2020 SVG Sports Content Management Virtual Series

Keynotes

Tab Butler, MLB Network, Senior Director, Media Management and Post Production

Tab Butler joined MLB Network in June of 2008 as part of the Engineering and IT Department, chartered with the facility build-out and the January 1, 2009 MLB Network launch. Currently, Butler manages the Media Management team, software development, and post production engineering and operations for the MLB Network. He oversaw the migration of the NHL Network to the MLB Network broadcast facility in 2015, utilizing the MLB Network production core infrastructure, which utilizes the latest IT technologies.

Butler has a unique background in problem solving and convergence within the broadcast media space, with over 26 years of experience in network TV broadcast operations, and 11 years of sales and marketing management with IT and broadcast manufacturers. He specialized in sales to broadcast networks, station groups, government, and global 2000 clients. Butler spent 18 years at the NBC Network. He worked for NBC News, NBC Sports, and NBC Operations and Technical Services. Butler received two Emmy Awards while at NBC, and seven Emmy Awards and one Edison Award while at MLB Network. In June of 2012, the DIAMOND System, which is an in-house developed enterprise wide media asset management system, led by Butler, was nominated for a Sports Technology Emmy.

While in manufacturing, Butler has worked in various capacities for Tektronix (Grass Valley), EMC, VideoBank, SeaChange International, and IBRIX.

Grant Nodine, NHL, SVP, Technology

Grant Nodine started his career working as a systems librarian at Editel. He moved on to working as a web developer on sites like Rodale Press’s MensHealth.com. He later co-founded a web development firm called Mercury Seven where he worked as the firm’s chief technologist. Nineteen-plus years ago, Nodine arrived at the NHL where he has been involved in building a technology infrastructure that supports NHL.com and all 30 of the team’s websites, numerous systems to produce and deliver streaming media, and many other large technology implementations.

Ian Owen, University of Notre Dame, Digital Media Asset Program Manager

Upon moving to the University of Notre Dame in 2018, Ian Owen was tasked with spreading the incumbent CatDV service beyond its athletics roots to every corner of campus. With that bold mission to bring all University assets under one roof, he now oversees 12 distinct customers from the varying worlds of sports, academics, culture, and faith. Owen takes clients from hoarding hard drives under their desks to an organized, automated, disaster-proof asset management workflow. Prior to joining the Irish in South Bend, Owen spent 8 years working in the NBA as a media archivist.

Michael Raimondo, PGA TOUR Entertainment, Senior Director, Media Asset Management and Broadcast Innovation

Michael Raimondo is the senior director of media asset management and broadcast innovation for PGA TOUR Entertainment. Raimondo oversees the PGA TOUR’s media asset management system including the day-to-day operations of the ingest operators, loggers, and library personnel, as well as the media-fulfillment division.

Raimondo has over 20 years of experience in the broadcast industry. Prior to joining PGA TOUR Entertainment, he worked in New York City at MTI – The Image Group (now NEP Studios) as a systems engineer wiring and building studios and edit suites. The company went from one studio in NYC in 1993 to seven studios by 1998. Following MTI, Raimondo was a staff engineer for rental companies (Bexel, Charter, and Duke City Video) working events for various television networks including ESPN, ABC, CBS, Channel 9 Australia, and Discovery Channel.

Scott Rinehart, University of Notre Dame, Director, Broadcast Technology

Scott Rinehart is the director of broadcast technology for the University of Notre Dame, responsible for providing technical direction and oversight of Notre Dame Studios’ production infrastructure.

Prior to Notre Dame, Rinehart worked in a variety of roles at NASCAR Media Group and PGA Tour Productions.

In 2013, Notre Dame won the inaugural SVG/NACDA Technology Leadership Award.

A native of Jacksonville, FL, Rinehart is a 1984 graduate of the University of Alabama, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications. While in school, he served as a student trainer under legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant.

Brad Zager, Fox Sports, Executive Producer, EVP/Head of Production and Operations

Brad Zager was named executive producer, EVP/head of production and operations for Fox Sports in February, 2019. In this newly created role, Zager oversees all live event production, pre- and post-game shows, all operations, and creative services. As executive producer, he is responsible for the look, sound, and editorial content for game broadcasts. Zager reports to Mark Silverman, the president of national networks.

Zager has distinguished himself as a leader in the sports television industry during his Fox Sports career, most recently leading operations across all productions airing on Fox Sports, FS1, and FS2. Over his 23-year career, Zager has served in leadership roles at Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket producing Los Angeles Dodgers baseball, as well as most notably overseeing the successful launch of Fox Sports in Japan.

Dubbed the “Doogie Howser” of sports production by the Los Angeles Daily News, Zager became lead producer of Fox Sports West’s Dodgers coverage at the age of 26. In addition, Zager was the lead producer for live game production of national football games for the then-Pac 10 conference.

Zager began his professional career in 1996 as an intern at Fox Sports West where he quickly rose through the ranks serving as both associate producer and associate director during his tenure there. His vast sports expertise also includes producing for Major League Baseball, Premier Boxing Champions, College Football, College Basketball, and Formula 1 Racing.

A native of West Bloomfield, Michigan, Zager currently resides in Los Angeles.