Venue Production Workshop

An SVG Venue Initiative Event
Monday, December 10, 2018
Location: Gramercy Suite West/A, Second Floor
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 The SVG Venue Initiative serves the educational, informational, and networking needs of sports-venue personnel, including videoboard production, control room technology and infrastructure, engineering and IT, television broadcasting, and more. End users and SVG Venue Initiative sponsors are encouraged to attend this informative workshop to discuss their challenges and network with sports-venue professionals, broadcasters, systems integrators, and technology providers.

For more information on the Venue Production Workshop, please contact Karen Hogan Ketchum at [email protected]. For more information on becoming an SVG Venue Initiative sponsor, please contact Rob Payne at [email protected] or Andrew Gabel at [email protected].


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

The Latest in Fan Engagement: Local Teams Weigh In

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The Venue Production Workshop kicks off with a look at how teams in the New York area are drawing fans to the stands game after game. From larger-than-life video displays to mobile gaming and everything in between, learn production tips from local teams and the tech tools they rely on to entertain and engage fans in the biggest media market in the country.
Moderator: Don Sperling, New York Giants Entertainment, VP and EP
Ben Broder
, New Jersey Devils, Director, Game Presentation and Event Production
Tim Gunkel, New York Mets, Executive Director, Production and Events
Tim Tubito, New York Knicks, Director, Game/Event Presentation

1:30 - 1:45 p.m.

NBA Case Study

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Learn how the NBA is leveraging state-of-the-art technologies to improve the speed, quality, and transparency of statistical data from courtside to beyond. Hear how these new statistical capture systems come together in-arena along with a newly created NBA Game Operations Center in Secaucus, NJ, where both statistics and multi-angle video help achieve these goals.
Presenter: Chris Halton, NBA, SVP, Media Technology and Operations

1:45 - 2:15 p.m.

Importance of Upfront Coordination in Control Room Design

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As video-control rooms expand in both size and scope, the amount of coordination and coordinated effort required increases in both importance and complexity. Whether it’s a new control room or renovation of an existing space, everyone involved in the project — from the architect and systems integrator to the acoustics supervisor and engineer — must be on the same page from beginning to end of the project.
Moderator: Karen Hogan Ketchum, SVG, Director of Production
Conrad Chang
, AMA Consulting Engineers, Managing Principal
Ron Eligator, Acoustic Distinctions, Principal
Kevin Henneman, KMH Integration, President
Neil Tucker, Design Republic, Partner

2:15 - 2:45 p.m.

How Systems Integrators Make Technology Decisions and Execute Client Needs

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In addition to coordinating with architecture, acoustics, and engineering, systems integrators must work with the client to make the best technological decisions while keeping the project on time and under budget. Leading systems integrators take the stage alongside leading technology vendors to explain how decisions get made as they walk attendees through every step of the control-room-design process.
Moderator: Robert Jordan CVE, Industry Consultant
Brendan Cline
, BeckTV, Director of Engineering
Scott Griffin
, Diversified, SVP, Engineering
Jeff Volk, Alpha Video, VP
Joseph Wire, Bexel ESS / NEP Broadcast Services, VP, Managed Services and Business Development

2:45 - 3:00 p.m.

Networking Break

3:00 - 3:45 p.m.

Designing A Broadcast-Friendly Sports Venue That Works for Everyone

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Despite the importance of the at-home television broadcast, broadcasters often encounter difficulty getting their needs met when sports venues are under construction or renovation. What are broadcasters looking for, and how can everyone at the venue – from client to architect to systems integrator and more – work with broadcasters and leagues to ensure venue design works for everyone?
Moderator: Chris Brown, Turner Sports, Senior Director, Technical Operations
Evelyn Jackson
, CBS Sports, Manager, Venue Engineering and Planning
Scott Nardelli, Bexel ESS / NEP Broadcast Services, SVP and GM

3:45 - 4:30 p.m.
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The Great Debate: Is HDR the Future of In-Venue Video?

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The Venue Production Workshop concludes with a look to the future of in-venue video. Earlier this year, the first HDR-capable videoboard in North America was installed at Coors Field in Colorado. Are there more to come? Leaders in the field debate the role that HDR could play in the sports-venue space, the benefits and drawbacks of the technology, and how it might enhance the fan experience.
Introduction by: David Edwards, IMT Vislink, Product Manager
Moderator: Karen Hogan Ketchum, SVG, Director of Production
Kevin Cottam
, Ross Video, Director, Sports and Live Events – Global
David Edwards, IMT Vislink, Product Manager
Tony Kuck
, Daktronics, Product Manager – Live Event Control Systems
Stuart Reynolds, Diversified, Director, Sports and Live Events
Larry Thorpe, Canon U.S.A., Senior Fellow, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Professional Engineering and Solutions Division