2022 SVG Sports Graphics Forum

May 24 Full Program

Helen Mills Event Space and Theater, NYC

(All times are in Eastern Time Zone)

9:00 a.m.: Registration Opens

9:20 – 9:35 a.m.: Welcoming Remarks
Presented by:
Andy Blondin
, Epic Games, Product Management Director, Broadcast
Craig Laliberte, Unreal Engine, Senior Business Development Manager
Tim O’Shaughnessy, ESPN, Creative Director; 2022 SVG Graphics Committee Chair

9:35 – 10:15 a.m.: Opening Keynote Presentation: The NHL Is Back on ESPN and TNT
For the first time in more than a decade and a half, the NHL had a new home for the 2021-22 season. Get an inside look at how ESPN and Turner Sports launched brand-new looks for their NHL coverage and how their respective design philosophies differed.
Presenters:
Jocelyne Meinert
, Big Studios, Owner/Director
Tim O’Shaughnessy, ESPN, Creative Director
Lisa Rader, ESPN, Senior Designer
Jordan Shorthouse, Turner Sports, VP/Creative Director

10:15 – 10:55 a.m.: New Workflows in the New Normal: Three Networks, Three Business Strategies
The arrival of the pandemic forced a tectonic shift in the way sports-graphics and creative teams operate. Many of the remote and virtual workflows are here to stay, and production pipelines will never be the same. Hear how three networks have analyzed their business strategies and adapted to new workflows in the new normal.
Moderator: JP LoMonaco, CBS Sports, VP, On-Air Graphics and Design
Panelists:
Mark Garcia, WarnerMedia Studios, Composite Supervisor
Michael “Spike” Szykowny, ESPN Creative Studios, Animation & Graphics Innovation & Production Design
Chung Wu, NBC Sports, Senior Designer

10:55 – 11:45 a.m.: Networking Break/Exhibits Open
Check out the latest broadcast-graphics–technology offerings in the Exhibits Area and meet with speakers and SVG Advisory Committee members, who will make themselves available throughout each networking break.

11:45 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.: Graphics Spotlight: NBC Olympics Dives into Tokyo 2020 Efforts and the Quick Turnaround for Beijing 2022
The NBC Olympics graphics team is no stranger to monumental challenges. However, the pandemic-fraught Tokyo 2020 Games took “challenge” to an entirely new level. NBC Olympics leaders take the stage to go inside their groundbreaking design philosophy for these Games, their production pipeline and how it was impacted by the Summer Olympics’ move to 2021, and how they dealt with the ultra-quick turnaround from Tokyo to Beijing in 2022.
Presenter: David Barton, NBC Sports, Senior Art Director

12:25 – 1:05 p.m.: What’s Next in Sports-Graphics Design?: Three Creative Leaders Take the Stage
For the first time at the Forum, three creative leaders will provide their own perspectives on ‘what’s next’ in the realm of sports graphics. Presenters from different spheres will discuss their competing and complementing priorities, offering a crystal-ball look into the future of sports-graphics design.
Moderator: Tim O’Shaughnessy, ESPN, Creative Director
Panelists:
Komal Bhukhanwala, CBS Sports, Senior Art Director
Chad Hudson, NBC, Senior Art Director
Lucas Nickerson, ESPN, Creative Director

1:05 – 1:55 p.m.: Networking Lunch in Exhibits Area

1:55 – 2:35 p.m.: Graphics Spotlight: Inside the CBS Sports Package Rebrand
CBS Sports’ creative team goes behind the scenes of how they rebranded their entire graphics package, which launched at Super Bowl LV.
Presenters:
Komal Bhukhanwala
, CBS Sports, Senior Art Director
Phil Guthrie, Two Fresh Creative, Creative Director / Owner
JP LoMonaco, CBS Sports, VP, On-Air Graphics and Design

2:35 – 3:05 p.m.: Networking Break in Exhibits Area 

3:05 – 3:45 p.m.: What’s New in AR/VR Graphics?: Unreal, Real-Time, and the Future of Sports Broadcasts
No technology has shaken up the broadcast-graphics business more in recent years than the arrival of real-time augmented reality and next-gen virtual graphics. From Unreal Engine to real-time tracking to fully immersive experiences, creatives have a bevy of new tools at their fingertips, as well as more deliverables than ever. Hear from technology and creative leaders on AR, VR, XR, MR, data visualization, and how sports broadcasts are taking the virtual plunge.
Moderator: Jason Dachman, SVG, Chief Editor
Panelists:
Tehseen (TJ) Akhtar
, Vizrt, VP of Product Management
Komal Bhukhanwala, CBS Sports, Senior Art Director
Laura Herzing, Silver Spoon, Executive Producer
Craig Laliberte, Unreal Engine, Senior Business Development Manager
Alexis Salinas​, Univision Deportes, Senior Director, Technical Creative Services

3:45 – 4:25 p.m.: What’s Next in Sports-Graphics Tech?: An Inside Look From Top Technology Providers
The sports-graphics sector has more-powerful technology and creative tools than ever. However, it’s not easy to keep up with the rapid evolution of graphics-creation and -playout systems. Leading manufacturers and service providers discuss their product offerings, how the products are evolving, and how they see the industry advancing in the years to come.
Moderator: Jason Joly, MSG Networks, Senior Director, Creative Services
Panelists:
Kevin Dresser
, Ross Video, Global Business Development Manager, XPression & Ross Virtual Solutions
Mark Friedman, Chyron, VP, Strategic Accounts
Miguel Yabrudes, disguise, Chief Creative Officer at Polygon Labs

4:25 – 5:15 p.m.: Networking Reception in Exhibits Area
The day concludes with drinks and refreshments in the technology Exhibit Area, along with the opportunity to network with colleagues — old and new —as reels of the top content from the past year play out on screens. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with the day’s speakers and other industry leaders in attendance.

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