SVG College Summit: ACC, The Ivy League Schools To Offer Lessons Learned From ESPN-Fueled Expansions

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Reps from Pitt, Louisville, Virginia, Syracuse, Harvard, Cornell, and more will share their experiences at 11th-annual conference in Atlanta

2019 is a huge year for many in college–sports-video production. Broadcast facilities and live-event programming schedules are being built out at rates never before seen. For college–sports-video-production professionals, it has never been more critical to remain dialed-in to the latest developments in technology, content development, and distribution strategies. Fortunately, some of the sharpest minds from across college–sports-video production will again be sharing their experiences and expertise next month at the 11th-annual SVG College Summit (May 29-31, Omni Hotel at CNN Center, Atlanta).

REGISTER: SVG College Summit, May 29-31, Atlanta

Reminder: Those who work at an athletic department, conference office, or broadcast entity receive FREE entry to the SVG College Summit!

Two Division I conferences firmly in the limelight are the Atlantic Coast Conference, which will launch its highly anticipated ACC Network this summer in partnership with ESPN, and The Ivy League, which became the first collegiate conference to go all-in with its live content on ESPN’s direct-to-consumer streaming platform, ESPN+. Both moves have required massive expansions in facilities and, in some cases, staffing and offer a high-end peek at the latest developments in live sports-video production at the collegiate level.

A pair of sessions at the SVG College Summit are dedicated to offering a deep dive into each case, how it is impacting numerous video teams at athletic departments across the country, and what other schools and conferences can learn from them.

Thursday, May 30 | 9:10 – 10:00 a.m.
Final Countdown: What ACC Network Schools Learned in Their Facility Buildouts
In August, the highly anticipated ACC Network will launch, with a long and comprehensive buildout of on-campus media-production facilities completed by many of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s 15 institutions. Millions were spent on cameras, switchers, replay devices, graphics engines, comms, fiber, and much more. What have these institutions learned during this challenging process, and what advice would they give to others looking to enhance their own internal video-production operations?
Eric Frey, 
Virginia Tech University, Senior Director, ACC Network Operations
Kelly Hammonds
, University of Pittsburgh, Assistant AD for Broadcast and Video Production
Jeremy Noe, University of Louisville, Executive Director, ACC Network Operations
Mike Szlamowicz, University of Virginia, Director of Video Services, Live Events and ACC Network
Scott Hecht, Syracuse Athletics, Senior Producer; SVG College Summit

Thursday, May 30 | 1:30 – 2:15 p.m.
A Platform To Call Home: The Ivy League’s Migration to ESPN+
With its own subscription-based video platform in place, The Ivy League shifted its media-production and -distribution strategy with a comprehensive agreement to broadcast more than 1,100 live events across more than 35 sports on the new ESPN+ direct-to-consumer platform in 2018-19. A year into that 10-year relationship, hear from league and ESPN representatives on the process leading up to launch, the successes and challenges in year one, and the priorities in the long-term plans of the partnership.
Kevin Copp
, The Ivy League, Assistant Executive Director, Digital Content and Communications
Imry Halevi, Harvard University, Assistant Director of Athletics, Multimedia and Production
John Lukach, Cornell University, Director of Multimedia and Production
Shawn Murphy, ESPN, Senior Coordinating Producer
Kristian Hernandez
, SVG, Assistant Editor and Social Media Coordinator

For more information regarding the SVG College Summit, visit If you have questions regarding the event, email Program Director Brandon Costa at [email protected]. If you are a technology vendor that would be interested in exhibiting at this year’s summit, email SVG Managing Director, Worldwide Sponsorship Development, Rob Payne at [email protected]. You can also follow the event on Twitter using @SVGCollege and #SVGCollege.