2020 SVG Esports Production Summit

Day 2 Program – November 18


(All times are in Eastern Time Zone)

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.: Opening Keynote: More information coming soon

2:30 – 3:15 p.m.: The Observers: Behind the Scenes With the In-Game Storytellers
No portion of the esports-production chain is more integral to telling the story than the observer team. As the virtual in-game camera operators, observers are responsible for constructing a coherent narrative out of the ballistic, expansive action taking place within the game. Hear from some of the industry’s top observers explain their production workflows, storytelling techniques, and how the tools they are using continue to evolve.
Moderator: Jason Baker, Do Not Peek Entertainment, Co-Founder and Managing Director
Confirmed Panelists:
Maikol Brito, Overwatch League, Lead Observer
Heather “Sapphire” Garozzo, CS:GO / VALORANT Observer and Dignitas, VP of Talent
DJ “Prius” Kuntz, CS:GO / VALORANT Observer
Emil “Ansvar” Nachtweij, Freelance, In-Game Director and Observer

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.: Case Study: More information coming soon  

3:30 – 4:00 p.m.: The Influencers: Inside the Digital-Content–Production Ecosystem of Streamers
The gaming and esports communities have always been about much more than live competition. Social-media influencers and streamers are creating a non-stop source of live and VOD content to serve content-hungry gamers and esports connoisseurs. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the technology and workflows used to support this ecosystem and why it is becoming more and more critical to game publishers, media companies, and esports leagues.
Confirmed Panelists:
Chelsea Delbridge, Activision Blizzard Esports, Senior Manager of Digital Content
Gabe Feldman, Viral Nation, Senior Business Development Lead
Viranda Tantula, VENN, VP and Executive Creative Director

4:00 – 4:15 p.m.: Spotlight Q&A: Esports Broadcast Pioneer & VENN Co-Founder Ariel Horn
Few individuals have left a more indelible mark on the way viewers watch esports broadcasts than Ariel Horn, taking esports from niche convention halls to packed stadiums with global viewership in billions of hours. He helped pioneer the way esports broadcasts are produced while overseeing production of BlizzCon for Blizzard Entertainment and Riot Games’ League of Legends esports operation, which he helped transform from a fledgling outfit into a global ecosystem with more than a dozen competitive regions around the world. Now, Horn has teamed up with Ben Kusin to launch VENN – a new network aimed at gaming, esports and entertainment audiences. In this fireside chat, Horn will recount war stories from his years on the front lines and provide a look at what VENN means for the future of the industry.
Speaker: Ariel Horn
, VENN, Co-Founder and Co-CEO

4:15 – 5:00 p.m.: The Future: What Onsite Productions Could Look Like When They Return
While the majority of live, in-venue esports events are on hold due to the pandemic, the live-production industry is already looking toward what these shows might look like when they return. Although no one has a crystal ball, production pros from esports organizers, venues, and broadcasters peek into the future for what we can expect from live-esports events.
Moderator: Jeff Jacobs, VENN, EVP and General Manager
Confirmed Panelists:
Robert Brambila
, Panasonic, Sales Engineer, Broadcast/Cinema/Professional Video Systems
Corey Dunn, Esports Stadium Arlington, Chief Creative Officer
Simon Eicher, ESL Gaming, Executive Producer, Special Events and Senior Global Manager, Procurement
Pete Emminger, Activision Blizzard Esports, VP, Global Broadcast
Andrew Lane, FACEIT, Director of Broadcast

5:00 – 5:30 p.m.: Live Speaker Q&A and Networking Zoom Room

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