SVG, Sports Networks Launch Sports-Production Safety Group In Effort to Educate Industry Professionals

The Sports Video Group, alongside major sports networks CBS Sports, ESPN, Fox Sports, and NBC Universal, has launched an industry initiative to improve and streamline best practices for safety-related issues, including fall protection, electrical safety, and camera platform safety. The industry effort, working together under the auspices of the Sports Production Safety Group (SPSG), will make its official public debut next Monday, Dec. 15, at the Sports Video Group Engineering Workshop. For more information on attending this important event, click here.

“The goal is to bring together previously disparate safety practices and documents from different organizations and gain consensus with respect to different safety issues,” says Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG editorial director. “We all have the same goal: to make the sports-production workplace safer.”

This past summer and fall, the group formalized best practices related to Fall Prevention. The project will be unveiled next week, and, in the next few months, the group will work on building online resources and training based on those practices.

Industry leaders working on the project:

  • Gerard Arrotti, ESPN, Senior Director of Safety and Health
  • Robert Bee, ESPN, Director, Safety and Health
  • Jason King, NBC Universal, Director, Health and Safety
  • Joseph Mannetta, ABC Inc., Director, Loss Prevention and Business Continuity Planning Corporate Risk Management
  • Johnathan Moore, Fox Networks Group, VP, Environmental, Health and Safety
  • Rodney North, CBS Sports, Manager, Environmental, Health and Safety
  • Ron Partilla, Fox Networks Group, Director, Production Safety
  • Neil Pankow, NBC Universal, Director, EHS
  • Mark A. Perriello, CBS Corp., Director, Corporate Safety and Health