Reed Kaufman, Fox Sports, VP, Media Workflows
Reed Kaufman is the Vice President of Media Workflows at Fox Sports. He is responsible for connecting the content library with production teams, using technology innovation and people collaboration. Reed has now managed several transformations for Fox Sports’s post-production supply chain, including tape to digital, SD to HD, 720 to 1080, SDR to HDR, while supervising live and post operations for day-to-day productions and jewel events including three Super Bowls, four World Cups, and many more.
Reed is most proud of the work on the Google IAS and other software development projects intending to improve workflow and infrastructure efficiency as well as end user experience, and leading teams to three Tech Team Studio Emmy Awards including the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Dustin Myers, Fox Sports, SVP, Production Operations
Dustin Myers is a seasoned media executive with a demonstrated history of working in the content and broadcast media industry. He has been recognized for his exceptional work with multiple Emmy awards.
Currently, Myers is leveraging his expertise in cloud-based production and artificial intelligence as a key member of the team at Fox Sports. His responsibilities encompass post-production, media management, content acquisition, and the development and implementation of innovative technology initiatives. Additionally, Myers is charged with “Jewel Event” management, on both domestic and international scales, ensuring that Fox Sports delivers unparalleled coverage of the most significant sporting events to millions of viewers.
Mark Anderson, Seagate Technology, Manager, Channel Systems and Solutions Sales Team
Mark Anderson has been involved in the media and entertainment industry for over 20 years, initially as an actor and producer. In 2009, he crossed over to the dark side (into sales), transitioning from “user” of storage to “pusher.” Since then, Anderson has helped numerous customers streamline their storage workflows. He also has helped drive M&E strategy with multiple major manufacturers of data storage, including Seagate, where he has been for the last five years. At Seagate, Anderson is responsible for sales of Enterprise Data Systems into multiple verticals, including M&E, in the United States. He currently manages their Systems & Solutions Sales Team.
Brent Angle, CineSys, CTO
Current CTO, Brent Angle helped form CineSys with the goal of focusing on strong engineering services and consulting to support broadcast, post-production, VFX, animation, and film customers.
Angle currently manages a team that includes engineering support staff and data system integrators, as well as custom engineering design and software development. He realized early on that the ever-changing standards and formats of manufacturers would create a demand for a higher level of expertise in the implementation of infrastructure to support the networking, workflow, storage, and archiving of massive digital files. He knew it would be an important part of the industry’s future, and thus began a focused effort to build relationships and partnerships with the key partners and vendors that influence this business sector.
Nick Ashwin, Imagen, Chief Revenue Officer -– Americas
Nick Ashwin is the chief revenue officer of the Americas at Imagen and has 15 years of experience consulting with sports, media, and enterprise organizations on their video management and distribution strategy.
Having begun his career in the UK-based Imagen development team in 2008, Ashwin subsequently moved to the U.S. and began leading Imagen’s American expansion, growing the Imagen team and client base over a period of 12 years. He was heavily involved in Imagen’s early transition to a cloud native architecture and has a passion for lean UIX and technology that provides a measurable ROI.
With Ashwin’s help, Imagen has solidified itself as one of the leading sports video management and distribution platforms across the globe.
Padraic Boyle, MLB Advanced Media, Senior Director, Enterprise Media
Padraic Boyle joined Major League Baseball in February of 2008 as part of its information-technology transformation. In his role as business relationship manager, he provided technical direction to the business verticals of the Office of the Commissioner and also served as a technical liaison to MLB Productions and MLB Network.
Reaching into his rich media background, Boyle took on the role of technical lead for MLB and architected the league’s digital-asset-management system, the DIAMOND Platform, which was nominated for the 2012 Sports Emmy George Wensel Technical Achievement Award. The DIAMOND Platform is hosted in MLB’s Secaucus facility where it serves MLB Productions and MLB Network. DIAMOND also has a cloud-based presence to facilitate video services for internal departments within the Commissioner’s Office, Clubs, and MLB.com.
Prior to joining Major League Baseball, Boyle was the VP of technology for Venaca. Venaca was a systems integrator with a unique set of applications which primarily addressed digital asset management/media asset management (DAM/MAM) solutions for the broadcast industry. Clientele included Lifetime Television, MTV, Scripps, Turner Broadcasting, and the Paley Center for Media.
Before Venaca, Boyle worked for Lifetime Television and was heavily involved in the architecting, development, and implementation of Lifetime Television’s digital asset management system from the ground up. This involved ingest and archive to tracking and repurposing content owned and/or purchased for distribution on Lifetime’s networks. Boyle was also the co-principal and VP of technology for DataVision, a systems integration and consulting company in the magazine publishing, financial, and television broadcast industries.
Roy Burns, IMT, SVP, Media Solutions
Roy Burns has over 20 years of experience advising clients in the media and entertainment sector. After graduating from Musicians Institute in 2002, he stayed on as a professor of Recording Theory, and Pro Tools 101 until 2008 when he joined Crown Media Family Networks as director of media operations.
At Crown, Burns owned the development and implementation of media asset management leveraging both on-premise and cloud based architectures. During his tenure, Crown Media’s original content creation grew by more than 400% and saw the launch of two additional 24-hour networks, as well as their OTT and SVOD initiatives.
Today, Burns is on the forefront of emerging media workflows and technologies. He is an active member of both SMPTE and HPA. At IMT, Burns is a member of the Advanced Consulting Team with a primary focus on MAM and workflow orchestration. He partners with clients to map their current and future media workflows and define best practices, as well as recommend and implement scalable, forward looking solutions.
Rex Canning, WWE, Senior Director of Media Management Services
Rex Canning is the senior director of media management services at WWE. He and his team are responsible for fulfilling the company’s day to day media management needs and execution of migration projects. Canning works with producers, editors, and engineers to build workflows that support the company’s production staff and network delivery teams. Hailing from Brooklyn, NY he has a been working in professional media creation since 2009 with a primary focus on post production and archive for the past decade. Starting out his career as a set PA on Law & Order, Canning eventually moved into the advertising and news industries; now drawing on that experience directing archive and media management strategy for WWE.
Byron Chapman, PGA TOUR, Director of Media Asset Management & Media Workflows
Byron Chapman has over 20 years of experience working in various areas of production and post-production (vault manager, assistant editor, editor, DIT, shooter, fulfillment manager, media asset manager).
Last year, he wrapped up a multi-year project of migrating over 20 petabytes of high-res, mezzanine, and low-res proxy video files into a fully cloud-based MAM system. Currently, Chapman is busy planning and testing new post-production and MAM equipment and workflows for the new 165,000 sq ft PGA TOUR Studios broadcast facility that the team will move into in January 2025.
Chapman’s day-to-day consists of overseeing the MAM department and supporting 15 editors and 65 producer/editors on various software applications and post-production workflows.
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.
Chris Cruz, CBS Sports, Senior Director of Media Services
Chris Cruz is the senior director of media services for CBS Sports. He is responsible for the proper management of all digital asset management systems developed for CBS Sports studio and remote productions. He also oversees the personnel utilized for the acquisition, distribution, and archiving of all digital content.
Cruz started working with CBS Sports in 2012 as the manager of digital archives. In this role, he developed the division’s first digital asset archive. He also led the team of media managers responsible for the strategic digitization and archiving of CBS Sports legacy programming.
Having developed these systems from the ground up has given Cruz a keen understanding of digital content management. He’s also a key contributor to the development of all cloud and AI initiatives at CBS Sports.
Jason Dachman, SVG, Chief Editor; SVG Sports Content Management Forum, 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.
Matt Gaede, Signiant, VP, Global Customer Acquisition
Matt Gaede started with Signiant when the first SaaS products for media and entertainment were pioneered. Currently acting as vice president of global customer acquisitions for Signiant, Gaede worked his way up from inside sales manager and sales director roles to his current position. His rise within the company is due to his leadership-building skills and ability to scale goal-oriented teams. Gaede’s focus continues to be making metric-based decisions to best position sales individuals and teams to increase revenue, grow market share, and increase efficiency.
Gaede has worked exclusively in the SaaS field since 2010 holding a previous position as team lead with AppNeta. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Roger Williams University.
Hugo Gaggioni, Sony Electronics Inc., Chief Technology Officer
Hugo Gaggioni is chief technology officer of Sony Electronics Inc.
Gaggioni, who joined Sony in 1988, holds several patents and has authored more than 40 technical publications in the areas of video compression, digital filter banks, HDTV, and UHDTV devices and systems. Prior to joining Sony, he worked at RCA Corporation and Bell Communications Research.
Gaggioni was a member of the Advanced Television Advisory group to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission from 1987 to 1994. He is also a Fellow of SMPTE and the recipient of the 2004 Leitch Gold Medal award, and the 2018 David Sarnoff Medal Award. In 2008, Gaggioni received the U.S. Broadcasting and Cable Technology Leadership Award. In addition, in 2019, he received the Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award and in 2021, he became a member of the Sports Video Group’s Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
Gaggioni holds degrees in telecommunications, systems engineering, and electronic engineering from the University of Essex in Colchester, England, University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia University, respectively.
Anne Graham, WBD Sports, Manager of Strategy and Planning, Sports Media Services; 2023 SVG Sports Content Management Chair
Anne Graham is the manager of strategy and planning for sports media services at Turner Sports & Bleacher Report, part of Warner Brothers Discovery. Joining Turner Sports in January 2017, she primarily focuses on media workflow analysis, documentation, and project planning.
Graham received her master’s degree in library and information studies from Florida State University and a master’s degree in information systems from Kennesaw State University. She specializes in digital preservation and archival description.
Stephane Guez, Dalet, Co-Founder and Principal
Stephane Guez is a co-founder and principal at Dalet. He has 30 years of experience in computer sciences, software design, and information technology applied to the media and broadcast industries. Drawing on his extensive experience, Guez has contributed to turning a technology vision into a successful business venture and focuses on the company strategy. He is a regular speaker at industry conferences.
Whit Jackson, Wasabi Technologies, VP of Media & Entertainment
Gregg Katano, Medici XD, SVP, Strategic Partnerships & Business Development; Virtual Burning Man, Former Senior Advisor
Gregg Katano is a 30+ year entertainment professional, international speaker, emerging media and tech strategist, and educator.
Currently, he is SVP of strategic partnerships and business development of the Medici Media and Medici Interactive divisions of Medici XD, an award-winning experience strategy, design, and production group with clients including The Walt Disney Company, Universal Parks and Resorts, SeaWorld Entertainment, NASA, One World Trade Center, Ferrari, and many others.
Katano is also partner at Hologate, the world’s most successful immersive media company for location-based entertainment (16,000,000+ players to-date across 42 countries worldwide); head of events for the Emerging Media peer group of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; former co-vice chair of the Producers Guild of America ‘New Media Council’; and advisory member, SXSW ‘Accelerator’. Previously, he was chief strategist / evangelist at Unofficial Cardboard, the pioneering and leading Google-Certified producer of ‘Google Cardboard VR’, and hosted numerous emerging media events at NAB, SXSW, Sundance Film Festival, CES, and Coachella.
Prior to XR, Katano was a leading visual effects studio owner/executive producer and one of the earliest adopters and producers of stereoscopic 3D in the early 2000s. He was executive producer of Red Bull Media House’s first 3D production, ‘Rampage 3D’; senior stereoscopic producer on XGames 3D: The Movie; producer of the world’s very first high-definition 3D television broadcast (NBC’s Medium, 13.4m viewership); creative advisor on live 3D events: Academy Awards: Red Carpet Experience, Lollapalooza, Foo Fighters, Austin City Limits, Dave Matthews, and many others.
Katano’s speaking engagements include: National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), Consumer Electronic Show (CES), SXSW, Game Developer’s Conference (GDC), IBC Show | Amsterdam, Mobile World Congress, SIGGRAPH, Comic-Con, Immerse Global Summit/VRARA (Portugal, Miami), Augmented World Expo (AWE), International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), Unity’s Central Florida Immersive Technology Summit, Dubai Game Conference, Amusement Expo, WonderCon, G2E-Global Game Expo, and many others.
In the area of education, Katano is a member of the advisory council of the Cal State University Entertainment Alliance (CSUEA), which features industry executives in the leading media & entertainment organizations (Netflix, Walt Disney Company, Unity, SAG/AFTRA, Sony Pictures, Univision, Amazon, Dolby, NBC/Universal, and many others); advisory board member for CSULB’s Film and Electronic Arts; and a featured speaker at numerous universities (Pepperdine, University of Texas, UCLA, USC, Loyola Marymount University, CSUN, Full Sail University); and previously, instructor at Otis College of Art & Design teaching ‘Senior Portfolio’ and ‘Senior Seminar’ – “Preparation for a Career in Entertainment.”.
Alex Keighley, Telestream, VP, U.S. Sales
Alex Keighley is an industry veteran who has worked for media owners, news agencies, and media technology companies for more than 30 years. Keighley currently leads the U.S. sales team for Telestream, working with media owners, sports leagues, rights holders, teams, and venues all over the country.
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.
Paul Kelly, IPTC, Sports Content Working Group Lead; The Canadian Press, Associate Director, Content Operations
Paul Kelly is associate director, content operations at The Canadian Press and lead of the IPTC’s Sports Content Group. He co-founded sports data integration firm XML Team Solutions. Kelly has also worked on major sports data integrations for broadcast and web with clients that include BBC, the Associated Press, the New York Times, Univision, Google, and CBC. He has lost count of the number of sports schemas he has worked with.
Dave Klee, A+E Networks, VP, Strategic Media Solutions
David Klee is the vice president of strategic media solutions at A+E Networks, a global entertainment and media company with cable television channels including A&E, History, FYI, Viceland, and Lifetime. He is building a new technology team based in New York, focused on engineering and strategy for media supply chain systems, leveraging the cloud to drive agile transformations.
Before joining A+E, Klee was the director of media management technologies for Univision Communications (UCI), the largest Spanish-language media company in the U.S. with a portfolio of broadcast, cable, and digital properties. There, he built a new engineering team focused on software development for media supply chain tools, along with optimizing workflows for entertainment, news, and sports verticals.
Prior to Univision, Klee had the opportunity to work in media management, live production, creative, and operational roles for a variety of organizations including the Arizona Cardinals, ESPN, and most recently NBC News in New York where he managed a team focused on MAM and media software engineering. Klee holds a Master of Science in information management from Arizona State University and is an AWS Certified Solutions Architect.
Jim Miles, NBC Sports & Olympics, Senior Director, Live Event Workflows
Jim Miles is responsible for the design and implementation of NBC Sports and Olympics systems for intake, postproduction, and asset management workflows for domestic and international sports coverage. He was formerly a project manager for NBC News engineering in New York and has spent the last 15 years with NBC modernizing post production workflows and implementing large scale editing, playback, and MAM systems.
Jonathan Morgan, Perifery, SVP, Product & Technology
Jonathan Morgan is senior vice president, product & technology of Perifery, a Division of DataCore Software, and is responsible for innovation and strategy. Morgan most recently served as founder and CEO of Object Matrix. Through his leadership, the software company created a cutting-edge secure disk-based nearline and archive solution to help industries with their content management and performance.
Morgan’s passion for sports and technology has made him a valued speaker and advisor in the field of SportsTech. His innovations have caught the attention of hundreds of blue-chip companies including BBC, NBC, ATP Media, and Madison Square Garden. Morgan’s insights and experience in building Object Matrix make him a valued addition to any discussion about the future of content in the areas of SportsTech.
Luke Nihart, Quantum, VP, Global Accounts
Luke Nihart is the vice president of global accounts for Quantum and has been a sales leader in the global M&E storage space for over 13 years leading teams that have designed and deployed multi-exabyte storage and compute solutions globally. Prior to Quantum, Nihart held management roles at Dell and Cisco where he led global high-tech sales engagement. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and computer science and an MBA in finance from the University of California, Davis.
Grant Nodine, NHL, SVP, Technology
Grant Nodine started his career working as a systems librarian at Editel. He moved on to working as a web developer on sites like Rodale Press’s MensHealth.com. He later co-founded a web development firm called Mercury Seven where he worked as the firm’s chief technologist. Twenty-plus years ago, Nodine arrived at the NHL where he has been involved in building a technology infrastructure that supports NHL.com and all 30 of the team’s websites, numerous systems to produce and deliver streaming media, and many other large technology implementations.
Keifer O’Connor, PGA TOUR, Director of Media Rights Management
Keifer O’Connor is the director of media rights management for the PGA TOUR. His team supports the PGA TOUR’s media partnerships’ content use, providing strategic support to ensure the needs of partners and constituents are met while staying within the bounds of PGA TOUR content guidelines. They monitor the use of TOUR owned content across all media platforms, apply PGA TOUR policies to protect the media rights of partners and players, and oversee all PGA TOUR content policies and guidelines, including on-site filming, footage licensing, and still images. O’Connor directly negotiates various rights allowances for the PGA TOUR to use third-party content and has been involved with the creation of various PGA TOUR media policies for media, players, and sponsors.
A native of Jacksonville, FL, O’Connor graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree. He began his career with the PGA TOUR in 2012 in the Production Business Operations and Production Scheduling departments and developed the Media Rights Management group in 2020 to encompass all media rights aspects with the PGA TOUR.
Ian Owen, Riot Games, Manager, Media Asset Management, Esports
Ian Owen started his career working in broadcasting for the Memphis Grizzlies and NBA Entertainment. After falling into the MAM world during eight years in professional basketball, he made the move to the collegiate ranks. For five years, Owen built workflows and provided asset management as a service to the University of Notre Dame as a part of ND Studios. He joined Riot Games late in 2022 as the global manager of media asset management for the esports pillar and now oversees a growing team in Dublin, Ireland and Seattle, where he is based today. Owen and the Global Content Operations team are excited to build a content services platform that will set the standard for the future of esports and beyond.
Philippe Petitpont, Newsbridge, CEO and Co-Founder
Philippe Petitpont co-founded Newsbridge to tackle the challenge of managing the overwhelming amount of video content generated by media rights holders. As CEO, he signed Newsbridge’s first customers in 2017 and grew the company in the broadcast and sports industries. Newsbridge has focused on AI for video indexing since its early days and recently launched MXT-1, an AI capable of describing video sequences like a human. Since 2019, Petitpont has focused on scaling Newsbridge globally, partnering with international TV networks, press agencies, and sports organizations. Before founding Newsbridge, he spent eight years as a broadcast engineer with TF1 and worked for the French media group M6.
Andrew Reich, AWS, Senior Consultant, Sports, Professional Services
Andrew Reich joined Amazon Web Services in January 2020. He is currently a senior sports consultant for AWS’ M&E Professional Services group. Reich works with customers and partners on migrating their solutions to the cloud, in addition to driving technological innovation in sports. He has led major cloud adoption initiatives and projects involving live and post production, Visual Effects (VFX) rendering, content data and analytics, media pipeline, and services deployment.
Prior to AWS, Reich spent eight plus years working for the MLB and NHL Networks on the media services team. He is a seven-time Sports Emmy award winner and graduated from Syracuse University.
Scott Rinehart, University of Notre Dame, Director, Broadcast and Streaming Technologies
Scott Rinehart is the director of broadcast and streaming technologies for the University of Notre Dame, responsible for providing technical direction and oversight of Notre Dame Studios’ production infrastructure.
Prior to Notre Dame, Rinehart worked in a variety of roles at NASCAR Media Group and PGA Tour Productions.
In 2013, Notre Dame won the inaugural SVG/NACDA Technology Leadership Award.
A native of Jacksonville, FL, Rinehart is a 1984 graduate of the University of Alabama, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications. While in school, he served as a student trainer under legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant.