Monday, December 11, 2023
Location: Rendezvous, 3rd FL
Time: 1:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Audio in an Immersive, Direct-to-Consumer World

In television, direct-to-consumer distribution is rapidly displacing linear broadcast. In addition to sports-specific services, live sports programming is increasingly joining pre-produced Hollywood content on established premium streaming services where Atmos-enabled TV Sets, soundbars, and mobile devices deliver enhanced surround capabilities alongside UHD and HDR pictures. Meanwhile, outside of the specialized worlds of television and film, the accelerating growth of immersive experiences in music, gaming, and VR has expanded well beyond previously defined boundaries. The transition to streaming also translates to more hours of coverage. New efficiencies, like centralized production hubbing and AI-enabled cloud services, will be essential to cost-efficiently providing immersive and personalized experiences while simultaneously ramping up production. Please join SVG/DTVAG for an examination of how some of our members are innovating to meet the challenges of a rapidly evolving television and audio media landscape.

1:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Opening Remarks

Presented by:
Roger Charlesworth, SVG Audio, Executive Director
Jim Starzynski, NBCUniversal, Director and Principal Audio Engineer; SVG Audio, Chairman

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1:45 - 2:00 p.m.

Expanding Consumer Pathways for Premium Atmos and HDR Live Content

As live sports programing migrates to premium streaming platforms, the legacy barriers to improved video and audio are being removed at the same time live content is sharing these distribution channels with higher quality cinematically-derived and premium-episodic content. We will take an assessment of the transition to HDR video and immersive audio as the default standard for global events and major sports leagues.
Presenter: Cherylene McKinney, Dolby Laboratories, Director, Commercial Partnerships

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2:00 - 2:15 p.m.

Improving Standards for Accessibility and Personalization

The rapidly evolving television distribution landscape has expanded the possibilities for improved accessibly and personalization features, whether by next generation codecs, or by dynamically adaptive streams. What are the current and future best-in-class solutions and what can legacy platforms do to raise minimum standards and enhance user experiences?
Presenter: Derik Yarnell, Comcast Cable, Architect

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2:15 - 2:30 p.m.

Enabling Next Generation Audio and Video in ST-2110 Infrastructures

As European broadcasters begin to finally roll-out next generation audio codecs, they are able to take advantage of the expanding capabilities of ST-2110 to support more audio channels, along with reliable transport of audio and video metadata throughout the production process. We will take a look at how ST-2110-enabled plant architecture is empowering HDR and immersive audio, along with object audio-enhanced accessibility and personalization features coordinated via serial ADM.
James Cowdery, Dolby Laboratories, Senior Staff Architect
Felix Nemirovsky, Dolby Laboratories, Solutions Architect

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2:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Audio Production for US Open Tennis

ESPN’s multi-week coverage of the US Open tennis has become a sandbox for new ideas and innovation. Audio production coordinator, Florian Brown shares some highlights from this year’s Open and give us a glimpse of the scale and unique fly-packed audio production model for this event.
Presenter: Florian Brown, ESPN, Senior Audio Engineer and Audio Production Consultant

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3:00 - 3:45 p.m.

Networking Break in Exhibits

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3:45 - 4:15 p.m.

Audio Production Planning for Paris 2024

Karl Malone shares a behind-the-scenes preview of audio production for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics. He will discuss how IP signal acquisition at the venue, and full scale at home production in Stamford, are revolutionizing how audio for the games is created.
Presenter: Karl Malone, NBC Sports and Olympics, Senior Director of Audio Engineering

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4:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Cloudy with a Chance of AI

An impact of the transition to streamed distribution of sports content is the ability to cover more events simultaneously and thus the need to do so without greatly expanding staffing or facilities. Inevitably the result will be to move more production into the cloud. While sophisticated audio solutions are starting to emerge, does moving to the cloud create an opportunity to leverage AI-powered autonomous mixing at the same time? Rob Oldfield provides a behind the scenes look at the solutions being tested and deployed now.
Presenter: Rob Oldfield, Salsa Sound, Co-Founder and CEO

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4:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Perspectives on Live Audio Production and Distribution

Panelists will share their perspectives on live audio production and distribution, including the role of the streaming migration on opening up premium immersive production, while expanding the volume of content produced for wide distribution. This discussion will explore the ongoing transition to production-hubbing and assess the potential future impact of artificial intelligence and large-scale cloud-based production virtualization.
Florian Brown, ESPN, Senior Audio Engineer and Audio Production Consultant
Karl Malone, NBC Sports and Olympics, Senior Director of Audio Engineering
Brian Rio, Warner Bros Discovery Sports, Director of Creative Services
Glenn Stilwell, Friday Night Baseball, Live Mixing Consultant, Sound Supervisor

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5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Opening Night Reception in Exhibits

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