Tuesday General Sessions: State of the Game

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Location: Trianon Ballroom, Third Floor
9:00  a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

On Tuesday the SVG Summit focuses on the Trianon Ballroom where a series of “State of the Game” panel discussions and keynote conversations will feature operational, production, and digital executives related to the nation’s top professional leagues sharing their thoughts on their area of expertise. In addition there will be four one-on-one keynote conversations and a series of Technology in Action! Sponsor Case Studies.

Time Session
8:55 - 9:00 a.m.
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Opening Remarks by Quantum

Geoff Stedman, Quantum, SVP, StorNext Solutions

9:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Keynote Conversation: Making the Case for HDR and UHD

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While UHD and HDR production have become a part of everyday sports production in the UK, here in the U.S., the case has yet to be made to compel sports production teams to embrace 4K and HDR on a large level. That tide may change in 2018, placing many production teams on a steep learning curve. Thankfully, there are a number of executives in the industry who have experience working in HDR and UHD. Join us to learn about some of the practical challenges in HDR and UHD production, and how that will change the way your team works.
Mike Johnson, Dome Productions, Director of Engineering
John Ward, AT&T Entertainment Group, SVP, Content Operations
Interviewed by: Jason Dachman, SVG, Chief Editor

9:30 - 10:15 a.m.
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State of the Game: NFL

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NFL coverage continues to be a bastion of technical innovation and ratings success. Content creation and distribution experts from across the NFL spectrum take to the stage to share their thoughts on the current state of NFL production, what they want to see out of next-generation developments, and much more.
Moderator: Jason Cohen, Vice President – HBO Sports Production
Harold Bryant
, CBS Sports, EP and SVP, Production
Michael Davies, Fox Sports, SVP, Technical and Field Operations
Dave Shaw, NFL Media, VP, Production
Don Sperling, New York Giants Entertainment, VP and Executive Producer

10:15 - 11:00 a.m.

Networking Break

11:00 - 11:15 a.m.
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Gameday Entertainment: 32:9 and the Creativity Dilemma in Venues

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Today’s gameday control rooms are faced with the challenge of how to maximize their odd shaped displays, leverage the space to its maximum and figure out how to generate new revenue from sponsor updates in creative ways. This case study will summarize how the AT&T Park and the San Francisco Giants applied GPU based flexibility to bring new sponsorships and content flexibility to their aging video board.
Presenter: James Stellpflug, EVS, VP, Product Marketing

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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State of the Game: MLB

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Major League Baseball dominates the sports calendar for nearly nine months of the year and continues to use new technologies, new statistics, and new production techniques to ready the nation’s most traditional sport for the future. Where is America’s Pastime headed? And how are production professionals improving the storytelling around the sport and cultivating the next generation of fans?
Moderator: Brandon Costa, SVG, Director of Digital
Brad Cheney
, Fox Sports, VP, Field Operations and Engineering
Phil Orlins, ESPN, Senior Coordinating Producer for MLB
Kevin Prince, MLB, VP, Emerging Technologies
Michael Santini, MLB Network, VP, Production

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:00 - 1:45 p.m.
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State of the Game: NBA

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From the NBA Draft to the NBA All-Star Game and, of course, the NBA Finals, the sport of professional basketball connects with fans in a way few sports are capable of doing. In addition to the production of the games themselves, the pre-game, half-time, and OTT and streaming services continue to evolve to ensure that fans remain as connected to the sport as ever. Learn how the NBA and its broadcast partners continue to evolve their relationship with fans and what next-generation technologies will make a difference.
Moderator: Steve Hellmuth, NBA Entertainment, EVP, Media Operations and Technology
Chris Brown, Turner Sports, Senior Director, Technical Operations
Tim Corrigan, ESPN, Senior Coordinating Producer, NBA
David Denenberg, NBA Entertainment, SVP, Global Media Distribution and Business Affairs
Matthew Lipp, Turner Sports, Director

1:45 - 2:15 p.m.

Keynote Conversation: Fox Sports World Cup Preview

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The Fox Sports team has been hard at work at planning for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia since they won the rights in 2011, and 2018 will be when all those years of planning turn into reality. This informative keynote conversation will offer up insights into how Fox Sports will program around the event, their technical operations in Moscow at the IBC and across Russia, and much more.
Kevin Callahan, Fox Sports, VP, Field Operations/Engineering
David Neal, Fox Sports, Executive Producer, FIFA World Cup
Interviewed by: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Co-Executive Director, Editorial Services

2:15 - 2:45 p.m.

Networking Break

2:45 - 3:00 p.m.
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Game On! The Live Sports Viewing Habits of Connected Consumers

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Dolby Laboratories partnered with The Diffusion Group to study viewing habits of the connected consumer for live sports. Surveying more than US 2,000 adults, the project assessed live sports viewing across TVs, PCs, and mobile devices, as well as by TV streaming platform. In addition to looking at viewing habits in general, the survey examined consumer receptivity toward specific new value-added sports audio features. In this session, Mr. Greeson will present key findings from this new research and discuss the implications that these results may have for sports broadcasters.
Presenter: Michael Greeson, The Diffusion Group, President and Director of Research

For more information about the Live Sports Viewing research project, please visit TDG’s website at http://tdgresearch.com/sports-video-group-summit/.

3:00 - 3:45 p.m.

The Esports Revolution: What Does It Mean to the Sports TV Industry?

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Esports may seem like the latest thing but some esports leagues and competitions are more than 15 years old. But now those efforts are migrating from the small screen and Websites to broadcast networks and channels. What are the challenges in producing esports for the big screen? Will younger viewers who are used to watching esports on digital devices make the transition to the living room? And can esports become an important piece of the sports fan’s daily diet of news and action?
Moderator: Jeff Jacobs, Viacom Global Entertainment Group, SVP, Production Planning, Strategies, and Operations
Josh Cella, MLG, Head of Global Partnerships
Erin Harvego
, Big Ten Network, VP, Marketing
Rob Mikulicka, ESL, Director of Operations
Matt Mosteller, Turner Sports, VP, Content and Creative
Ray Panahon, Riot Games, Technical Lead, Esports
Mitch Rosenthal, Riot Games, Senior Manager of Broadcast Operations, Esports

3:45 - 4:15 p.m.

Keynote Conversation: John Skipper, ESPN, President and Disney Media Networks, Co-Chairman

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With Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Co-Executive Director, Editorial Services