2022 SVG TranSPORT

Full Program

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.: Registration and Coffee

10:15 – 10:25 a.m.: Welcoming Remarks
Presented by:
Jon Finegold
, Signiant, Chief Marketing Officer
Adam Whitlock, ESPN, Director, Remote Traffic Operations

10:25 – 11:10 a.m.: State of the Industry: Sports Broadcasters Sound Off on Today’s Live-Transmission Landscape
TranSPORT 2022 kicks off with this annual “state of the industry” session, in which transmission-focused executives from major sports broadcasters will address the most pressing issues facing the industry today. The pandemic has dramatically altered the landscape for backhauling and delivering live sports events over the past couple of years. These execs will address how their strategies and operations have evolved as a result and how they see the industry changing in the coming years.
Moderator: Jason Dachman, SVG, Chief Editor; 2022 TranSPORT Program Director
Brad Cheney, Fox Sports, VP, Field Operations and Engineering
Chris Connolly, NBC Sports Group, VP, Olympic Venue Engineering
Ken Fuller, ViacomCBS, VP, Distribution and Technology
Paul Spinelli, Sinclair Broadcasting Group, Director of Engineering

Adam Whitlock, ESPN, Director, Remote Traffic Operations

11:10 – 11:25 a.m.: Sony Case Study: Building a Sports Production Ecosystem
Andy Rayner, Chief Technologist at Nevion, will discuss how Norwegian broadcaster TV 2 and telecom service provider Telenor will be building a ground-breaking sport production ecosystem using Nevion solutions, products and services.
Presenter: Andy Rayner
, Nevion, Chief Technologist

11:25 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Networking Break

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.: Building the REMI Roadways: Connectivity for Centralized, Distributed, and Cloud-Based Production Models
The evolution of REMI/remote productions in recent years was accelerated by the pandemic, and, as a result, the transmission ecosystem for live productions is undergoing tectonic change. With the surge in centralized, distributed, and cloud-based productions, broadcasters are tasked with providing backhaul connectivity for a flood of data and video feeds. Learn how REMI models are creating new contribution challenges while also opening up exciting new production workflows for live sports coverage.
Moderator: Brad Cheney, Fox Sports, VP, Field Operations and Engineering
Rick Clarkson
, Signiant, Chief Product Officer
Dan LaTerra
, CBS Sports Digital, VP, Advanced Production Technologies
Janel Moorefield, LiveU, Director of Sales and Sales Group Manager, Sports
Chris Pulis, Globecast, CTO, Americas
Steven Soenens, Skyline Communications, VP, Product Marketing

12:45 – 1:45 p.m.: Networking Lunch

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.: The Rise of Internet-Based Backhaul: RIST, RTMP, SRT, Zixi, and the Future of Contribution
Today, more sports broadcasters are using internet-based transport solutions than ever before, including SRT, RIST, RTMP, and Zixi. Although traditional fiber- and satellite-based services continue to be the primary means of contribution, low-latency video-contribution methods have become widely accepted in the industry. Learn how internet-based backhaul is changing sports broadcasters’ transmission philosophy for live event production.
Moderator: Adam Whitlock, ESPN, Director, Remote Traffic Operations
Mark Horchler
, Haivision, Marketing Director, Products and Solutions
Alex Joyce
, The Switch, Senior Sales Engineer
Jon Landman, Teradek, VP, Sales
Ciro Noronha, RIST Forum, President; Cobalt, CTO
Emeka Okoli, Zixi, VP of Customer Success and Solutions

2:30 – 3:15 p.m.: Fibering Up for the Future: The Current State and Future State of Fiber Networks
Fiber-network providers continue to fortify their services, enhancing speeds, resiliency, and reliability in recent years. With increasingly multinational sports-media operations, the need for a global fiber footprint has never been more relevant. Industry leaders will take the stage to discuss how the use of fiber has evolved, how the explosion in REMI production has affected the sector, and how they are looking to invest in their infrastructure and expand their services moving forward.
Moderator: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Co-Executive Director, Editorial
Chris Connolly
, NBC Sports Group, VP, Olympic Venue Engineering
Emory Strilkauskas, Telstra Broadcast Services, Head of Business Development Americas
Sean Sullivan, Astound Business Solutions, Senior Director, Media Network Architecture

3:15 – 3:45 p.m.: Networking Break

3:45 – 4:15 p.m.: Let’s Get Real on Satellite: The Current State and Future of Satellite Uplink
As more and more sports broadcasters turn to IP contribution, the role of satellite has evolved. In addition, the looming loss of C-band spectrum will dramatically impact both the occasional-use and the long-term satellite ecosystem. Although satellite remains one of the most robust and reliable services for live-sports-production backhaul, it faces capacity and technological challenges. This panel will offer straight talk on the current state of satellite services and where the sector is headed in the future.
Moderator: Kristian Hernández, SVG, Senior Editor
Lincoln Biederbeck
, ST Engineering iDirect, Sales Director, North America Broadcast
Susanna Mandel-Mantello
, SES Satellites, VP of Strategic Accounts, Sports and Events
Julie Morrison, Warner Bros. Discovery, Manager of Content Transmissions
Paul Spinelli, Sinclair Broadcasting Group, Director of Engineering
Brian Stanley, ARCTEK Satellite Productions, Owner and CEO

4:15 – 5:00 p.m.: Is 5G Ready for Primetime?: Moving Past Proof of Concept and Into the Real World
For several years, 5G has topped the technology–buzzword standings as a solution promising to revolutionize the industry. However, for the most part, use of 5G as a transport method for live sports events has been limited to one-off tests and proofs-of-concept. When will 5G be stable enough for large-scale deployment of live-production backhaul solutions, and how will it boost bonded-cellular technologies? Hear how 5G could impact live sports production and contribution in the immediate future.
Moderator: Brandon Costa, SVG, Director of Digital
Tom Buffolano
, LiveU, Director of Business Development, Partnerships
Ghislain Collette, Haivision, Vice President, Product Management
Mickey Miller, Vislink Technologies, CEO and President
Tim Stevens, Verizon Business Group, Global Leader, Strategic Innovation for Sports, Media & Entertainment

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.: Networking Reception

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