Agenda: Wednesday, June 24


On Wednesday, we talk our bread and butter: games. Our treasured live games will return and, when they do, we’ll be there to tell their stories better than ever before. Whether it’s through interpersonal relationships or technological enhancements, how are collegiate athletics live event producers not only presenting a live broadcast of the game, but telling the deeper stories of their student athletes, coaches, and campus to add a deeper layer of engagement to the live game broadcast?


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Time Session
12:30 - 1:00 p.m.

Keynote Conversation: Directing an Elite Live Event

A fireside chat analyzing the art of directing a live event production with a professional director.
Moderator: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Executive Director, Editorial
Speaker: Artie Kempner, Fox Sports, Director

1:00 - 1:15 p.m.
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Venue Edge Case Study: Rebranding a Classic Tournament

Venue Edge worked with the Mountain West Conference to create a new energy for the game day presentation of their longtime basketball championships. Venue Edge Founder David Saphirstein will be joined by former Mountain West Associate Commissioner Dan Butterly to discuss the process and share what makes a successful fan experience.
Dan Butterly, Big West Conference, Commissioner
David Saphirstein, Venue Edge, Founder

1:15 - 1:45 p.m.

Tech Focus: At-Home Production Tools

Prior to the Coronavirus outbreak, the sports video industry’s accepted definition of “at-home” or “REMI” production looked quite similar to a centralized control room on a college campus. Now, as the college industry hopes to get back to live events, collegiate content creators are looking for creative solutions to deploy a production crew safely with solutions that may take some positions out of the control room environment. Technology experts gather to share their learnings from the past couple of months to help you make decisions on what “at-home” tools may help you get your live events back on the air safely and efficiently.
Moderator: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Executive Director, Editorial
Olaf Bahr
, Variant Systems Group, Co-Founder / VP, Marketing
Joseph Bischof, EVS, Sales Manager
Marcus Schioler, Haivision, Vice President of Product Marketing

1:45 - 2:30 p.m.

Panel: Strategies and Tech for Integrating Deeper Storytelling Into Live Event Production

While the core tenant of any live sports broadcast is to deliver the game to the viewer, content creators these days are looking for new ways to better tell the stories of not only the score, but the athletes, coaches, and campus life behind each program. Whether it’s through technology (graphics, replay, cameras, lenses, microphones, connectivity) or strategy (relationships with coaches, on-air talent, SIDs), how are live college sports broadcasters taking the live game to the next level to developer deeper affinities among viewers?
Moderator: Kristian Hernandez, SVG, Associate Editor and Social Media Manager
Confirmed Panelists:
Mark Fragale
, Rochester Institute of Technology, Associate Director of University Sports and Events Production
Kristin Hennessey, Syracuse University, Producer
Parker Leppien
, Auburn University, Senior Producer
Bradley Wasilition, Ross Video, Business Development Manager, Piero Sports Graphics – Americas

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

NETWORKING HAPPY HOUR: What Will Your Production Operations Look Like When Live Sports Return?

Join us for a curated, themed Networking Happy Hour on Zoom, where you can converse and connect with your colleagues in the sports video production community.

Let’s be real: it’s been a tough couple of months! But there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Sports will return. When they do, however, our live production operations may be drastically changed. Come spend some time with your industry colleagues and share when you’ve been planning for how to execute your productions in a post-COVID world.