2024 SVG Graphics Forum

Full Program

(All times are in Eastern Time Zone)

9:00 a.m.: Registration Opens

9:55 – 10:00 a.m.: Welcoming Remarks
Presented by:
Jason Dachman
, SVG, Editorial Director, U.S.; SVG Sports Graphics Program Director
Stuart Coles, AE Live Group, CCO
Tim O’Shaughnessy,
ESPN, Creative Director; SVG Graphics Committee Chair

10:00 – 10:35 a.m.: Opening Keynote: Inside Andy’s Room – ESPN’s Toy Story Football Funday Production
When it comes to animation, there’s no bigger name than The Walt Disney Co. When it comes to broadcast innovation, ESPN is always on the cutting edge. In a stroke of corporate synergy, this marriage resulted in the first-ever alternative broadcast based on Pixar classic Toy Story during an NFL game. See how ESPN, Disney, the NFL, and a team of technology providers pulled off the unforgettable Toy Story Football Funday.
Presenters:
Isa Bristol
, ESPN Creative Studio, Manager, Graphics Innovation
Amy Nelson, ESPN Creative Studio, Manager, Graphics Innovation
David “Sparky” Sparrgrove, ESPN Creative Studio, Senior Creative Director, Animation, Graphics Innovation and Production Design
Michael “Spike” Szykowny, ESPN Creative Studio, Edit + Animation + Graphics Innovation + Production & Playout

10:35 – 11:20 a.m.: What’s Next in Sports Graphics Technology? The Latest on In-Game AR, Virtual Studios, and Beyond
Real-time AR graphics, next-gen virtual studios, and ultra-sophisticated player-tracking systems have revolutionized what’s possible in the world of broadcast graphics. Hear how the latest tech tools are allowing sports broadcasters to create more dynamic and immersive experiences for fans and what’s on the horizon for AR, VR, MR, data visualization, and all things virtual.
Moderator: Jason Dachman, SVG, Editorial Director, U.S.; SVG Graphics Program Director
Panelists:
Chris Brown
, Ross Video, Senior Virtual Production Specialist
Grigory Mindlin, Disguise, General Manager – Broadcast
Thomas Nelson, Vizrt, Global VP of Key Customer Accounts
Dan Pack, Silver Spoon Animation, Founding Partner and Managing Director

11:20 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Networking Break

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.: What’s Next in Sports Graphics Design? The Latest Creative Trends Shaping the Industry
In what has become an annual tradition at the Forum, creative leaders from major sports broadcasters take the stage to offer up their perspectives on what’s next in the realm of sports graphics. Embark on a journey into the minds of today’s top graphics designers as they present their latest projects and offer up a crystal-ball look into the future of sports-graphics design.
Moderator: Tim O’Shaughnessy, ESPN, Creative Director; SVG Graphics Committee Chair
Panelists:
Kynna Randall
, ESPN, Art Director
Alex Suarez, NBC Sports, Graphic Designer
Marcos Vaz, Estado de Sonho, Art Direction

12:45 – 1:00 p.m.: Vizrt Case Study: ESPN MNF AR
In this session, Amy Nelson leads a discussion with Charles Collin and Jamal Wynn recapping the MNF AR launch this past season. The team will discuss the various solutions and requirements that went into the launch of a new AR graphics package for Monday Night Football and Monday Night Countdown.
Presenters:
Charles Collin
, ESPN Creative Studio, Senior Manager, Graphics Innovation
Amy Nelson
, ESPN Creative Studio, Manager, Graphics Innovation
Jamal Wynn
, ESPN Creative Studio, Lead Real Time Graphics Developer, Graphics Innovation

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.: Networking Lunch

2:00 – 2:45 p.m.: Get in the Game: How College Football Is Driving the Next Generation of Graphics Package
College football presents one of the most unique challenges in all of sports-graphics in that broadcasters must create a package that serves the needs of both marquee primetime games and the sheer volume of games on the schedule. With a plethora of new graphics packages launched over the past 12 months, this session spotlights the unique challenges of the college gridiron.
Moderator: Tim O’Shaughnessy, ESPN, Creative Director; SVG Graphics Committee Chair
Panelists:
Lisa DiNello
, ESPN, Associate Art Director
Phil Guthrie, Two Fresh Creative, Founder and Executive Creative Director
Chad Hudson, NBC Sports, Senior Art Director

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.: ESPN Virtual Reality: What’s Now and What’s Next
Presenter: Zach Malet
, ESPN, Senior Director, Business Development & Innovation

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.: Networking Break

3:15 – 3:55 p.m.: How Unreal Engine Is Changing the Game: Its Umbrella Impact on Creative Philosophy
This sessions explore the groundbreaking influence of Unreal Engine on creative philosophy and how it has opened up a whole host of new possibilities for sports-graphics designers. Join our panel of industry leaders for an in-depth discussion on the profound ways in which Unreal Engine is redefining the boundaries of imagination and shaping the very core of creative thought for sports graphics professionals.
Moderator: JP LoMonaco, CBS Sports, VP, On-Air Graphics & Design
Panelists:
Komal Bhukhanwala
, CBS Sports, Senior Art Director
Arturo Brena, KéexFrame, Founder and CEO
Barton Damer
, Already Been Chewed, Founding Artist, Creative Director & Owner

3:55 – 4:30 p.m.: The AI Factor: Automating Your Project Pipeline While Maintaining Creative Control
Join us for an insightful panel discussion that delves into the delicate balance between harnessing the power of AI to streamline project pipelines while preserving the essential human touch in creating a compelling graphics package. From automating repetitive processes to predictive analytics, panelists will uncover the tangible benefits offered by AI while still maintaining creative control.
Presenters:
Phil Guthrie
, Two Fresh Creative, Founder and Executive Creative Director
Ilya Tselyutin, Two Fresh Creative, Creative Director

4:30 – 5:00 p.m.: Closing Keynote: Viva Las Vegas – CBS Sports’ Super Bowl LVIII Graphics Package
Go inside CBS Sports’ massive, complex efforts to revamp its graphics package and create a one-of-kind telecast for Super LVIII. In addition to the primary broadcast, CBS Sports and Nickelodeon teamed up to produce the first-ever SuperBowl alternate telecast: a kid-friendly, “Nick-ified” presentation that brought Slimetime to the Las Vegas Strip. Between the dual broadcasts, Super Bowl LVII marked one of the largest undertakings in the history of the sports graphics industry.
Presenters:
Komal Bhukhanwala
, CBS Sports, Senior Art Director
JP LoMonaco, CBS Sports, VP, On-Air Graphics & Design

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

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