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Friday, March 27, 2020Bleacher Report’s Raphael Poplock Previews Plans for Evolution in 2020Bleacher Report has blossomed into a sports fan's go-to destination for the latest information. Despite all of the company's success, it's imperative that this fan-favorite continue to develop new ways to engage new audiences. At the SVG Sports OTT Forum, our Jason Dachman chatted with Raphael Poplock, SVP, business development and strategic partnerships, Bleacher Report, about how the mobile application is improving its content profile, including legalized sports betting and what fans can expect from B/R in the coming months.Wednesday, March 25, 2020NBC Sports' Chad Hudson Recaps 2019 NHL, NFL, NASCAR, IndyCar Graphics PackageA lot of preparation and execution goes into a year's worth of content for NBC Sports. Throughout the sports calendar, different techniques and styles are incorporated in the on-air graphics of their massive programming catalog. At the SVG Sports Graphics Forum, Chad Hudson, art director, NBC Sports, recapped graphics from the network's entire portfolio, including Sunday Night Football, NHL, motorsports like NASCAR and IndyCar, Premier League, and more.Wednesday, March 25, 2020Tracey Shaw Recounts Logistics of the WWE Network RebrandWhether it’s linear television or digital streaming, a lot goes into any sort of relaunch. With thousands of domestic employees and an additional number of partners working internationally, putting together the renewed WWE Network was a difficult task to manage. At the SVG Sports OTT Forum, our Kristian Hernandez sat down with Tracey Shaw, SVP, global strategy and innovation, WWE, to discuss the company's goal and expectations prior to the relaunch, how she herded this large workforce in the right direction, and how the three-letter corporation is faring since the project's completion.Monday, March 23, 2020drive studio's Nick DiNapoli on the Rapid Evolution of Broadcast GraphicsOver the history of televised sports, graphics have continuously undergone a state of change. Now, more than ever, broadcasters and production houses both have to account for a heightened turnover in trends. At the SVG Sports Graphics Forum, Nick DiNapoli, founder and creative director, drive studio, detailed the evolution of multiple types of on-air elements, including insert graphics, live event branding, and real-time graphics that involve augmented and virtual reality.Monday, March 23, 2020Juan Rotger on La Liga's Continued Fight Against OTT PiracyAs rightsholders and broadcasters place sports content behind digital paywalls, many consumers will do whatever it takes to get their sports fix. All leagues and networks deal with the rampant practice of online piracy, but one league in particular is doing what it can to fight back as aggressively as possible. At the recent SVG Sports OTT Forum, our Ken Kerschbaumer sat down with Juan Rotger, global content protection manager, La Liga, to discuss how they protect their matches with anti-piracy measures, team up with other sports entities to spread awareness, and ways their strategy can change in the future.Thursday, March 19, 2020Turner Sports' Jordan Shorthouse Dives Deep Into NBA All-Star Weekend GraphicsTurner Sports always puts their best foot forward when the calendar rolls around to NBA All-Star Weekend. For the 2020 edition, the on-air graphics team relied on classical and traditional pillars of design. At the SVG Sports Graphics Forum, Jordan Shorthouse, creative director, Turner Sports, discusses why the broadcaster implemented two-dimensional elements and how they leaned heavily on the lifestyle of the game's host city, Chicago.Wednesday, March 18, 2020SVG Technology In Action Webinar: Your Streaming Footprint In Uncertain Times and CircumstancesIn these times of extreme change and uncertainty, the sports video industry is rapidly adjusting its strategies for live content, while also planning ahead for when things return to a sense of normalcy. This is especially true for the college sports space, where all events have been canceled for the remainder of the academic year. In the latest SVG Technology in Action Webinar, we are joined by Imry Halevi, Assistant Director of Athletics, Multimedia and Production at Harvard University to share how Crimson Athletics and their Ivy League colleagues are handling content at a time with no events. In addition, we’ll also address some big picture planning for your live event streaming strategies. How is Harvard leveraging cellular bonding technology to expand its production capabilities, cover more sports, and increase fan engagement? Plus, get an inside look at how his team pulled off a completely unique live production of the Harvard alpine and nordic ski team’s inaugural Harvard Carnival that was streamed live to ESPN+. Featuring: Imry Halevi, Harvard University, Assistant Director of Athletics, Multimedia and Production Janel Fleming, LiveU, Director of Sales and Sales Group Manager, Sports Moderator: Brandon Costa, SVG, Director of DigitalWednesday, March 18, 2020Octagon's William Mao Assesses the Present, Future Landscape of OTT Media RightsLike anything in the digital world, it evolves extremely quickly. In 2020, businesses operating in this ecosystem are still finding their footing in the overall sports media landscape. With more and more states legalizing the practice of sports betting, the market is continuing to align with the times. At the SVG Sports OTT Forum, our Kristian Hernandez caught up with William Mao, VP, media rights consulting division, Octagon, about where consumers and providers currently stand in the rapidly-changing OTT bubble, how gambling opportunities can cause a ripple effect throughout the live streaming industry, and the potential talking points that can arise in the coming months.Wednesday, March 18, 2020ESPN’s Tim O’Shaughnessy Dissects Current Trends in College Sports GraphicsCreativity in the collegiate sector of sports-video production is experiencing a bit of a boom recently. With the looming presence of social media and many universities buying into the process, both still and motion graphics have greatly improved. At the SVG Sports Graphics Forum, Tim O’Shaughnessy, creative director, ESPN, participated in the "State of the Arts 2020: Creative-Design Trends That Are Transforming the Industry" panel and broke down the stylistic choices made in the new ACC Network and refurbished SEC Network templates, technologies and contemporary influences that are leaving an impression on the network's portfolio, and where graphics creation may head in the future.Tuesday, March 17, 2020Jared Smith Walks Through the Relaunch of the WWE NetworkFor fans that love the drama, storytelling, and high-flying stunts of WWE, a good majority of them are consumers of the WWE Network. Despite its success, the three-letter corporation began overhauling its entire OTT platform after moving away from Disney Streaming Services. At the Sports OTT Forum, our Jason Dachman chatted with about the company's decision to incorporate fan feedback leading up to the renovation, how they when about choosing the correct partners to collaborate with, how they kept a constant line of internal communication going, and how their fanbase is reacting to the revamped service.Monday, March 16, 2020UFC's Alon Cohen on Fight Sports in a World of Legalized BettingAs of March of 2020, sports gambling is operating legally in 15 states while five more have passed it and are preparing for a full launch. That growing trend has sports leagues bolstering their gaming opportunities for consumers. At the SVG Sports Graphic Forum, our Jason Dachman caught up with Alon Cohen, SVP R&D, 3027 Lead for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) to discuss the platforms and products they are preparing to put in place to bring more engaging sports betting options to fight fans.Wednesday, March 11, 2020Univision Deportes' Alexis Salinas on Upgrading the TUDN Brand, Interactivity Within AR GraphicsAt the tail end of 2019, Univision Deportes and Grupo Televisa launched an initiative to brand the two companies together as TUDN. Over the last few months, the TUDN brand has continued to innovate its on-air graphics package with augmented reality at the forefront. At the SVG Sports Graphics Forum, our Kristian Hernandez and Alexis Salinas, senior director, technical creative services, Univision Deportes spoke about the recent progress of the new brand, how operations are being handled in both Miami and Mexico City, and ways in which interactive tools are being integrated into their augmented reality use.Monday, March 9, 2020Big Studios' Joss Meinert on the Possibilities of AR, Volumetric Capture in Graphics CreationThe graphics portion of the sports video production industry has never had more options to work with. While many are continuing to get the job done with two-dimensional layers, recent work in augmented reality, mixed reality, and volumetric capture are opening up new lanes for creative freedom. At the recent SVG Sports Graphics Forum, our Brandon Costa chatted with Joss Meinert, owner/director, Big Studios, about the new avenues and opportunities that these technologies can present and how the fan experience within esports can be enhanced by immersive graphics executed by real-time rendering and gaming engines.Friday, March 6, 2020CBS Sports' JP LoMonaco on a Wild Year of Innovation in Sports GraphicsFrom three-dimensional insert graphics to augmented reality and design for streaming platforms, its an incredibly innovative era in the history of live sports graphics. At the SVG Sports Graphics Forum, CBS Sports' VP, On-Air Graphics and Design and 2020 SVG Graphics Committee Chairman JP LoMonaco chatted with our Jason Dachman about the trends in the industry that are standing out to him and what its like to be a part of such a collaborative community.Wednesday, March 4, 2020Vizrt's Pino Barile Previews New Graphics Lineup, Upcoming Plans for NAB 2020As broadcast and OTT graphics continue to incorporate both traditional and new-aged ideas, technology needs to keep up with that constant speed of evolution. For newer applications like augmented reality, the vendor has never played a bigger role in on-air execution as it does now. At the SVG Sports Graphics Forum, our Brandon Costa spoke with Pino Barile, sales manager, Vizrt, who represented the event's title sponsor, about the company's reorganization to include NewTek and NDI, current products helping the industry, and a preview of things to come at the NAB Show 2020 in April.Tuesday, March 3, 2020Turner Sports' Jordan Shorthouse on 2D Graphics Execution During NBA All-Star WeekendThe NBA property is one that holds a lot of value to Turner Sports. And as the torchbearer of the annual NBA All-Star Weekend, the broadcaster displayed sleek and clean graphics in the Windy City despite the unexpected death of one of the sport's icons. At the SVG Sports Graphics Forum, our Brandon Costa and Jordan Shorthouse, Turner Sports discussed the deviation from the regular-season package for a special look during the midseason matchup, why a two-dimensional style was heavily leaned on in an industry dominated by multi-dimensional designs, and ways in which they honored the sudden passing of Kobe Bryant through visuals.Monday, March 2, 2020ESPN's Belca Bedoya-Pedyna on Adapting Linear Programming to OTT PlatformsImplementing an engaging graphics package on broadcast television can be challenging on its own. With the continued emergence of viewing content on nonlinear platforms, creatives are tasked with adjusting their parameters to capture the OTT audience. At the SVG Sports Graphics Forum, our Brandon Costa caught up with Belca Bedoya-Pedyna, lead designer, motion graphics, ESPN, about the process of transitioning treasured linear shows like SportsCenter onto Snapchat and other social media outlets, developing elements that will only be seen by digital consumers, and establishing efficient workflows that can churn out high-quality video at a quick pace.Friday, February 28, 2020“Spike” Szykowny on How ESPN Reimagined its NFL Graphics PackageThe ESPN Creative team embarked on a massive project in 2019, creating an NFL graphics package that changed its core design landscape and highlighted the intensity and passion found only in pro football. At the SVG Sports Graphics Forum, our Kristian Hernandez spoke with Michael “Spike” Szykowny, Senior Director, Motion Graphics and Production Planning for ESPN Creative Services to get an inside look at the library of design elements that uniquely showcases NFL players and teams and about their innovative build strategy.Saturday, February 15, 2020Live From Daytona 500: Fox Sports' Mike Davies and Dave Hill Preview Network's 20th Straight SeasonThe mark of a prosperous network is the craving to always evolve in a positive way. For Fox Sports, developing new and innovative ways to engage fans has always been their go-to philosophy, and at the Daytona 500, racing's most high-profile event is a big enough reason to try and stay ahead of the game At the Daytona 500, SVG Associate Editor Kristian Hernandez spoke with Mike Davies, SVP, technical and field operations, Fox Sports, and David Hill, director, motorsports operations, Fox Sports, about new tech deployments like the FPV racing drone and 80-foot Strada Crane, how offsite locations in Charlotte are alleviating stress, and how the network's production has improved since they first came onsite at the turn of the century.Friday, January 31, 2020Super Bowl LIV: Fox Sports' Rod Conti Gives a Tour of Network's Stunning South Beach CampusThree studios, two demo areas, two tower structures filling nine acres of production and support workspace piloted by more than 350 production, technical, and support staff, Fox Sports' studio activation in South Beach is a television achievement. Rod Conti, VP of Operations for Fox Sports gives a tour of the sets to explain how his team prioritized achieving a "sense of place" for viewers at home through various tools, a commitment to designing a clean look free of excessive cabling and prominent PA speakers, and an impressive design from their set design partner, Filmwerks.Friday, January 31, 2020Super Bowl LIV: Fox Sports' Michael Davies Goes Deep on Net's Epic Technological Super Bowl EffortThe Super Bowl is one of those events that annually raises the bar for what is capable (and expected in the future) in a live sports production. This year is no different as Fox Sports has brought an ambition operation to Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL. Mike Davies, SVP, Technical and Field Operations, Fox Sports takes you inside the compound and the stadium to highlight some of the major technological developments that are in place for this year's Big Game. From the first Super Bowl in UHD/HDR to four 8K cameras contributing to the show, and an impressive array of aerial cable cameras, Super Bowl LIV promises to be a feast for the eyes.Wednesday, January 29, 2020SVG Summit : Closing Keynote - Chairmen PerspectivesSVG and SVG Europe are led by Mike Davies, Fox Sports, SVP, Field and Technical Operations and Alessandro Reitano, Sky Deutschland, VP of Sports Production. Our two chairmen took the stage with SVG Editorial Director Ken Kerschbaumer and SVG Europe Editorial Director Fergal Ringrose to discuss top trends and challenges for 2020 as well as new initiatives being launched by SVG that will better serve the SVG community. Co-Moderator: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Co-Executive Director, Editorial Services Co-Moderator: Fergal Ringrose, SVG Europe, Editorial Director Featuring: Mike Davies, Fox Sports, SVP, Field and Technical Operations Alessandro Reitano, Sky Deutschland, VP, Sports ProductionWednesday, January 29, 2020SVG Summit: An Inside Look Into NASCAR's At-Home ProductionsNASCAR Productions this year is producing all of its IMSA races from the NASCAR Productions facility, located in Charlotte, NC. The team is relying on production trucks designed to meet the needs of a REMI production and has spent the past season learning how to produce an event remotely, the pros and cons of the new workflow, and figuring out future opportunities. Moderator: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Co-Executive Director, Editorial Services Featuring: Mark Hull, NASCAR Productions, Senior Manager, Technical Operations Matt Stovcsik, NASCAR Productions, Director, Operations Mike Zylak, NASCAR, Senior Manager, EngineeringWednesday, January 29, 2020SVG Summit: Recent Technologies and Trends in the Remote Production BusinessThe relationship between remote production service providers and clients continues to be a dance between profitability, capability, flexibility, and trust. Learn more about the current state of the business, challenges as new technologies change the nature of sports production, and much more. Moderator: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Co-Executive Director, Editorial Services Panelists: Mary Ellen Carlyle, Dome Productions, SVP and GM Robert Carzoli, Program Productions, Chairman and CEO Stacia Fritchie, Lyon Video, General Manager Phil Garvin, Mobile TV Group, Founder and CEO Pat Sullivan, Game Creek Video, President and Founder Mike Werteen, NEP Broadcast Services, PresidentWednesday, January 29, 2020SVG Summit: The Challenge of Cybersecurity and Live Sports TVObtaining cybersecurity in the arena of live television production has always been a difficult task to achieve. A panel of rights holders, third-party vendors, and equipment manufacturers discussed its status in the live sports compound. How can everyone work together with the common goal of securing productions both in the stadium and back in the studio? This session provided an update on the development of an ongoing series of Recommendations and Best Practices that outline suggested industry-approved controls for use in the sports-production industry. Moderator: Tom Sahara, Media Technologist and Advisor; SVG, Content Security Work Group, Co-Chair Panelists: Michael Cronk, Grass Valley, VP, Core Technology Jason Taubman, Game Creek Video, SVP, Technology Dan Turk, NEP Group, VP and Chief EngineerMonday, January 20, 2020SVG Summit: Sky Sports' Duncan East Recaps Successful Year With Volumetric CaptureAcross the pond, Sky Sports continues to be a company that lives at the forefront of technological innovation. This year, the use of volumetric capture at tournaments like the 148th Open Championship is a VR application that will forever change the way video analysis is done. At the SVG Summit, Director of Digital Brandon Costa and Duncan East, head, directors and creative, Sky Sports, chat about the success of some of their deployments in 2019, how they improved on volumetric capture in the concept's second season, and what technologies that are on Sky's wishlist in 2020.Monday, January 20, 2020SVG Summit: ESR's Wendy Wang Explains the Decision of Forming a 24/7 Esports ChannelLike other mainstream television outlets, ESR is taking a page out of the traditional sports playbook. As the first official 24/7 esports channel in the United States, the company is able to supply content for avid gamers to binge whenever they want. With the conclusion of their second year of operation, the channel is keen on making more traction in the coming year. At the SVG Summit, Associate Editor Kristian Hernandez and Wendy Wang, CEO, ESR 24/7 Esports Channel, broke down the structure of the platform, why ESR decided to execute a 24/7 model, what style of content is working the best, and what can be done in 2020 to increase growth.Monday, January 20, 2020SVG Summit: Mike Morrison Divulges ESPN's Legalized Sports Betting Strategy, New Las Vegas StudioWhen the act of sports betting was legalized, the floodgates became opened to a newly discovered stream of content and revenue. For ESPN, television programming like Daily Wager is giving an inside look at the day's major sporting events and where their bets should lie. At the SVG Summit, Chief Editor Jason Dachman and Mike Morrison, VP, business development, ESPN, discuss other ways that the network is educating and helping consumers that are active in sports betting and the progress of their brand-new studio being built inside of The LINQ Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.Thursday, January 16, 2020SVG Summit: Turner Sports' Chris Brown Outlines Features of Bleacher Report Studio, NEP SS8 TruckWhen it comes time to close out every calendar year, Turner Sports always has an imprint on some of sports' biggest events. Outside of the realm of live television production, the network dipped its toes in the legalized sports betting waters with a new studio on the Las Vegas strip. At the SVG Summit, Chief Editor Jason Dachman and Chris Brown, VP, operations and technology, Turner Sports, chatted about the new Bleacher Report studio in Las Vegas' Caesars Palace, the role of NEP's SS8 mobile production unit, and a sneak peek at some technological elements to expect at the 2020 NBA All-Star Game in Chicago.Thursday, January 16, 2020SVG Summit: ESPN's Meg Aronowitz Details the Relationship Between ACC Network, 15 Conference SchoolsBefore launching the ACC Network, ESPN did their homework and worked diligently with the production teams of all 15 schools. From creating a healthy relationship that spurned creative collaboration or evaluating the progress and final product of control room buildouts, the network has been alongside the conference from the beginning. At the SVG Summit, Associate Editor Kristian Hernandez and Meg Aronowitz, coordinating producer II, ESPN, break down how ESPN assisted the schools with their own specific set of needs, how the ACC Network is operating since the launch, and where they will be after its first full year of operations in August 2020.Wednesday, January 15, 20202019 SVG Summit Recap VideoWednesday, January 15, 2020SVG Summit: Blizzard's Pete Emminger Previews Home & Away Format for Overwatch, Call of Duty LeaguesBlizzard Entertainment is one of the busiest entities in esports. Whether driving the competitions that go on in the Overwatch League or handling productions of BlizzCon, the company's largest event that promotes their biggest gaming franchises, the calendar is filled with plenty of large scale events. At the SVG Summit, SVG Associate Editor Kristian Hernandez and Pete Emminger, VP, global broadcast, Activision Blizzard Esports, took time to tease the home and away method of next year's Overwatch League and inaugural Call of Duty League seasons, how the annual BlizzCon production went, what is in the organization's plans in 2020, and what could potentially be on the table moving forward.Tuesday, January 14, 2020SVG On Demand: ESPN's Amy Rosenfeld Walks Through the Process of Launching the ACC NetworkOn Aug. 22 of last year, the ACC Network launched its linear operations for the first time. Since then, ESPN's newest conference platform is incorporating the hard-working production teams of the 15 member institutions and is facilitating a full slate of programming from their own studio in Bristol, CT.  At the SVG Summit, Brandon Costa and Amy Rosenfield, VP, production, ESPN walked through the process of launching the new ESPN entity, how the network is maintaining their strong line of communication with the schools, and what is left in the tank to deploy in their second year in 2020.Friday, January 10, 2020SVG Summit: LiveU's Janel Fleming Lays Out 2020 Agenda in HEVC, At-Home ProductionIn the streaming game, LiveU's HEVC offerings have become a go-to option when developing a live production with stability and efficiency. Despite the success on the digital side, the company greatly enhanced their at-home production model over the last year for clients at the linear end of the spectrum. At the SVG Summit, SVG Associate Editor Kristian Hernandez and Janel Fleming, sales manager, sports, LiveU, discussed these massive improvements in 2019, what products will be available for the sports video production industry over the next 12 months, and boxes that they want to have checked off by the conclusion of 2020.Wednesday, January 8, 2020SVG Summit: Quantum's Eric Bassier Discusses Upcoming Trends in the Storage SectorQuantum remains as one of the premier storage providers in the sports video production industry. Heading into the next calendar year, the company is ready to help the community's media management needs. At the SVG Summit, Eric Bassier, senior director, global product marketing, Quantum spoke with SVG Director of Digital Brandon Costa about important updates made in 2019, trends in the storage sector that they're seeing, and exciting projects on the horizon in 2020.Monday, January 6, 2020SVG Summit: Sky Deutschland's Alessandro Reitano Speaks on Tenure as SVG Europe ChairmanSky Deutschland is one of the most technologically advanced networks over in Europe. VP of Sports Production Alessandro Reitano has been one of the individuals that are pushing the company towards broadcast applications in virtual reality and the like. To boot, Reitano is heading up the efforts of our sister company, SVG Europe, as its Chairman. At the SVG Summit 2019, Reitano and SVG Director of Digital Brandon Costa caught up to reflect on the innovations deployed by the company this past year, what it means for him to lead SVG Europe, and the potential opportunities that the position will allow for collaboration in 2020.Monday, January 6, 2020SVG Summit: Dan Marshall Recounts AWS's Significant Development in the CloudLike many years, AWS is always up to something that will enhance the content creation within the sports video production community. 2019, in particular, marked landmark progress for their efforts in the cloud. At the 2019 SVG Summit, SVG Director of Digital Brandon Costa and Dan Marshall, SVP, worldwide sales, an d services, AWS chat about the company's enhancements regarding applications in the cloud and topics that will be at the top of the list in 2020 including sports betting.Saturday, January 4, 2020SVG Summit: How CBS Sports Delivered Every Shot, Every Hole at The MastersIn 2018, the team at Augusta National had the idea to create an Every Shot, Every Hole production, and they presented the challenge to CBS Sports to create the innovative system. In April, at the 2019 Masters the vision became a reality when the groundbreaking system debuted allowing the viewers at home, for the first time ever, to see every shot from every hole by every golfer. At the 2019 SVG Summit, Brian Carr, Founding Partner of Thumbwar; Mike Francis, VP, Remote Engineering and Planning at CBS Sports; and Patty Power, EVP, Operations and Engineering at CBS Sports share an overview of the production efforts, how it came together, and how the future of major golf production may never be the same. This session is moderated by Brandon Costa, Director of Digital at SVG.Saturday, January 4, 2020SVG Summit: Sky Sports on How Volumetric Capture Changes EverythingVideo analysis is very much a one-dimensional experience with analysts relying on flat images taken from one angle at a time to provide insights into athletic performance. At the 2019 Open Championship, Sky Sports changed all that with the use of 120 cameras to capture volumetric video of the world’s best golfers in action. The question now is what does volumetric mean for your organization? At the 2019 SVG Summit, Duncan East, Head of Directors and Creative at Sky Sports breaks down the project and wrestles with what it means for the future of sports television with Ken Kerschbaumer, Co-Executive Director, Editorial Services at SVG.Saturday, January 4, 2020SVG Summit: Gambling and What It Means to the Sports Media BusinessGambling. It’s on everybody’s and every state’s mind as a means to not only drive revenue growth but also ratings as viewers will have more reasons to tune in. At the 2019 SVG Summit, key execs with experience in designing content for the sports better answer key questions like: how are broadcasters approaching gambling from a programming standpoint? Do regional sports networks have an advantage compared to national networks? And how quickly will the legalized betting landscape evolve? Panelists: Steve Byrd, Sportradar, Head of Global Strategic Partnerships Mike Morrison, ESPN, VP, Business Development Damon Phillips, NBC Sports Washington, SVP and GM Moderator: Jason Dachman, SVG, Chief EditorThursday, January 2, 20202020 Winter Classic: NBC Sports' James Stuart Breaks Down Tech Coverage at the Historic Cotton BowlThe act of ushering in a new year is not complete without the NHL Winter Classic on NBC. To start 2020, the yearly event traveled down to Cotton Bowl Stadium on the Texas State Fairgrounds. Amongst a full fleet of technology, many major debuts were made including the Peacock Pit Box, two new jib cameras, and an unprecedented look inside the NHL Replay room. At the legendary Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, SVG Associate Editor Kristian Hernandez spoke with James Stuart, senior director, operations, NBC Sports Group about the new technology used at the New Year's Day tradition, how the 90-year-old venue offered some production hurdles, and why this event has become such a huge property for the network.Thursday, January 2, 2020David Stern: A TributeDavid Stern, the longest-serving commissioner in NBA history and the leader who oversaw the league’s massive growth during his three decades at the helm, died on January 1, 2020 at the age of 77. During three decades as NBA commissioner, David Stern oversaw an era of unprecedented revenue growth and worldwide expansion en route to solidifying his legacy as one of the greatest commissioners in the history of pro sports. Stern was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2014. Relive his tremendous career through this tribute video from his Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame induction.Monday, December 30, 2019SVG Summit: Keynote Conversation with Peter Hutton, Director, Global Sports Partnerships at FacebookPeter Hutton is no stranger to the sports media landscape. As the former CEO of Eurosport and co-CEO of MP & Silva, the veteran executive now finds himself at the center of sports and social media at Facebook as the platform's Director, Global Sports Partnerships. In this conversation from the 2019 SVG Summit, learn how Facebook is looking to unlock sponsorship opportunities; drive ticket, merchandise, and subscription sales; as well as its efforts around live rights and much more. The session is moderated by Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Co-Executive Director, Editorial Services.Friday, December 27, 2019SVG Summit: The NBA Summer League and 5G Smartphone ProductionThis past summer, the NBA offered up a world first, producing a game using nothing more than Samsung 5G phones. How did the project come together? What was involved, and did it really work as promised? At the 2019 SVG Summit, key production execs discussed the effort, lessons learned, and what’s next. Panelists: Paul Benedict, NBA, Associate VP, Broadcasting Content Management Steve Hellmuth, NBA, EVP, Media Operations and Technology Dave Macdonald, AT&T Sports and Entertainment, Director of Strategy Moderator: Chris Brown, Turner Sports, VP, Operations and TechnologyFriday, December 27, 2019SVG Summit: Esports 2020 - Where Is the Industry Headed?The esports market continues to explode as traditional media companies, leagues, and even sports franchises look to become part of the ecosystem. What are some of the key trends to expect in 2020? How will esports continue to be on the ascent and what does that mean to the more traditional sports production landscape? At the 2019 SVG Summit, key players in the esports production business discuss the state of the industry. Panelists: Matt Arden, NBA, Head of Content and Media, NBA 2K League Pete Emminger, Activision Blizzard Esports, VP, Global Broadcast Wendy Wang, ESR 24/7 Esports Channel, CEO Moderator: Jason Dachman, SVG, Chief EditorThursday, December 26, 2019SVG Summit: Inside the Launch of the ACC NetworkWhen ESPN launched the ACC Network, the new 24/7 national network dedicated to ACC sports, in August, it bolstered its expansive college sports coverage. It involved collaborative work and planning with personnel from across the ACC’s 15 institutions. At the 2019 SVG Summit, ESPN executives discussed what it takes to launch a new comprehensive network in an age where linear TV and digital distribution require a steady stream of content along with new and efficient philosophies on production and operations.Monday, December 23, 2019SVG Summit: A Keynote Conversation With DAZN's VP, North America Joe MarkowskiDAZN continues to surprise the sports content and distribution world, whether with new rights deals, exclusive studio programming every bit as robust as anything in the industry, or a carriage deal with Comcast. And its international perspective gives it a solid leg up when it comes to understanding the changing landscape of OTT and broadcast sports. Joe Markowski, DAZN, EVP North America, shares his thoughts on DAZN’s strategy, its plans for the future, and why the entire industry needs to think differently when it comes to meeting the needs of sports fans. Featuring: Joe Markowski, DAZN, EVP, North America Moderator: Brandon Costa, SVG, Director of DigitalThursday, December 19, 2019SVG Sports Broadcasting Fund: Cancer Survivor Kristen Sleboda Shares Her Success StoryThe SVG Sports Broadcasting Fund is the sports industry’s first charity fund dedicated to providing assistance to industry professionals and their families in need. In 2019 alone, the Fund helped more than 30 families by easing their financial burdens in difficult times. One of those helped by the Fund was Kristen Sleboda. A 30-year veteran graphics operator, Sleboda was diagnosed with breast cancer in the summer. She shared her story at the 2019 Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame ceremony in New York City on December 17.Thursday, December 19, 2019SVG Summit: Fox Sports' Mike Davies on Why Super Bowl XIV Will Be Produced In 1080p/HDRAt the 2019 SVG Summit, Fox Sports announced that it will be producing Super Bowl XIV in 1080p HDR while also offering an upconverted 4K stream to viewers. Why won't Fox Sports produce the game in raw 4K? SVP, Field and Technical Operations Mike Davies explains.Thursday, December 19, 2019SVG Summit: A Sneak Peek at Super Bowl LIV With Fox SportsFox Sports will step into the spotlight for Super Bowl LIV and, once again, the challenge is figuring out how to manage technical innovation, production values, and storytelling. The Fox Sports production team takes the stage to discuss the big game. Panelists: Kevin Callahan, Fox Sports, Director of Technical Operations Mike Davies, Fox Sports, SVP, Field and Technical Operations Moderator: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Co-Executive Director, Editorial Services