Agenda: Thursday, May 30

Time Session
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Networking Breakfast

9:00 - 9:10 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks

Brandon Costa
, SVG College Summit, Program Director; SVG, Director of Digital
Scott Hecht, Syracuse Athletics, Senior Producer; SVG College Summit, Chairman
Jared Schatz, Ross Video, VP of Sales, U.S.A. and Canada

9:10 - 10:00 a.m.

Final Countdown: What ACC Network Schools Learned in Their Facility Buildouts

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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?
Moderator: Scott Hecht, Syracuse Athletics, Senior Producer; SVG College Summit, Chairman
Kelly Hammonds
, University of Pittsburgh, Assistant AD for Broadcast and Video Production
Eric Frey, Virginia Tech University, Senior Director, ACC Network Operations
Jeremy Noe, University of Louisville, Executive Director, ACC Network Operations
Mike Szlamowicz, University of Virginia, Director of Video Services, Live Events and ACC Network

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.
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Calrec Audio/DiGiCo Technology Case Study: Remote Productions

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The Pac-12 Networks produces 850 “live” sporting events including 485 at-home productions and 1500 events as shoulder programming spread across 1 national network and 6 regional networks or RSN’s.
Moderator: Chris Fichera, Group One Limited, Partner, Vice President
Presenter: Glenn Stilwell, Pac-12 Networks, Audio Operations Manager

10:15 - 11:00 a.m.

Networking/Exhibits Break

11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: Syracuse University Director of Athletics John Wildhack


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With more than three decades as an executive at ESPN, Wildhack possesses a comprehensive understanding of the history and current state of the sports-video industry. In this one-on-one Q&A, he will share his lessons as a sports-TV exec, the strategy behind his school’s approach to the launch of the ACC Network, and his take on the future of the industry.
Speaker: John Wildhack, Syracuse University, Director of Athletics
Moderator: Ken Kerschbaumer, Sports Video Group, Co-Exexcutive Director, Editorial Services

11:30 - 12:00 p.m.

Bringing the Fire to Twitter: Strategy For Social Video Success

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Twitter is commonly referred to as the Internet’s Sports Bar and, as digital sports media continues to mature, the social media giant is becoming home to some of the most high-quality sports video content anywhere. What’s the latest trends I successful social video (both live and postproduced), who is doing it best, and how can you better plan out your Twitter video strategy throughout your entire athletic department? Twitter’s David Herman shares his expertise to help you shine in the hyper-competitive world of #smsports.
Moderator: Brandon Costa, SVG College Summit, Program Director; SVG, Director of Digital
Presenter: David Herman, Twitter, Sports Partnerships Manager

12:00 - 12:30 p.m.

SVG College Legacy Award Presentations

SVG is honored to celebrate the recipients of the 2019 SVG College Pioneer Award and the 2019 SVG College Technology Leadership Award.

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:30 - 2:15 p.m.

A Platform To Call Home: The Ivy League’s Migration to ESPN+

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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.
Kristian Hernandez
, SVG, Assistant Editor and Social Media Coordinator
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

2:15 - 2:30 p.m.
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Imagine Communications Technology Case Study

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Imagine and Texas A&M have collaborated to deliver a distributed campus solution leveraging an existing SDI network with a COTS and FPGA based ST-2110 solution. This Unified Venue system enables for the distribution of uncompressed ST-2110 streams from all venues back into a centralized control room supporting 12th Man Productions events.
Jesse Janosky, Texas A&M, Director of Broadcast Technologies, 12th Man Productions
Cassidy Phillips, Imagine Communications, Enterprise Solutions Architect

2:30 - 3:10 p.m.
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Cinematic Techniques and the Art of Storytelling in Sports

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Break through the noise, and cut through the clutter. In a landscape oversaturated with linear and digital sports content, learn how paying strategic attention to both a unique visual and storytelling approach will elevate your content above the rest. Former Head of Content/ Executive Producer for Under Armour and Red Bull Media House and former Turner Sports Producer/ Director Megan Wells, and multi Sports Emmy Award Winning Cinematographer/ DP Tom Wells will give a high level overview of how to get inside the minds of your audiences, give them a unique visual experience, and connect with them emotionally, so they keep coming back to your content and your platform. From lens choice to camera placement, to carefully considering demographics and audience motivation, the owners of Two Birds Films and Technician Films will share learnings from over 20 years in sports production, working with clients such as Fox Sports, MLB, Super Bowl, NBA, Red Bull, Under Armour and The Olympics. 

Megan Wells, Two Birds Films, Co-Owner, Executive Producer and Director
Tom Wells, Technician Films, Owner and Director of Photography

3:10 - 3:55 p.m.

Networking/Exhibits Break

3:55 - 4:40 p.m.

In the Trenches: Creative Production Solutions That Have Enhanced (or Saved!) Your Live Productions

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Work in live sports production, and you’ll learn to expect the unexpected. From inclement weather to wonky venues, producers of live sports video have tackled some of the wackiest and most challenging obstacles with the belief that the show must go on. Experts in the field of live event production share the unique production tools, workflows, and workarounds that have helped take their productions to the next level (or made sure they happened at all!).
Moderator: Brandon Costa, SVG College Summit, Program Director; SVG, Director of Digital 
Sarah Backerman
, Pac-12 Networks, Senior Director, Remote Operations
Bill Friedman
, BTN, Senior Coordinating Producer, BTN Originals
Tom White, Syracuse University, Broadcast Engineer

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

11th-Annual SVG College Sports Media Awards in association with NACDA Ceremony

The SVG College Sports Media Awards in association with NACDA recognizes the best in college sports-video production, celebrating those who have pushed the envelope and set a higher standard for the quality of live and pre/postproduced college sports-video content.

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

SVG College Sports Media Awards in association with NACDA Celebratory Reception