SVG Summit 2018
Tuesday, January 15, 2019SVG Summit: Sports Production Perspective – Drivers of ChangeWhat are the most salient recent trends in the sports broadcast production sector? We’re certainly seeing constant pressure on budgets, the need for speed and multi-platform content, and the inexorable rise of eSports. Among the technology trends are IP and remote production, UHD, VR/AR and AI/machine learning. At the 2018 SVG Summit, IABM CTO Stan Moote dissects the latest research among its over 500 member companies in 55 countries to discuss these fashions and more, extracting the key statistics that will point the way forward for the sports production and broadcasting business.Tuesday, January 15, 2019SVG Summit: New Standards That Will Make a DifferenceAt the 2018 SVG Summit, SMPTE President Matthew Goldman discusses the latest advances in standards development and how they will impact the way sports content is produced, managed, and distributed. Join us for this informative session that will help you stay knowledgeable on next-generation developments.Tuesday, January 15, 2019SVG Summit: Venue Production Workshop — NBA Case StudyAt the SVG Summit 2018, the NBA's SVP of Media Technology and Operations Chris Halton discusses how the league is leveraging state-of-the-art technologies to improve the speed, quality, and transparency of statistical data from courtside to beyond.Tuesday, January 15, 2019SVG Summit: Cloud and Virtualization Workshop — The Intersection of Cloud-Based/Internal MAM SystemsLike many other industries, the cloud has driven a tremendous amount of change in the media space including shifts in consumption habits, business models, and workflows. At the 2018 SVG Summit, A+E Networks' VP of Media Infrastructure David Klee explored the increasingly blurred line between internally-maintained and cloud-hosted media management systems being used within typical broadcast video supply chains.Tuesday, January 15, 2019SVG Summit: SCM Workshop — Inside NFL Media’s MAM OverhaulAs the 2018 NFL Season heads into its final rounds, NFL Media/NFL Network upgraded their Primestream asset management system, with the goal of enhancing metadata tagging with the ingestion of GSIS data, Net Gen Stats, and Speech-to-Text transcriptions into their MAM. NFL Media also deployed Fork Xchange, which allows content to be shared between the Los Angeles and New Jersey offices for live studio show production. At the 2018 SVG Summit, NFL Media's Senior Director of Post Production and Asset Management Brad Boim dives into the league's new upgrades.Tuesday, January 15, 2019SVG Summit: Cloud and Virtualization Workshop — How the Cloud Will Power the MiLB Media RevolutionWith the 2019 Minor League Baseball season approaching, MLB has been tasked with capturing and managing video and data from more than 100 A, AA, and AAA ballparks across the country to store for archive, feed the MiLB.tv app, and generate daily highlights for its MiLB Websites. At the 2018 SVG Summit, MLB Advanced Media's Padraic Boyle (Senior Director of Enterprise Media), Dan Clark (Senior Engineer of Enterprise Media), and Nick Nolan (Senior Engineer/Media Solutions Supervisor) walked through how MLB is utilizing the cloud and virtualized infrastructure for storage, compute and transcoding as well as leveraging its cloud-based DIAMOND asset management ecosystem to manage assets, log, and deliver content for various workflows.Wednesday, January 9, 2019SVG On Demand: Game Creek Video's Pat Sullivan on the State of the Mobile Production Unit SectorAlthough the mobile production unit sector of the business experienced some changes over the last year, Game Creek Video is steadfast and has remained as one of the heavy hitters. At the 2018 SVG Summit, Pat Sullivan, president and founder, Game Creek Video, met with our Brandon Costa to touch upon the state of the mobile truck industry, major company highlights in 2018, ways in which the technical side of production is nurturing the next wave of professionals, and what lies ahead in the new year.Friday, January 4, 2019SVG Summit: Remote Production Design Update — New Trucks, New TrendsA number of new trucks hit the road in 2018. At the SVG Summit, Mark Hilton, VP, live production, Grass Valley; Joe Signorino, VP, systems integration, NEP U.S. Mobile Units; Jason Taubman, VP, design and new technology, Game Creek Video; and Peter Wehner, director of engineering, Mobile TV Group dissect their new vehicles, what new technologies made a difference in terms of future proofing and new capabilities, and what’s on the drawing board for 2019.Friday, January 4, 2019SVG On Demand: LiveU’s Dave Belding Comments on the Success of HEVC, Bonded Cellular2018 saw increased use of LiveU’s line of HEVC and bonded-cellular products. The live-production solution was deployed in a handful of high-profile events over the past year, including all of Notre Dame’s pregame festivities of the Shamrock Series at Rockefeller Center and Bryant Park in New York City. At the 2018 SVG Summit, Dave Belding, sales director, sports, LiveU, joined our Brandon Costa to reflect on the product's evolution, how the Fighting Irish is championing the tech, and what's coming in 2019.Friday, January 4, 2019SVG Summit: The Virtualized Truck — Mapping Out a Software-Based FutureThe days of dedicated hardware and dedicated networks may be a thing of the past sooner rather than later. At the SVG Summit 2018, Jeff Byle, executive producer, Fox Sports Detroit; Nick Garvin, chief operating officer, Mobile TV Group; Joop Janssen, CEO, Aperi; and Scott Rothenberg, SVP, technology and asset management, NEP Group talk about how the transition to flexible infrastructures may impact the way products and services are sold and managed, the potential downsides to this decision, and much more.Friday, January 4, 2019SVG Summit: 1080p HDR Production Workflows — Are We There Yet?When it comes to future sports production formats, is 1080p combined with HDR the sweet spot in terms of cost and performance? At the SVG Summit 2018, Craig Bernstein, senior director, remote technical operations and engineering, NBC Sports; Brad Cheney, VP, field operations and engineering, Fox Sports; Mike Francis, VP, remote engineering and planning, CBS Sports; and Rob Willox, director of marketing, media solutions, Sony assess the current state of an all 1080p workflow with or without HDR and converse about how it HDR can most easily be layered into a production. Glenn Adamo, president, Ivanhoe Media & Entertainment, moderated the session.Friday, January 4, 2019SVG Summit: Bringing Fans Closer, Making Them Smarter With Next-Gen Graphics and Data VisualizationAugmented reality, camera tracking, and other methods of data virtualization are being used more and more often to impact a live sports production. At the 2018 SVG Summit, Carol Boyle, senior creative director, creative and studio direction, ESPN; Bryan Bray, project manager and ARVS production specialist, Ross Video; Per von Rosen, product manager, broadcast, Sportradar; and Elliot Weiss, senior coordinating producer, broadcast products and services, MLB discuss new ways to use technology in order to engage with viewers. Christina Mixon, managing director, Mixon Digital, served as the moderator.Thursday, January 3, 2019SVG On Demand: MLB's Jamie Leece on the Expanded Use of Virtual RealityDuring the 2018 MLB All-Star Weekend, the first ever MLB Home Run Derby VR Championship was held during FanFest at Nationals Park. Since then, the product has been available at other marquee events such as the Little League World Series, the World Series, and specialty games in Puerto Rico and Mexico. At the 2018 SVG Summit, Jamie Leece, SVP of Games and VR, Major League Baseball, spoke to our Jason Dachman about why the league decided to launch this project, how virtual reality is resonating with fans that attend these large-scale events, and future plans to expand the game globally.Wednesday, January 2, 2019SVG On Demand: Juniper Networks' Julian Lucek Dissects the Promise of 5G Heading Into 2019Wide commercial availability of 5G networks may still be a ways off in the United States, but the technology is already beginning to have an impact on sports video production oversees. At the 2018 SVG Summit, Julian Lucek, Distinguished Systems Engineer at Juniper Networks stopped by to chat with our Brandon Costa about the impact 5G could have on the sports production business, what excites him most about 5G, and what other technological developments he's got his eye on heading into 2019.Friday, December 28, 2018SVG On Demand: CBS Sports' Jason Cohen on High-Tech PGA Championship and Future of BiometricsCBS Sports rolled out one of the most high-tech productions of the year for the PGA Championship at the Bellerive Golf Course earlier this year, including 4DReplay, RoverCam, live ball tracking, green mapping, and much more. At the 2018 SVG Summit, Jason Cohen, VP Remote Technical Operations, CBS Sports, stopped by to chat with SVG Chief Editor Jason Dachman about the PGA Championship efforts, how he sees live-sports-production technology advancing at a exponential pace in the coming years, and how he sees tools like player biometrics playing into the storytelling experience.Wednesday, December 26, 2018SVG On Demand: Fletcher Group’s Dan Grainge on New Life Under NEPFletcher Group has long been a major player in the live sports video business thanks to its innovative production tools and support. Now the company is headed in a new direction after being bought by mobile production powerhouse NEP Broadcasting. Our Brandon Costa caught up with Fletcher Group president Dan Grainge to discuss what the acquisition process was like and what it means for the company's future.Wednesday, December 19, 2018SVG On Demand: Univision's Carlos Jimenez on At-Home Production, Virtual Studios, and Gold Cup 2019Univision Deportes helped to pioneer the "at-home" production model several years ago, leveraging its broadcast center in Miami as the control room to produce MLS games across the country. In addition, Univision Deportes' studio shows have blazed the trail when it comes to augmented reality, creating sleek virtual environments and even teleporting talent from the pitch into the studio. At the 2018 SVG Summit, Carlos Jimenez, director of technology, sports and entertainment, Univision Networks, stopped by to chat with SVG Chief Editor Jason Dachman about how the organization continues to push the technological envelope and what to expect in 2019.Wednesday, December 19, 2018SVG On Demand: Fox Sports' Brad Cheney on Innovative At-Home Production Efforts, 5G InfrastructureFew sports media entities enjoy pushing the technological envelope more than Fox Sports. In addition to broadcasting its first-ever men's FIFA World Cup, the network blazed trails in 5G infrastructures and at-home production workflows. At the 2018 SVG Summit, Brad Cheney, VP, Field Operations and Engineering at Fox Sports, stopped by to chat with our Brandon Costa about his highlights from the year and even gave a preview of the networks' upcoming work in boxing.Tuesday, December 18, 2018SVG Summit: Simplynew's Marc Scarpa on the Opening of Esports Stadium ArlingtonOne of the biggest developments in esports in 2018 was the emergence of esports specific venues nationwide. One of the most significant openings came in the form of Esports Stadium Arlington, the largest dedicated esports facility in North America. During a panel discussion at the 2018 SVG Summit, Marc Scarpa, founder at Simplynew goes inside the details of the spectacular facility that's set to change the esports market in 2019.Tuesday, December 18, 2018SVG Summit: Turner Sports' Ben Winter on the Evolution of ELEAGUETurner Sports was one of the first traditional broadcast entities to dive into the world of esports when it debuted ELEAGUE in 2016. With CS:GO, Street Fighter, and Rocket League competitions all under their belt, the company has learned quite a lot in a short period of time. During a panel discussion at the 2018 SVG Summit, Ben Winter, Interactive Coordinating Producer at Turner Sports/ELEAGUE shares how he has seen the brand evolve over 2+ years.Tuesday, December 18, 2018SVG Summit: Mitch Rosenthal on How At-Home Production Is Critical to Riot Games' SuccessWith massive events and productions all around the globe, the use of at-home production models isn't a cost-saving luxury for Riot Games, its an absolute necessity. During a panel discussion at the 2018 SVG Summit, Mitch Rosenthal, Head of Production and Operations at Riot Games offers a peek inside the company's unique workflows.Tuesday, December 18, 2018SVG Summit: MLB's Jamie Leece on Success of Home Run Derby VROne of the biggest successes in on-site gaming activations this year was Major League Baseball's deployment of Home Run Derby VR at the MLB All-Star Game, the Little League World Series, and the Japan All-Star Series. During a panel discussion at the 2018 SVG Summit, Jamie Leece, SVP, Games and VR at Major League Baseball offers a taste of what into those efforts.Tuesday, December 18, 2018SVG Summit: How Esports Directly Interact With Fan FeedbackOne of the unique aspects of esports is that fan interaction and immediate feedback in comments are a part of the culture and, in many cases, impact the direction of the production taking place. During a panel discussion at the 2018 SVG Summit, Ben Winter, Interactive Coordinating Producer at Turner Sports/ELEAGUE, Jamie Leece, SVP, Games and VR at Major League Baseball, and Mitch Rosenthal, Head of Production and Operations at Riot Games discuss how fans are a part of the conversation and how production storylines can progress based off of direct viewer feedback.Tuesday, December 18, 2018SVG Summit: What are the Biggest Differences Between Productions of Esports and Traditional SportsGenerally speaking, live productions of esports events are massive undertakings with challenges and opportunities that are unique to itself when compared to traditional sports. During a panel discussion at the 2018 SVG Summit, Ben Winter, Interactive Coordinating Producer at Turner Sports/ELEAGUE and Mitch Rosenthal, Head of Production and Operations at Riot Games share the biggest differences.Tuesday, December 18, 2018SVG Summit 2018: Dome Productions' Mary Ellen Carlyle on The State of Live HDR ProductionDome Productions has now produced more than 700 events in 4K and, over the past year, has begun producing events in HDR - including a Brian Setzer concert, a UConn basketball game, a handful of Toronto Raptors games, and the G7 Summit. Dome Productions SVP/GM Mary Ellen Carlyle took some time with SVG Chief Editor Jason Dachman at The SVG Summit in New York City (Dec. 10-11) to discuss these 4K and HDR productions, as well as Dome's Dolby Atmos efforts and what to expect from the company in 2019.Tuesday, December 18, 2018SVG Summit: Esports, Broadcasting, and Why It Matters [FULL PANEL]Esports continues to rise in prominence and traditional networks and leagues increasingly are getting involved with new efforts to get engaged with the esports community. At the 2018 SVG Summit, experts in the field of esports tackle questions like what is the role that esports will play alongside the traditional sports community? How do esports productions and operations differ from a stick and ball sport? And what does esports mean to sports media at large? Panelists include: Jamie Leece, Major League Baseball, SVP, Games and VR Mitch Rosenthal, Riot Games, Head of Production and Operations Marc Scarpa, Simplynew, Founder Ben Winter, Turner Sports/ELEAGUE, Interactive Coordinating Producer The session is moderated by SVG Chief Editor Jason Dachman This session has been sponsored by Dell EMC.Tuesday, December 18, 2018SVG Summit: Esports Market Insights with Mike SepsoWhat are the important trends in esports? What are the parallels to traditional sports? What’s the potential growth in 2019? Electronic Sports Group Chairman Mike Sepso - a co-founder of Major League Gaming (MLG) in 2002 and former SVP at Activision Blizzard - shares his thoughts on the future of esports and the developing business opportunities in this featured interview from the stage of the 2018 SVG Summit. The conversation was moderated by SVG's Director of Digital Brandon Costa.Monday, December 17, 2018SVG Summit: OTT, Social Media, and the Impact on Production [FULL PANEL]As OTT and social media content delivery becomes prevalent and more important to sports fans there is more demand than ever on production teams to create content in new ways. At the 2018 SVG Summit, a panel of industry experts tackled how networks and leagues changing their production philosophies, workflows, and business models to keep fans engaged on every screen. Panelists: Michael Allen, NBA, SVP, Digital Product Management Andrew Barge, Twitter, Head of Sports Broadcast Partnerships Eric Black, NBC Sports Digital and Playmaker Media, CTO Jolie Roberts, Dailymotion, Head US Sports Partnerships and Content Development Moderator: Brandon Costa, SVG, Director of Digital This session was sponsored by Encompass Digital.Friday, December 14, 2018SVG Summit 2018: Quantum's Jamie Lerner and Eric Bassier Discuss Future of M&E Storage TechnologyAt the 2018 SVG Summit, SVG Chief Editor Jason Dachman took some time to chat with Quantum CEO/President/Chairman of the Board Jamie Lerner and Senior Director of Product Management and Product Marketing Eric Bassier. Lerner addressed highlights from his first six months as CEO at Quantum and where the company is headed in the future. Meanwhile, Bassier addressed the power of NVMe and other next-gen technologies for storage of media, as well as the how AI and machine learning will impact the M&E industry.Friday, December 14, 2018SVG Summit 2018: Quantum's Jamie Lerner and Eric Bassier Discuss Future of M&E Storage TechnologyAt the 2018 SVG Summit, SVG Chief Editor Jason Dachman took some time to chat with Quantum CEO/President/Chairman of the Board Jamie Lerner and Senior Director of Product Management and Product Marketing Eric Bassier. Lerner addressed highlights from his first six months as CEO at Quantum and where the company is headed in the future. Meanwhile, Bassier addressed the power of NVMe and other next-gen technologies for storage of media, as well as the how AI and machine learning will impact the M&E industry.Friday, December 14, 2018SVG Summit 2018: Turner Sports' Chris Brown Goes Behind the Scenes at Ryder Cup, 'The Match'At the SVG Summit's "What's Next in Sports Tech" panel, Chris Brown, Turner Sports, Senior Director, Technical Operations, took attendees behind the scenes of Turner's productions at the Ryder Cup (which sent back more than a dozen streams over IP public internet) and 'The Match', which utilized a host of next-gen tech and player mic'ing strategies.Friday, December 14, 2018SVG Summit: Carlos Jimenez on Univision's Use of Augmented Reality for live sports studio showsAt the SVG Summit's "What's Next in Sports Tech" panel, Carlos Jimenez, Univision Networks, Director of Technology, Sports and Entertainment, addressed how Univision has utilized augmented reality and virtual "teleportation" to enhance its studio shows and blur the line between on-site and in the studio.Friday, December 14, 2018SVG Summit: NBC Sports Chairman Mark Lazarus Praises Sports Broadcasting Hall of Famer Dave MazzaDave Mazza, whom many consider to be the technological architect of NBC Sports' Olympics operations for more than two decades, was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame earlier this week. At the 2018 SVG Summit, Mazza's boss, NBC Sports chairman Mark Lazarus shared his affection and admiration for the legendary sports television engineer.Friday, December 14, 2018SVG Summit 2018: CBS, Fox, NBC, Turner, & Univision Sports Execs on What to Expect in 2019At the SVG Summit's "What's Next in Sports Tech" panel, top sports-production, operations, and technology execs from CBS, Fox, NBC, Turner, & Univision predicted what the biggest technological development will be in 2019 for live-sports coverage, including 5G, at-home production, HDR, player biometrics, and artificial intelligence. Executives (from left to right): Craig Bernstein, NBC Sports, Senior Director, Remote Technical Operations and Engineering Chris Brown, Turner Sports, Senior Director, Technical Operations Jason Cohen, CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network, VP, Remote Technical Operations Michael Davies, Fox Sports, SVP, Technical and Field Operations Carlos Jimenez, Univision Networks, Director of Technology, Sports and EntertainmentFriday, December 14, 2018SVG Summit 2018: NBC Sports' Craig Bernstein Goes Inside NBC's Notre Dame Football HDR ProductionsAt the SVG Summit's "What's Next in Sports Tech" panel, Craig Bernstein, NBC Sports, Senior Director, Remote Technical Operations and Engineering, provided a peak at how NBC Sports produced all University of Notre Dame football home games this season in HDR and Dolby Atmos.Friday, December 14, 2018SVG Summit 2018: Fox Sports' Mike Davies & Turner Sports' Chris Brown on Virtual Graphics & ARAt the SVG Summit's "What's Next in Sports Tech" panel, Michael Davies, Fox Sports, SVP, Technical and Field Operations addressed how augmented reality helped Fox to enhance its studio operations at the 2018 FIFA World Cup and at its NASCAR studio in Charlotte. In addition, Chris Brown, Turner Sports, Senior Director, Technical Operations, discusses how player biometric data will provide new opportunities for AR and virtual graphics.Friday, December 14, 2018SVG Summit 2018: Fox Sports' Mike Davies & Univision's Carlos Jimenez on RefCams and POV CamerasAt the SVG Summit's "What's Next in Sports Tech" panel, Michael Davies, Fox Sports, SVP, Technical and Field Operations, and Carlos Jimenez, Univision Networks, Director of Technology, Sports and Entertainment, discuss the ever-growing number of POV cameras in live-sports production - from RefCams to PylonCams to CornerCams and more.Friday, December 14, 2018SVG Summit 2018: Fox Sports' Mike Davies Details Successful 5G Deployment at US OpenAt the SVG Summit's "What's Next in Sports Tech" panel, Michael Davies, Fox Sports, SVP, Technical and Field Operations, detailed Fox's use of 5G transmission to deliver 4K camera signals at the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club.Friday, December 14, 2018SVG Summit 2018: CBS, Fox, & Turner Sports Execs Discuss Evolution of Skycam on NFL, NBA CoverageAt the SVG Summit's "What's Next in Sports Tech" panel Chris Brown, Turner Sports, Senior Director, Technical Operations; Jason Cohen, CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network, VP, Remote Technical Operations; and Michael Davies, Fox Sports, SVP, Technical and Field Operations discuss how their use of Skycam has evolved on football (i.e. dual Skycams on NFL and college football) and NBA (at NBA Summer League) coverage.Friday, December 14, 2018SVG Summit 2018: CBS Sports' Jason Cohen & Fox Sports' Mike Davies on Biometrics in Live SportsAt the SVG Summit's "What's Next in Sports Tech" panel Jason Cohen, CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network, VP, Remote Technical Operations, and Michael Davies, Fox Sports, SVP, Technical and Field Operations, discuss the future potential and challenges of using biometrics in live-sports coverage.Friday, December 14, 2018SVG Summit: Keynote Conversation with NBC Sports Chairman Mark LazarusInvolved in broadcasting Super Bowl LII, the Winter Olympics, and the FIFA World Cup (with Telemundo Deportes), 2018 was a massive year for the team at NBC Sports. At the 2018 SVG Summit, NBC Sports chairman Mark Lazarus reflected on the year that was with our Ken Kerschbaumer. The two also discuss the current state of the sports media industry, his take on the impending sales of the Fox RSNs, and much more.