Tuesday General Sessions (12/15)

Time Session
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

THE CONVERSATION: Inside the MLB 2020

The 2020 MLB season resulted in a unique playoff format, rule changes that might stick for next year, and new workflows designed to make productions safer and better. Leaders from MLB Network, rights holders, and teams discuss their efforts and the lasting impact on MLB production.
Moderator: Susan Stone, MLB Network, SVP, Operations and Engineering
Confirmed Panelists:
Daniel Blanchard, MLB, Senior Director, Media Technology
Jason Hedgcock, MLB Network, Director, Remote Technical Operations
Chris Pfeiffer, MLB Network, Senior Coordinating Producer – Live Events
Jacob Soto, MLB Network, VP, Engineering and IT

12:00 - 12:15 p.m.
Sponsored by:

LiveU Case Study

12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

The Remote Production Services Town Hall

Those involved in remote production services have had arguably the most challenging 10 months they have ever faced. Top executives from leading remote production service providers join us to discuss the current state of the business, how it is impacting their operations and future builds, and what they need from key clients and partners to ensure the ecosystem weathers the storm.
Moderator: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Executive Director, Editorial
Confirmed Panelists:
Mary Ellen Carlyle, Dome Productions, SVP and GM
Robert Carzoli, Program Productions, Chairman and CEO
Phil Garvin, Mobile TV Group, Founder and CEO
Pat Sullivan, Game Creek Video, President and Founder
Mike Werteen, NEP Broadcast Services, President

1:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Sponsored by:

Imagine Communications Case Study

Imagine Communications Case Study: Fiserv Forum ― A Look at ST 2110 and Remote Production
When the Fiserv Forum production system went live in 2018, it was one of the first SMPTE ST 2110 uncompressed IP video systems on earth. Amidst the unpredictable circumstances of 2020, Fiserv was able to leverage IP and IT technologies to support remote production workflows and address rapidly changing needs. Ken Barski, Director of Broadcast Technology at Milwaukee Bucks, discusses how things are going today and the challenges they were able to overcome by moving to IP.
Presenters:
Ken Barski, Milwaukee Bucks, Director of Broadcast Technology
Cassidy Phillips, Imagine Communications, VP, Networking Solutions

1:15 - 1:45 p.m.

THE CONVERSATION: Inside the NFL 2020

The NFL is in the midst of its 2020 season but the league also was one of the first out of the chute in terms of remote workflows for the 2020 NFL Draft back in April. Join us to learn about those workflows, the current season of coverage, and a sneak peak at Super Bowl plans and how things might change for the big game.
Confirmed Panelists:
Onnie Bose, NFL, Vice President, Events
Dave Shaw, NFL Media, VP, Production

1:15 - 1:45 p.m.

Infrastructure Tech Tour

Encoders/Decoders; Routers/Networking/Signal Transport; Test and Measurement/Conversion Gear

  •  Adder Technology, EVS, IHSE USA, Imagine Communications, Lawo, Markertek, Riedel, Vitec

2:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Infrastructure Tech Tour

Encoders/Decoders; Routers/Networking/Signal Transport; Test and Measurement/Conversion Gear

  •  Adder Technology, EVS, IHSE USA, Imagine Communications, Lawo, Markertek, Riedel, Vitec

2:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Betting/Predictive Gaming Roundtable

As sports betting booms in several states across the U.S., sports-content creators — ranging from major national networks to leagues to digital-first media companies — are diving in with a wealth of new interactive experiences to drive engagement approaches ranging from free-to-play games to full-on gambling. Data and video are the heartbeat of it all. Take a deep dive into the developments in this exciting space from content and technology experts looking to deliver the next generation of live-sports-video engagement.

2:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Venue Production and Technology Roundtable

Without fans in the stands, in-venue professionals had to devise other ways to put their control rooms to use. From videoboard elements to producing fabricated crowd noise, crews had to get creative with their planning and execution. In this roundtable, directors and managers of in-game presentation discuss how content strategies and production philosophies have shifted since the return of live sports, what lessons can be learned from NFL franchises with in-stadium fans, and how remote/cloud-based technologies played a vital role while crew members were working from home.

2:45 - 3:15 p.m.

OTT/Streaming/Social Media Tech Tour

OTT/Streaming; Social Media Publishing Tools; Data Provider

  • AWS, Limelight Networks, The Switch, Zixi

3:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Audio Tech Tour

Consoles/Mixers; Intercom Systems; Microphones; Sound Systems

  • Calrec DiGiCo, Clear-Com, Joseph Electronics, Shure, Telos Alliance

3:30 - 4:45 p.m.

OTT and Streaming Roundtable

The consumption of live sports through streaming channels climbed yet again in 2020, and the mechanisms used to deliver live video to smartphones, connected TVs, and more continue to evolve and mature. How will personalization, discovery, interactivity. and fan-engagement technologies help sports leagues, networks, and digital-native media companies engage with, monetize, and ultimately grow and retain a subscriber pool? Get first-hand perspectives and insights from some of the smartest minds in digital sports production on where OTT and streaming platforms are headed after an unpredictable year.

3:30 - 4:45 p.m.

Automated Production Tools Roundtable

The evolution of automated production tools continues to accelerate, and they are playing a bigger part in more and more productions. Join us to discuss the latest automated production tools, their use cases, and how AI and machine learning are taking them to the next level.

4:15 - 4:45 p.m.

Production Services Tech Tour

Automated Production; Crewing; Logistics; Mobile Trucks; Equipment Rentals/Reseller; Power Services; Production Services

  • Gravity Media, Mediapro, NEP, Program Productions, The Switch

4:45 - 5:15 p.m.

Content Management Tech Tour

AI/ML; Content Security; MAM/Orchestration Systems; Storage/Archive Technology; Cloud Services

  • EditShare, Google, Iron Mountain Entertainment Services, Lumen Technologies, Microsoft, Nutanix, Seagate powered by Tape Ark, Signiant, Tedial, Telestream, Veritone

5:15 - 5:45 p.m.

Acquisition Tech Tour

Cameras/Lenses; Camera Support

  • Canon, Fujifilm, Grass Valley, Sony

5:45 - 6:15 p.m.

Transmission Services Tech Tour

Contribution Services (Fiber/Satellite/IP); Hi-Speed File Transfer; RF/Wireless

  • AT&T, Comrex, Eurovision, IBM Aspera, LiveU

6:15 - 6:45 p.m.

Production Tools Tech Tour

Production Switchers; Replay; Graphics

  • Blackmagic Design, Evertz, EVS, Grass Valley, Nelco Media, Panasonic, Ross Video, TVU Networks, Vizrt

6:45 - 7:15 p.m.

Production Tools Tech Tour

Production Switchers; Replay; Graphics

  • Blackmagic Design, Evertz, EVS, Grass Valley, Nelco Media, Panasonic, Ross Video, TVU Networks, Vizrt

7:15 - 7:45 p.m.

Content Management Tech Tour

AI/ML; Content Security; MAM/Orchestration Systems; Storage/Archive Technology; Cloud Services

  • EditShare, Google, Iron Mountain Entertainment Services, Lumen Technologies, Microsoft, Nutanix, Seagate powered by Tape Ark, Signiant, Tedial, Telestream, Veritone