General Sessions

Location: Trianon Ballroom, Third Floor

The General Sessions track extends over two days and all sessions will be held in the Trianon Ballroom on the third floor. The sessions are designed to put production workflows, tools, and technologies front and center, with leaders from across the industry taking part in exclusive keynote conversations, presentations, panel discussions, and debates.

Time Session
1:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Engineering Perspectives on IP and the Changing Production Landscape: Part I

The engineering teams at both the remote production service providers and the networks are being challenged with integrating a tremendous amount of new technologies that require new ways to plan a production, integrate them within existing workflows, and make sure operations run smoothly. How is the transition to IP progressing in the field? How are more bandwidth-intensive camera systems for high-speed and super-zoom needs being integrated into traditional replay operations? And how is digital media delivery impacting the engineering side of the production? Leaders share their experiences and expertise.
Moderator: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Co-Executive Director, Editorial Services
Panelists:
Brad Cheney, Fox Sports, VP, Field Operations and Engineering
Michael Francis, CBS Sports, Director, Remote Engineering and Technical Operations
Maciek Janiszewski, BroaMan, Applications Engineering Manager
Jason Taubman, Game Creek Video, VP, Design and New Technology

1:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Case Study: Multi-Studio, Multi-MAM Sports Automation Design presented by Aveco

Learn how high-end automation can revolutionize the productivity and flexibility of multi-studio operations by bringing disparate products from multiple vendors into one integrated system.
Presenter:
Jim O’Brien, Aveco, President

1:45 - 2:15 p.m.

Engineering Perspectives on IP and the Changing Production Landscape: Part II

The engineering teams at both the remote production service providers and the networks are being challenged with integrating a tremendous amount of new technologies that require new ways to plan a production, integrate them within existing workflows, and make sure operations run smoothly. How is the transition to IP progressing in the field? How are more bandwidth-intensive camera systems for high-speed and super-zoom needs being integrated into traditional replay operations? And how is digital media delivery impacting the engineering side of the production? Leaders share their experiences and expertise.
Moderator: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Co-Executive Director, Editorial Services
Panelists:
Bill McKechney, F&F Productions, VP, Engineering
Scott Rothenberg, NEP Group, VP, Technology and Asset Management
James Stellpflug
, EVS, VP, Product Marketing

2:15 - 3:00 p.m.

Working Lean While Meeting Multi-Platform Needs

More and more sports production teams are working on not just one deliverable (the broadcast) but multiple feeds, signals, and sources to the Web and digital devices. Getting that accomplished continues to be a work in progress as new workflows are hammered out and also need to adapt on the fly. Experts take to the stage to discuss how they are approaching multi-platform content creation and how it impacts technical and personnel needs.
Moderator: Jason Cohen, Vice President – HBO Sports Production
Panelists:
Chris Brown, Turner Sports, Senior Director, Technical Operations
Don Colantonio, AT&T Entertainment Group, Executive Producer, Mosaic Productions
Jason Hedgcock, MLB Network, Manager, Remote Technical Operations
Mark Hulsey, Big Ten Network, SVP, Production and Executive Producer
Leon Schweir, Pac-12 Networks, SVP, Production
John Ward, AT&T Entertainment Group, SVP, Content Operations

3:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Networking Break

3:15 - 3:30 p.m.

Case Study: The Next Chapter: How IP is Benefiting the Live Production Environment Today presented by EVS

While it has taken time for the video over IP standards to be resolved, only now is the transition truly beginning. This case study will reveal how video over IP is being used today by broadcasters who are benefitting from the flexibility of IP-based live production – bringing efficiencies by using multi-vendor equipment and technologies to deliver more content while cutting time and costs. We’ll also look the next steps of Elastic Production – using IP to achieve virtualization innovations that will let broadcasters transition from current practices to a new way of thinking and new workflows.
Presenter:
James Stellpflug
, EVS, VP, Product Marketing

3:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Best Practices for HDR on Game Day

The industry is anticipating more experiments in live HDR production in the coming months. How does a live HDR production change the way people do their jobs? How does it change camera shading, monitor set up in a production truck, and more? Those who have tackled HDR production share their experiences and share advice on how to best produce an event in HDR.
Moderator: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Co-Executive Director, Editorial Services
Panelists:
Joe Bogacz
, Canon U.S.A, Advisor, Professional Engineering and Solutions Group
Mark Coleman, Spectrum Sports, VP, Engineering and Operations
Philip Garvin, Mobile TV Group, President/Founder/Co-Owner
John Humphrey, Hitachi Kokusai, VP, Business Development

4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

Making the Move to HDR

High Dynamic Range has cast a spell over many in the sports production community and, in many cases, is seen as more important than adding resolution via 4K acquisition. There have been a number of HDR trials in recent months and plenty of new ways to think about how to produce and distribute HDR content. Those who have tackled HDR take to the stage to discuss what they have learned and what is next for this exciting and enticing new advance.
Moderator: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Co-Executive Director, Editorial Services
Panelists:
Hugo Gaggioni
, Sony Electronics, CTO, Broadcast and Production Systems Division
Pat Griffis, Dolby Laboratories, VP, Technology, Office of the CTO
Michael Johnson, Dome Productions, Director of Engineering

Josh Limor, Technicolor, VP, Technology and Ecosystem Development

4:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Opening Night Reception in Technology Showcase Area