SVG Chairman’s Forum 2014

Full Program


5:30-7:30 p.m.: Welcome Reception, Red Rock Hotel

It’s an NAB tradition unlike any other: the NAB Chairman’s Forum welcome reception. After your long journey to Las Vegas, please join us for two hours of cocktails and light appetizers overlooking one of the prettiest pool areas in Vegas.

6:00-7:00 a.m.: Breakfast for golfers at the Badlands Golf Course

7:00 a.m.: SVG Sports Broadcasting Fund Golf Tournament
The SVG Golf Tournament continues to be one of the top networking opportunities as each foursome is designed to introduce you to new friends and form new business relationships. For those of you who do not golf we encourage you to relax either poolside or in the spa. Thanks to sponsors of the event non-golfers receive a spa credit that can be redeemed for services at the Red Rocks Hotel Spa.

Be sure to sign up today for either the spa or golf by contacting Carrie Bowden at

7:30-9:30 a.m.: Breakfast at Red Rock for residents and spa attendees

7:30-1:00 p.m.: Spa treatments for non-golfers at Red Rock Hotel

12:30-2:00 p.m.: Networking Lunch

2:00- 2:30 p.m.: Super Reflections: A Look Back at Super Bowl XLVIII
Jerry Steinberg
, Fox Sports Media Group, SVP, Field Operations, Kevin Callahan, Fox Sports, Director of Technical Operations, and Rod Conti, Director of Operations at Fox Sports Network discuss the unique challenges of bringing the nation’s biggest sporting event to the nation’s biggest city.

2:30-3:15 p.m.: The Great Debate: The Future of Remote Production
There are a number of new developments related to remote production. Fiber connectivity allows for more @home productions while UltraHD and distribution to tablets and smartphones are two new ways to reach viewers. Experts discuss some of the new options, which ones are worth investigating today, and which ones will change the business tomorrow.
Moderator: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Executive Director, Editorial Services
Brian Clark
, NEP Visions, Commercial and Technical Projects Director
Wendell Grigely, ESPN, Coordinating Director. Remote Operations
Steve Hellmuth, NBA, Executive Vice President, Operations and Technology
George Hoover, NEP, CTO
Pat Sullivan, Game Creek Video, President and Owner

3:15-3:30 p.m.: Networking Break

3:30-5:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions
Remote Engineering and Production Breakout
The Remote Engineering Breakout is designed for those involved in live sports content creation and distribution.

3:30-4:15: Understanding Ultra HD and its Impact on Truck and Product Design
Attempting to build a new remote production truck or facility is hard enough today given the financial pressures. But what about when the uncertainty of future formats, standards, and interfaces are in flux? Matthew Goldman gives an update on how those formats, standards, and interfaces will shake out in the coming years and how you can make sure that decisions made today can easily evolve to meet tomorrow’s needs.
Featuring Matthew Goldman, Ericsson Television, SVP Technology

4:15-5:00: Our IP-Based Future: Going Beyond Baseband
IP-based technologies continue to play a larger and larger role within the sports content creation and distribution workflow. What steps can you take to make sure your facilities properly leverage IP technologies today? And how will the move to IP impact the way you not only build future facilities but also the way you work?
Kevin Callahan
, Fox Sports, Director of Technical Operations
David Shield, IMG Studios, SVP Global Director of Engineering & Technology
James Stellpflug, EVS, VP, Sports Products – EVS Americas

Asset Management and IT Breakout
The Asset Management and IT Breakout is designed for those who are responsible for archiving sports content for both near-line and offline needs.

3:30-4:15: Understanding Next-Generation Storage Technologies and Defining Future Industry Needs
Presentation by Chan Mahon, Integrated Media Technologies (IMT), VP, Broadcast Systems and Tom McGowan, Integrated Media Technologies (IMT), VP and Principle Consultant
Today’s sports content creator is faced with a large number of storage options; not only the vendor but also the type of technology selected. What kind of developments in next-generation storage should be considered when planning a facility build? Which ones are more talk than reality? And how will they impact other capital planning and technology decisions?

4:15-5:00: Presentation Two: How to Get the Most Out of Cloud-based Services
Presentation by Jose Palencia, IMT, VP of Engineering and William Farfan, IMT, Sr. Systems Engineer.
Cloud-based services continue to become more attractive and reliable for those needing to store long-term assets. So how do some of the different options stack up? What are their relative strengths and weaknesses? And how can a professional user ensure that the assets are not only stored securely but that, in the event of technical or financial collapse, they can recover all of their assets?

5:15-6:00 p.m.: Free time

6:00 p.m.: The SVG Final Four Reception and Dinner, sponsored by Tata and Levels Beyond
(Reception begins at 6:15 for opening tipoff; Buffet dinner begins at 7:30 p.m.)
Our Saturday night dinner coincides with the Final Four men’s basketball tournament. Join us and catch the action on the big screen complete with free drinks, appetizers, and dinner.

7:30-9:00 a.m.: Networking Breakfast
9:00-10:15 a.m.: Industry Analysis: Why Traditional Broadcast Equipment Manufacturers Should Remain Optimistic in a Time of Change

The broadcast equipment marketplace can be a challenging place to stake a flag, especially as venture capital continues to flow to those who create or distribute content to non-traditional platforms. But there is plenty of reason for optimism…and video is still very attractive to venture capital firms. Learn why placing bets with traditional manufacturers, either on a product roadmap or financially, still makes sense in a multi-platform age.
Presentations by:
Josh Stinehour
, Silverwood Partners, Managing Director
Joe Zaller, Devoncroft Partners, Founder

10:30-11:45: SVG Platinum Perspectives: Game Changers at NAB
The 2014 Chairman’s Forum concludes with a timely overview of some of the new technologies and tools that will be introduced on the show floor. Please stick around for what promises to be an informative closing session featuring the sponsors who made the event possible!

10:30-11:00: Production: New Ways to Turn Images into Stories
Editing, graphics, and production tools continue to evolve in a number of ways, whether it is more collaborative workflows, template-based operations, or taking better advantage of CPU enhancements. SVG Platinum sponsors discuss some of their new products at NAB as well as market trends worth following.
Dennis Radeke
, Adobe, Senior Business Development Manager
Bill Bowen, AJA, OEM Product Manager
Philip Nelson, Newtek, Chief Relationship Officer
Andrew Heimbold, Reality Check, President
Isaac Hersly, Vizrt Americas, President

11:00-11:25: Transport: News Ways to Ensure Quality, Timely Signal Transport
When it comes to making next-generation workflows and broadcasting possible it is more and more a question of whether or not contribution and backhaul circuits are up for the challenge of moving large numbers of bits. SVG sponsors discuss some of the steps they will take at NAB to make this possible as well as future developments that will enable new ways of producing and delivering content.
Derek Anderson
, Level 3, Senior Product Director
Frank Jachetta, Multidyne, President
Chuck Meyer, Miranda, CTO of Core Products
Thomas Riedel, Riedel Communications, President

11:25-11:45 a.m.:Acquisition: What’s New at NAB and What is the Market Asking For?
Discussions with any sports broadcaster about what technologies are tops on their wish list usually center around improving operation related to cameras and lenses. SVG sponsors discuss the latest product introductions as well as the market trends in acquisition that will make a difference in sports produciton in 2014 and beyond.
Tom Dickinson
, Bexel, CTO
Marcel Koutstaal, Grass Valley, Senior Vice President & General Manager. Imaging Product Group
John Studdert, Sony, VP of Strategic Sales

11:45 a.m.: End of Forum/Transport to the Strip Hotels
8pm‐11 p.m. SVG Pre‐Game Party @ Hakkasan in MGM Grand Hotel. PLEASE NOTE: NEW LOCATION!

Please join more us for the hottest party at NAB: the SVG Pre-Game Party at Hakkasan, the newest nightclub at the MGM Grand Hotel!

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