CONFERENCE PROGRAM

Location: East Ballroom in the Grand Ballroom, Terrace Level

10:00 – 10:40 a.m.: Live TV’s Magicians: Operations in a Multi-Platform Era
As top-level live TV events continue to get more complex, either simply with more cameras or more distribution platforms, the ripple effect impacts everyone, including those who are in charge of making sure everything goes off without a hitch. Learn how to deal with the challenge of managing a production that continues to grow, keep your production teams happier and fresh, and the software and management tools that can make a difference.
Moderator: Andrea Berry, 
Industry Consultant
Panelists:
Veronica Gibeault,
ESPN, Associate Director, Production Operations, LAPC
Ivana Malcolm, Cast & Crew Entertainment Services, Director, Product Innovation
Brooke McLean, Freelance Associate Producer/Senior Production Manager/Assistant Tour Manager

Gina Porretti, Fox Sports, SVP, Studio Operations
Larry Rogers
, First In TV, President
TyKisha Stanford
, Production Operations for Commercials and Reality Shows

10:40 – 10:50 a.m.: Case Study: Mobile UPS Power Stations presented by Saunders Electric
Saunders Electric will address its Mobile UPS Power station and will present several recent scenarios showing how this Engineering Emmy Award winning system kept live shows on the air.
Presenter: Candace Saunders, Saunders Electric, President

10:50 – 11:30 a.m.: Let’s Go Live! Inside the Year’s Biggest Live Entertainment Events
Live musicals, award shows, and entertainment shows continue to grow in popularity among TV programming executives. And for good reason as live events provide the kind of real-world drama that can get viewers to tune in. This session will focus on the current state-of-the-art in production techniques employed at programs like America’s Got Talent, major concert festivals, and more.
Moderator: Jeff Jacobs, Viacom Global Entertainment Group, SVP Production Planning, Strategies, and Operations
Panelists:
Peter Kimball, NEP Group, U.S. Mobile Units, Senior Account Manager
Tim Kubit, Mediatech, President
Lenny Laxer, All Mobile Video, VP
Ray Panahon, Riot Games, Technical Lead, eSports
Tony Romero, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Supervising Producer
Mitch Rosenthal, Riot Games, Senior Manager of Broadcast Operations, eSports

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Networking Break

12:00 p.m. – 12:20 p.m.: The Conversation: LiveTV:LA With Andrew Adashek, Television Producer and Former Head of Twitter Television
Interviewed by: Brandon Costa, SVG, Senior Editor

12:20 – 12:30 p.m.: Case Study presented by All Mobile Video
Presenter: Lee Blanco,
All Mobile Video, Director of Engineering

12:30 – 1:00 p.m.: Live Production Game Changers: Where Technology Meets Production
Today’s live production professionals have more options than ever when it comes to figuring out how they want to get the job done. And every year sees new technologies that can help get the job done faster, easier, and better. Experts from the live event operations take to the stage to discuss what new tools they are using in 2016 and what’s on tap for 2017.
Moderator: Jason Dachman, SVG, Chief Editor
Panelists:
Aric Allen, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, Video Producer
Steve Garrett, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Second Unit DP
Shawn Hendrix, Key Code Media, Broadcast Engineer/Producer
Jason Martinez, Lighthearted Entertainment, Field Producer
Mark Ritchie, Live Multicam Director; HD Optics & Camera, CEO; and Southpaw Productions, CEO

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.: Networking Lunch (Outside Garden); Operations Management Lunch, Featuring Cast & Crew Demo (Writer/Director/Producer Room)

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.: Afternoon Keynote: Making the Most of Facebook Live
For the first time, the Sports Video Group (SVG), in cooperation with Facebook, will provide production professionals a half-day workshop, offering practical tips and best practices on how to make the most out of Facebook Live. Prior to the workshop, Rob Shaw, Facebook, Global Sports Media Partnerships and Mark Pesavento, Fox Sports Digital, SVP, Content Production take to the main stage for a one-on-one conversation.

2:30 – 3:20 p.m.: UHD Sports Production: Challenges and Opportunities
UHD sports production continues to gain traction around the world and the L.A. community, courtesy of DirecTV and its UHD platform, is at the center of many of the efforts. The industry is still in its infancy in terms of the move to UHD production and this session will provide an update on the current tools that can make UHD a reality, the challenges in production, and the ways in which UHD and HD workflows can come together to lend efficiency.
Moderator: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Co-Executive Director, Editorial Services
Panelists:
Mark Coleman, Spectrum Sports, VP, Engineering and Operations
Phil Garvin, Mobile TV Group, President/Founder/Co-Owner
Harrison HaysAT&T Entertainment Group, Senior Systems Engineer
Mike Johnson, Dome Productions, Director of Engineering
Kevin Moorhouse, Gravity Media, COO

3:20 – 3:50 p.m.: Networking Break

3:50 – 4:30 p.m.: Life on the Front Bench: Producer Perspectives
Once upon a time a sports production began five minutes before the start of the event and ended as soon as it was over. But that is no longer the case as sports broadcasts increasingly feature complex pre- and post-game shows, compelling feature elements, amazing augmented reality graphics, and more. How are leading producers juggling the influx of new elements, second-screen content delivery, expanded entertainment elements within an event, and more?
Moderator:
Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Co-Executive Director, Editorial Services
Panelists:
John Faratzis,
Second Screen Sports, CEO and EP
Larry Meyers, Live Sports Executive Producer and Director
David Neal,
Fox Sports, Executive Producer, FIFA World Cup

4:30 – 4:35: Case Study: Making the Most of Automation for Live TV presented by Aveco
With the ARD Group of Germany, Aveco has developed one of the industry’s most advanced live news and sports production automation system with a long list of new innovative ideas. This was recently followed with a break-through new style of automation designed for multi-camera studio recording sessions which substantially elevates the production values of shows, dramatically reduces production time, and plummets operational costs.
Presenter: Jim O’Brien, Aveco, President

4:35 – 5:15 p.m.: Lives’ New Reality: Going Virtual
Virtual reality is definitely on the cusp of becoming more than just a niche offering as companies like Samsung, Sony, Google, and others look to get VR headsets and devices into the hands of consumers. In addition, the number of VR production and technology startups continue to take root as the VR industry looks to blossom. And for those involved and sports and live entertainment VR provides a new way to give viewers a greater sense of connection with an event. Leaders in sports VR production take to the stage to share their latest experiences, advice on creating a compelling experience, and more.
Moderator: Brian Ring, Ring Digital, President
Panelists:
David Aufhauser, Voke VR, Chief Strategy and Product Officer
Ted Kenney, Fox Sports, Director, Field and Technical Operations
Alx Klive, 360 Designs, Founder/CEO
Tarif Sayed, Nokia, Director, Business Development, Live VR and Player
Lucas Wilson, SuperSphereVR, Founder/Executive Producer; JauntVR, VR Producer

5:15 – 6:00 p.m.: Networking Reception