Thursday, August 31, 2023Tom Shelburne: A TributeTom Shelburne, co-founder of NEP and arguably the father of the modern remote TV production business, has passed away at the age of 81. Shelburne grew up with TV in his blood as his family founded WNEP Scranton, PA, an ABC affiliate that rose to become the highest-rated ABC affiliate in the country. In 1978 Shelburne built a mobile production truck for the station and ushered in a new era in remote production. And for himself, it began a decades-long career capturing and telling stories from even the most secluded events as WNEP soon thereafter launched a remote production company. That fleet would expand to three trucks. “Tom Shelburne was special,” says Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame Chairman Ken Aagaard of Shelburne who was the first inductee into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2007. “Tom was not only a pioneer of Sports TV but a cowboy who knew how to get whatever done.” In 1984 the New York Times company acquired WNEP-TV, but Shelburne held onto the mobile production company and NEP Broadcasting was born. And while he played a big part in running the business from the top he found plenty of joy in doing whatever needed to be done for the client. Today NEP has more than 4,000 employees in 25 countries. NEP Group released a statement on Tom’s passing: “NEP Group mourns the passing of co-founder, Tom Shelburne. Known as the father of remote television production, Shelburne founded NEP Supershooters in 1987, becoming the world’s leading mobile broadcast production company. Born in Bristol, TN in 1942, he is survived by his wife LeeAnn Shelburne, daughter Sally Newhall, son Tommy Shelburne, stepdaughter Jill Marziale, and sister Trina English.Wednesday, August 9, 20232023 SVG SCM Forum: CBS Sports' Chris Cruz on the Network's New NVMe Storage ServerCBS Sports is a broadcaster that is always busy, and in the midst of a packed calendar of broadcasts, the network embarked on implementing a new storage server. At the 2023 SVG Sports Content Management Forum, CBS Sports' Senior Director, Media Services, Chris Cruz, details new media management projects that are currently underway and how they'll be put into use for the upcoming college football season and the broadcast of Super Bowl LVIII in February 2024.Tuesday, August 8, 20232023 SVG SCM Forum: Riot Games' Ian Owen on the Media Management Needs of Project StrykerRiot Games is continuing to elevate their approach to their global production ecosystem with the opening of new Project Stryker facilities. With a site in Dublin already online, a location in Seattle in the works, and another to be located in the APAC region, the centralized-production model requires a heft amount of media management, content retrieval, and more. At the 2023 SVG Sports Content Management Forum, Riot Games' Manager, Media Asset Management, Esports, Ian Owen, provides an update to Project Stryker, describes his transition from the University of Notre Dame to Riot Games after joining the esports giant last December, and provides a preview of what's to come in this side of the business.Wednesday, August 2, 20232023 SVG SCM Forum: Univ. of Notre Dame's Scott Rinehart on Leveraging Their Future-Proof FacilityWhen it comes to being ahead of the technological curve, there aren't many collegiate institutions that can compare to the University of Notre Dame. Making the decision to flip their production facility into an IP-capable space in 2015, the athletics' department has been able to combat the new challenges of today's ever-changing industry, At the 2023 SVG Sports Content Management Forum, University of Notre Dame's Director, Broadcast and Streaming Technologies, Scott Rinehart, outlines how the decision to future-proof their facility eight years ago is paying major dividends and how his team is archiving the school's long lineage.Tuesday, August 1, 20232023 SVG SCM Forum: WWE's Rex Canning on Supplying Data for the Company's New Facility in StamfordAfter working in the same building since 1991, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is headed two miles west to a brand-new facility in Stamford, CT. Occupying 400,000 square feet of offices and production space, the new headquarters will require a resilient data foundation for the insane amount of content flowing in and out of their network. At the 2023 SVG Sports Content Management Forum, WWE's Senior Director, Media Management Services, Rex Canning, highlights the challenges that come with opening up this new building, the solutions needed to supply fans material on their various outlets, and what trends will be top of mind at next year's event.Monday, July 31, 20232023 SVG SCM Forum: WBD Sports' Anne Graham on Addressing Pressing Topics, Reuniting the IndustrySVG’s Sports Content Management Forum returned to New York City on July 26 for a full day of sessions discussing the current state of the industry and how sports-media organizations can future-proof their content in an ever-changing world. From remote/hybrid workflows and storage and archiving on prem and in the cloud to the rise of AI and ML, the event served as a compass to guide where this sector of the industry is going. At the 2023 Sports Content Management Forum, WBD Sports' Manager, Strategy and Planning, Sports Media Services, and 2023 SVG Sports Content Management Chair, Anne Graham recaps how this event was put together and why it's important to allow this side of the industry to come together and share ideas.Thursday, July 27, 2023Introducing the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame Class of 2023!The Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the the Class of 2023! This year’s inductees are: Val Ackerman, Big East Conference commissioner and first president of the WNBA Lance Barrow, former CBS Sports producer Cris Collinsworth, NBC Sunday Night Football analyst Tom Fletcher, inventor of the super-slo-mo camera and other innovations Steve Hellmuth, former NBA EVP, media operations and technology Ernie Johnson, long-time NBA on TNT studio-show host Andrea Joyce, leading sports reporter Tony Petitti, Big Ten Conference Commissioner and former TV-network executive Jeff Zachary, legendary camera operator “More than 150 leading sports-TV-industry executives took part in this year’s voting, our most ever,” says Ken Aagaard, chairman, Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame. “Once again, they elected an exceptional class of innovators and game-changers who embody the commitment to excellence, professionalism, and leadership that makes our industry great.” The Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame Class of 2023 will be inducted in a ceremony on Dec. 12 at the New York Hilton.Tuesday, July 25, 2023Absen’s Cherie Sturm on Deploying Full-Scale LED Displays for International, Domestic Sports VenuesThe Sports Video Group is delighted to welcome Absen as a new premier sponsor. Based in Orlando, FL, the company combines the global reach of one of the world’s largest and most financially secure LED display manufacturers with their understanding of the U.S. LED market. With thousands of installations across the United States, Absen has quickly become the LED manufacturer of choice for a variety of prestigious projects, include sports venues in the NBA and MLS. In this New Sponsor Spotlight, SVG’s Kristian Hernández speaks with Absen Key Account Manger Cherie Sturm about the company’s wide variety of services and offerings, recent work in international venues at the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup in Qatar and domestic venues like the Utah Jazz’s Vivint Arena, and more.Wednesday, July 19, 2023SVG RSPS: NBC Sports Chicago's Kevin Anderson on Upgrading Studio Shows With Ross Video's PIEROProducing regional broadcasts of the Chicago Bulls, Chicago Blackhawks, and Chicago White Sox, NBC Sports Chicago is responsible for a multitude of talent for three professional fanbases in the city. Along with live games, the RSN is also tasked with pre and postgame shows surrounding their coverage. To enhance their on-air breakdowns, they have tapped the services of Ross Video's PIERO Sports Graphics Analysis system. At the 2023 SVG Regional Sports Production Summit, NBC Sports Chicago's Director, Studio Content, Kevin Anderson, discusses how this solution improves their content, how these segments have resonated with fans, and details other production highlights from the year.Tuesday, July 18, 2023SVG RSPS: NBCUniversal Local Chicago's John Schippman on Further Developments to the Popular BetCastSince the advent of legalized sports betting, fans have gained a new reason to watch their favorite sports teams. Regional sports networks have taken this new activity and have added sports betting analysis to their live programming and studio shows. At NBC Sports Chicago, the RSN has taken it to another level with BetCast: an alternative broadcast that focuses on real-time odds and other sports-betting content throughout the course of a Chicago Bulls game. At the 2023 SVG Regional Sports Production Summit, NBCUniversal Local Chicago's VP, Sports Content, John Schippman details the challenges of its first edition in 2021, the lessons that they've learned since then, how it'll continue to change, and why fans keep coming back to watch.Monday, July 17, 2023SVG RSPS: Bally Sports Detroit's Jeff Byle on Debuting the 'Players Only' Alternative BroadcastAfter national networks like ESPN and CBS Sports successfully executed alternative broadcasts, regional sports networks are now producing secondary experiences of their own. For Bally Sports Detroit, Detroit Tigers fans are enjoying "Players Only" broadcasts, which place former players and alumni behind the mic on the main linear telecast. At the 2023 SVG Regional Sports Production Summit, Bally Sports Detroit's VP and Executive Producer Jeff Byle breaks down the intricacies of the concept, how they're keeping these productions fresh, and how fans are enjoying this unique perspective.Friday, July 14, 2023SVG RSPS: NBC Sports Regional Networks' Jon Slobotkin on Sector's Technological EvolutionOver the years, regional sports networks have continued to innovate on the technological front. From relying on remote production and the influx of cloud-based solutions since the COVID-19 pandemic to the rise of 4K and HDR productions, RSN professionals have been to integrate new workflows along the way. At the 2023 SVG Regional Sports Production Summit, NBC Sports Regional Networks' SVP, Content and Live Programming, Jon Slobotkin, examines how this technology has evolved since its inception and why this event is critical to sharing ideas and thoughts to others in the industry.Thursday, July 13, 2023SVG RSPS: Monumental Sports & Entertainment's Zach Leonsis on the Launch of Monument Sports NetworkWashington D.C.-based Monumental Sports & Entertainment is set to debut the latest regional sports network in the business when it officially rebrands NBC Sports Washington - which it completely acquired in 2022 - to Monumental Sports Network. At the 2023 SVG Regional Sports Production Summit, Zach Leonsis, President of Media and New Enterprises at Monumental Sports and Entertainment shares what its been like rebranding the network and what he's most excited for when the network begins broadcasting games under the name this fall.Tuesday, July 11, 2023SVG RSPS: Marquee Sports Network's Debby Schneider on Using Technology to Stand Out at the RSN LevelAt the regional-sports-network level, implementing new technologies has been one of the main drivers of increased viewership. Throughout the 2023 Chicago Cubs season, the network has utilized a handful of workflows like shallow depth-of-field cameras and a drone during Spring Training to elevate the quality of their live broadcasts. At the 2023 SVG Regional Sports Production Summit, Marquee Sports Network's SVP, Broadcast Operations, Debby Schneider, explains why these pieces of equipment were chosen, how they've enhanced the viewing experience, and other production highlights from the current MLB campaign.Monday, July 10, 2023SVG RSPS: Kosner Media's John Kosner Analyzes Status of Regional Sports Networks, Envisions FutureCentered around financial difficulties, the regional-sports-network business is dealing with many challenges. These circumstances have created a murky outlook for the future, but as time goes on, there are still opportunities for improvement and growth. At the 2023 SVG Regional Sports Production Summit, Kosner Media's President John Kosner outlines how this side of the industry can capitalize on these chances and provides advice to professionals navigating this tumultuous time.Monday, July 10, 2023ESPN's Phil Orlins on Producing the "Controlled Chaos" of the MLB Home Run DerbyESPN is on-site at Seattle's T-Mobile Park to bring baseball fans the fireworks for the 2023 MLB Home Run Derby. Since the event shifted to a timed format in 2015, producing the event has become an increasingly greater - but also fun - challenge for ESPN. To meet that challenge, the network has more aggressively integrated real-time augmented reality graphics and deepened its partnership with MLB's Statcast team to layer in data on the spot during the event. ESPN's VP of Production Phil Orlins spoke with SVG's Brandon Costa about why this year's broadcasts - on both ESPN and ESPN2 - feature some of the "most aggressive experimentation" he's seen, what's new that viewers can expect, and more of ESPN's work being done in Seattle.Friday, July 7, 2023SVG RSPS: Program Productions' Jessica Kowatch on Bolstering the Industry Through TrainingIn this unique and volatile time in the history of regional sports production, the people that make live sports happen are more critical than ever. That's where a company like Program Productions, Inc. lends a critical hand to ensure live broadcasts are crewed up and ready and willing technicians across the country can get work. At the 2023 SVG Regional Sports Production Summit in Chicago, PPI's EVP of Operations and Chief Operating Officer Jessica Kowatch discusses the successful growth of the company's training initiative - which has injected nearly 100 new skilled technicians into the industry in just its first year - shares what's new with the ProCrewz app, and moreThursday, July 6, 2023SVG RSPS: YES Network's Mike Webb on Domingo Germán's Perfect Game, Productions of Yankees BaseballPerfect games in Major League Baseball come few and far between, but last week on June 28 vs. the Oakland A's, New York Yankees' starting pitcher Domingo Germán twirled the 24th perfecto in league history and the first in over a decade. Germán entered the baseball record book, but the broadcast featured Producer Josh Isaac at the front bench in only the second game of his career. At the 2023 SVG Regional Sports Production Summit, YES Network's VP, Broadcast Operations and Engineering, Mike Webb, comments on the historic moment, provides major production highlights from the New York Yankees and Brooklyn Nets seasons, how the network is standing out in a unique way through the launch of the YES App, and why reuniting with regional-sports-network colleague at this event is important.Wednesday, July 5, 2023SVG Rewind: Domingo Germán's Perfect Game Another Banner Moment for YES NetworkOn June 28 in Oakland, Domingo Germán of the New York Yankees threw the 24th perfect game in Major League Baseball history. How did the Yankees regional broadcast partner, the YES Network, rise to the occasion of producing this historic game? In this episode of SVG Rewind, take a look back at YES Network's production of the fourth perfecto thrown by a Yankee with Director Dan Barr and Producer Josh Isaac - who was sitting in the producer's chair for just the second Yankees game of his career! Speaking with SVG's Director of Digital Brandon Costa, Barr and Isaac share the details behind producing a game of this magnitude while on the road; explain how a producer and director help each other out as a historic moment is brewing during a live sports broadcast; debate when the production crew begins to inject the possibility of a perfect game into the broadcast, and much more.Thursday, June 29, 2023SVG New Sponsor Spotlight: Ikegami's Alan Keil on 4K InnovationIkegami has long been an industry leader when it comes to camera and monitor development. Alan Keil, Ikegami, VP and Director of Engineering, discusses the latest developments in 4K camera systems, 4K monitors, and how Ikegami is providing customers with an upgrade path that makes sense economically and workflow wise.Wednesday, June 28, 2023SVG New Sponsor Spotlight: swXtch.io’s Geete Kyrazis on Bringing Multicast Functionality to CloudAs more sports-media organizations look to shift more of their production-operations to the cloud, many are finding the transition is easier said than done due to the multicast limitations of the cloud. That’s exactly where swXtch.io sees an opportunity for its core product cloudSwXtch – a virtual overlay network that lets the user build a high-performance network on top of their cloud network without changing the application code. swXtch.io’s software-based networking architecture allows broadcasters to implement ground-to-cloud and cloud-to-ground multicast while incorporating critical video and audio standards. Available for AWS Multicast, Azure Multicast and Google Cloud Multicast, cloudSwXtch lets the user add bare-metal features and performance to their cloud or edge applications with the touch of a button. As live production moves to the cloud, support for industry standards such as SMPTE 2110 remains important. Because cloudSwXtch acts as a virtual overlay across a physical broadcast network or cloud tenant, media companies can adapt their networks and add features like multicast, uncompressed video distribution and network path redundance that high-bandwidth workflows require. cloudswXtch also implements SMPTE 2022-7 by splitting the network traffic for a video stream at the source and creating multiple redundant network data paths. SVG sat down with Geeter Kyrazis, swXtch.io, Chief Strategy Officer, to get an overview of the cloudSwXtch platform, discuss how it fits into live-sports production, and where the technology is headed in the future.Thursday, June 22, 2023SVG College Summit: Patriot League's Jimmy Johnson on Enhancing Championships, Offseason PlanningWith 10 member schools, including the United States Naval Academy and the United States Military Academy, the Patriot League is responsible for numerous productions throughout the academic year. Always looking to create more buzz around events, the conference is aiming to implement new workflows and gear into their tech arsenal. At the 2023 SVG College Summit, Patriot League's Assistant Commissioner, Multimedia, Jimmy Johnson, describes how the conference is working on improving live broadcasts of their championships with new technologies and storytelling elements and how they're preparing for next year's slate of games during the offseason.Tuesday, June 20, 2023SVG College Summit: Diversified's Jared Timmins Offers Advice on Control Rooms, In Venue ExperiencesCollegiate athletic departments are tasked with more video demands than ever before: be it for broadcast or for the in venue experience. When it comes to erecting facilities that support those efforts, companies like Diversified are critical in guiding technology investments in the right direction. For the 2023 SVG College Summit, Diversified's VP of Innovation for Media Solutions Jared Timmins spoke with SVG's Brandon Costa on the guidance they are giving clients today, how the cloud plays in, and what trends the company is placing its focuses on today.Tuesday, June 20, 2023SVG College Summit: Univ. of South Carolina's Valerie Gerfin on Williams-Brice Stadium RenovationsOver the past year, there have been a ton of developments at the University of South Carolina: the last phase of refurbishments at Williams-Brice Stadium is now complete; the new direct-to-consumer platform, Gamecocks+, is entering its second academic year in existence; and the two-time, National Championship-winning baseball program hosted their 19th NCAA regional in school history. At the 2023 SVG College Summit, University of South Carolina's Associate Director, Live Productions, Valerie Gerfin, dives deep into the new renovations that are impacting in-venue productions and the exciting chapter that's currently unfolding on campus in Columbia, SC.Tuesday, June 20, 2023SVG College Summit: Auburn’s Parker Leppien on Educating, Motivating a New Wave of Production ProsStudents make up a sizeable chunk of the staff at collegiate programs across the country,. Whether it’s for in-venue productions, broadcasts shown on linear or digital networks, or capturing and creating content for their respective school’s social media platforms, this time and effort can translate into a career path for the future. At the 2023 SVG College Summit, Auburn University’s Director, Live Operations and Programming, Parker Leppien, spotlights some of the major production highlights from the year, how to retain your current staff and attract new students to join, and why it’s critical for students to get involved in these productions to set themselves up for success after graduation.Friday, June 16, 2023SVG College Summit: University of Houston's Grantscott Greene on School's Move to the Big 12Conference re-alignment continues to take shape in collegiate athletics, and the University of Houston is one of the newest schools to leave their former conference for a new one. After competing in the American Athletic Conference since 2013-14, the institution is shifting to the Big 12 at the start of the 2023-24 academic year. At the 2023 SVG College Summit, University of Houston's Assistant AD, Content Solutions, Grantscott Greene, discusses how this move might impact the viewership of their gameday productions and how him and his team maximize their resources to create a large-scale in-venue show.Wednesday, June 14, 2023University of Wyoming's Dennis Trapani on Consistent High Standards in Live Game ProductionVideo production groups within collegiate athletic departments have become accustomed to producing, at times, hundreds of live sporting events per academic year for streaming platforms. More increasingly, however, conference broadcast partners are turning to these in-house teams to shoulder the load in producing games that will be picked up for distribution across linear television. At the 2023 SVG College Summit, Dennis Trapani, Associate AD for Creative Services at the University of Wyoming shares how his team at WYO Vision adjusts when the opportunity comes to produce games for the local regional sports network AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain, how his students have risen to the occasion on these shows, and more.Tuesday, June 13, 2023SVG College Summit: Canon's Jamon Lomax on Offering Support to College-Level ProductionsTo successfully execute a well-done collegiate production, programs of all sizes need to rely on the resources provided by trusted vendors and manufacturers. In the case of Canon, they're one company that ensures that broadcasts and other live shows are supported to the fullest extent. At the 2023 SVG College Summit, Canon's Senior Manager, Television Broadcast & Production Sales, U.S. and Latin American Markets, Jamon Lomax, highlights how their lineup of PTZ cameras that is assisting both Tier 1 and Tier 2 productions and why being involved at the collegiate level is important.Monday, June 12, 2023SVG College Summit: UPenn's Tiana Brown on Producing Championships and Quakers' New Control RoomAnother college athletics season in the Ivy League is in the books and at the University of Pennsylvania it was an extra busy one. In addition to its regularly-scheduled programming of live athletics events, the school also produced championship broadcasts for both track and field and baseball. At the 2023 SVG College Summit, Tiana Brown Director of Broadcasting & Production at UPenn shared how she and her team tackled the opportunities they faced this year, how a new control room is changing the game for Quakers' video production, and more.Friday, June 9, 2023SVG College Summit: Riedel's Greg Macchia, Dave Caulwell on Working w/ MV SportsCom for UGA FootballRiedel Communications is involved in numerous phases of a professional broadcast, but at the collegiate level, programs around the nation leverage their services for in-venue productions, control room comms, and more. At the 2023 SVG College Summit, Riedel Communications' VP, Business Development, Live Production, Greg Macchia, and Regional Sales Director, East, Dave Caulwell, talk about how the Simplylive acquisition is strengthening the company's activities in the collegiate market, their partnership with MV SportsCom and how it's impacting comms for the coaching staff of University of Georgia football, and new updates to the product line.Friday, June 9, 2023NBA Finals: ESPN's Tim Corrigan, Mike Schwab on Working Together at the Front BenchSimilar to the teams on the floor, ESPN has endured a long and winding road to get to this championship matchup. The network produced game after game in the regular season over the last seven months, and now nearing the NBA calendar's crescendo, it's time to put a fitting end to the league's 76th season. At the 2023 NBA Finals, Lead Producer Tim Corrigan and Lead Director Mike Schwab explain the challenges that come with two cities separated by more than 2,000 miles, what it's like working with each other in a pressurized environment, how they're tying their new mixed-reality open to the overall creative rebrand that occurred at the start of the regular season, and the responsibility that they have to tell the right story in the right way.Friday, June 9, 2023NBA Finals: Miami Heat's Ed Filomia, Kurt Doster on Fueling Fans' Passion During Home and Away GamesEntering the 2023 NBA Playoffs as a No. 8 seed, many fans around the sport didn't see the Miami Heat as a contender, but in Miami, supporters of the Heat always knew that this team was built different. Now in a bout against the talented Denver Nuggets to see who lifts the Larry O'Brien trophy, At the 2023 NBA Finals in Miami, Miami Heat's Senior Director, Broadcast Services, Ed Filomia, and Director, Arena Video Production, Kurt Doster, discuss how their in-venue productions in the postseason differ from those in the regular season, how their gameday atmosphere has grown since the franchise's first appearance in the NBA Finals in 2006, how they're executing "Road Rally" watch party within Kaseya Center during away games, and the upcoming control room and videoboard refurb in the offseason.Thursday, June 8, 2023Stanley Cup Final: WBD Sports' Paul Hemming, Kevin Brown on Producing Games on NHL's Biggest StageWhen a network finds the perfect blend between creative storytelling and jaw-dropping technological innovation, it's something extremely special. Throughout Warner Bros. Discovery Sports' coverage of the 2023 NHL Stanley Cup Final between the Vegas Golden Knights and Florida Panthers, the production team's front bench of Lead Director Paul Hemming and Lead Producer Kevin Brown have struck that delicate balance perfectly. At the 2023 NHL Stanley Cup Final in Sunrise, FL, the production tandem breaks down the planning that goes into professional hockey's most important series, how the work of VP, Tech Operations, Chris Brown, and his crew have backed up the pair's vision with impressive workflows, how Hemming's career has prepared him for this moment, and the excitement that's involved with working on WBD Sports' first Stanley Cup Final.Thursday, June 8, 2023Stanley Cup Final: Vegas Golden Knights' Andrew Abrams on Executing Their Popular On-Ice Show OpenDislike by few and enjoyed by most, the Vegas Golden Knight's intricate show open at T-Mobile Arena continues to push the boundaries of what's possible in in-venue production. By season's end, the crew will have pulled off seven different variations of this gameday activation. For the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, and especially for the Stanley Cup Final, the intensity and attention to detail has been greatly increased. Prior to Game 3 vs. the Florida Panthers on Thursday night, Vegas Golden Knights' Vice President & Executive Producer, Entertainment & Production, Andrew Abrams, provided insight on the safety clearances that were needed to hoist the Drumbots in the air, the unique approach that the team has when creating this sequence, how fans are being entertained with watch parties at multiple locations during road games, and the meaning behind potentially winning the sport's biggest prize.Thursday, June 8, 2023Stanley Cup Final: Florida Panthers' Mike Masino on Pumping in Gameday Energy at FLA Live ArenaThe throwing of rubber rats has become the calling card of the Florida Panthers, but for those attending games in person at FLA Live Arena in Sunrise, FL, the in-venue production team is firing up all available workflows to bring an enhances gameday atmosphere for the franchise's first championship appearance since 1995-96. At the 2023 NHL Stanley Cup Final, Florida Panthers' Senior Director, Game Presentation, Mike Masino, highlights the production elements being played out for fans in the lower bowl, how the team uses the days in between games to prep material for the next two home games, and what it means to be one of two teams left at the tail end of the 2022-23 season.Wednesday, June 7, 2023SVG College Summit: Georgia Southern's Byron Abt on Adding a Live Drone to Baseball BroadcastsLive drones have become a popular talking point in live sports production circles. Recently, Georgia Southern began integrating live drone shots into its broadcasts of baseball and softball games streaming on ESPN+. At the 2023 SVG College Summit, Byron Abt, Assistant Athletics Director for GATA Productions at Georgia Southern shared with SVG's Brandon Costa what it took to get approvals to add the aerial camera, the possibilities for its use in the future, his advice to other mid majors looking to try something similar, and more.Wednesday, June 7, 2023Women's College World Series 2023: ESPN's Meg Aronowitz on Documenting Student Athletes' DreamsThe Finals of the 2023 NCAA Women's College World Series begin on Wednesday night as Florida State looks to derail Oklahoma's bid to three-peat. ESPN is on-site in Oklahoma City with a big production plan to chronicle it all. A live drone, a two-point cabled aerial camera system, a Technocrane, and multiple super slow mos are just a few of the toys pulling in the eye-popping imagery of the action on the field. On the day before the start of the Finals, SVG's Brandon Costa caught up with ESPN's VP, Production Meg Aronowitz to discuss the unique cameras that have been deployed at the venue, how to keep the storylines fresh during a dynastic run on the diamond, and what makes working this event a uniquely special experience.Tuesday, June 6, 2023SVG College Summit: Ross Video's Stefan Tribble on Understanding the In-Venue Needs of the MarketRoss Video's in-venue production tools are driving the biggest and most popular stadiums at the professional level, but within the collegiate ranks, high-profile buildings are also tapping into the company's wide array of services and solutions. At the 2023 SVG College Summit, Ross Video's Stefan Tribble explains the reasons why they're is heavily involved at the collegiate level, how his time at Mississippi State University allows him to understand the needs of a gameday crew, and what's next to look forward to on the technological front.Monday, June 5, 2023SVG College Summit: Virginia Tech's Eric Frey on the Changing Collegiate Athletics LandscapeIt's a unique, yet exciting time to work in collegiate athletics. With developments in Name, Image, and Likeness still taking shape, the constant shuffling of conference re-alignment, and continued updates to technology, programs around the nation are adjusting to this new chapter of production. At the 2023 SVG College Summit, Virginia Tech's Assistant Athletics Director, ACC Network Operations and 2023 SVG College Summit Chairperson, Eric Frey, discusses the topics that are currently impacting the status quo, the major highlights from an entire year of broadcasts, and why this annual event is important to the collegiate-sports-production community.Friday, May 26, 2023NHL's David Lehanski, ESPN's Zack Malet on Powering the Big City Greens Alternative BroadcastTwo months ago, ESPN and the National Hockey League partnered on a special alternative broadcast during the New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals matchup on March 14. Based on Disney's Big City Greens property, the event featured both teams, referees, on-air talent, and more in a fully animated environment. At the 2023 SVG Sports Graphics Forum, NHL's EVP, Business Development and Innovation, David Lehanski, and ESPN's Director, Business Development & Innovation, Zack Malet, discuss the behind-the-scenes planning that went into the broadcast, the workflows that powered this unique setting, the feedback heard from the sports community, and what versions of this activation may be in the future.Friday, May 26, 2023Sports Cloud Production Forum: ESPN's Dan Lannon on All-in-One Shows of College Basketball, SoftballShifting workflows up to the cloud has been an accelerated practice since the COVID-19 pandemic, but ESPN has ratcheted up this model to another level. For Tier 2 shows like college basketball in January and college softball in May, the network deployed their all-in-one production philosophy to produce these events entirely in the cloud. At the 2023 SVG Sports Cloud Production Forum, ESPN's Manager, REMI Operations, Dan Lannon, breaks down the challenges and triumphs of those two unique circumstances, how these workflows still have room for improvement, and offers tips to executing shows in the cloud.Thursday, May 25, 20232023 Sports Emmys: Fox Sports' Joel Santos on Entertaining the Masses With Fox NFL SundayWhen sports fans plop on their respective couches to kickoff their binge watching of football, they're most likely turning on Fox NFL Sunday. The preeminent NFL pregame show in the business, Fox Sports' electric cast of host Curt Menefee and analysts Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson, and Michael Strahan bring something new to the table every week. The network was awarded the 2023 Sports Emmy for Outstanding Studio Show - Weekly. At the ceremony, Fox Sports' Vice President, Production, Joel Santos, discusses the reasons why the show works extremely well and the crew that puts the product in position to succeed every week.Thursday, May 25, 20232023 Sports Emmys: ESPN's Maria Soares on How SportsCenter Continues to Evolve, Improve Over TimeSince 1979, ESPN has entertained and informed sports fans around the nation with more than 60,000 episodes of SportsCenter. Talent have come and gone, but this flagship show has withstood the test of time. Seen as the origin of all other sports shows, the four-letter network added another feather to its cap with the 2023 Sports Emmy for Outstanding Studio Show - Daily. At the ceremony, ESPN's Senior Vice President, Production and Content Strategy, Maria Soares, breaks down how the network is able to adapt and mold this legacy show to the current era of sports and the operations team that helps make every production go as smoothly as possible.Thursday, May 25, 20232023 Sports Emmys: WBD Sports' Craig Barry on Presenting Playoff Programming With Inside the NBAOver the years, Warner Bros. Discovery Sports has been able to capture lightning in a bottle every week during the NBA season with Inside the NBA. When the playoffs hit the calendar, the combination of host Ernie Johnson and analysts Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal, Kenny Smith always find the delicate balance of covering the game while also having a ton of fun. The 2022 version was awarded the 2023 Sports Emmy for Outstanding Studio Show - Limited Run. At the ceremony, Warner Bros. Discovery Sports' Executive Vice President/Chief Content Officer Craig Barry describes what it means to add another Emmy to the trophy case, ponders the legacy of the show, and how it's changed the way studio shows are produced.Thursday, May 25, 20232023 Sports Emmys: Telemundo Deportes' Eli Velazquez on Delivering Copa Mundial in Doha's Souq WaqifThe United States Men's National Team, as well as multiple Spanish-speaking countries, made a deep run for the trophy at the 2022 FIFA Men's World Cup. From the first match to Argentina's claim for the ultimate prize, Telemundo Deportes kept their audiences engaged with daily programming, including Copa Mundial de la FIFA Qatar 2022, from their studio set at the popular Souq Waqif in Doha. On Monday night, the network took home the 2023 Sports Emmy for Outstanding Studio Show in Spanish. At the ceremony, Telemundo Deportes Executive Vice President, Sports, Eli Velazquez, recounts the special meaning that the show had on not only his production and operations teams but the countless number of fans that tuned in throughout the tournament.Thursday, May 25, 20232023 Sports Emmys: Fox Sports' Gary Hartley on Piecing Together Elements for the World Cup StudioIt was impossible to miss Fox Sports' studio set on the Doha Corniche at the 2022 FIFA Men's World Cup in Qatar. While the structure itself was impressive, the intricate details that went into each physical and digital element stood out to the viewers watching from miles away in the United States. The team's approach and execution earned them the 2023 Sports Emmy for Outstanding Studio or Production Design/Art Direction. At the ceremony, Fox Sports' Executive Vice President and Creative Director Gary Hartley recalls the brainstorming that went into developing these design concepts and the support of his colleagues that made this endeavor possible.Thursday, May 25, 2023Ryval Studios' Jon Morgan on the Competitive Advantage of Elite StorytellingIn the world of sports content creation, storytelling is king and among the production companies leading the way in the art form of creating video content is Ryval Studios. The Emmy award winning house is known for producing content that helps brands compete in a crowded media world. Based in St. Louis, the self-described "small shop" packs a big punch with its work, having struck big wins with sports clients like the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes and St. Louis Blues and the University of Illinois Football Team. In this SVG New Sponsor Spotlight, Ryval Studios' Founder/Executive Producer Jon Morgan speaks with SVG's Director of Digital Brandon Costa about some of the company's biggest projects, what advice he would give a sports entity looking to bring aboard a production house for a marquee project, and more.Wednesday, May 24, 20232023 Sports Emmys: NBC Sports' Karl Malone on Corraling the Sounds of the 2022 Beijing Winter GamesEvery Olympic sport requires its own arsenal of microphones and equipment to capture the necessary sound. Whether it was the slicing of skis coming down the slope or the cutting of a bobsled barreling its way along the track, NBC Sports' showing at the 2022 Beijing Winter Games was a symphonic array of sound. The audio production was given the 2023 Sports Emmy for Outstanding Audio/Sound - Live Event. At the ceremony, NBC Sports' Senior Director, Audio Engineering, Karl Malone, describes the difficulties of mixing a gargantuan show like the Olympics.Wednesday, May 24, 20232023 Sports Emmys: NBC Sports' David Barton on Designing the Canvas for the Beijing Winter GamesWith various sports taking place at different venues across an expansive city, developing a cohesive graphics package for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics was critical. Coming off of the postponed 2020 Tokyo Summer Games six months prior, the turnaround time to come up with something that was aesthetically pleasing and functional was the biggest challenge. The herculean effort was recognized with the 2023 Sports Emmy for Outstanding Graphic Design - Event/Show. At the ceremony, NBC Sports' Vice President, Creative, David Barton, dissects how winning this award validates the work of the entire graphics team and ran through the list of notable colleagues that contributed to the project.Wednesday, May 24, 20232023 Sports Emmys: Amazon Prime's Marie Donoghue on Supplying TNF Fans With Multiple Viewing OptionsIn its inaugural season, Amazon Prime's Thursday Night Football bucked the trend of linear viewing and offered a new way of watching the sport. With numerous alternative broadcasts, including one focused on the brands of Dude Perfect and The Shop, another that highlighted NFL Next Gent stats, a dedicated feed in Spanish, and more, there was something to watch for everyone. For this digital-only production, the company was given the 2023 Sports Emmy for Outstanding Interactive Experience - Event Coverage. At the ceremony, Amazon Prime's Vice President, Global Sports Video, Marie Donoghue, stresses the importance of providing an experience that caters to each kind of football fan and highlights the talented professionals that work behind the scenes.