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  1. Wednesday, September 20, 2017 15 - David Shield, SVP, Global Director, Engineering & Technology, IMG Media In this week's episode of The SVG Podcast, we get a few minutes with one of the more influential personalities in European sports production, David Shield, SVP, Global Director of Engineering and Technology for IMG Media.

    Shield, who also happens to be the chairman of our sister organization, SVG Europe, talks with us about the state of HDR and 4K, Video Assistant Referee (or VAR), and a lot more.

    This interview was recorded in Amsterdam at the IBC Show.

    The SVG Podcast is for the sports video production professional looking to keep up with the latest in sports video production operations, and technology. The program features interviews with some of the biggest, most influential names in the sports video business talking trends and topics that are making an impact on the industry.

  2. Friday, September 8, 2017 14 - Jamie Reynolds, VP of Production, ESPN at the US Open On this edition of The SVG Podcast, we are are live at the US Open in Flushing, NY, to sit down with ESPN VP of Production Jamie Reynolds. Now in its third year of an 11-year rights deal, ESPN will have delivered more than 130 hours of coverage on ESPN and ESPN2 and 1300-plus hours of streaming coverage by the time the tour concludes on Sunday. In addition, ESPN is once again playing the role of host broadcaster, serving the USTA and its international rights-holders.

    A fixture of ESPN’s Grand Slam production team for more than a decade, Reynolds oversees ESPN’s productions at the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open.

    SVG’s Chief Editor Jason Dachman sat down with Reynolds at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (NTC) on the Friday of Championship Weekend to discuss his team’s production efforts this year at the Open. In addition, Reynolds discussed how the NTC’s continuing renovations have impacted ESPN, the latest technology being utilized for the production, how his team keeps up with the massive amount of content being produced, his contrasting production philosophy for covering ESPN’s three Grand Slams, and much more.

    The SVG Podcast is for the sports video production professional looking to keep up with the latest in sports video production operations, and technology. The program features interviews with some of the biggest, most influential names in the sports video business talking trends and topics that are making an impact on the industry.

  3. Friday, August 18, 2017 BONUS EPISODE: Incoming Pac-12 Networks President Mark Shuken In this bonus episode of The SVG Podcast, we get a few minutes to chat with the newly-introduced President of the Pac-12 Networks, Mark Shuken.

    Shukin - thirty-year veteran of the regional sports network industry - brings with him a loaded executive and production background that recently saw him lead the creation and branding of three RSNs for the Los Angeles Lakers, LA Dodgers, and LA Galaxy for Time Warner Cable Sports Networks.

    While he doesn’t officially take over until September 6, Shuken joined us to speak about his excitement for the opportunity, how he sees the networks further innovating in production and operational techniques, and where he sees growth coming for a network that is already five years old.

    The SVG Podcast is for the sports video production professional looking to keep up with the latest in sports video production operations, and technology. The program features interviews with some of the biggest, most influential names in the sports video business talking trends and topics that are making an impact on the industry.

  4. Thursday, August 17, 2017 13 - Rob Mikulicka, Director of Operations, ESL On this edition of the show we take a look at the much-hyped world of esports. Platforms like Twitch, YouTube, Daily Motion, Azubu, and much more have been bringing live esports streams to gamers around the world for some time, but now major networks are getting into the mix.

    We’re here to talk about the aspect of it that’s most near and dear to our hearts: the broadcasting of it.

    We welcome Rob Mikulicka, the director of operations for ESL on the show. Rob has an extensive television background going back to his days at NBC Sports and NEP. Now he’s taken on the role of cracking the code of how to best produce and broadcast a live esports event for multi-platform distribution. How does he tell that story and what technology does he use to do it?

    He answered those questions on the stage at our LiveTV:LA conference out in Universal City last month.

    The SVG Podcast is for the sports video production professional looking to keep up with the latest in sports video production operations, and technology. The program features interviews with some of the biggest, most influential names in the sports video business talking trends and topics that are making an impact on the industry.

  5. Wednesday, August 2, 2017 12 - Legendary Producer David Hill Anyone in live television knows the name. Legendary producer David Hill launched Sky Sports in the UK and Fox Sports in the United States and served as executive producer of massive live television programs like the Academy Awards, X Factor, and American Idol.

    In this keynote conversation from our LiveTV:LA conference, Hill expounded on everything from the inspiration he has drawn from millennial viewers to why he is bullish on darts, esports, and continuously changing his approach to storytelling.

    The SVG Podcast is for the sports video production professional looking to keep up with the latest in sports video production operations, and technology. The program features interviews with some of the biggest, most influential names in the sports video business talking trends and topics that are making an impact on the industry.

     
  6. Wednesday, July 19, 2017 11 - Stephen Master, Global Head of Sports Practice, The Nielsen Company Nielsen ratings have long been the currency in sports television, but how is that data reflecting the rapidly evolving live sports industry?

    On this episode of The SVG Podcast, we chat with Stephen Master, Global Head of Sports Practice at The Nielsen Company to discuss the current health of the live sports market, how Total Audience is establishing itself as the new measuring stick for ratings, and what he thinks about the future potential of esports, soccer, and much more.

    The SVG Podcast is for the sports video production professional looking to keep up with the latest in sports video production operations, and technology. The program features interviews with some of the biggest, most influential names in the sports video business talking trends and topics that are making an impact on the industry.

     

  7. Wednesday, July 5, 2017 10 - Chris Bevilacqua, Co-founder, Bevilacqua Helfant Venture There are few people in the business with a better finger on the pulse of the state of the sports television business and the future of rights than Chris Bevilacqua, co-founder of the New York City-based Bevilacqua Helfant Venture.

    In this episode of the show, Bevilacqua stops by to discuss the healthy of the sports TV business, what he's analyzing as the industry anticipates the next round of major rights deals beginning in 2021, and his take on the ever-present question: is there a sports-rights bubble?

    The SVG Podcast is for the sports video production professional looking to keep up with the latest in sports video production operations, and technology. The program features interviews with some of the biggest, most influential names in the sports video business talking trends and topics that are making an impact on the industry. 

  8. Wednesday, June 21, 2017 09 - Fox Sports' SVP, Field and Technical Operations Michael Davies Between the U.S. Open, the UEFA Champions League Final, NASCAR, the MLB All-Star Game, the Confederations Cup, and the Gold Cup, summer is a hot time of the year at Fox Sports.

    Michael Davies, SVP, Field and Technical Operations joins the show to discuss what to expect from all of these projects and to update us on the innovative work being done at Fox Sports Labs.

    Davies offers his take on the latest with 4K/UHD, his view from the trenches on the prospect of virtual reality, and much more.

    The SVG Podcast is for the sports video production professional looking to keep up with the latest in sports video production operations, and technology. The program features interviews with some of the biggest, most influential names in the sports video business talking trends and topics that are making an impact on the industry.  

  9. Wednesday, June 7, 2017 08 - ESPN's Lee Fitting and Tom Rinaldi Go Behind the Scenes of College GameDay In a captivating conversation, Lee Fitting, senior coordinating producer, college sports, ESPN, speaks with ESPN correspondent Tom Rinaldi about the history of one of the most influential programs in the history of sports television: College GameDay.

    The duo discussed everything from how GameDay sites are selected and their favorite signs in the crowd to their philosophies on leadership, risk-taking, and storytelling.

    NOTE: This conversation was part of the SVG College Sports Summit and was recorded on June 1 in Atlanta, Ga.

    The SVG Podcast is for the sports video production professional looking to keep up with the latest in sports video production operations, and technology. The program features interviews with some of the biggest, most influential names in the sports video business talking trends and topics that are making an impact on the industry.

     

  10. Wednesday, May 24, 2017 07 - Chairmen's Roundtable Graduation Special It's graduation season and there's lot of talented young men and women across the country looking to break into the sports video production industry. Maybe you are one of them!

    We have gathered the three chairmen in SVG's history to offer some career advice for the sports TV rookies out there. Ken Aagaard, EVP of Innovation and New Technology for CBS Sports; Steve Hellmuth, EVP, Media Operations and Technology at the NBA; and Tom Sahara, VP, Operations and Technology at Turner Sports join our Ken Kerschbaumer on this episode of The SVG Podcast.

    They will discuss how to stand out as a potential candidate, how to land an interview and best prepare for it, how to work your way up the ladder, and offer up some more useful tips along the way.

    The SVG Podcast is for the sports video production professional looking to keep up with the latest in sports video production operations, and technology. The program features interviews with some of the biggest, most influential names in the sports video business talking trends and topics that are making an impact on the industry.

      

  11. Tuesday, May 9, 2017 06 - AT&T Entertainment Group's John Ward and Peshala Pehalawatta Talk 4K, HDR At the 2017 Masters Tournament, CBS Sports and DirecTV partnered for the second straight year to produce and distribute select holes from Augusta in 4K. It's just the latest in what's been a calendar year full of events ranging from MLB Network games to Notre Dame football, NASCAR races, and much more that have flown across DirecTV's air in 4K/UHD.  

    John Ward, SVP of Content Operations and Peshala Pehalawatta, Senior Video Technologist from AT&T Entertainment Group join Brandon Costa and Jason Dachman on this episode of The SVG Podcast to discuss the latest in their experiences in 4K production, the rise of high-dynamic range (HDR), and how the company manages its relationships with all of the sports broadcasters out there that are looking to get into the 4K/UHD game.

    The SVG Podcast is for the sports video production professional looking to keep up with the latest in sports video production operations, and technology. The program features interviews with some of the biggest, most influential names in the sports video business talking trends and topics that are making an impact on the industry.

  12. Monday, April 24, 2017 05 - Abby Schneider & Roxanne Joseph, Engineers, Game Creek Video Recruiting new, young, and diverse talent into the sports video production community has been an on-going challenge across the industry. Among the mobile production facility providers who have taken that challenge head on is Game Creek Video, who run a successful outfit called the "Apprenticeship Program."

    Two successful products of that program are Abby Schneider and Roxanne Joseph, two engineers (EICs) that have become regular contributors on compounds. The two got the unique chance to work together on a production when they both supported a broadcast of a NHL game between the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden back in February.

    SVG senior editor Karen Hogan sits down with Abby and Roxanne to discuss what its like being a young engineer in today's rapidly changing media space, where they see the industry going, their advice for others looking to crack into the business, and what its like to be a female in a predominantly male industry.

    The SVG Podcast is a show designed specifically for the sports video production professional and will bring you new episodes every other Wednesday. The program features interviews with some of the biggest, most influential names in the sports video business talking trends and topics that are making an impact on the industry.

  13. Wednesday, April 12, 2017 04 - Eli Velasquez, EVP, Programming, Production, and Content, Telemundo Deportes Eli Velazquez, EVP, programming production and content at Telemundo Deportes, leads the division’s sports programming, acquisitions and production. Working closely with NBC Sports, he coordinates resources and existing production capabilities to provide Telemundo Network, Universo, and their respective digital platforms with high-quality sports content. The longtime Telemundo veteran has a busy two years ahead with the Confederations Cup this summer and FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia.

    On this episode of The SVG Podcast, chief editor Jason Dachman sits with Velazquez to discuss Telemundo’s plans for both events, the broadcaster’s new production facility in Miami that is set to open next year, reflections on the 2016 Rio Olympics, his view on next-gen technology like 4K and VR, and how Telemundo is serving Spanish-speaking fans on a multitude of platforms and devices.

    The SVG Podcast is a show designed specifically for the sports video production professional and will bring you new episodes every other Wednesday, beginning March 29.

    The program features interviews with some of the biggest names in the sports video business talking trends and topics that are making an impact on the industry.

  14. Wednesday, April 12, 2017 03 - Olek Loewenstein, SVP, Strategy and Operations, Univision Deportes In just five years, the 24-hour cable sports network Univision Deportes has quickly established itself as an innovation and production powerhouse. The outfit is providing more than 80 live game productions per month and, from its Miami facility, an average of six hours of studio programming a day.

    Our chief editor Jason Dachman sat down with Olek Loewenstein, SVP of strategy and operations, sports, to discuss how the Facebook Live efforts will impact production; the evolution of Univision’s at-home production model for MLS matches; plans for 4K, HDR, and VR; new tech toys to be used for this summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup coverage; Univision Deportes’ progress; and how the new Miami production facility has enhanced its sports content.

    Univision Deportes on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UnivisionDeportes/

    The SVG Podcast is a show designed specifically for the sports video production professional and will bring you new episodes every other Wednesday, beginning March 29.

    The program features interviews with some of the biggest names in the sports video business talking trends and topics that are making an impact on the industry.

  15. Wednesday, March 29, 2017 02 - Stephen Hellmuth, EVP, Media Operations and Technology, NBA On this episode, we are joined by Stephen Hellmuth, Executive Vice President of Media Operations and Technology at the NBA and a former chairman of Sports Video Group.

    Hellmuth discusses the league’s new NBA Mobile View offering and the workflow behind that, his take on 4K and virtual reality, and much more.

    This is episode 2 of the two-episode launch of The SVG Podcast. This show is designed specifically for the sports video production professional and will bring you new episodes every other Wednesday featuring interviews with some of the biggest names in the sports video business talking trends and topics that are making an impact on the industry.

  16. Tuesday, March 28, 2017 01 - NBC Olympics President Gary Zenkel and The Olympic Channel In our first episode of The SVG Podcast, we turn our focus to The Olympic Channel. Launched as an OTT offering by the Olympic Broadcasting Services, The Olympic Channel is available in numerous countries around the world and is dedicated to bringing greater exposure to Olympic events and Olympic athletes year-round. NBC Sports is the US rights holder and is, in fact, expected to launch a linear version of The Olympic Channel sometime this summer.

    To break it all down, we got the chance to sit with President of NBC Olympics and President, Operations & Strategy for NBC Sports Group Gary Zenkel.

    He discusses NBC’s role in the continued growth of The Olympic Channel, what makes this different from the now-defunct Universal Sports Network, and why he would want to launch a linear sports channel in today's media climate?

    NOTE: This conversation was part of SVG’s IP Production Forum and was recorded on March 1 up in Stamford, Connecticut. The interview is conducted by SVG's Executive Director of Editorial Services Ken Kerschbaumer.

  17. Tuesday, March 28, 2017 Welcome to The SVG Podcast Welcome to The SVG Podcast, our new show for the sports video production professional looking to keep their finger on the pulse of the latest trends in technology, workflows, and strategy.

    We will bring you in-depth interviews with some of the biggest names in the business and even give you peeks into some of the best conversations going on at the many SVG events we host nationwide.

    You'll receive new episodes of The SVG Podcast every other Wednesday, beginning March 29.

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