Venue Production Workshop

An SVG Venue Initiative Event
Monday, December 12, 2016 
Location: Gibson Suite, Second Floor
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

In an effort to serve the information, networking, and business needs of engineering, IT, and broadcast executives in sports venues, the SVG Venue Initiative will host a Venue Production Workshop. This year’s workshop will feature a panel discussion on what fans in the venue and at home expect from their experience, and how producers in the control room and broadcast truck can share resources and communicate more effectively to meet those expectations and deliver a positive fan experience all around. End users and SVG Venue Initiative sponsors are encouraged to attend this informative workshop to discuss their venue-production challenges and network with sports-venue professionals, broadcasters, and technology providers.

For more information on the Venue Production Workshop, please contact Karen Hogan at For more information on becoming an SVG Venue Initiative sponsor, please contact Rob Payne at

Time Session
1:00 - 1:45 p.m.

The Broadcast/Venue Connection: Meeting Fan Expectations Everywhere

As the video needs of sports venues and broadcasters increasingly overlap, all involved must play together to ensure a successful show in the stands and at home. How can producers in the venue control room and the TV production truck share resources more efficiently and communicate more effectively to better leverage personnel, resources, and content?
Moderator: Karen Hogan, SVG, Senior Editor
Chris Brown
, Turner Sports, Senior Director of Technical Operations
Steve Hellmuth, NBA, EVP, Operations and Technology
Robert Jordan CFE, Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment, SVP
Dave Zur, KSE Media Ventures, GM NOC, SVP Operations and Engineering

1:45 - 2:30 p.m.

From Cap Ex to Op Ex: Technology Expectations in the Control Room

The video production industry is in the early stages of what promises to be a massive migration away from buying dedicated hardware devices and toward virtualized machines that can allow for software tools to be called up as needed. How is the move away from hardware going to change the way venues purchase equipment and services and how can an industry comfortable with a cap ex business model move to an op ex model?
Moderator: Kirsten Nelson, SVG, Contributing Writer, Venue
Josh Beaudoin, WJHW, Principal
Doug Morgan, Brocade, Leasing Program Manager
Michael Rocha, Panasonic Xperiences, Director of Content Services
Richard Walter, Diversified, Director of Sales, Sports and Live Events

Fred Wright, A.R. Beck Associates, Senior Director of Sales, Central Region

2:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Venue Initiative White Paper Presentation: In-Venue Closed Captioning 

With every new sports venue, remodel, or video scoreboard renovation comes a decision each sports organization must make. It’s required compliance to provide live, closed captioning content in-venue for the hearing-impaired. In the latest section of our Venue Initiative White Paper: In-Venue Closed Captioning, we will summarize current regulations, review technical infrastructure requirements, and present examples of quality in-venue captioning from several professional and collegiate teams.
Moderator: Rick Price, SVG, Venue Initiative Committee
Tony Kuck, Daktronics, Product Manager, Live Event Control Systems
Bill McLaughlin, EEG Enterprises, VP, Product Development
Patti White
, Good Sport Captioning, President

3:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Networking Break

3:15 - 4:00 p.m.

The Future of Venue Video Signal Transport

Venues looking to invest in 4K production tools and share 4K cameras with broadcasters must also look to invest in new ways to move those signals around a venue. Industry leaders discuss the move toward a hybrid IP/baseband approach, the signal standards you need to know, and what’s next for venue connectivity.
Charles Adkinson
, WJHW, Technology Executive
Sam Peterson, Grass Valley, Senior Segment Manager, Live Production
Jeff Volk, Alpha Video, VP