SVG Year in Review: May
The month of May was stacked to the brim with several high profile events, including NBC’s coverage of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, , Tennis Channel’s presentation of the French Open in 3D, ESPN/ABC’s work at the Indy 500, the Players Championship on NBC and Versus and, the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley fight (and Showtimes’s Fight Camp 360° series leading up to it), the NBA Playoffs, NBC Sports Group’s NHL Playoffs coverage, of course, the Royal Wedding.
Aside from the tent-pole events, May brought big announcements in the sports television world, including Dick Ebersol’s shocking departure from NBC Sports Group as chairman (though he has since returned as an Olympics and Sunday Night Football consultant), as well as the retirement of long-time president Ken Schanzer. In addition, the Pac-12 inked a lucrative rights deals with Fox and ESPN and announced plans to launch a conference network (later to become six RSNs and a main network).
SVG also hosted the 3D & Beyond Summit at the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City, providing an overview of the latest developments in next-generation technologies like 3D, 1080p, and 4K. At the Summit, Sony announced that it had extended its ESPN 3D sponsorship for another season. CLICK HERE for SVG’s full coverage of the event, including an inside look at ESPN 3D, the Masters in 3D, 2D-to-3D conversion, the latest 3D automation technology, and 3D graphics.