SVG Summit To Go Deep on Baseball, Basketball, and Football TV Production

The SVG Summit, Dec. 15-16 at the New York Hilton, has announced three General Sessions on the latest advances in sports-television production for baseball, basketball, and football. These Day Two panels will focus on the impact of recently introduced instant-replay programs on production workflows as well as other innovations that bring the TV fan closer to the action.

Each interdisciplinary panel will feature directors, producers, and operations, engineering, and replay-operations executives, who will review the technologies they used in 2014 and preview what’s ahead in their 2015 seasons.

They will join a stellar Summit program that also features keynote conversations with David Hill (Fox), Steve Bornstein (NFL), and David Stern (former NBA).

Baseball producers and technology providers continue to figure out new ways to update our nation’s pastime. Leaders from baseball production will review what worked during the 2014 season, while providing a sneak preview of next year. Larry Meyers, Time Warner Cable Sports, VP, content/executive producer, will moderate the panel, which includes Woody Freiman, YES Network, VP of production and programming; Matthew Lipp, Turner Sports, director, MLB on TBS; Matt McKendry, MLB, director of umpire administration; Phil Orlins, ESPN, senior coordinating producer, MLB; and Tom Psipsikas, MLB Advanced Media, broadcast infrastructure engineer.

Meanwhile, regional- and national-network and production executives will share their thoughts on the current state of NBA coverage, the impact of its new centralized instant-replay system, and what’s next for a sport that seems headed to big ratings once again come playoff time. SVG Chairman Emeritus and NBA EVP, Operations and Technology, Steve Hellmuth will moderate a panel that will also include Joe Borgia, NBA, SVP, replay and referee operations; Chris Brown, Turner Sports, director of technical operations; Tim Corrigan, ESPN, senior coordinating producer; Steve Fiorello, Turner Sports, coordinating director; and Chris Lincoln, Fox Sports Regional Networks, VP, production and coordinating producer, NBA and NCAA.

Football TV execs will discuss the state of NFL and college gridiron games on television. They will address how the 2014 NFL season saw the rebranding of Thursday Night Football as the league looked to expand its dominance beyond Sunday and Monday nights; in addition, they will explore how next year’s college-football playoffs may lift that sport’s profile even further. Moderator Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, executive director, editorial, will handle the Q’s and the A’s with panelists Drew Esocoff, NBC Sports, director, Sunday Night Football; Scott Nardelli, Bexel ESS, VP/GM; Steve Grigely, Fox Sports, director, technical operations; and Rich Russo, Fox Sports, lead director, NFL on Fox.

The SVG Summit is the largest assembly of sports-TV–production executives in the world; last year, more than 1,000 executives from leagues, teams, broadcasters, and their service and technology providers met to share best practices, provide industry thought leadership, and explore how the latest innovations are building ratings and transforming the way fans experience sports on all screens.

The two-day conference also features 70+ technology-solutions companies demonstrating the latest tools of the trade.

The evening of Tuesday Dec. 16 is the industry showcase event, the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Already sold out, it serves as the annual fundraiser for the SVG Broadcasting Fund, which supports industry freelancers and employees in times of need.

For more information about this year’s SVG Summit, visit www.sportsvideo.org/summit.