Ready for the SVG Summit? A Primer to Make the Most of It!

By Ken Kerschbaumer on December 7, 2018

With 50 sessions featuring 155 speakers as well as more than 70 exhibits the 2018 SVG Summit will be the largest yet as the organization looks to deliver the goods for a wide variety of attendees. There is, literally, a little bit of something for everyone, no matter what your role is in the sports production business.

Here are some tips on how to make the most out of your show experience!

Step One: Study Up!

Honestly the first step to having a great Summit is visiting the Summit Website and taking a deeper look at the various sessions and workshops. Here are some quick links to the workshops and tracks that will be held on Monday beginning at 10 am (the SVGW breakfast, however, begins at 8:30).


It’s become an annual tradition to kick off the SVG Summit activities with an SVGW event. The SVG Woman’s initiative is open to all and this year will look at what it took to manage some of the biggest events in 2018.

SVG Digital

SVG Digital begins at 10:55 and highlights include a chat with Eric Iverson of CAA about the launch of “Mike’s On!” and the opportunity around OTT services built around talent; the state of social streaming; a look at OTT highlights from 2018; and the battle against latency.

IP Production Workshop
Beginning at 10 a.m., the IP Production Workshop will focus on not only the move to IP but also the important challenge of defining best practices for compound network security and ways to keep your IT environment secure from both outside and internal threats.

DTV Audio Group

The DTV Audio Group moves to the Concourse Level this year and will once again discuss issues like Dolby Atmos in live production; assisted mixing capabilities; automated beam-forming mic tracking; and more.

Cloud and Virtualization Workshop

It’s one of the hottest tracks and this year will make the move to a bigger room (Gramercy Suite East). Beginning at 10 a.m., highlights include an MLBAM case study; the intersection of cloud-based and internal MAM systems; and the impact of virtualization and SaaS.

General Sessions: Remote Production Technology

Our general sessions in the Trianon Ballroom on the third floor tip off at 1 p.m. on Monday. Highlights Monday include a presentation by SMPTE President Matthew Goldman on SMPTE ST-2110 and HDR; augmented reality graphics; truck design trends; and 1080p HDR production in the real world.

Venue Production Workshop

If you either work at or involved with the integration of venue production technologies this session on Monday afternoon will do the trick. Highlights include a presentation about the NBA’s Game Operations Center and how it ties into the NBA venues; the important of upfront coordination when designing a control room; designing a broadcast-friendly venue; and a debate about whether HDR is the future of in-venue video.

Sports Content Management Workshop

In many ways this is part two of the Cloud and Virtualization session that takes place in the morning. If you want to learn about what, exactly, phrases like AI and machine learning mean; how to turbocharge your storage; and see a keynote about the NFL’s overhaul of its MAM system be sure to put this track on your hit list.

DTV Audio Group Spectrum Workshop

Monday afternoon will also feature a two-hour session looking at the rollout of 600 MHz carriers; how the spectrum crunch will impact production, and the practicalities of leveraging alternative spectrum.

Tuesday Highlights: General Sessions

Tuesday’s general sessions kick off at 8:30 so be sure to get there early, grab some coffee and a bagel or muffin, and join us for an opening conversation concerning Esports and why it matters to the traditional broadcast industry. Tuesday’s sessions will feature a number of top-level executives in both panel and one-on-one conversations so be sure to stick around for all the action!

Step Two: Get your badge early!

A couple of quick things about Monday morning and picking up your badge. First, if you have already registered to attend the SVGW event your badge will be located at the Nassau suite on the second floor beginning at 8 a.m.

Everyone else (both pre- and non-preregistered attendees) can pick up your badge on the second floor beginning at 9 a.m. We recommend you get there a few minutes before 9 a.m. as it can get busy and it may take a few minutes to get your badge.

Also, please be sure to either print out your Eventbrite ticket or load it on your phone so that you can be scanned quickly. If you have not already registered please proceed to the onsite registration area also located on the second floor. Please note that there will be a charge of $195 for onsite registration unless you are an employee of an SVG sponsor.

For those attending only on Tuesday the registration opens at 7:30 in order to give you time to grab a quick coffee and settle in for the opening session at 8:30.

Step Three: Figure out your exhibitor hit list

The 2018 SVG Summit features more time for you to check out the latest in sports production, distribution, and archiving technologies. Exhibits open on Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. and Monday’s exhibit hours will be highlighted by an opening night reception that begins at 5:30. Tuesday’s exhibit hours begin at 8:30 and close at 2:30 so be sure to check out the exhibitor list here to learn more about who is showing what.