2021 SVG Remote Production Workflows Forum

Keynote Speakers

Jared Boshnack, YES Network, Senior Coordinating Producer

Jared Boshnack is the 27-time Emmy Award-winning senior coordinating producer for the YES Network. He joined YES as graphics coordinator on its March 19, 2002 launch date.

The YES Network, the most-watched regional sports network in the country 16 of the last 18 years, is the exclusive regional television home of the 27-time World Champion New York Yankees, the Brooklyn Nets, MLS’ New York City FC, and WNBA’s New York Liberty. The network has won 126 New York Emmy Awards since its 2002 launch.

Over the course of his career at YES, Boshnack has tackled all aspects of production, picking up 26 New York Emmy Awards and two Promax/BDA Awards along the way. In 2002 and again in 2005, he oversaw the creation and launch of Emmy Award-winning graphics packages for YES that helped visually define and brand the network.

Boshnack later produced YES’ innovative Yankees pre-game show, Yankees Batting Practice Today, as well as programs such as Yankees Hot Stove, This Week In Football and programming specials such as press conferences and season previews. He began producing YES’ Yankees pre-game and post-game shows in 2006.

In 2012, Boshnack was named coordinating producer, studio, overseeing all studio programming as well as graphics, research, editors, and features. Boshnack was promoted to coordinating producer in 2017 and senior coordinating producer the next year. He currently oversees all YES production efforts in tandem with John J. Filippelli, YES’ president of production & programming, and plays a lead role in programming development, as well.

Boshnack has also been the YES production department’s point person in working with the company’s digital media team, coordinating production and promotion efforts. This includes YES’ Facebook Live telecasts of its Yankees and Nets pre-game show production meetings which launched in 2016 and which Boshnack originally hosted.

In response to the pandemic shutting down live sports last year, Boshnack headed all of YES’ critically acclaimed programming, including its YES We’re Here and Yankees Summer Camp original series.

Before arriving at YES, Boshnack was production assistant, graphics coordinator, feature producer, and field producer for live events (Wide World of Sports, Indy Racing League, NFL, Figure Skating and College Football) at various times at ABC Sports, where he won one National Emmy Award. Prior to ABC Sports, Boshnack was a broadcast operations assistant at CBS Sports.

Boshnack is a 1998 graduate of Queens College.

Ryan Cole, Activision Blizzard Esports, Senior Technical Manager, Global Broadcast

Ryan Cole oversees the production technology, transmission, and logistics for Activision Blizzard Esports. As senior technical manager, global broadcast at Blizzard Entertainment, Cole primarily focuses on the technological advancements of the Overwatch League, Call of Duty League, and BlizzCon. Prior to joining Blizzard, he spent most of his career with Major League Gaming (MLG) and Electronic Sports League (ESL) managing numerous large-scale esports productions worldwide. During his tenure at MLG and ESL, Cole was responsible for multiple production studio and event environments for major esports clients including Riot Games, Electronic Arts, Activision Blizzard, and Microsoft. In his current role, Cole is focused on scalable, cost-efficient cloud technology products that boost fan experience and engagement. Cole has been committed to driving esports innovation and breaking the boundaries of technology for over 15 years.

Corey Smith, Activision Blizzard Esports, Director, Live Operations, Broadcast Technology Group

Corey Smith has been transforming digital television and broadcast systems since 2011 while working at Microsoft on the Xbox Live team. Since then, he held a director position at Sinclair, broadcasting and managing the digital side of the news publishing operations across the United States. Two years ago, he left Sinclair to join and build the broadcast technology group at Blizzard Entertainment. In Smith’s current role he leads a team building the next generation of cloud encoding and distribution systems for Activision Blizzard Esports with a primary focus on the broadcasting of Overwatch and Call of Duty Leagues globally.

Mike Webb, YES Network, VP, Broadcast Operations and Engineering

Mike Webb, a 19-time Emmy Award-winner who has been with YES since before its March 2002 launch, is the vice president of broadcast operations & engineering at the YES Network. Webb oversees long-range planning, field, and studio operations and engineering at YES.

The most-watched regional sports network in the country for 16 of the last 18 years, YES Network is the exclusive regional television home of the 27-time World Champion New York Yankees, the Brooklyn Nets, New York City FC of Major League Soccer, and New York Liberty of the WNBA. YES, which has earned 126 Emmy Awards since its March 2002 launch, also televises original biography, studio, and magazine programs, in addition to college sports.

Upon joining the YES Network in November, 2001 as manager, broadcast operations, Webb researched and contracted for network origination and studio services, satellite services, mobile unit vendors and post-production facilities. He also hired the network’s engineering and support staff. Webb was promoted to director, studio & production planning in 2005, to senior director, broadcast operations in 2011, and to his current title in 2013.

Webb has played a major role in all of YES’ technical and production innovations over the years, including the design and building of all of the network’s new production and satellite trucks, the building out of YES’ HD production and master control facilities, and the frequent introduction of state-of-the-art cameras, replay machines, and other equipment. He also played a role in the updating of YES’ control rooms, studios, and edit rooms at the network’s Stamford, CT production facilities.

Prior to joining the YES Network, Webb spent 20 years working in various capacities at the ABC Television Network. He had most recently been a production executive for ABC Sports, working on such franchises as Wide World of Sports and College Football Scoreboard Show, as well as the network’s golf and figure skating coverage. He managed production of four U.S. Open Golf Championships, as well as ABC Sports’ Super Bowl XXXVI Pre-Game Show.

Webb’s production credits at ABC Sports include three Super Bowl Pre-Game Shows, two World Series, one MLB National League Championship Series, four New York City Marathons, ABC Monday Night Football, ABC College Football, the Kentucky Derby, and the Indianapolis 500. Webb joined ABC in 1982, working in the finance department.

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