2020 Sports Graphics Forum

Full Program

8:45 a.m.: Registration Opens

9:25 – 9:35 a.m.: Welcoming Remarks
Presented by:
Jason Dachman
, SVG, Chief Editor and Sports Graphics Program Director (click here for audio)
JP LoMonaco
, CBS Sports, VP, On-Air Graphics and Design; 2020 Graphics Committee Chair (click here for audio)
Kevin Bovet
, Vizrt, VP, Head of Sports (click here for audio)

9:35 – 10:20 a.m.: State of the Arts 2020: Creative-Design Trends That Are Transforming the Industry
Top creative directors and graphics-production executives take the stage for this annual look at the most significant design trends shaping the sports-graphics market today. From inserts to animations to the scorebug and bottom line to AR and virtual elements, learn how production workflows and design strategies are evolving to create a better graphics experience for fans.
Moderator: JP LoMonaco, CBS Sports, VP, On-Air Graphics and Design; 2020 Graphics Committee Chair
Nick DiNapoli
, |drive|, Co-Founder and Creative Director
Chad Hudson, NBC Sports, Art Director
Joss Meinert
, Big Studios, Owner/Director
Tim O’Shaughnessy, ESPN, Creative Director
Jordan Shorthouse, Turner Sports, Creative Director

10:20 – 10:25 a.m.: Technology Showcase Spotlight
Sports Graphics Forum exhibitors provide a brief overview of what they have rolled out at the show.

10:25 – 10:45 a.m.: Morning Keynote: Inside the Launch of Turner Sports’ Virtual Shot Clock
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After more than a year of development, Turner Sports introduced an on-court virtual shot clock to tip off its 2019-2020 NBA on TNT season. Turner Sports sees the new system as a potential “1st & Ten Line for basketball” and believes putting the shot-clock graphic directly on the court will allow viewers to focus on the ball and the action on the floor, instead of constantly shifting their gaze to the scorebug in the corner of the screen. Hear how Turner Sports worked with Vizrt to develop this groundbreaking new virtual graphic and why the broadcaster believes it’s a genuine game-changer for NBA coverage. 
Featuring: Craig Barry
, Turner Sports, Executive Vice President, Chief Content Officer
Interviewer: Jason Dachman, SVG, Chief Editor and Sports Graphics Program Director

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.: Networking Break

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: Augmenting Your Reality: How AR and Virtual-Analysis Tools Have Come of Age
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As augmented reality becomes a mainstay on live sports broadcasts, producers are looking to elevate these on-screen elements beyond just eye-candy and utilize them to better inform the viewer and tell the story on the field. Get an in-depth look at how augmented reality and virtual-analysis tools are being deployed for game coverage and in the studio by top sports-content creators and technology providers.
Moderator: Kristian Hernandez, SVG, Associate Editor
Patrick Armstrong
, MLB Network/NHL Network, Supervising Producer, Production Technologies
Charlie Collin
, ESPN Creative Services, Senior Manager, Motion Graphics and Production Enhancements
Andrew Isaacson, The Famous Group, Executive Vice President
John Murphy, BBC Sport, Creative Director, Motion
Alexis Salinas​, Univision Deportes, Senior Director, Technical Creative Services

12:15 – 12:30 p.m.: Brainstorm Case Study: From Prototype to Production – Rapid Development in the Broadcast World
Our industry moves incredibly fast, so the need to create and deploy new graphics solutions on short timelines is increasingly valuable. After receiving requests from multiple golf broadcasters to create an AR graphics solution for their regular weekly tournament coverage, SMT turned to Brainstorm to quickly move from proof of concept to production-ready on-air graphics. Leveraging Brainstorm’s real-time content creation tool and decades of experience in data collection and visualization, SMT was able to create a solution that exceeded the client’s expectations in a matter of days – not months or weeks.
John Howell, SMT, Director of Creative Strategy
Ryan McDonald, SMT, Director of Business Development
Brad Rumler, Brainstorm, VP of Sales

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.: Lunch

1:15 – 2:00 p.m.: The Over/Under: Graphics and Data Integration for Sports Betting
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As the wave of legalized sports-betting begins to accelerate to more states, many broadcasters are looking to integrate betting into their live game coverage and launch betting-focused studio shows. Graphics and data integration are sure to play a vital role in the proliferation of in-game wagering and predictive-gaming telecasts in the near future. Hear from broadcasters, betting platforms, graphics vendors, and data providers on how this new frontier could impact your production workflows.
Moderator: Jason Dachman, SVG, Chief Editor and Sports Graphics Program Director
Alon Cohen
, UFC, SVP R&D, 3027 Lead
Nick DiNapoli
, |drive|, Co-Founder and Creative Director
Shawn Oleksiak, NBC Sports Philadelphia, VP and EP of Live Events
Kieren Portley, CBS Sports Digital, VP, Programming and Production
LJ Rader, Sportradar, Product Owner, Advanced Insights

2:00 – 2:20 p.m.: Afternoon Keynote Conversation: Inside Fox Sports’ Super Bowl LIV Effort
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Go inside Fox Sports’ massive, complex efforts to revamp its graphics package and create a one-of-kind telecast for Super LIV earlier this month.
Nick DiNapoli, |drive|, Co-Founder and Creative Director
Zac Fields, Fox Sports, SVP, Graphics Technology and Integration
Gary Hartley, Fox Sports Creative Services, EVP/Creative Director
Interviewed by: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Co-Executive Director, Editorial Services

2:20 – 2:45 p.m.: Networking Break

2:45 – 3:15 p.m.: Broadcast and Digital Collide: What the Rise of OTT Means for Graphics Design
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With more eyeballs shifting from linear TV to streaming outlets, fans expect an equally high-quality viewing experience regardless of the screen on which they are watching. This tectonic shift is having a major impact on the design and integration of graphics for live sports coverage. Hear from digital leaders how they are managing this transition and the challenges that go along with creating graphics that can serve big and small screen alike.
Moderator: Brandon Costa, SVG, Director of Digital

Belca Bedoya-Pedyna, ESPN, Lead Designer, Motion Graphics
Sebastien Lehmann, CBS Interactive, Producer, On-Air Graphics and Branding
Deb McGuffey, Disney Streaming Services, Marketing Design Director

3:15 – 4:00 p.m.: Vendor Perspectives 2020: Where Is Broadcast Graphics Technology Headed?
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This year’s Sports Graphics Forum is bookended by a pair of sessions addressing the state of the industry in 2020. This closing panel features execs from top graphics-technology vendors. Learn how, as the needs of live-sports broadcasters and streaming outlets evolve, these industry leaders are adapting and finding innovative new ways to serve both the client and the fan.
Moderator: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Co-Executive Director, Editorial Services
Paul Babb
, Maxon, Head of Worldwide Marketing
Andy Blondin
, Epic Games, Senior Technical Product Designer – Broadcast
Kevin Bovet, Vizrt, VP, Head of Sports
Olivier Cohen, ChyronHego, VP, Sales Enablement and Business Incubation
Kevin Dresser, Ross Video, Global Business Development Manager, XPression and Ross Virtual Solutions

4:00 – 4:20 p.m.: Closing Keynote: How ESPN Reimagined its Monday Night Football Graphics Package
Join the ESPN Creative team  as they share their strategy used to  create an NFL graphics package that changed the design landscape and highlights the intensity and passion found only in pro football.  Get an inside look at the library of design elements that uniquely showcases NFL players and teams and learn about their innovative build strategy.
Presenter: Michael “Spike” Szykowny
, ESPN Creative Services, Senior Director, Motion Graphics and Production Planning

4:20 – 5:15 p.m.: Networking Reception

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