Bob Bolson, Imagine Communications, Director of Solutions Architecture for Playout & Networking
Bob Bolson is director of solutions architecture for playout & networking at Imagine Communications. He has worked in broadcast for more than 20 years. Bolson has worked on projects for stadiums and professional sports leagues, as well as regional and national sports networks.
A lifelong Midwesterner, Bolson grew up in southeastern Wisconsin, attended college outside of Chicago, and now resides outside of Milwaukee in Wisconsin.
Jared Boshnack, YES Network, VP, Production
Jared Boshnack is the 28-time Emmy Award-winning vice president of production for the YES Network. He oversees all of YES’ production efforts in coordination with the network’s president of production & programming John J. Filippelli, and plays a lead role in programming development, as well. Boshnack joined YES as graphics coordinator on its March 19, 2002 launch date.
The YES Network, the most-watched regional sports network in the country 17 of the last 19 years, is the exclusive regional television home of the 27-time World Champion New York Yankees, the Brooklyn Nets, 2021 MLS Cup Champions New York City FC, and WNBA’s New York Liberty. The network has won 134 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 27 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 the Emmy Award-winning graphics packages for YES that helped visually define and brand the network.
Boshnack later produced YES’ innovative Yankees pre- and post-game shows, Yankees Batting Practice Today, Yankees Hot Stove, The Joe Girardi Show, This Week In Football, and programming specials such as press conferences and season previews.
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 to senior coordinating producer the next year. He was promoted to his current title in January 2022.
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’s 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 a 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.
He is a 1998 graduate of Queens College.
Mike Burk, LTN Global, General Manager, Event Production and Transmission Unit
Mike Burk brings over 20 years of experience in the professional broadcast industry into leading LTN’s production business. Prior to joining LTN in 2020, Burk founded and served as the president of DTAGS. His expertise includes the development of complex production and transmission solutions for the highest-profile events in the world.
Bob Carzoli, ProCrewz, Chairman of the Board and CEO
For over two full decades, Robert Carzoli has overseen the astronomical growth of Program Productions, XLT Management Services, and ProCrewz. Today, these entities make up the industry’s largest labor management group.
A consecutive thirteen year run on Inc. Magazine’s “500/5000 List of the Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies” put Program Productions in rarified air as only 12 other companies in the history of the list have had similar track records. In 2022, when XLT Management Services becomes eligible for the list, it’s certain that it will begin a run of its own. This a testament to the outstanding customer service, technology platforms, and employer-of-choice status that these companies have enjoyed under Carzoli’s leadership.
Carzoli brings over 30 years of diverse labor management experience to his companies and their customers. His expertise in managing union relationships, developing employer-side liability and risk-management platforms, and extensive knowledge of navigating complex federal and state labor laws has helped his organizations become unique in the history of sports broadcasting. Under his leadership, the companies reach across North America and are actively building an international platform that will service Europe and Asia.
Carzoli’s foresight and understanding of the industry led him to develop and launch the ProCrewz technology platform. By combining a cutting-edge, client-facing technology with the industry’s premier employee-based mobile application, ProCrewz has rewritten how events are managed in an ever-changing production environment. Now, over 10,000 field technicians and their supervisors rely on ProCrewz to deliver real-time information and capture on-location data every day.
Carzoli continuously seeks out and retains the best and brightest personnel in the industry. The companies’ management, accounting, crewing, client support, and legal units are universally acknowledged for their excellence, dedication to client satisfaction, and the passion they bring to their jobs.
Carzoli is active in a number of national and local charities including the Sports Broadcasting Fund, Merging Vets and Players, and most recently, has worked with industry Hall-of-Famers Geoffery Mason and Jerry Steinberg to lead the efforts of the Sports Video Group’s Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation initiative to ensure that broadcast technicians and their families have access to today’s most-trusted addiction and mental health care resources.
Today, Carzolii and his wife split their time between their homes in Scottsdale, AZ and the Chicagoland area.
Brandon Costa, SVG, Director of Digital
Brandon Costa covers the sports video production industry with a focus on live streaming, over-the-top (OTT), social media, and other digital distribution technologies and platforms. He also directs SVG’s internal digital strategies launching the company’s video outfit, ‘SVG On Demand,’ designing and overseeing its mobile application, ‘SVG Mobile,’ and serving as executive producer and host of The SVG Podcast. Costa serves as program director of networking events serving the SVG College and SVG Digital communities. Prior to his time at SVG, Costa spent five years producing digital content for MLB Advanced Media.
Danielle Cranin, NBC Sports, Director of Content Integration & Partnerships, Betting & Gaming
Danielle Cranin is the director of content integration & partnerships at NBC Sports Group. Currently, she manages the network’s day-to-day relationship with PointsBet, its exclusive sportsbook partner. During the partnership, Cranin has led the efforts to grow the value of betting content integrations within marquee NBC Sports properties at the national and local levels. Recently, she oversaw the development and implementation of the first sportsbook integrations within Super Bowl pregame coverage and dual NBA BetCast telecasts. Cranin attended Quinnipiac University and has previously worked at ESPN and the United States Tennis Association. She resides in Connecticut.
Jason Dachman, SVG, Chief Editor; 2022 RSN Summit Program Director
Jason Dachman oversees all aspects of SVG’s North American editorial operations, including the thrice-weekly SVG Insider newsletter and SVG’s annual print publications. A member of the SVG team since 2009, Dachman also serves as program director for SVG’s RSN Summit, Sports Content Management Forum, Sports Graphics Forum, and TranSPORT event. Prior to joining SVG, he spent three years covering local sports for The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, MA, and two years on the production staff of SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s The Ron & Fez Show. Dachman began his career in the Sports Information Department at Northeastern University in Boston, where he also earned a B.A. in media communications and cinema studies.
Amy DesLauriers, Midco Sports, Senior Associate Product Manager - Sports/Advertising
As an associate product manager at Midco, Amy DesLauriers keeps a pulse on sports and advertising trends to find ways for their teams to be increasingly innovative and competitive. DesLauriers believes in life-long learning and that the best way to learn is to jump in and start doing it. Prior to Midco, she worked as a director of media strategy at a regional advertising agency. She has 13 years’ experience in business marketing and advertising. DesLauriers holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of South Dakota and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Minnesota State University-Mankato.
Kenny Elcock, NESN, VP of Engineering
Kenny Elcock is VP of engineering at the nation’s top regional sports network, New England Sports Network (NESN). He is responsible for designing and integrating network systems, as well as delivering quality programming and an enhanced game-time experience for viewers and fans of the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins.
A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Elcock grew up in the Virgin Islands. After graduating from Purdue University with a degree in electrical engineering technology, he spent two decades as director of engineering and operations at major broadcast affiliates in the Atlanta, Indianapolis, Honolulu, and Boston markets. With advanced professional certifications in broadcast, television, and motion picture engineering, Elcock is at the forefront of designing next-gen production workflows and systems.
Outside the world of broadcast technology, Elcock is happiest spending time with his wife and their adult children. He is also passionate about inspiring and mentoring the next generation of young engineers of color in technology and life.
Jeff Filippi, MSG Networks, SVP of Programming & Production, Executive Producer
At MSG Networks, Jeff Filippi oversees more than 300 live telecasts each year for six professional teams: the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Red Bulls, and the Westchester Knicks. He also oversees pre- and post-game coverage, MSG Networks’ live studio shows, and manages over 30 on-air talent, in addition to all production personnel. Filippi joined MSG Networks in 2005.
Prior to joining MSG Networks, Filippi held roles at every major network including ABC, NBC, CBS, and ESPN. He produced seven US Open Tennis Championships for USA Network and worked as a producer on four Winter Olympic Games. He was also an original hire at Classic Sports Network where he served as vice president and executive producer through the network’s sale to ESPN.
Filippi has won two national and seventeen New York area Emmy Awards.
A longtime New York sports fan, Filippi was born in Manhattan, raised in Queens, and currently resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Devon Fox, NBC Sports Bay Area & California, Senior Director of Live Events & Special Projects
Devon Fox serves as the senior director of live events and special projects for the NBC Sports Regional Networks serving Northern California – NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California. In this role, she oversees all areas of production for more than 600 games annually, including live coverage of the MLB’s San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics, NBA’s Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings, and the NHL’s San Jose Sharks.
Overall, Fox has spent 22 years in various production and operations positions for NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California. Previously, she served as senior director of newsroom operations for seven years, managing operations, finance, and talent for the networks’ studio programming, including pregame shows, postgame shows, and news programming. From 2000 to 2012, Fox was coordinating producer for live events.
A native of Sacramento, Fox is a graduate of the University of California, Berkely.
Talaya Gaines, MSG Networks, VP, Content Strategy and Original Programming
In her role as VP of content strategy and original programming, Talaya Gaines leads a team designed to drive the overarching content strategy of MSG Networks, with a focus on developing programming targeted at the growing sports betting audience. In addition to sports betting content, she also oversees originally produced, branded, licensed, and acquired content for the network.
This past year, Gaines spearheaded the launch of three new sports betting shows – The Bettor Half Hour, The Betting Exchange, and Odds with Ends – strategically positioning MSG Networks as one of the premium destinations for sports betting content.
Prior to joining MSG Networks, Gaines spent 14 years at ESPN, where she most recently served as managing producer on ESPN+, overseeing a dozen studio shows and original series including Stephen A.’s World, Detail (helmed by the late Kobe Bryant), and More Than An Athlete S2. She also had production stints on a variety of popular ESPN programs including Get Up, SportsCenter, First Take, NBA Countdown, His & Hers, SC6, and Outside The Lines, as well as on the network’s coverage of various remote events including the ESPYs, the NBA Finals, and select college football bowl games.
Gaines has received four Emmy nominations throughout her career, most recently for her work on The Undefeated Special, The Stop: Living, and Driving and Dying While Black – which she also won Gold for at the 2021 New York TV/Film Festival. A proven leader, she was also selected to serve as a board member for ESPN’s Employee Resource Group, P.U.L.S.E. (People United to Lead, Serve and Excel), and content chair for the Inclusive Content Committee. Gaines holds a Bachelor of Science in business, marketing management from Siena College and played Division-I Women’s Basketball for the Saints.
Nick Garvin, Mobile TV Group, COO
Nick Garvin is the chief operating officer for Mobile TV Group (MTVG). This includes all strategic partnerships, management of all day-to-day operations for its mobile unit fleet covering over 4,000 live events annually, and its audio/video manufacturing facility called Colorado Studios. MTVG has led live 4K HDR productions in the U.S. covering the PGA Tour, NBA, NHL, UFC, college football, entertainment, and corporate events for many of the top Fortune 500 companies.
Garvin is also the founder of Stackup, an education technology company that uses artificial intelligence to deliver metrics on students reading and learning on the web to K-12 school districts around the United States. Stackup is among few certified Google partners, and his work on this technology put him into the Forbes 30 under 30 class of 2018.
Garvin holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the Eller College of Management, along with an executive education from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Kristian Hernández, SVG, Associate Editor and Social Media Manager
Kristian Hernández handles day-to-day construction of the SVG Insider newsletter, oversees all social media content distribution, and covers various sports technology topics for Sports Video Group. In addition, he is the program director for the annual SVG Venue Summit and the Teams Summit.
Before joining SVG, Hernández served as co-founder of CHC-TV, the first student-run television studio at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA. While at CHC, Hernández produced a daily sports show named “On the Hill with Hernández” — covering all men’s and women’s athletics for the college. Also, Hernández spearheaded the college’s newspaper, “The Griffin”, as its sports editor. Hernández graduated with a B.A. in communications. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he currently lives in Queens, NY.
Doug Johnson, AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh, VP and Executive Producer
Doug Johnson has worked in sports television production for 29 years including the last eight as the executive producer at AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh.
A 27-time Emmy award winner, Johnson has produced or directed over 2,000 live pro events. He served as the coordinating producer for Fox Sports Ohio. He also was the event producer for Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians baseball telecasts, in addition to directing Cleveland Cavaliers basketball. Johnson started his professional career in production at ABC Sports in New York where he worked events such as Monday Night Football including Super Bowl XXV; the PGA Tour including the U.S Open, British Open, and PGA Championship; and college football and basketball games.
Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Co-Executive Director, Editorial
Ken Kerschbaumer is co-executive director of editorial services for the Sports Video Group and SVG Europe. He was a co-founder of SVG along with Paul Gallo and Marty Porter in 2005 and has been writing about how sports networks and leagues use video and audio technology to deliver a quality TV experience since 1991. Kerschbaumer began his career in 1991 at Television Broadcast magazine before joining Cahners where he was founding editor of Digital Broadcasting magazine. In 2000, he joined Broadcasting & Cable magazine as senior editor of technology where he covered all aspects of broadcasting, cable, and internet content creation and distribution.
Mike McCarthy, Marquee Sports Network, General Manager
Mike McCarthy was named the general manager for Marquee Sports Network in May of 2019, guiding the network to its launch in February of 2020. Prior to officially being named general manager, he served as a consultant in the evaluation and formation of the launch strategy for the new Cubs-centric network.
McCarthy previously served as president of MSG Network where he was responsible for revenue and content across all platforms, winning over 75 Emmy Awards and helping launch the careers of nationally known broadcasters, such as Mike Breen, Gus Johnson, and Doris Burke. He was with MSG Network for 23 years before he joined SCP Worldwide as vice chairman and CEO of the St. Louis Blues. McCarthy served as executive vice president of media, new business, and events at TLA Worldwide before heading to Wisconsin to take over as COO of the Milwaukee Bucks.
He received his Bachelor of Arts in communication arts from Marist College and completed Duke University’s Executive Training Program through the Fuqua School of Business.
Larry Meyers, Pac-12 Networks, EVP, Content
Larry Meyers joined Pac-12 Networks in San Francisco as EVP, content in March, 2018 after serving as VP, content and executive producer for Spectrum (formerly Time Warner Cable) Regional Networks in Southern California. At Pac-12 he is responsible for the 850 live events delivered via MVPD and authenticated TV Everywhere platforms, plus hundreds more of university-created streamed events available on the Pac-12 Plus platform. Meyers is also responsible for the newly combined “Editorial” Team at Pac-12; a content creation group joining previously separated groups such as Studio, Digital, Original Content and Post-Production into a unified short-form (digital) and long-form (live studio and original content) organization. While at Spectrum SportsNet, the networks garnered 26 team and individual LA area Emmy awards in their first four years from launch. Meyers also received Emmys for his work at the RSN in San Francisco and a national Emmy for his work covering the 1988 Seoul Olympics for NBC.
Previously, Meyers spent nine years at the Tennis Channel as the SVP of production and executive producer. In that role, he was responsible for the channel’s original programming, as well as national and international live events. Prior to that, Meyers spent seven years at Fox, working in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. He began his career in sports television in the 1980s working in TV trucks producing and directing regional and national live sports event programming. Over the years, Meyers transitioned to a production executive.
Meyers is originally from Oakland, CA and graduated from UCLA. He served as the executive program director of SVG’s 2017 RSN Summit.
Patrick Murphy, Sportradar, Director of Broadcast Sales
Patrick Murphy has led Sportradar’s relationships with broadcasters for the past 2.5 years. His background prior to Sportradar was in production trucks, sports data, and betting.
James Piccirillo, Game Creek Video, Broadcast Network Systems Manager
James Piccirillo is the broadcast network systems manager at Game Creek Video, where he oversees GCV Anywhere. Since its launch during COVID in 2020, GCV Anywhere has facilitated hundreds of remote broadcasts across 15 control rooms and greater than 20 mobile units. Piccirillo started his career at Game Creek in 2015 and has served as engineer in charge on both baseband and IP mobile units for events like NASCAR in HDR, The PGA Championship, and NFL on Nickelodeon.
AJ Ponsiglione, Spectrum SportsNet and SportsNet LA, Senior Coordinating Producer, Studio and Live Events
As senior coordinating producer, A.J. Ponsiglione oversees all studio programming and live events for Spectrum SportsNet and Spectrum SportsNet LA. SportsNet LA serves as the television home of the Los Angeles Dodgers, while SportsNet is the broadcast partner of the Los Angeles Lakers, LA Galaxy, LA Sparks, and serves as the official TV home of the CIF High School State Championships. Prior to his current role, Ponsiglione served as coordinating producer for studio programming, helping launch SportsNet in 2012, and later oversaw the launch of SportsNet LA in 2014. His sports production experience also includes nearly four years as coordinating producer at ESPN where he helped launch and oversee the Los Angeles based edition of SportsCenter. Ponsiglione started his career as a sports producer in 1997 at KCBS/KCAL in Los Angeles.
Mike Santini, Marquee Sports Network, SVP, Programming and Production
Mike Santini is the senior vice president of programming and production for Marquee Sports Network, overseeing all of the network’s award-winning live programming, studio shows, original content, on-air talent, and production staff. He joined Marquee in November of 2019 prior to the network’s launch in February of 2020. Prior to Marquee, he most recently served as vice president of production at MLB Network, where he was responsible for managing the production department and overseeing hit shows such as MLB Tonight and MLB Central, among others. He previously spent 20 years in various production roles at MSG Networks.
Michael Schneider, Bally Sports, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager
Michael Schneider has operational oversight over the Bally Sports+ participatory DTC sports platform, anchored by Bally Sports’ live event programming, while providing fans a year-round opportunity to engage with content and communities they are most passionate about. Prior to joining Bally Sports, Schneider was the VP of Brand and Content Marketing at Hulu, where he led the teams driving Hulu’s marketing efforts across the SVOD and Live TV businesses. Schneider also oversaw brand marketing and strategy, audience development, live and licensed content marketing, social media, sports marketing and the day-to-day performance of Hulu + Live TV. Under Schneider’s leadership, Hulu launched and grew Hulu + Live TV into the leading U.S. live streamer.
Josh Stoner, Canon, Senior Specialist, Product Management Team, Broadcast and Cinema Lenses
Josh Stoner is a senior specialist for Canon’s Product Management Team focused on broadcast and cinema lenses. For a majority of his career at Canon, Stoner has served as a repair engineer and field support for customers on the front line of productions, and often the sidelines of major sporting events. He has served as the face of Canon for most broadcast customers and done his utmost to ensure no customer ever misses a shot. Stoner’s intimate knowledge of customer needs, equipment operation and Canon technology now help drive product development and lifecycle management as part of Canon’s headquarters, Product Management Team. Stoner continues to serve Canon customers by driving implementation of the technology and solutions that modern productions and live streams require as he continues to ensure Canon customers never miss a shot.
Scott West, Program Productions, CEO
Scott West has been involved in the industry for nearly 26 years, providing both technical facilities and labor management services to the broadcast television industry. He was named president and chief operating officer of Program Productions in 2019 and is currently responsible for oversight and management of business operations for Program Productions, its sister company XLT Management Services, a payroll and human resources management firm, and Event Software Partners, which develops and manages the proprietary ProCrewz labor management software and mobile application platform.
Prior to his work with Program Productions, West served on the facilities side of the business as vice president of engineering operations for NEP Group where he provided senior level direction for television facility maintenance engineering, six national field shops, the fiber-optic department, the operations and travel departments, and 1st-tier technical support. West also served as president and general manager of Corplex. At Corplex, he helped build a small, local mobile production truck company into a national player that provided HD facilities to some of the sports industry’s highest profile events prior to its acquisition by NEP Group.
Scott Young, Transmit, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer
Scott Young is the co-founder and chief product officer of Transmit. He has been active in video technology for over a decade with a proven track record of product innovation and early stage startup growth. Prior to founding Transmit.Live, Young built revenue and product operations for SET media, which was acquired by Conversant/ Epsilon in 2014. Prior to that, he led video solutions at Alloy, and video ad platform YuMe prior to a 2013 IPO, and was a key growth driver for CBS Interactive as they launched streaming on demand.
Howard Zalkowitz, NESN, Executive Producer
Howard Zalkowitz currently heads programming and production for NESN as the executive producer. Under Zalkowitz’ guidance, NESN launched weekday sports betting programming including a digital lunchtime show on NESNbets.com and a 5:30 p.m. show on NESN. He has served as executive producer of several New England Emmy winning specials, including Travis Roy: A Life & A Legacy, David Ortiz Unstoppable, Chara at 1000, and Bergeron at 1000, as well as the 2022 documentary Bell Biv DeVoe at Fenway. In 2022, NESN conjoined with Game Creek Video and Program Productions to produce home 4K HDR Red Sox games. Since joining NESN in 2013 as senior coordinating producer/director of production, Zalkowitz has overseen remote, studio, and original production for NESN’s coverage of the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins. During the pandemic, Zalkowitz has been a member of the NESN Safety Team, the NHL Broadcasting Committee, and MLB Restart Committee.
From 1995-2012, Zalkowitz was a producer and executive at Turner Sports. As the vice president of production from 2008-2012, he ran content and cross-departmental integration for the NBA on TNT and MLB on TBS. In 2011, Zalkowitz was a core member of the Turner-CBS NCAA Tournament launch team. In 2007-2008, he was an integral part of Turner Sports assuming management of NBA Digital. During his tenure, Zalkowitz created and led cross-platform content initiatives TNT NBA Fundamentals, TNT NBA All-Decade, NBA Planet, and All-Star Horse.
A 16-time Emmy Award winner, Zalkowitz is a member of Broadcasting & Cable’s 2008 class of Next Wave of Industry Leaders. He is a 1990 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. Zalkowitz began his career at CBS Sports as an Olympic researcher for the 1992 Albertville and 1994 Lillehammer Olympic Winter Games. He and his Brazilian-born wife are proud parents of two Tween bilingual daughters.