The SVG Summit:CONNECT Day Ahead – Day 3 Features Leagues Town Hall and Conversations on Golf, Racing

Roundtables will address The Future of Truck Design, TranSPORT, The Future of Remote Production, and Graphics & AR

Good morning and welcome to the “Day Ahead” for SVG Summit:CONNECT. It’s Day Three, and, if you want to hear what the professional leagues have to say about their productions and their response to the COVID-19 pandemic, you are in for a treat.

Not only do we have a Leagues Town Hall at 12:15 p.m. ET featuring the USTA, NBA, MLB, and NFL, but we also will have a golf conversation with the PGA TOUR and USGA and a racing conversation with IndyCar, NASCAR, and the NHRA. It is truly a day to start your engines with SVG!

Want to take a deeper dive? Then make sure to check out the virtual roundtables in the afternoon – addressing The Future of Truck Design, TranSPORT, The Future of Remote Production, and Graphics & AR – beginning at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. ET.

And make sure to check out Tech Tour TV for a look at all the latest products and technology from top vendors in the industry.

Check out Wednesday’s full agenda below (all times EST) and all sessions can be viewed live on My Page at TheSVGSummit.com. If you have not registered for the Summit, please click here to register. To check out all the sessions, click here.

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.: Event Opens

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: THE CONVERSATION: Inside PGA and The Majors 2020
Professional golf coverage was one of the big success stories for 2020 during the pandemic, especially considering the amount of travel required and the size and scale of each production. Learn how the golf majors and the PGA coverage evolved during the season, lessons learned, and more.
Moderator: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Executive Director, Editorial
Panelists:
David Dukes, PGA TOUR Entertainment, Senior Director, Technical Operations
Mike Francis, CBS Sports, VP, Remote Engineering
Kevin Landy, USGA, Senior Director, Broadcasting and Production
Michael Raimondo, PGA TOUR Entertainment, Senior Director, Media Asset Management and Broadcast Innovation

12:00 – 12:15 p.m.: SVG Sports Broadcasting Fund Update
Ken Aagaard, SVG Chairman Emeritus and Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame Chairman
Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Executive Director, Editorial

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.: The Professional Leagues Town Hall
The live town hall will bring together representatives from the major professional sports leagues. Topics will include the future of host feed production, reflections on 2020, new workflows, and more.
Moderator: Jason Dachman, SVG, Chief Editor
Panelists:
Paul Benedict, NBA, VP, Broadcasting Content Management
Onnie Bose, NFL, Vice President, Broadcasting
Patti Fallick, United States Tennis Association (USTA), Managing Director, Broadcast
Bernadette McDonald, MLB, SVP, Broadcast Operations

1:00 – 1:15 p.m.: SVG 2020 Initiatives Day Preview
Speakers:
Jason Dachman, SVG, Chief Editor
Karen Hogan Ketchum, SVG, Director of Production and Director, SVGW
Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Executive Director, Editorial

1:15 – 1:45 p.m.: THE CONVERSATION: Inside Auto Racing 2020
Whether it is NHRA, NASCAR, or IndyCar, U.S. auto racing returned to the track and managed to prove that remote production can keep up with high-performance race cars zipping around a track. Production professionals from those three entities join us to discuss the 2020 season, how they got through it, and how innovation played a key role in making it happen.
Moderator: Kristian Hernandez, SVG, Associate Editor and Social Media Manager
Panelists:
Ken Ferguson, IMS Productions, Director, Broadcast Operations
Steve Reintjes, NHRA, VP, Broadcasting and NHRA on Fox, Show Producer
Steve Stum, NASCAR, VP, Operations and Technical Production

2:00 – 3:15 p.m.: Roundtable Future of Truck Design
Mobile production units will always play a big role in production, but new forms of connectivity and their ability to serve as a hub connected to remote production personnel opens up new possibilities for their configuration, the number of positions needed, and more. Join us for an open and free-form discussion of key concepts in the future of truck design.

2:00 – 3:15 p.m.: Roundtable TranSPORT
The TranSPORT roundtable will be focused on the current state of live-sports contribution and distribution technology. This open conversation will address the most pressing transport issues related to satellite, fiber, IP, bonded cellular, and more. Technology leaders from major sports broadcasters and broadcast vendors will help lead this conversation and discuss the latest developments in the world of live-sports backhaul.

3:30 – 4:45 p.m.: Roundtable: Future of Remote Production
What is the future of remote production? Will it move to the cloud? Will it remain onsite? What technology developments on the horizon will have the biggest impact on how sports are produced? And how can production professionals, manufacturers, and remote-production-technology providers make sure they are ready for the road ahead?

3:30 – 4:45 p.m.: Roundtable: Graphics and Augmented Reality
The Sports Graphics and AR Roundtable is designed for SVG members and sponsors looking to learn about the latest developments in graphics, augmented reality, and data visualization technologies for live sports broadcasts. Sports-graphics leaders from major broadcasters, leagues, teams, and vendors will address how the pandemic has impacted their workflows today and how these workflows could have a lasting impact in the future.

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