Saturday, April 1, 2023Men's Final Four: Mountain West Conference's Jesse Kurtz on Seizing the Moment Through StorytellingSan Diego State's first trip to the NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four is also the first-ever appearance in the National Semis for a school from the Mountain West Conference. To meet the moment, the team from the Mountain West Network is in Houston to cover all of the action and tell the unique stories of this Aztecs squad. Jesse Kurtz, Executive Producer of the Mountain West Network stopped by to chat with SVG's Brandon Costa about some of his team's content highlights, what their staffing plan looks like, and what advice he would give a fellow conference rep who finds themselves in a similar position.Friday, March 31, 2023Men's Final Four: Van Wagner's Ryan Kehn, Daniel Zerunyan on Working in Houston Rodeo Control RoomVan Wagner is used to working within the existing footprint of professional and collegiate venues, but when they head to Houston, it's one of the more unique setups that includes a distance of one mile between their dedicated workspace in one building to the main PA booth in another. Returning to the Space City for the first Men's Basketball Semifinal and Championship since 2016, the crew is once again working with the production crew of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. At the 2023 Men's Final Four, Van Wagner's Vice President, Creative Services, Ryan Kehn, and Senior Producer Daniel Zerunyan discuss what it's like to work next to NRG Stadium in the control room at NRG Center, how the centerhung used for rodeo productions impacts their workflows for this weekend's productions, and how they adapted to the unexpected entries of San Diego State University and Florida Atlantic University.Friday, March 31, 2023Men's Final Four: FAU's Evan Shomo on Cherishing the Moment of This Cinderella Tournament RunOutside of the campus of Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Boca Raton, FL, no one expected the Owls to defeat the Penny Hardaway-led Memphis Tigers, get passed the red-hot Fairleigh Dickinson Knights after upsetting No. 1 Purdue, and upset No. 4 Tennessee and No. 3 Kansas State in back-to-back wins. With all of this momentum and history being made, the men's basketball social media and digital team are capturing what it's been like to ride this wave to the 2023 Men's Final Four. In Houston, SVG's Brandon Costa chatted with FAU's Men's Basketball SID Evan Shomo about some of the behind-the-scenes content being captured in the postgame locker room, how the crew is adjusting to the high demand of responsibilities at an event that they aren't used to covering, and gives advice to what first-time programs should do when they get an opportunity like this.Friday, March 31, 2023Men's Final Four: UConn's Jason Reider, David Kaplan on the Value of Preparation in Content CreationWith three schools at this year's NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four making their debuts, the University of Connecticut is the established entity in Houston this week. The Huskies are looking to claim their fifth National Championship in less than a quarter of a century. The last time, UConn was in this position with its men's squad, however, the media landscape was quite different. At the 2023 Men's Final Four in Houston, SVG's Brandon Costa caught up with the University of Connecticut Athletics' Director of Creative Content Jason Reider and Assistant Director of Athletics, Video Services David Kaplan to discuss their content strategy, how they prepared for this run, and what advice they would give the media departments here at an event of this magnitude for the first time.Friday, March 31, 2023Men's Final Four: San Diego State University's Jason Bott on Documenting Team History in Real-TimeSan Diego State University is joining the University of Miami and Florida Atlantic University as three of this year's four programs to reach their first-ever Final Four. Never being on this stage before, the Aztecs' social media team is joining forces to put together unique digital pieces and chronicle this magical men's basketball season. At Houston's NRG Stadium, SVG's Kristian Hernández spoke with San Diego State University's Coordinator, Multimedia Productions, Jason Bott, about the help that he's receiving from his colleagues in the Media Relations department, the content being churned out for Aztecs fans back on campus and alumni around the nation, and how this unforeseen run in the tournament combined with the opening of football's Snapdragon Stadium has turned the 2022-23 academic calendar into a banner year.Friday, March 31, 2023Men's Final Four: Miami's Tessa Mortensen on Representing the 305, Writing History With Women's TeamIf you live in South Florida, you already know that it's all about The U. The ones rocking the green and orange of the Hurricanes always believed that the University of Miami would make this deep run in March Madness and qualify for the 2023 Men's Final Four. And for those who are outside of the inner circle, the program's social media and digital platforms are not only showcasing the fun that this team is having but are also producing tongue-in-cheek messages for the doubters. In Houston, SVG's Kristian Hernández caught up with the University of Miami's Assistant Athletic Director, Digital & Brand Strategy, Tessa Mortensen, about the crew's logistics for this weekend's matchup, the content being created throughout the single elimination tournament, and what it's been like to make program history alongside the women's basketball team, who made their first-ever appearance in the Elite Eight.Friday, March 10, 2023Big East Tournament: Fox Sports' Sarita Meinking, Doug Fuchs on Maintaining Tech Innovation at MSGSince 2013, the Big East Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden has been watched by millions of fans on the airwaves of Fox Sports. Every year, the broadcaster is continuously pushing the envelope when it comes to production workflows. For instance, they augmented last year's coverage with a full-court Rail Cam and this year's edition with a live drone that's flying inside of the venue. At the World's Most Famous Arena, Fox Sports' Executive Director, Field Operations, Sarita Meinking, and Manager, Field Operations, Doug Fuchs, discusses the process that went into securing the device that's flying over the heads of fans at MSG, how the operations team side stepped the possible obstacle of a New York Knicks game by setting up their infrastructure at a nearby fire station, and what it takes to constantly come up with new ideas to implement.Saturday, February 11, 2023Super Bowl LVII: Fox Sports' Rod Conti Outlines the Two-Pronged Studio Approach in ArizonaNot far removed from the 2022 FIFA Men's World Cup in Qatar, Fox Sports' Remote Studio Operations team was tasked with not only pulling off that massive undertaking on the Corniche but also planning their onsite presence for Super Bowl LVII. The finished product features a two-pronged approach: a large outdoor structure on The Great Lawn that features a replica demo field and ample space for televised programming and another studio in the corner of one end zone for Sunday's pregame, halftime, and postgame coverage. VP, Remote Studio Operations, Rod Conti breaks down the unique details of the outdoor studio space, the indoor elements of their retractable and collapsible field set, how these activations compare to the one executed in December in Doha, the assistance of Filmwerks to erect both footprints, and his fellow colleagues that were essential to this project.Thursday, December 8, 2022FIFA World Cup 2022: Telemundo Deportes’ Eli Velazquez on Merging Qatar’s Past, Present With StudioTelemundo Deportes is all about culture, and there’s no better way of telling the story of the capital of Doha or the country of Qatar than by going back to its roots. Positioned at the Souq Waqif, a well-known tourist destination that embodies the early days of commerce at the public market, the broadcaster has two main locations that bring fans into the heartbeat of the city. At the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup, Telemundo Deportes’ EVP, Sports Content, Eli Velazquez sits down to explain the overall mission of their onsite programming, the planning that went into making their vision possible, each facet of their studio presence, and the individuals that have made theses shows a success.Friday, December 2, 2022FIFA World Cup 2022: Fox Sports' Rod Conti Walks Through the Four Studio Sets at the Doha CornicheTraditionally, Fox Sports is known for blowing out their onsite studio presence for both international and domestic events under its sports-broadcasting umbrella. In the case of showcasing the FIFA World Cup, the broadcaster has no problem diving headfirst into the atmosphere surrounding the host nation. After constructing a primary set in front of Moscow's Red Square during the 2018 FIFA Men's World Cup in Russia, Fox Sports' VP, Remote Studio Operations, Rod Conti and his team have upped the ante with four unique studio sets on the Doha Corniche that measure a total of 148 x 33 ft. along Doha Bay. At the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, Conti provides a walkthrough of each set, the goal that each space is offering to their linear and digital efforts, how they're properly and accurately portraying the authenticity of Qatari culture, the technologies used to create the stunning LED floor and walls in the Penta Center set, the work needed to bring each piece together, and why this particular location was the perfect choice for prematch, halftime, and postmatch coverage of this tournament.Friday, December 2, 2022FIFA World Cup 2022: Fox Sports' Kevin Callahan on the Effort at the International Broadcast CentreAs fans watch soccer's biggest tournament with excitement and anticipation at home, the International Broadcast Centre is buzzing with operations and engineering teams from around the globe. For Fox Sports, their technical strategy not only relies on the hardworking folks situated in Doha, Qatar, but also around-the clock attention and expertise from professionals stationed at their Pico facility in Los Angeles. At the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Fox Sports' VP, Field Operations and Engineering, Kevin Callahan breaks down the onsite infrastructure located within the Qatar National Convention Center, the significant role that the competition's smaller footprint is playing, the importance of the work being down back home in the United States, the evolution of this production since the 2018 Men's World Cup in Russia and 2019 Women's World Cup in France, the colleagues that are making each show possible, and more.Tuesday, August 16, 2022SVG Live From Tokyo: NBC Olympics' Darryl Jefferson on Media Management & Storage OpsNBC Olympics’ VP of Broadcast Operations & Technology Darryl Jefferson joins SVG's Ken Kerschbaumer from NBC's studios at the International Broadcast Center in Tokyo to offer up an inside look at how his team is handling media management, storage, and distribution for NBC’s Tokyo Olympics coverage. This conversation premiered during the SVG Sports Content Management Forum, which was hosted virtually on July 28-29, 2021. All sessions from that event are available free for you now on demand by registering or logging in here: https://www.sportsvideo.org/event/2021-svg-sports-content-management-forum/Tuesday, August 16, 2022MLB at Field of Dreams: Fox Sports' Mike Davies on Balancing Production and Cinematic StorytellingTonight's MLB at Field of Dreams will be the league's first attempt at televising professional baseball amongst the cornfields of Iowa. At a site of one of the sports' most beloved films, Fox Sports is combining high-tech production tools with the sophisticated art of storytelling. In Dyersville, IA, Mike Davies, SVP, technical and field operations, Fox Sports, highlights the uniqueness of preparing for this regular season contest between the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox, the logistical challenges that come with putting on an event of this magnitude, and how cinematic techniques will be at the forefront to showcase the game’s environment.Tuesday, August 16, 2022MLB on 9/11: Fox Sports' Brad Cheney on 4K in Queens, Impact of Broadcasting the 20th AnniversaryAs part of Fox Sports' first-ever 4K Day, a day that is seeing four productions in 4K HDR, the network is honoring the memory of those lost 20 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001. Tonight's broadcast is going to be an emotional one in Queens as the city of New York comes together for a game between two teams that are the bedrock of this baseball metropolis: the Mets and Yankees. Before the ceremonies, SVG's Kristian Hernandez caught up with VP, Field Operations and Engineering Brad Cheney, to discuss the planning that what went into this massive effort of 4K HDR productions, the decision to deploy postseason-level technology for this regular season contest, and how this night of remembrance serves as a fitting conclusion to a baseball-filled summer.Tuesday, August 16, 2022LV Raiders' Justin Casserly, Allegiant Stadium's Justin Lange on Venue's 1st Year, Future ImpactFans are finally experiencing live sporting events at Allegiant Stadium, but the hard work that was necessary to get things up in running began over a year ago. Director of Game and Event Presentation Justin Casserly and Manager of Audio, Video, Broadcast & Cisco Vision Operations Justin Lange discuss the improvements and changes since opening in 2020, the technologies inside of the IP- and HDR-capable control room, and how this building has become a benchmark for in-venue and gameday production.Tuesday, August 16, 20223 Point Productions' Matt Heuer on the Creative Evolution of the Las Vegas AcesAfter time spent in Utah and San Antonio, the WNBA franchise now known as the Las Vegas Aces found its current home in 2018. Over the past four seasons, the team has risen through the ranks to become one of the best teams in the league. One company that has been there since Day 1 is 3 Point Productions. Creative Director Matt Heuer discusses how him and his team created a new identity for the club, the work that's done to put on two All-Star Games in Las Vegas, and what the gameday experience is like at Michelob Ultra Arena.Tuesday, August 16, 2022Vegas Golden Knights' Andrew Abrams Gives Tech Tour of New Studio at City National ArenaIn five seasons, the Vegas Golden Knights have not only made it to the Stanley Cup Final, but have created a centralized hub for content at City National Arena in Summerlin, NV. One new aspect of the team's headquarters is a studio located near the practice rink. Senior Executive Producer of Production & Venue Technology Andrew Abrams highlights the physical features of the set, the behind-the-scenes technology that powers the content from the studio, and how far the team has come since its first year in 2017.Tuesday, August 16, 2022Los Angeles Chargers' Sean Tabler Highlights First Year With Fans, New Activations at SoFi StadiumSoFi Stadium is the one of the NFL's newest crown jewels, and the building gives the Los Angeles Chargers the ability to make their show engaging and versatile every single game. Director of Game Presentation Sean Tabler breaks down the in-venue technology, new production elements on gameday, and what the legacy of the stadium might be in the future.Tuesday, August 16, 2022Inside NFL Media's New Production Mothership in Hollywood ParkAt the start of the 2021 season, the National Football League officially opened its new West Coast and media operations home: NFL Los Angeles. The 450,000-sq.-ft. Class A building at Hollywood Park is IP-based, 4K- and HDR-capable, and features 214,063 sq. ft. of office space and 74,922 sq. ft. of studio and studio-support space to serve NFL Network, NFL.com, NFL RedZone, the NFL app, and many other departments supporting the league’s media and business operations. NFL Media's VP, Head of Media Operations, Dave Shaw and VP, Engineering Bruce Goldfeder take you through the highlights of their exciting new home. For a deeper dive into what's under the hood at NFL Los Angeles, read our two-part series breaking down the facility: Part 1: https://www.sportsvideo.org/2021/09/21/nfl-los-angeles-spotlight-part-1-how-nfl-media-launched-a-state-of-the-art-production-facility-amid-a-pandemic/ Part 2: https://www.sportsvideo.org/2021/09/21/nfl-los-angeles-spotlight-part-2-inside-nfl-medias-new-facility-and-the-cutting-edge-technology-behind-it/Tuesday, August 16, 2022Los Angeles Rams' Sarah Schuler on Tapping Into Local Talent for an Engaging, Entertaining GamedayLos Angeles is home to some of the world's greatest talent, and for a grand venue like SoFi Stadium, the Los Angeles Rams are not afraid to tap into the community as a source for gameday entertainment. Senior Director of Game Presentation and Brand Experience Sarah Schuler highlights this season's pregame and halftime musical performances, the new videos and visual prompts that are getting in-venue fans excited, and what it means to host Super Bowl LVI in February 2022.Tuesday, August 16, 2022Philadelphia Eagles' Eric Long, David Sullivan on New Gameday Elements and Updated TechnologiesLincoln Financial Field is close to 20 years old, but the Philadelphia Eagles are doing whatever they can to keep the in-venue atmosphere and production solutions as up to date as possible. Our Kristian Hernández caught up with Vice President of Content and Production Eric Long and Broadcast and A/V Engineer David Sullivan to discuss the new production elements being played for fans, how the control room is using new technologies this season, what workflows have remained from the COVID-19 pandemic, what their routines are like on gameday, and more.Tuesday, August 16, 2022New York Giants' Don Sperling on This Season's Special Halftime Presentations, Marvel CollaborationWith fans in seats at MetLife Stadium, the New York Giants wasted no time in paying tribute to poignant moments throughout the last decade. Three of five pregame and halftime presentations were dedicated to names and faces that added some hardware in the club's trophy case. Vice President & Executive Producer Don Sperling dives deep into the jersey retirement ceremonies of Eli Manning and Michael Strahan as well as the 10-year anniversary of the team that won Super Bowl XLVI in 2011, other activations including a Marvel-themed game vs. the Carolina Panthers on Oct. 24, 2021, and what it's like having spectators back at the venue.Tuesday, August 16, 2022Nerd Street Gamers' Todd Berman & Anthony Perno on the Local, Large-Scale Impact of The BlockNerd Street Gamers is entering 2022 with a new feather in the cap. Officially opened in November 2021, the Block — a 40,000 sq. ft. esports facility on Philadelphia’s Broad Street — is now home to a 20,000 sq. ft. Localhost gaming center for amateur gaming and professional events, a studio for original programming, and additional room on the upper floors. SVG's Kristian Hernández spoke with VP of Media Todd Berman and VP of Real Estate and Business Development Anthony Perno about the schedule of LAN and online events coming from this venue, the building's unique history in the city and how they constructed this space, plans for expansion in the coming years, and what can be done for the esports community in the future.Tuesday, August 16, 2022NFL Media's Dave Shaw on Hosting Studio Shows, Providing Workflows for a Neighboring Super Bowl LVINFL Media, the league's creative and production arm, is always a noteworthy fixture at every Super Bowl. In most years, they would have to travel onsite and work in the television compound, but since the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals are facing off at SoFi Stadium, the crew does not have to travel far at all. NFL Media's VP, Head of Media Operations Dave Shaw highlights the positives of working a Super Bowl that's right next door, breaks down some of his team's new responsibilities including the production of the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show, and how their new West Coast headquarters is at the center of the biggest football game of the year.Tuesday, August 16, 2022Super Bowl LVI: A Tour of the Lakeside and Interior Studio Sets at SoFi StadiumSpanning nearly 300 acres, Hollywood Park is providing plenty of space to cover the most important NFL game of the year. Both inside and outside of SoFi Stadium, NBC Sports and Telemundo Deportes have constructed multiple sets and have deployed numerous technologies for their studio programming. SVG's Kristian Hernández gives a tour of the spaces seen next to the six acre lake, some of the workflows being used like BoatCam and an AR Technocrane, and the main desk located at Section 209.Tuesday, August 16, 2022Live From Men's Final Four: UNC's Gary Paczesny on Creating Engaging Content for All Tar Heel FansThe University of North Carolina is on the precipice of participating in another Men's Basketball National Championship, but they needed to get passed Duke University first. In the program's 100th meeting vs. the Blue Devils in the Coach Krzyzewski era, GoHeels Productions will generate social, digital, and in-venue content for Tar Heels fans around the nation. At the Men's Final Four in New Orleans, Assistant Athletic Director/Creative Services and Athletic Communications Gary Paczesny details the material being developed for all digital platforms and the on-campus Watch Party at Dean E. Smith Center, the onsite crew capturing footage and the offsite team working back in Chapel Hill, and how this weekend will define the program's transformative year since the hiring of Hubert Davies.Tuesday, August 16, 2022Behind the Scenes of MLB Network's Revamped Studio 3, New Studio ShowsMLB Network is one month into their 14th consecutive season on the air. Prior to the start of the 2022 campaign, the league's flagship linear outlet made a handful of announcements. Live productions are now being infused with 1080p workflows and a new streaming partner, but on the studio side, operations were improved since the network's debut in 2009. The biggest offseason project was developing a new-look Studio 3 and launch a pair of new shows: Off Base and Pregame Spread. At the MLB Network facility in Secaucus, NJ, a quintet of notable individuals — SVP, Operations and Engineering Susan Stone; SVP, Production Marc Caiafa; Director, Studio and Support Engineering Curt Bose; Director, Studio Operations Michael Herbert; and Senior Coordinating Director Mark Deaver — highlight the physical changes of the set, explain the work that went into transforming this space, how these alterations blend into the surrounding environment and existing production infrastructure, how this revamp influences and improves the storytelling of their studio programming, detail some of the new shows taking place within other studios in the building, and how this plays into the future of the network.Tuesday, August 16, 2022ESPN' Meg Aronowtiz on Increasing the Popularity of the WCWS With Engaging Technologies, StorylinesWith each passing year, the Women's College World Series is continuing to grow in popularity. Backed by an uptick in ratings and sold-out crowds that come by the thousands in Oklahoma City, increasing the production value gradually becomes more of an importance for the folks at ESPN. At the 2022 Women's College World Series, ESPN's VP, Production Meg Aronowitz explains the new technologies in place at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium, why it's critical to have a full onsite crew for this popular event, and how the engaging storylines can capture the interest of fans watching from home.Tuesday, August 16, 2022MLB All-Star 2022: ESPN's Phil Orlins on the Fast-Paced, Date-Filled MLB Home Run Derby ProductionThe MLB Home Run Derby is annually one of the biggest nights in the summer sports calendar and ESPN is on-site at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles to deliver a pair of productions of this year's event. ESPN Vice President of Production Phil Orlins takes some time on Derby Day 2022 to break down what technologies and production tools help the network keep up with the fast pace of this event and how the T-Mobile Home Run Derby Statcast Edition alternate telecast - airing on ESPN2 - is one of the strongest alternate telecasts the network offers.Tuesday, August 16, 2022MLB All-Star 2022: FOX Sports' Tom Lynch on Dugout RailCam and the Camera and Lens LineupThe MLB All-Star Game is an annual production breeding ground for FOX Sports and the 2022 edition at Dodger Stadium is no different. The network is debuting a new RailCam system across the roof of the American League dugout and working in two of the new Sony 5500 cameras to add a cinematic look to shots from low first and low third. FOX Sports' Lead Technical Producer Tom Lynch offers up a quick tour of the acquisition resources at the Midsummer Classic in Los Angeles and expounds upon the crews and the relationships that make it all possible.Tuesday, August 16, 2022MLB All-Star 2022: FOX Sports' Francisco Contreras Dives Into Dirt Cam and Baseball InnovationAt the 2022 MLB All-Star Game, FOX Sports is again primed to push the envelope with more than 70 cameras, including multiple high speed systems and exciting speciality angles. FOX Sports' Director of Field Operations Francisco Contreras takes a dive into the latest developments with Dirt Cam (which is now also at second base) and shares how the Midsummer Classic continues to be an event when the company takes the opportunity to think differently when it comes to live production tools.Tuesday, August 16, 2022FOX Sports Lead MLB Director Matt Gangl Talks Pregame at MLB at Field of DreamsThe 2021 edition of MLB at Field of Dreams struck all of the right chords: a never-before-seen venue for baseball, beautiful weather, and a thrilling game that ended with a walk-off home run. Now, FOX Sports is back to deliver another feast for the eyes from the historic movie site in Dyersville, Iowa. Prior to the 2022 MLB at Field of Dreams game between the Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds, Matt Gangl, lead director for baseball at FOX Sports discussed what makes this such a special project to direct, his favorite shots to cut to, and why he thinks this event has resonated so well with viewers and baseball fans.Tuesday, August 16, 2022MLB's Brian O'Gara on the Creative Choices That Went Into Building MLB at Field of DreamsBuilding a gorgeous Major League Baseball-certified ballpark in the middle of a corn field in rural Iowa is no small task. How did the league do it and what guided their creative vision for this wildly unique environment? Brian O'Gara, VP, Events & Game Presentation for Major League Baseball shared his perspective on the choices made, the obstacles overcome, and the collaboration necessary to pull off one of the more unique fan activations in the league's long and stories history.Tuesday, August 16, 2022Beverly Hills Aerials' Michael Izquierdo Highlights the Opportunities for Drones Over the CornfieldThere isn't a better playground for aerial drones than the acres of empty cornfields in Dyersville, IA. Beverly Hills Aerials, the masterminds behind the drones seen at marquee events throughout the sports calendar, is once again back onsite to showcase the landscape surrounding the second-annual matchup. Chief Pilot Michael Izquierdo reflects on how their drones became the star of last year's show, previews how shots and angles displayed during this year's event will look different, the full arsenal of onsite drones, how the cornfields provide a blank canvas with a ton of freedom, and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that MLB at Field of Dreams provides for the crew.