2018 Venue Production Summit


Tuesday, March 13:

LOCATION: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, 300 Level Sky Bridge

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.: Registration

3:30 – 5:00 p.m.: Mercedes-Benz Stadium Tour

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.: Opening Night Reception

Wednesday, March 14:

LOCATION: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Harrah’s Cherokee Club, 200 Level

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.: Registration and Breakfast

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.: Inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium with the Atlanta Falcons
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Mercedes-Benz Stadium opened prior to the 2017 NFL season with one of the most unique and eye-catching videoboards in all of sports. Now, with one season in the books, AMB Sports and Entertainment – the video production team that supports both the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta FC – share what they’ve learned in Year 1 and how they plan to further enhance the fan experience in Year 2 and beyond.
Jason Cothern, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Director, Stadium Productions
Joseph Blanco, Lead Animator
Julia Chongarlides, Video Producer
Randy Cousar, Chief Engineer
Ben Dolinky, Engineer
Kevin Nawoichik, Graphics Producer
Steve Smith, Video Producer

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.: IP Production in Sports Venues: What You Need to Know
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Over the past few years, IP-based technology has steadily grown in popularity in video-production workflows and, with the recent publishing of the SMPTE 2110 ST standard, is expected to explode in the near future. What does this mean for your game-day production? Will IP technologies streamline your workflows, enable you to produce your show more efficiently, and make your fan experience better? Industry leaders share what they’ve learned in the field and answer your most pressing questions.
Moderator: Karen Hogan Ketchum, SVG, Senior Editor
Gerry Gallagher
, TVU Networks, Senior Director, Solutions
Jeff Gouch, EVS, Sales Manager – Sports Venues, The Americas
Nima Malekmanesh, Evertz, Product Marketing Manager and Senior Engineer – DreamCatcher
Mike Meglathery, Diversified, Project Manager, Senior Project Engineer
Scott Rinehart, University of Notre Dame, Director, Broadcast Technology

10:15 – 11:00 a.m.: Making the Most of Your Team’s Big Moments Across All Platforms
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An unlikely playoff appearance. A long-awaited world championship. A 10-year anniversary of a famous play. A favorite player’s number retired. When it comes to storylines in sports, the possibilities and opportunities are seemingly endless. But how do you catalyze your fan base around key moments and keep the momentum going all season long? Hear how teams have treated their franchises’ biggest moments through the use of social media, digital platforms, in-venue presentations, and much more, and the tools they’re using to make it possible.
Moderator: Don Sperling, New York Giants Entertainment, VP and Executive Producer
Justin Brant
, University of Alabama, Assistant Athletics Director, Crimson Tide Productions
Matt Coy, Game Changer MVP, EVP/GM
Eric Long, Philadelphia Eagles, Director of Production

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.: Networking Break

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Technology and Design Considerations in Non-Traditional Video Displays
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As sports venues look to push the boundaries of video display design, manufacturers and systems integrators must figure out how to turn concept into reality. What considerations must be made with regards to display format; pixel density; location; and production tools like cameras, lenses, and switchers to make the most of non-traditional displays? Leaders involved in building some of the industry’s most unique displays and the production systems to support them discuss the process of creating – and powering – a board that’s truly one of a kind.
Moderator: Robert Jordan CFE, Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment, SVP
Josh Beaudoin
, WJHW, Principal
Kevin Cottam
, Ross Video, Director, Sports and Live Events
Brent Stevens, Daktronics, National Sales Manager, Professional Sports
Sam Thompson, Industry Consultant
Larry Thorpe, Canon U.S.A., Senior Fellow, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Professional Engineering and Solutions Division

12:00 – 12:15 p.m.: IBM Case Study: Delivering Next-Generation Digital Experiences at Mercedes-Benz Stadium
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Built from the ground up to redefine the fan experience, Mercedes-Benz Stadium incorporates a broad array of technologies integrated to work together as a seamless, unified system. Learn how IBM partnered with AMB Sports & Entertainment to design and implement an integrated IT platform. The holistic approach spans a huge breadth of services and technologies including mobile, analytics, infrastructure, and Internet of Things. And it’s all connected by the IBM Cloud and backed with world-class security, storage solutions, data protection, and disaster recovery — a true end-to-end integration that only a partner like IBM can deliver.
Presenter: Ben Brillat
, IBM, Chief Technology Architect, Global Sports and Entertainment Practice

12:15 – 12:45 p.m.: Video Tools to Help You Crack the Creativity Code for Displays of All Sizes
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Videoboards – both traditional and non-traditional – would be nothing without captivating video content tailor-made to fit the canvas. Game-day production personnel and graphics operators charged with programming in-venue video displays share their approach to creating a dynamic video presentation on a wide variety of shapes that are rarely, if ever, 16:9, and discuss the graphics gear, video processors, and replay servers they rely on to make it happen.
Moderator: Jason Dachman, SVG, Chief Editor
Jason Cothern
, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Director, Stadium Productions
Scott Cunningham, Atlanta Braves, VP, Fan Experience
Greg Kuh, Ross Video, Lead Designer, Rocket Surgery
Michael Sullivan, Auburn University, Director of Video Services, Live Operations

12:45 – 1:30 p.m.: Networking Lunch

1:30 – 2:00 p.m.: The Latest in Venue Signal Transmission and Distribution
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As sports venues invest in video display technology and the top tools to capture content, so too must they invest in the infrastructure to get video signals from Point A to Point B and beyond. Hear from the technology vendors who are leading the charge in signal distribution, both within the stadium and from the truck dock out to the broadcast center.
Moderator: Karen Hogan Ketchum, SVG, Senior Editor
Dave Belding
, LiveU, Sales Director, Sports
Mike Flathers
, Aspera (an IBM Company), CTO
Scott Nardelli, Bexel ESS, VP and GM
Rick Seegull, Riedel Communications, Manager, System Consulting

2:00 – 2:15 p.m.: EVS Case Study: Engaging NJ Devils Fans with Next Generation Technology
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DYVI, EVS’s live production switcher, has changed the way the New Jersey Devils’ production team entertains and engages fans on gameday at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. The result has been faster turnaround, unmatched content customization, and greater ease in program making.
Presenter: Jeff Gouch, EVS, Sales Manager – Sports Venues, The Americas

2:15 – 3:00 p.m.: Beyond the Bowl: When Control Rooms Become Broadcast Centers
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Increasingly, the in-venue control room must serve the video needs of far more than the in-venue displays. Whether it’s a college that becomes responsible for an ESPN3 production, a videoboard producer that must broadcast a preseason game for linear TV, or a videoboard operator that must drive digital platforms, both the capabilities of control rooms and the skills of those working in them continue to evolve. Industry leaders on the control-room front lines discuss the technology that’s making it happen and the comms required to keep everyone on in the loop.
Moderator: Brandon Costa, SVG, Director of Digital
Mike Bilbow, University of Georgia, Assistant Athletic Director, Digital and Production
Stuart Reynolds, Diversified, Director, Sports and Live Events
Daniel Riess, WJHW, Consultant
Jeff Volk, Alpha Video, VP

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