2023 SVG Regional Sports Production Summit

Full Program

Day 1: June 28 Program

(All times are in Central Time Zone)

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.: Opening Night Reception in Exhibits Area

Day 2: June 29 Program

(All times are in Central Time Zone)

8:00 – 8:50 a.m.: Breakfast in Exhibits Area

8:50 – 9:00 a.m.: Day 2 Welcoming Remarks

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.: Opening Presentation: How to Weather Uncertainty in a Rapidly Changing RSN Marketplace
As multiple RSN groups face financial difficulties due to the rapidly changing economics of the regional-sports business, the industry finds itself at a turning point. Leading industry consultant John Kosner, who previously managed ESPN’s streaming operations and helped guide the NBA’s TV strategy and media operations, offers up advice on how teams, RSNs, and other media organizations can weather the looming storm.
Confirmed Presenter: John Kosner
, Kosner Media, President

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.: Production Perspectives: New Workflows for a New Era of Regional Sports Production
As RSNs navigate the unprecedented headwinds currently facing the industry, innovation has become the name of the game. Hear from regional-sports-production leaders on the pertinent issues facing their sector as the business undergoes seismic change on multiple fronts. From evolving REMI workflows to the rise of 4K and HDR productions, this lively conversation will set the tone for the remainder of the day.
Confirmed Panelists:
Ron Gralnik, Bally Sports, VP, Production
Jon Slobotkin, NBC Sports Regional Networks, SVP, Content and Live Programming
Mike Webb, YES Network, VP, Broadcast Operations

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.: Ross Video Case Study

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.: Networking Break in Exhibits Area

11:15 – 11:45 a.m.: Keynote Conversation: Inside Monumental Sports & Entertainment’s RSN Relaunch
Later this year, Monumental Sports & Entertainment — the owner of the Washington Wizards, Mystics, and Capitals, and Capital One Arena — is planning a major rebrand and investment in NBC Sports Washington, the RSN it fully acquired from Comcast in 2022. In addition, Monumental plans to create its own local sports streaming app, which it plans to launch this Fall. Monumental leaders take the stage to offer a sneak peek at their plans for a new two-story production facility, game broadcasts, live-streaming, alternative feeds, and more.
Friday Abernathy, Monumental Sports & Entertainment, GM, Network
Zach Leonsis, Monumental Sports & Entertainment, President of Media & New Enterprises
Charlie Myers, Monumental Sports & Entertainment, CTO

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: The State of Labor Presented by Program Productions
During the pandemic, the industry — on both the national and the regional level — saw an exodus of sports-production professionals when many industry veterans opted to retire or find new career paths. As a result, RSNs find themselves searching desperately for talented engineers and production crews to work the thousands of regional broadcasts they deliver each year. Broadcast-production-labor-services provider Program Productions presents an overview of the state of the current market, how it has evolved, and what to expect in the future.
Confirmed Panelists:
Robert Carzoli, Program Productions, Chairman
Jess Kowatch, Program Productions, EVP, Operations and COO
Scott West, Program Productions, President and CEO

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.: Networking Lunch in Exhibits Area

1:15 – 2:00 p.m.: Digital Perspectives: DTC, Authenticated Streaming, and Instant Highlights
As consumer viewing habits evolve and carriage disputes become more frequent, RSNs are looking for new ways to deliver live games and original content directly to consumers. Some have launched their own DTC streaming platforms — or have announced plans to do so — in order to reach fans directly while others launched dedicated apps and streaming experiences for authenticated cable subscribers. RSN leaders discuss best practices in designing a live-streaming app, sharing instant highlights with fans, enhancing fan interactivity, and differentiating the digital experience.
Confirmed Panelists:
Daniel Pesce, WSC Sports, Business Development, North America
David Schafer, MSG Networks, SVP, Product, Technology & Operations

2:00 – 2:15 p.m.: Case Study

2:15 – 2:45 p.m.: Networking Break in Exhibits Area

2:45 – 3:25 p.m.: Technology Perspectives: Facilities Providers and Tech Vendors Sound Off
Although the pandemic has forced RSNs to focus on efficiency and flexibility, they are still on the look-out for production tools that can offer that “wow” factor within a broadcast. From high-speed and shallow-depth-of-field cameras to augmented reality and virtual graphics to next-gen viewer-engagement tools, get a look at the most exciting tech toys being deployed by RSNs to enhance fans’ viewing experience.

3:25 – 4:00 p.m.: From BetCast to KidsCast and Beyond: How Alternate Presentations Are Changing the Regional Sports Production Game
RSNs across the country have begun producing alternative broadcasts of live games in an effort to draw new demographics to their broadcasts. From betting-focused presentations to kids-focused broadcasts, regional-sports-production leaders will discuss how they incorporate new content into their broadcasts, how they’re using gamification to engage viewers, and what the future holds for alternative broadcasts in regional sports.
Confirmed Panelists:
Kevin Marotta, MSG Networks, SVP, Marketing and Content Strategy
John Schippman, NBC Sports Chicago, VP of Content

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