jordan CVE provides consulting services to teams, venues, property owners, and developers. He is an established voice in the “Smart Stadium” movement by developing solutions that integrate all the electronic systems in modern venues into an integrated operating and content distribution platform that lowers cap ex, improves the fan experience, and maximizes revenue.

Jordan most recently was with Van Wagner’s Team and Venue Services Group, specializing in technology infrastructure at sports facilities and mixed-use districts. Projects included consulting on SunTrust Park and The Battery Atlanta for Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves, plus Little Caesars Arena and the District Detroit – the ballpark and arena both opened in 2017. Van Wagner acquired Jordan’s firm, Venue Research and Design, in 2012.

Jordan worked with MLB Advanced Media to update MLB ballparks with a standard wireless platform across the league. His role extended to consulting for MLB on its activation of instant replay in baseball, as well as league-wide installations of Statcast and iBeacon. Jordan’s additional milestone projects included consulting on college facilities such as the University of Washington’s Husky Stadium renovation and Syracuse University’s Carrier Dome. Prior, Jordan was the vice president of design and construction for MetLife Stadium, the $1.65 billion stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., that opened in 2010 for the NFL’s New York Jets and New York Giants. He was also part of the development team at American Airlines Center in Dallas, which opened in 2001 for the NHL’s Stars and NBA’s Mavericks.

Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Co-Executive Director, Editorial Services

Ken Kerschbaumer is co-executive director of editorial services for the Sports Video Group and SVG Europe. He was a co-founder of SVG along with Paul Gallo and Marty Porter in 2005 and has been writing about how sports networks and leagues use video and audio technology to deliver a quality TV experience since 1991. Kerschbaumer began his career in 1991 at Television Broadcast magazine before joining Cahners where he was founding editor of Digital Broadcasting magazine. In 2000, he joined Broadcasting & Cable magazine as senior editor of technology where he covered all aspects of broadcasting, cable, and internet content creation and distribution.

Mike Martin, Anthony James Partners, Director of Broadcast Services

With a 36-year background in entertainment and broadcast technology, Mike Martin began his career as an installation technician/operator. He then held the position of senior engineer for several major integration and production companies, including Marriott Productions, Walt Disney World, and The Whitlock Group, serving as principal designer on projects ranging from hotel systems to sporting venues to multi-broadcasting facilities. Working for Walt Disney World in Orlando for nearly a decade (Ride & Show Engineering and Walt Disney Imagineering), Martin was principal designer on a multitude of projects, including Animal Kingdom, Spaceship Earth, and the Rock and Roller-coaster. He also operated as a sustaining engineer for Disney, providing technical expertise and training on preventative maintenance and troubleshooting guides to bring systems back online and to minimize system downtimes.

Martin’s expertise extends to television, where he has brought over 20 television stations through the DTV transitions, and where he spent over five years working as director of engineering for a station in Tampa. In the roll out of digital court reporting systems and remote arraignments, Martin was a key player in efforts that saved the court system millions of dollars. Recent AJP projects include broadcast design and engineering of the most advanced production studios and technical operation centers in college sports (University of Louisville, University of Pittsburgh, University of Virginia, Louisiana State University, and University of Tennessee). Martin is currently working on similar facilities for University of North Carolina, Virginia Tech, and the New York Mets, along with a number of other projects, including the Toronto Blue Jays new SMPTE 2110 control room.

Marvin Mastin, Populous, Brand Activation Manager

As the manager of the Populous Brand Activation team, Marvin Mastin applies more than 20 years of project management experience in directing the development and delivery of projects. His responsibilities include creating and implementing work plans to manage the creation of innovative environmental design solutions and ensure projects are completed on time and of quality that meets or exceeds client expectations. Over the course of his career, Mastin has completed projects for a wide variety of clients including educational institutions, retail brands, and professional sports teams. His knowledge and insight into contracting and design practices and trends have helped him deliver small and large-scale projects across the nation, from branded environments at the 2018 MLB All-Star Game to an esports facility for Columbia College.

His relevant project experience includes Fayetteville Minor League Ballpark, Fayetteville, North Carolina; Blue Cross Arena Wayfinding, New York City; New York Alamo Draft House New York City, New York; Whole Foods, Kansas City, Missouri; Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame, Kansas City, Missouri; Planet Sub, Texas; Esports Facilities, Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri; Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank, Kansas City, Missouri; Boulevard Brewery Visitor Center, Kansas City, Missouri; and EMC Design, Des Moines Iowa.

Mike Meglathery, Diversified, Senior Project Manager/Lead Project Engineer

Mike Meglathery joined Diversified as a systems engineer in 2005 and brings over 20 years’ experience in broadcast and professional audio/video system design. He now serves as a dual purpose senior project manager/lead project engineer. This dual focus allows him to calculatingly design and modify high-end projects while keeping a close eye on the timeline and budget, allowing clients to realize cutting-edge facilities within their project constraints.

Meglathery’s engineering consultant background allows him to manage many different types of projects, including design-build, architectural design, or design-bid. He has a strong knowledge of the architectural progress and is extremely competent interfacing with the various trades involved in a large scale project including managing timelines, budgets, and expectations.

Meglathery has expertise in all facets of production and operations of broadcast engineering facilities, allowing him to perform workflow evaluations and facility upgrade analysis, as well as system detailed design and commissioning. He has worked on complete facilities, production systems, audio systems, master control, studio support and shading, edit suites, technical operations centers, network operation centers, and a multitude of mobile production vehicles.

Meglathery’s list of previous broadcast clients include Microsoft Studios, Raycom Mobile, ESPN-HD, CNN-HD Los Angeles Bureau, Qualcomm-MediaFlo, BYU Broadcast, LDS Church, Cablevision/MSG, TV Azteca, Turning Point Ministries, and Frank Gehry’s Experience Music Project.

His list of previous live event/sporting clients include the Golden State Warriors, San Jose Sharks, Colorado Rockies, Atlanta Falcons, St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Cardinals, Anaheim Ducks, Texas A&M University, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, Chicago WhiteSox, Detroit Lions, Houston Astros, LA Dodgers, Carolina Hurricanes, and San Francisco Giants.

Meglathery has a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Vermont.

Grant Paranjape, Washington Justice, VP of Esports Business

Grant Paranjape is the vice president of esports business for the Washington Justice, the D.C. Overwatch League franchise. With a background in both endemic esports and traditional sports, Paranjape brings a wealth of experience as the franchise continues to solidify its place as a premier esports organization.

In his new role with the Justice, Paranjape will lead business and team operations for the franchise and will look to expand the organization’s passionate local fanbase. The Justice are currently playing in their inaugural season in the Overwatch League and will soon be hosting matches locally in D.C. for the 2020 season.

Paranjape, an avid gamer, leveraged his love for video games into a career while earning his M.B.A. from Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business in 2016. By leaning into his history as a professional player, he was able to use his firsthand experience and expertise to consult and advise across multiple startup organizations within the industry.

Prior to joining Washington Justice, Paranjape worked as director of esports business and team operations for Monumental Sports & Entertainment. In that role, he directed strategy and business initiatives for MSE’s esports business operations, including the iconic sports brand’s NBA 2K League team.

Paranjape is a native of Birmingham, Michigan and earned his undergraduate degree in 2014 from Tulane University, where he was also an accomplished oboist in the school orchestra.

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

Steve Serfling is a sports venue technology industry expert, specializing in high profile event productions, broadcast control room design, audio integration, IPTV deployments, and venue infrastructure. He collaborated with venues on their new technology deployments from a holistic viewpoint, all on a converged network. Serfling has tech managed and directed major events such as the College Football National Championship, NFL International Games, Super Bowl, and Miami Open. With over 20 years of sports venue experience, Serfling has installed or integrated game presentation systems for over 50 Major League Teams and numerous universities.

Previous projects that Serfling has worked on include US Bank Stadium, the Minnesota Vikings Practice facility and team headquarters, SunTrust Park for the Atlanta Braves, and Little Caesar’s Arena. He is currently working as the technology advisor for University of Southern California on the LA Memorial Coliseum renovation/addition.

Prior to joining Van Wagner, Serfling built his career at Daktronics as an application engineer focusing on the broadcast and LED control systems of some of the largest systems in the country. He also spent time with the National Hockey League managing the infrastructure for the Western Conference teams and coordinating events such as the Winter Classic and the Stanley Cup Finals.

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

Pete Skorich has over 30 years of experience in broadcasting, game day entertainment, and brand marketing. He has held senior leadership positions with the Detroit Pistons, University of Michigan, National Hot Rod Association, and Olympia Entertainment/Detroit Red Wings. A multiple Emmy Award winner, Skorich also served for nearly a decade on the NBA’s Broadcasting advisory board. He has produced and directed concert video releases for Ringo Starr, Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, Ted Nugent, Kid Rock, and Grand Funk Railroad for the Bosnian Relief Fund.

Jeff Volk, Alpha Video, VP

Jeff Volk is vice president of Alpha Video and the founding officer/director of the Alpha Video Sports & Entertainment Group. With 28 years of industry experience, 26 at Alpha Video, Volk has overseen the negotiation and installation of over 85 major sports venue technology integrations including control rooms, broadcast infrastructure, A/V systems, and IPTV/digital signage solutions. Recent projects include the new ACC Network production facility at Georgia Tech, as well as  facility upgrades for Florida State University, Louisiana State University, and the University of Georgia, amongst others. Volk uses his knowledge of technology, fan engagement, and team ROI to create technology environments that help better engage fans and drive revenue.

Kurt Wisenbaugh, University of Michigan, Director of Game Presentation and Fan Experience

Kurt Wisenbaugh is in his 6th season with the University of Michigan as the director of game presentation and fan experience. His department is responsible for the fan experience, game presentation, and promotions for all Michigan Athletic collegiate programs. He also serves as the gameday producer for football and men’s basketball.

Before coming to Michigan, Wisenbaugh previously worked as director of game presentation and events with the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he spent 8 years responsible for all game presentation, video production, and events, as well as the mascot, cheerleader, and drumline programs. He joined the Jaguars in 2006 after interning with the Florida State University Sports Information Department, NFL Players Association, Jaguars Communications Department, and Miami Dolphins’ Events and Broadcasting Department.

Wisenbaugh received a bachelor’s degree in sport management from Florida State University in 2004 and an M.B.A from Nova Southeastern University in 2009.