Tuesday, December 13, 2022
Location: Trianon Ballroom, 3rd Floor
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. ET

Leading sports broadcasters and leagues take the stage to offer an update on the state of the industry and what to expect in 2023 and beyond.

9:00 - 9:05 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks

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9:05 - 9:45 a.m.

League Perspectives

Sports leagues across the U.S. are continually improving their operations and looking to reach current fans in new ways that will also develop new fans. We’ll hear from key technology leaders about what is on their technology roadmap and separate hype from reality.
Moderator: Jason Dachman, SVG, Chief Editor
Confirmed Panelists:
Dave Barry, NBA, Head of Broadcast Operations & Engineering
Patti Fallick, USTA, Managing Director, Broadcast
Steve Stum, NASCAR, VP Operations and Technical Production
Chris Vassallo, NFL, Director, Stadium Infrastructure & Football Technology

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9:45 - 10:15 a.m.

SVG Deep Dive: NBC Sports

It was a busy year for the team at NBC Sports, beginning with the Super Bowl and Beijing Olympics and continuing through with PGA coverage, Sunday Night Football, and much more. Executives discuss the accomplishments, the challenges, and much more.
Moderator: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Co-Executive Director, Editorial
Confirmed Panelists:
Craig Bernstein, NBC Sports, VP, Remote Technical Ops and Engineering
Darryl Jefferson, NBC Sports and Olympics, SVP, Engineering and Technology
David Mazza, NBC Sports and Olympics, SVP and CTO

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10:15 - 10:30 a.m.

Dolby Case Study: The Evolution of Sports with Dolby

From 5.1 to Dolby Atmos. From digital terrestrial to streaming. Dolby has been on a journey with the industry to help elevate the experience for sports viewing in the home. You’ll hear about the past, present, and future of sports experiences in Dolby.
Presenter: Cherylene McKinney
, Dolby Laboratories, Director, Commercial Partnerships

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10:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Networking Break in Exhibits

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11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

SVG Deep Dive: Fox Sports

Join us to learn more about how Fox Sports continues to evolve, its production efforts around the World Cup, and a sneak peek at next year’s Super Bowl production.
Moderator: Kristian Hernández, SVG, Senior Editor
Confirmed Panelists:
Brad Cheney, Fox Sports, VP, Field Operations and Engineering
Mike Davies, Fox Sports, SVP, Technical and Field Operations; SVG Chairman
Sarita Meinking, Fox Sports, Executive Director, Field Operations
Rich Russo, Fox Sports, Director

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11:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Diversified Case Study: Bringing the World Cup to life— Making the Vision a Reality!

As they say, “teamwork makes the dream work”, or in this case, turns a vision into a reality. Hear directly from the team of key players at Diversified, Fox, EVS and TAGVS about the development and debut of Fox Sports Jewel Events Broadcast System. The first of its kind, the innovative yet flexible system delivers with rapid deployment and an intuitive user experience.
Moderator: Kristian Hernández, SVG, Senior Editor
Confirmed Presenters:
David Pinkel, EVS, SVP of Sales, North America
Peter Wharton, TAG V.S., Chief Strategy and Cloud Officer
Duane Yoslov, Diversified, SVP

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11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

SVG Deep Dive: ESPN

ESPN production executives discuss their efforts in 2022 as well as give us a glimpse at what lies ahead in 2023. Whether it was the College Football Bowl Championship Series, the NBA and NHL Finals, or the US Open tennis and MNF the team embraced new innovations and new ways of working. ESPN production leaders reflect on 2022 and discuss the year ahead.
Session Intro by: BK Johannessen, Epic Games, Unreal Engine Business Director, Broadcast
Moderator:Brandon Costa, SVG, Director of Digital
Confirmed Panelists:
Carrie Brzezinski-Hsu
, ESPN Creative Studio, VP
Kevin Lopes, ESPN, VP, Sports Business Development & Innovation
Ed Placey, ESPN, VP, Production

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12:15 - 1:15 p.m.

Lunch

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1:15 - 1:30 p.m.

EVS Case Study: Major Events Evolutions, EVS Tribute to Greg Blanton

Join EVS in celebrating the life Greg Blanton, an industry pioneer who we have lost in 2022, and some of the transformative events that he helped design and execute over the years.
Presenter: James Stellpflug
, EVS, SVP, Customer Success – The Americas

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1:30 - 2:00 p.m.

SVG Deep Dive: Spotlight on Women’s Sports Programming and Production

Women’s sports leagues in the U.S. and beyond continue to gain traction, especially among younger demographics. Experts discuss the growth of women’s sports programming, how it can continue to grow, and how technology changes are allowing fans and content creators to have better experiences.
Moderator: Brandon Costa, SVG, Director of Digital
Confirmed Panelists:
Sara Gaiero
, ESPN, Coordinating Producer
Brian Gordon, NWSL, SVP, Media and Executive Producer
Carol Stiff, Women’s Sports Network, Chair and Stiff Sports Media Consulting, President

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2:00 - 2:30 p.m.

SVG Deep Dive: CBS Sports

Join us for our final deep dive with the production team at CBS Sports. We’ll go inside The Masters, March Madness, the NFL, and much more during this insightful session.
Moderator: Jason Dachman
, SVG, Chief Editor
Confirmed Panelists:
Jason Cohen, CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network, VP, Remote Technical Operations
Mike Francis, CBS Sports, VP, Engineering and Technology
Mark Grant, CBS Sports, TV Director
Patty Power, CBS Sports, EVP, Operations and Engineering

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2:30 - 2:45 p.m.

Networking Break

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2:45 - 3:15 p.m.

Devoncroft Forecast

Inflation, supply chain issues, and technology revolutions like the move to the cloud have impacted the sports production and media landscape in big ways. Josh Stinehour, Principal Analyst for Devoncroft Partners, takes to the stage to discuss the economic underpinnings of the sports media and technology industry and what to expect in 2023.
Presenter: Josh Stinehour, Devoncroft Partners, Principal Analyst

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3:15 - 3:45 p.m.

State of the Industry

2022 once again offered up a number of challenges to the sports production community. And it was also highlighted by great productions, perseverance in difficult circumstances, and much more. SVG Executive Committee members take to the stage to discuss the current state of an industry undergoing an immense amount of change.
Moderator: Mike Davies, Fox Sports, SVP, Technical and Field Operations; SVG Chairman
Confirmed Panelists:
Michael Connelly, Bally Sports, SVP and Executive Producer
Alessandro Reitano, Sky Deutschland Fernsehen GmbH & Co. KG, SVP, Continental Production Operations; SVG Europe Chairman
Susan Stone, MLB Network, SVP, Operations and Engineering

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3:45 - 4:15 p.m.

Closing Keynote: ESPN’s Jimmy Pitaro

ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro sits down with SVG’s Editorial Director Ken Kerschbaumer for a discussion about the future of the sports TV industry, ESPN’s linear and digital strategy, his thoughts on the year that was and a look ahead to 2023 and beyond.
Featuring: Jimmy Pitaro, ESPN, President
Interviewer: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Co-Executive Director, Editorial

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