Venue Production Workshop

An SVG Venue Initiative Event
Monday, December 11, 2017
Location: Nassau Suite, Second Floor
1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

The SVG Venue Initiative continues to serve the educational, informational, and networking needs of sports-venue personnel, including videoboard production, control room technology and infrastructure, engineering and IT, television broadcasting, and more. This year’s Venue Production Workshop will specifically address the current trends, challenges, and best practices in systems integration, and how control room technology and infrastructure support the game-day presentation. End users and SVG Venue Initiative sponsors are encouraged to attend this informative workshop to discuss their challenges and network with sports-venue professionals, broadcasters, systems integrators, and technology providers.

For more information on the Venue Production Workshop, please contact Karen Hogan at For more information on becoming an SVG Venue Initiative sponsor, please contact Rob Payne at

Agenda subject to change.

Time Session
1:00 - 1:45 p.m.

Building a Broadcast-Friendly Sports Venue

Despite the importance of the at-home television broadcast, broadcasters often encounter difficulty getting their needs met when new sports venues are under construction. Following a successful start to the conversation at SVG’s Chairman’s Forum in April, experts reconvene at the SVG Summit to discuss the current challenges in building a broadcast-friendly venue and the steps SVG can take to improve the situation.
Moderator: Robert Jordan CFE, Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment, SVP
Chris Brown, Turner Sports, Senior Director, Technical Operations
Jay O’Brien, Baltimore Ravens, VP, Broadcasting and Gameday Production
Brad Cheney, Fox Sports, VP, Field Operations and Engineering
Steve Hellmuth, NBA Entertainment, EVP, Media Operations and Technology

1:45 - 2:30 p.m.

Case Study: Notre Dame: From IP Vision to Reality

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Notre Dame recently opened the Rex and Alice A. Martin Media Center, a new IP-centric production facility.  The path from vision to reality was full of blind curves as it required new thinking and conversations, new language and knowledge, and new designs and documentation.  Hear about what it takes to go full-throttle into the new world of IP from the key technology partner and the project engineer, who committed two years to bring this project to life.
Brendan Cline
, BeckTV, System Engineer and Project Manager
Nima Malekmanesh, Evertz, Product Marketing Manager and Senior Engineer – DreamCatcher
Scott Rinehart, University of Notre Dame, Director, Broadcast Technology

2:30 - 2:45 p.m.

Networking Break

2:45 - 3:30 p.m.

The Latest in In-Venue LED Design and Integration

Often, the center-hung or end-zone video display is the first thing fans see when attending a game. As teams continue to push the limits of size and design, the back-end challenges increase as well. Hear how manufacturers, systems integrators, and teams are working in tandem to concept, build, and program an ever-widening range of in-venue displays – both traditional and non-traditional – and how they think in-venue video will evolve in the future. Will HDR ever be a factor?
Moderator: Kirsten Nelson, Freelance Venue Writer
Kevin Cottam, Ross Video, Director of Sports and Live Events
Tony Kuck, Daktronics, Strategic Product Manager
Stuart Reynolds, Diversified, Director, Sports and Live Events
Michael Rocha, Panasonic Xperiences, Director, Creative/Technical Solutions

3:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Case Study: Inside the New York Giants’ Multiplatform Season-Long 10-Year Anniversary Celebration of Super Bowl 42

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The New York football Giants are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their 2007 season and Super Bowl 42 Championship throughout the 2017 schedule. The centerpiece was halftime of the Monday-night game on Sept. 18, where the entire team and coaching staff were honored and paid tribute in a special ceremony. The weekend of the game had special events every day, all leading up to Monday night. The celebration continued across all the Giants’ media platforms, including content dedicated to the 10th anniversary every game; special features designed for social and digital media; dedicated television programming and features all season long; and radio, publications, and events planned all year. The planning started more than a year ago, with Giants camera crews traveling the country, interviewing and collecting hundreds of hours of content that were shot and edited.
Don Sperling, New York Giants Entertainment, VP and Executive Producer

4:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Control Room Design Update

As the brain of the entire video-production system, video-control rooms must be well organized to function properly. Conversations on layout, lighting, power, cooling, acoustics, and much more are pivotal to a well-run video control room. What should you consider when laying out a control room, designing the infrastructure, contemplating virtualized systems, and installing your video-production technology? Leading systems integrators weigh in on their best practices and biggest lessons learned in the field.
Moderator: Karen Hogan Ketchum, SVG, Senior Editor
Kevin Henneman
, KMH Audio-Video Integration, President
Josh Shibler, CTG, VP
Jeff Volk, Alpha Video, VP
Fred Wright, BeckTV, Senior Director of Sales, Central Region