SVG Summit: CONNECT
Monday, December 28, 2020How the "RSN Model" Shaped the 2020 MLB SeasonWhen Major League Baseball returned to live game action back in July, it didn't go with a "bubble." It, instead, deployed a unique broadcast model that leveraged the in-market RSNs to produce what amounted to essentially "world feeds" of each regular season game. At SVG SUMMIT:CONNECT, MLB Network SVP, Operations and Engineering Susan Stone; MLB Network Director, Remote Technical Operations Jason Hedgcock; MLB Senior Director, Media Technology Daniel Blanchard, and MLB Network, Director Jason Lobb broke down the details of the project and what worked. To watch the complete session and to access the full On Demand library, visit www.thesvgsummit.com.Wednesday, December 23, 2020Tech Tour: Content Management BHosted by MLB Network Senior Director of Media Management and Post Production Tab Butler, the Content Management B Tech Tour features EditShare, Signiant, Tedial, Telestream, and VeritoneWednesday, December 23, 2020Tech Tour: Infrastructure BHosted by CBS Sports VP of Remote Engineering Mike Francis, the Infrastructure B Tech Tour features Adder Technology, IHSE USA, Markertek, and VITECWednesday, December 23, 2020Tech Tour: Infrastructure AHosted by CBS Sports VP of Remote Engineering Mike Francis, the Infrastructure A Tech Tour features EVS, Imagine Communications, Lawo, Nevion, and RiedelWednesday, December 23, 2020Tech Tour: AudioHosted by NBC Sports and Olympics Director of Sound Design Karl Malone and ESPN Associate Director of Remote Production Operations Henry Rousseau, the Audio Tech Tour features Calrec DiGiCo, Clear-Com, Joseph Electronics, Shure, and Telos AllianceWednesday, December 23, 2020Tech Tour: Production Tools BHosted by Fox Sports VP of Field Operations and Engineering Brad Cheney, the Production Tools B Tech Tour features Evertz, EVS, Nelco Media, and TVU NetworksTuesday, December 22, 2020COVID-19 Forces Major Auto Racing Organizations to Transition from Onsite to Remote ProductionsWhether it is NHRA, NASCAR, or IndyCar, U.S. auto racing returned to the track and managed to prove that remote production can keep up with high-performance race cars zipping around a track. IMS Productions Director of Broadcast Operations Ken Ferguson, NHRA VP of Broadcasting Steve Reintjes, and NASCAR VP of Operations and Technical Production Steve Stum take you back to the early stages of the pandemic and how they switched from full onsite productions to relying on remote and cloud-based workflows.Tuesday, December 22, 2020CBS Sports Pivots to Different Properties With Solid Production Plan, Safety ProtocolsDuring the SVG Summit:CONNECT, the four major national networks — CBS Sports, Fox Sports, NBC Sports, and Turner Sports — came together to break down their production strategies and safety measures during the age of COVID-19. In a conversation that featured CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network VP of Remote Technical Operations Jason Cohen, Turner Sports VP of Operations and Technology Chris Brown, Fox Sports SVP of Technical and Field Operations Mike Davies, NBC Sports Group and NBC Olympics SVP/CTO David Mazza, and CBS Sports EVP of Operations and Engineering Patty Power, the 30-minute panel went into the successes and failures of the last nine months. In this clip, Power addresses how the network transitioned to different sports properties during the pandemic and what lessons were learned during this time periodTuesday, December 22, 2020A Preview of the 2020-21 NBA Season With ESPN's Eddie OkunoAfter a successful stay within the NBA bubble in Orlando, ESPN, Turner Sports, and the league learned a lot of valuable production lessons. At the SVG Summit:CONNECT, the three parties convened for an in-depth reflection on their operations at the Wide World of Sports Complex. Prior to the start of the 2020-21 NBA schedule, ESPN Senior Remote Operations Specialist Eddie Okuno discusses how preseason has helped the team get ready for the regular season, what bubble workflows will translate to productions being done in home venues, and the importance of the league's collaborative relationship with its broadcast partners.Tuesday, December 22, 2020Tech Tour: Content Management AHosted by MLB Network Senior Director of Media Management and Post Production Tab Butler, the Content Management A Tech Tour features Google, Lumen Technologies, Microsoft, and Seagate powered by Tape ArkTuesday, December 22, 2020Tech Tour: OTT/Streaming/Social MediaHosted by Fox Corporation VP of Video Platforms Steven Thorpe, the OTT/Streaming/Social Media Tech Tour features AWS, Limelight Networks, The Switch, and ZixiTuesday, December 22, 2020Tech Tour: Production Tools AHosted by Fox Sports VP of Field Operations and Engineering Brad Cheney the Production Tools A Tech Tour features Blackmagic Design, Grass Valley, Panasonic, Ross Video, and Vizrt GroupMonday, December 21, 2020How Remote-Production-Service Providers Navigate the COVD-19 PandemicOne of the highlights of SVG Summit:CONNECT Day 2 was a panel discussion featuring leaders from the largest remote production services companies in the U.S. and Canada. All of the panelists and their companies have been involved in remote productions that have arguably been the most challenging they have every faced and during a year which is the most challenging they have ever faced. To watch the complete session and to access the full On Demand library, visit www.thesvgsummit.com.Monday, December 21, 2020Tech Tour: Transmission ServicesHosted by ESPN Associate Director of Remote Traffic Operations Adam Whitlock, this Transmission Services Tech Tour features AT&T, Eurovision, IBM Aspera, and LiveUMonday, December 21, 2020Tech Tour: Production ServicesHosted by Fox Sports SVP of Technical and Field Operations Mike Davies, this Production Services Tech Tour features Gravity Media, Mediapro, NEP, Program Productions, and The Switch.Monday, December 21, 2020Tech Tour: AcquisitionHosted by CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network VP of Remote Technical Operations Jason Cohen, this Acquisition Tech Tour features Canon, Fujifilm, Grass Valley, and SonyThursday, December 17, 2020Road to Recovery: SVG Partners With Hazelden Betty Ford FoundationSVG is proud to announce a relationship with the world-renowned Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. During this chat, two key participants in the project outline how sports production professionals, SVG members, sponsors, and their families can access to addiction and mental health care resources. Speakers: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Executive Director, Editorial Geoff Mason, Sports Broadcasting Hall of Famer and Industry Consultant Moira McGinley, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, VP for Development / Chief Development OfficerWednesday, December 16, 2020A Look Into PGA's Coverage of Every Shot in The Players Championship First RoundDay 3 of the SVG Summit:CONNECT on Wednesday, Dec. 16 began with an extensive reflection of the 2020 golf schedule and the technologies that made it possible. Featuring PGA TOUR Entertainment Senior Director of Technical Operations David Dukes, CBS Sports VP of Remote Engineering Mike Francis, USGA Senior Director of Broadcasting and Production Kevin Landy, and PGA TOUR Entertainment Senior Director of Media Asset Management and Broadcast Innovation Michael Raimondo, the panel recapped the production workflows used to provide live coverage of every shot from every golfer during the first round of The Players Championship.Wednesday, December 16, 2020A Preview of NFL Media's New Broadcasting Home at SoFi Stadium and Hollywood ParkDay 2 of the SVG Summit:CONNECT on Tuesday, Dec. 15 came to a conclusion after an engaging conversation with executives from the NFL and NFL Media. Featuring NFL Vice President of Broadcasting Onnie Bose, NFL Media Vice President of Engineering Bruce Goldfeder, and NFL Media Vice President of Media Operations Dave Shaw, the trio offered a sneak peak at the league's new broadcasting home that is set to open next year at SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park.Tuesday, December 15, 2020Inside the NBA Bubble With ESPN, Turner Sports OperationsDay 1 of the SVG Summit:CONNECT on Monday, Dec. 14 was kicked off with an in-depth look at the internal operations of the NBA bubble. Moderated by NBA Entertainment EVP of Media Operations and Technology Steve Hellmuth and featuring Turner Sports VP of Operations and Technology Chris Brown, ESPN Senior Coordinating Producer Tim Corrigan, and ESPN Senior Remote Operations Specialist Eddie Okuno, the conversation went into the challenges of setting up the broadcast compound at the Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, FL, how the networks worked together to achieve this massive undertaking, and what workflows can be used for the upcoming 2020-21 regular season.