2021 Sports Graphics Forum

Day 1 Program (3/24/21)

Graphics Design, Tools, & Workflows

(All times are in Eastern Time Zone)

1:00 – 1:05 p.m.: Welcoming Remarks

1:05 – 1:30 p.m.: State of the Arts Spotlight: CBS Sports’ Super Bowl LV and Nickelodeon NFL Wild Card Game Graphics
In addition to undertaking its second Super Bowl in three years, the CBS Sports graphics team created a unique experience with the NFL Wild Card Game broadcast on Nickelodeon. As the first-ever NFL telecast produced for kids and family, the Nickelodeon broadcast leveraged augmented reality to put slime cannons in the pylons, googly eyes on players, and SpongeBob SquarePants between the goalposts. The CBS Sports team will also go inside the impressive new look created for Super Bowl LV.
JP LoMonaco, CBS Sports, VP, On-Air Graphics and Design

1:30 – 1:55 p.m.: State of the Arts Spotlight: ESPN’s College Football Graphics Rebuild
Although 2020 was filled with tremendous challenges, nothing deterred ESPN from taking on a massive redesign of its college-football properties. Come learn all about how the ESPN team started with a blank canvas and ended up with a comprehensive design system that accounted for all FBS and FCS games, ESPN College Gameday’s new look, and a full rebrand of the College Football Playoff.
Confirmed Speakers:
Tim O’Shaughnessy, ESPN, Creative Director, College Sports

1:55 – 2:10 p.m.: Vizrt Sports Graphics Case Study

2:10 – 2:35 p.m.: State of the Arts Presentation: NHL 2020 ‘Return To Play’ Live Event Graphics
Undefined Creative played a unique role in helping NHL reboot the 2020 hockey season after the lockdown. The graphics company created more than 1,000 animations that played throughout every game from the Qualifiers to the Finals. The animations provided dynamic, colorful “eye candy” for eight large screens of various dimensions that flanked the arenas in Edmonton and Toronto, enhancing the NHL’s “made-for-television” approach to this unprecedented season.
Confirmed Speakers:
Maria Rapetskaya, Undefined Creative, Founder & Creative Director

2:35 – 3:00 p.m.: State of the Arts Spotlight: Bringing the 2021 NCAA March Madness Package to Life
In anticipation of the 2020 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, CBS Sports and Turner Sports teamed up to revamp the March Madness graphics package. Sadly, after months of development, the 2020 tournament was cancelled due to the pandemic. However, the package has now been resurrected for this year’s NCAA Tournament and brings an innovative new look to one of the most highly-anticipated events on the annual sports calendar.
Komal Bhukhanwala
, CBS Sports, Art Director

3:00 – 3:45 p.m.: Broadcast Graphics Tech Focus: Tips, Tools, and Techniques
The sports-graphics world has more-powerful technology and creative tools at their fingertips than ever before. However, it’s not easy to keep up with the rapid evolution of graphics creation and playout systems. Leading manufacturers discuss their product offerings, how they are evolving, the growing role of gaming engines and other next-gen technologies, and how they see the industry advancing in the years to come.
Confirmed Speakers:
Terry Daily
, Ross Video, Senior Designer and Rocket Surgery Virtual Productions Specialist
Joe Finlayson, Epic Games, Technical Account Manager

3:45 – 4:15 p.m.: Live Speaker Q&A and Networking Zoom Room

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