Stephen Wharton

SkyCam, CTO

Stephen Wharton currently serves as chief technical officer for the SkyCam division of Kroenke Sports & Entertainment with oversight for SkyCam’s technology, business strategy, engineering, and IP initiatives. As a senior executive, Wharton is experienced in venture-based emerging technology, business development, and engineering and operations leadership across league, broadcast, sports, and mobile technology.

Under Wharton’s leadership, the Emmy Award-winning SkyCam completed several technology-centered acquisitions and leading-edge technical developments, earmarked by the design and successful deployment of the world’s first aerial camera systems capable of stereoscopic 3D, multi-camera payloads, ultra-motion, and emerging technologies in augmented, virtual, and mixed reality.

In 2017, SkyCam debuted SkyCommand, a patent-pending low-latency remote control workflow allowing for safe remote control piloting and operating of SkyCam from remote locations.  This capability included successful live events including the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championships for ESPN, a transatlantic live NFL game from Wembley UK for CBS, and remote operation from Sneaky Big Studios for CBS Thursday Night Football, which included live camera tracking and graphic rendering from SMT. Also in 2017, SkyCam unveiled its dual SkyCam solution, flying two independent SkyCams over one football field. Wharton is responsible for managing, protecting, and building SkyCam’s intellectual property portfolio which includes over 40 World and U.S. Patents, trademarks, and other IP.

Wharton serves as a board advisor to Southern Methodist University-Digital Accelerator and Neo360 Ultra Motion On-Demand. He is also an industry advisor to SilverWood Partners, an investment bank focused on media and technology holdings, M&A, and private placement and advisory services.

Prior to joining SkyCam, Wharton served as president and founder of Kinemetric Holdings, an early stage R&D Company whose initial television products were acquired by Winnercomm in 2005.

In 2001, he served as president and founder of DaySheet, a pioneering mobile content delivery and DRM system for web, wireless, and mobile/SMS. DaySheet’s technology was licensed to IMG, its subsidiaries TWI & TWI Interactive, and the Professional Bull Riders (PBR).

Wharton holds a B.S. in electrical engineering and an M.B.A. He has been awarded multiple patents in broadcast technology and is an active member of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE).

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