Full Program


1:00-4:30 – Engineering Workshops

Day One of this year’s event features five technology workshops designed to better meet the information needs of the industry. Workshops are open to all registered League Technology Summit attendees and sponsors. Workshop sessions are as follows:

WORKSHOP ONE: Remote Engineering
WORKSHOP TWO: Sports 2.0
WORKSHOP FOUR: Audio Operations (NOTE – 10:00-4:00 at Dolby Screening Room across from New York Hilton)
WORKSHOP FIVE: IT Network and Infrastructure

For full descriptions of each technology workshop, click here.


8:30-9:00 Keynote Speaker
Eric Shanks, Fox Sports, President

9:00-10:00 Sports Broadcasting: State of the Industry
The broadcast sports industry is undergoing massive shifts as distribution mediums and production demands seem to change on a daily basis. How are networks, production service providers, and leagues managing their staffs, budgets, and productions? How are contracts and capital expenditure budgets being impacted and how available is capital for future truck builds? What are the big challenges in 2011? And what are the new opportunities?
Moderator: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG Editorial Director
Ken Aagaard,
CBS Sports, EVP, Operations and Production Services
Andrea Berry
, Fox Sports, SVP, Broadcast Operations
Deb Honkus
, NEP Broadcasting, CEO
Barry Johnstone
, EuroMedia Group, COO
Jerry Steinberg, Fox Sports, SVP, Field Operations
Pat Sullivan, Game Creek Video, President

10:00-10:30 Networking Break

10:30-11:15 Sports TV: The Revolution is Now!
New devices are opening up new ways to consume sports content without having a TV or PC. And Internet-enabled TVs and devices like gaming consoles and streaming devices are moving content from the PC to the HDTV set. Join us for an overview of how networks and leagues are reaching sports fans in new ways, how the devices work, and what they mean for your business.
Moderator: Tom Buffolano, 2010 College Sports Video Summit, Conference Chairman
Gidon Coussin
, Boxee, VP of Business Development
Kenny Gersh
, MLB Advanced Media, SVP, Business Development
Ben Grad
, Verizon, Content Strategy and Acquisition
Scott Hershkowitz
, NBA, Director of Digital Media
Tara Maitra, TiVo, VP/GM of Content Services and Advertising Sales

11:15-11:30 Networking Break

11:30-12:30 The Evolving Broadcast Compound: Beyond Broadcast
Once upon a time, a broadcast sports compound and personnel had a singular mission: make good TV. Today that is changing as content is delivered to new devices, but many compounds, and their production workflows, have yet to catch up. What is the role of new media production teams in the traditional planning stage? How are the new media and TV production staffers working together?
Moderator: Steve Hellmuth, NBA Entertainment, EVP, Operations and Technology
Jason Cohen, HBO Sports, Director of East Coast Productions
Mike Davies, Fox Sports, VP of Technical Operations
Tom Sahara, Turner Sports, Senior Director of IT and Remote Operations
Susan Stone, MLB Network, VP of Operations

12:30-1:30 Lunch

1:30-2:15 Front Bench Perspective: Director’s Cut
Sports directors continue to embrace new technologies and expand the role of specialty cameras, enhanced audio effects, and more complex graphics and animations. Leading directors from across the industry discuss their current directing philosophies, how new technologies are impacting their productions, current challenges on the front bench, and more.
Moderator: Russell Gabay, MLB International, Vice President & Executive Producer
Bill Bell, Comcast Sportsnet Mid-Atlantic, Director and Executive Producer
Chip Dean, ESPN, Director, “Monday Night Football”
Mark Grant, CBS Sports, Director
Renardo Lowe, Turner Sports, Director
John Moore, YES Network, Director

2:15-3:00 Producing in the Age of Digital
Today’s sports productions continue to grow in complexity, both technically and logistically. How are those changes impacting the job of being a producer and their relationships with other members of the production team? How do they take advantage of new technology to improve the quality of their productions? Producers share their thoughts on the evolution of the sports production business, future challenges and opportunities, and favorite moments from 2010.
Moderator: Andrea Berry, Fox Sports, SVP, Broadcast Operations
Harold Bryant, CBS Sports, VP, Production
Jed Drake, ESPN, SVP and Executive Producer
Curt Gowdy, Jr., SportsNet New York, SVP of Production, Executive Producer
Jon Slobotkin
, Comcast Sportsnet, VP/Executive Producer-Live Events
Albert “Scooter” Vertino, VP Content, NBA Digital

3:00-3:15 Networking Break

3:15-4:00 The Great Debate: Is 3D a Red Herring?
The topic of 3D sports continues to polarize the industry as professionals debate whether or not the potential of 3D matches the production challenge. Industry experts tackle the one question that matters: Will 3D eventually pay off? Listen to the debate and then cast your vote for or against 3D.
Moderator: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Editorial Director
Bryan Burns, ESPN, VP of Strategic Business Planning and Development
Ed Delaney
, YES Network, VP of Operations
George Hoover, NEP, CTO
Bob Seidel, CBS, VP of Engineering and Advanced Technology
Jerry Steinberg, Fox Sports, SVP, Field Operations

4:00-4:30 Closing Keynote: Steven Roberts, DIRECTV, SVP of Sports Strategy

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