General sessions offer insights from top leaders and the latest technological innovations


8:30 am – 9:30 am: Networking breakfast in the exhibition space

9:30 am – 9:35 am: Welcoming remarks by the title sponsor of the SVG Summit – Unreal Engine
Presented by: Bernt Johannessen, Unreal Engine, Industry Manager

9:35 am – 10:15 am: State of the industry
It has been a difficult two years since SVG members and sponsors gathered for our annual SVG Summit. Leaders in the sports production community discuss how the pandemic has changed sports production, what it will take to recover economically and more.
Moderator: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Co-Executive Director, Editorial
Confirmed panelists:
Bob Carzoli, Program productions, Chairman and CEO
Mike Davies, Fox Sports, Senior Vice President, Technical and Field Operations; SVG President
Josh Stinehour, Devoncroft Partners, Senior Analyst

10:15 am – 10:30 am: Spectra Logic Technology Case Study: The Challenges and Future of Distributed Multi-Cloud Content Management
As organizations seek to efficiently use data and accelerate workflows to support continuous production, data management strategies include consolidating operations across sites and clouds. Universal data access and intelligent data placement enable seamless workflows regardless of storage type, user location, data, or application servers. Spectra Logic will provide insight into distributed multi-cloud data management and how it drives monetization of your content.
David Feller, Spectra Logic, Vice President of Product Management and Solutions Engineering
Hossein ZiaShakeri, Spectra Logic, Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Alliances

10:30 am – 11:15 am: Perspectives from the national network
National networks have been a stronghold of innovation during the pandemic. Senior leaders of the national networks discuss their achievements, their challenges and look forward to what promises to be a very busy year 2022.
Moderator: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Co-Executive Director, Editorial
Confirmed panelists:
Mike Davies, Fox Sports, Senior Vice President, Technical and Field Operations; SVG President
Patty Power, CBS Sports, Executive Vice President, Operations and Engineering

11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m .: Imagine: The Warriors and Imagine communications technology case study live from New York
Chase Center, the SMPTE ST 2110 home of the Golden State Warriors, has been hosting creative productions since 2019. After virtual sessions for the past two years, the Warriors are hitting the road to host live Q&A at SVG NY 2021. Scott Heitman, Director of Dashboard Operations – Golden State Warriors, and John Mailhot, Technical Director of Networks and Infrastructure, Imagine Communications, discuss IP connectivity and how to make your site sustainable with SMPTE ST 2110.
Moderator: Brian Beckwith, Imagine Communications, Senior Solutions Engineer
Confirmed presenters:
Scott Heitman, Golden State Warriors, Director of Dashboard Operations
Jean Mailhot, Imagine Communications, CTO, Networks and Infrastructure

11:30 am – 1:00 pm: Networking break in the exhibition area

13h00 – 13h45: Perspectives of the regional network
When the national leagues closed, it was the regional networks, their production partners, their employees and freelancers who suffered the most. They also had to find new ways to work, deal with cart issues, and embrace new ways of staying connected.
Moderator: Jason Dachman, SVG, editor
Confirmed panelists:
John J. Filippelli, The YES network, president, production and programming; Executive producer
Mike Connelly, Bally Sports, SVP and executive producer
John Slobotkin, NBC Sports Regional Networks, Senior Vice President, Live Content and Programming

1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m .: Diversified Technology Case Study

2:00 p.m. – 2:40 p.m .: Perspectives from digital leaders
OTT, D2C and social media are transforming the nature of sports content delivery. What is the ripple effect on the content creation side? How are leagues, teams and broadcasters taking advantage of the digital landscape to breathe new life into content that otherwise would have gone unnoticed?
Moderator: Brandon Costa, SVG, chief digital officer
Confirmed panelists:
Ben Berchuck, Facebook, Sports programming and partnerships
John Lasker, ESPN, Vice President of Digital Programming

2:40 p.m. – 2:50 p.m .: Networking break in the exhibition area

2:50 p.m. – 3:30 p.m .: League Perspectives
The pandemic has had a big impact on the way leagues approach the creation and delivery of content. The world’s food has become a necessity. Digital applications and experiences have allowed them to reach almost every corner of the world. And they all continue to look to broadcasters to help their brand look as good as possible in terms of picture quality, sound quality, etc. Sports league leaders discuss key trends and challenges as they seek to create new audiences.
Moderator: Kristian Hernandez, SVG, Associate Editor and Social Media Manager
Confirmed panelists:
Paul Benoît, NBA, Vice President, Broadcast Content Management
Greg Hopfe, PGA TOUR Entertainment, Vice President and Executive Producer

3.30 p.m. – 4.15 p.m .: Outlook for production services
The production service industry, whether it provides technical facilities or personnel, is more than accustomed to reacting to changing market conditions. But 2020 and 2021 have taken things to a new level and with challenges that are more than difficult to navigate. Leaders from the sports production services community take the stage to discuss current market conditions and their future direction.
Moderator: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Co-Executive Director, Editorial
Confirmed panelists:
Nick Garvin, Mobile TV Group, COO
Hamish Greig, CTV, CEO
Mike Werteen, NEP Broadcast Services, President


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