SVG Announces Preliminary Agenda for Next Month’s Venue Summit Virtual Series (Aug. 26-27)

Next month’s SVG Venue Summit Virtual Series is quickly approaching, and as the return to sports is heating up, this year’s program is also filling up with notable topics and speakers. The two-day series will look into some of the newest structures being built, how professionals can continue to innovate in this new normal, and what’s to come in the future. Ross Video will serve as the title sponsor for this year’s event.

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Wednesday, August 26
12:30 – 1:00 p.m.: Diamond in the Desert: A Look Inside Allegiant Stadium
When the Raiders left the Bay Area for Sin City, the NFL’s newest stadium needed to be constructed. Prior to the first regular season game being played inside of its walls, members of the Las Vegas Raiders’ video production team and Allegiant Stadium give a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the control room equipment and workflows.
Justin Lange, Allegiant Stadium, Manager of Audio, Video, Broadcast and Cisco Vision Operations
Jeff Volk, Alpha Video, VP

1:00 – 1:30 p.m.: A Potentially New Normal: Systems Integrators Reimagine the Control Room
While a vaccine is still not readily available, in-venue employees must do what they can to stay safe and healthy. As sports make their gradual return, systems integrators weigh a handful of questions. What safety measures will be put in place? How will employees be dispersed in the era of social distancing? Will precautions like plexiglass dividers and protective masks be the new normal?
Confirmed Panelists:
Kevin Henneman
, KMH Audio-Video Integration, President
Scott Nardelli, NEP Integrated Solutions, SVP and GM
Fred Wright, BeckTV, Director of Sales, Central Region
Jeff Volk, Alpha Video, VP

1:30 – 2:00 p.m.: A Hunger for Content: Teams Shift Strategies During the Sports Shutdown
When live sporting events went into a complete shutdown a few months ago, venue-production professionals suddenly found themselves shut out of their control rooms. With a constant appetite for any form of content, these professionals changed roles by assisting other departments in their organization. What are some examples of material that was created during the initial shutdown? What remote production workflows were used during this process?
Confirmed Panelists:
Brad Baker
, Nashville SC, Senior Director and Executive Producer
Joe Kuchie, New Jersey Devils, Senior Manager, Scoreboard and Live Production
Eric Long, Philadelphia Eagles, VP, Content and Production

2:15 – 3:00 p.m.: Tech Focus: Plotting the Next Steps for In-Venue Technology
HDR and 4K are the two buzzwords that have a stranglehold on in-venue videoboard production. As facilities make adjustments to leverage these technologies, how will these concepts continue to drive innovation? What other deployments will be inserted into the conversation in the next 12 to 24 months?
Confirmed Panelists:
Carl Mandell, Philadelphia Union, Director, Broadcast and Video Production

Thursday, August 27
1:00 – 1:45 p.m.: Tech Focus: How the Current Pandemic Alters the In-Venue Fan Experience
With venues reopening without fans in the stands (or at least with heavily limited crowds), the role of gameday-production teams is going to evolve drastically. How will in-venue teams create a compelling in-venue atmosphere for players and broadcasters? Are artificial crowd noise and virtual spectator technologies a viable option for this new reality? How will IP and cloud-based workflows play a vital role?
Confirmed Panelists:
Bob Becker
, Van Wagner Productions, EVP
Laura Johnson, San Francisco 49ers, Director, Game Presentation and Live Events
David Saphirstein, Venue Edge, Founder/Consultant
Matthew Tape, Houston Rockets, Director of Broadcast and Video Production

2:15 – 3:00 p.m.: A Jewel in Los Angeles: A Deeper Look Into SoFi Stadium
Las Vegas isn’t the only city with a new NFL venue. Shared between the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers, SoFi Stadium is set to become yet another crown jewel built in the Golden State. Capped off by The Oculus — a 70,000 sq. ft., double-sided structure that is now the largest videoboard in sports — members of the Rams’ in-venue team give a detailed preview of what’s expected in Year 1.
Confirmed Panelists:
Jason Cothern, SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park, VP of Broadcast and Operations
Calvin Spencer, SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park, Director of Broadcast and Technical Facilities

NOTE: Agenda subject to change. The in-venue production world is changing as we learn more about this virus and how it will impact our lives and futures. We at SVG pledge to remain nimble and will adjust the topics to be discussed in this year’s Summit as needed to ensure that you are receiving the most relevant and impactful information for you and your staff.

If you have any questions regarding the 2020 SVG Venue Summit, please email SVG Venue Director Kristian Hernandez at [email protected].

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