2021 Sports Graphics Forum

Speakers

Charlie Collin, ESPN Creative Services, Senior Manager, Motion Graphics and Production Enhancements

Charlie Collin is the senior manager of the Production Enhancements team within ESPN Motion Graphics and Production Planning. His responsibilities include product development, implementing new graphics technologies within the live production environment, and providing sustainable solutions that enhance the storytelling experience. In other words, he finds ways to leverage the skills and expertise of the many outstanding designers, animators, and engineers at ESPN who are involved with real-time graphics systems.

From the early days of virtual studio production in New York to being at ESPN for the past 10 years working on AR, virtual, mixed reality, and interactive graphics projects, Collin is passionate about and grateful to be involved in the ever-changing landscape of opportunities that persist for real-time graphics executions. With a BFA from SCAD in computer animation, he combines a design background with technical expertise from the school of hard knocks.

Warren Drones, Epic Games, Senior Product Specialist

Warren Drones is an Emmy award-winning artist that has been crafting virtual worlds for nearly a decade. He currently works at Epic Games as a senior product specialist focusing on Unreal Engine features for broadcast. Prior to joining Epic Games, Warren worked at The Weather Channel helping to launch their AR mixed reality content with real-time virtual production and shorts. At TRICK 3D, Warren was the lead technical artist for the first-ever VR wish created for a wish kid for Make-A-Wish Georgia. Drones also helped generate works of interactive content at TRICK 3D for clients such as Delta Air Lines, AT&T, Holiday Inn, and others in the form of marketing material, websites, apps, and games. He currently splits his time living in both Atlanta and Cary, North Carolina near Epic Games’ Headquarters.

JP LoMonaco, CBS Sports, VP, On-Air Graphics and Design

As VP of on-air graphics and design, JP LoMonaco oversees all of the design, production, and execution of graphics for the largest sporting events on CBS Sports Broadcast and CBS Sports Network – including the NFL, College Football, the Masters, the PGA Championship, and the March Madness Tournament.

With over 25 years of motion graphics leadership and graphics production under his belt, the Parsons School of Design graduate has accumulated a skill set that puts him at ease either animating or designing at a workstation or delivering concepts, pitching, and planning his team’s next big project in a board room. An Emmy Award winning art director, LoMonaco has lead creative teams for the likes of UPN, Fox, and CBS over the past two decades. He has also directed and mentored many great designers in that time.

As an ever-curious student of the industry, LoMonaco brings passion and excitement to every project, big or small. He always tries to stay on the forefront of what is possible while pushing himself and his team forward.

Maria Rapetskaya, Undefined Creative, Founder and Creative Director

Maria Rapetskaya is the founder of Undefined Creative, a Brooklyn-based creative production company, specializing in motion graphics. She has built the company’s reputation with clients like A+E Networks, NHL, NBC Universal, and the United Nations on good old-fashioned customer service and consistent execution on brand, on time, and on budget. Despite Rapetskaya’s creative director title, she stubbornly remains a hands-on creative in both design and production, doing what she truly loves on a daily basis.

Rapetskaya is dedicated to professional volunteering and mentoring, especially helping young women develop careers that holistically reflect their goals. She teaches, writes, and speaks as often as she can, appearing in Adobe’s 99U, HOW Design, Business Rockstars, Fast Company, and many others.

A near-native New Yorker, Rapetskaya lives in Brooklyn, but escapes often –with 60+ countries under her belt and counting.

Tim O’Shaughnessy, ESPN, Creative Director, College Sports

Timothy O’Shaughnessy is the creative director of college sports at ESPN and has crafted the creative behind many ESPN properties. He is primarily responsible for guiding teams of creatives through large-scale animation and insert design projects. His primary interests rest in finding ways to reinvent the traditional permutations of sports television.

In his 14 years at ESPN, O’Shaughnessy has garnered numerous Emmy nominations and several Promax BDA awards. Noteworthy projects include college football on ESPN/ABC, college basketball on ESPN, NBA on ESPN/ABC, World Cup 2010 and 2014, Euro 2012 and 2016, Outside the LinesOlbermann, and Mike & Mike 2016. He is also rebranding/repackaging the SEC network and starting up the aesthetic of the ACC network.

Before coming to ESPN, O’Shaughnessy worked at Ghostmilk Studios in Toronto, where he designed show title sequences. He received a B.S. in psychology from Binghamton University and an M.F.A. in design from The Rochester Institute of Technology.

Alexis Salinas​, Univision Deportes, Senior Director, Technical Creative Services

Alexis Salinas serves as senior director of technical creative services for Univision, the leading media company serving Hispanic America.

Salinas is responsible for developing, producing, and deploying real-time graphics and graphic content for TUDN, Univision’s leading sports media brand. His additional responsibilities include overseeing all graphics functional groups and processes with the ultimate aim of bolstering the TUDN brand on-air and enhancing the production’s ability to tell compelling stories and engage with viewers. Salinas is also charged with creating the bridge between the production, production operations, and engineering teams for the sports graphics pipeline operation, as well as project manager for technology projects.

During his tenure at Univision, Salinas has served as manager of graphics management technology, technical manager, VizRT programmer, and senior 3D animator. Prior to joining Univision in 1996, he worked as a CGI director at EDEFX Group, where he was accountable for the operations, graphics systems, and network management and administration for the computer graphics department. He also worked as a 3D animator at Canal Uno Producciones in his native Venezuela.

Salinas earned a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Universidad Simón Bolívar in Venezuela. He has also been a certified project management professional since 2012.

Michael “Spike” Szykowny, ESPN Creative Services, Senior Director, Motion Graphics and Production Planning

Michael Szykowny (better known as “Spike”) has been at ESPN for 23 years and is an eight-time Emmy Award-winning senior director of motion graphics and production planning. He leads a group of over 160 designers, animators, and Vizrt artists that create and play out graphics for the family of ESPN networks.

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