Football Production Summit: Final countdown to must-attend 17 March event

SVG Europe’s high profile Football Production Summit 2015, held in association with Spanish partner Mediapro, takes place 17 March at the Imagina Mediapro Auditorium in Barcelona. This is a must-attend event for senior managers involved in football broadcast production operation in Europe – and beyond.

The Summit is chaired by Peter Angell, IEC in Sports COO and SVG Europe, Chairman of Advisory Board and the day starts with a welcome by Mediapro President and Founder Jaume Roures, who will address the topic ‘Inside La Liga – Perspectives on Spanish Football Broadcast’.

This is followed by an important case study looking ahead to the Berlin 2015 UEFA Champions League and DFB-Pokal finals. A hectic broadcast production week awaits as Berlin prepares for DFB-Pokal and then UEFA Champions League finals on successive Saturdays at the end of May and start of June 2015. Both events will be held at the historic Olympiastadion in Berlin – the Champions League final for the first time ever. In this special preview, Alessandro Reitano, Sky Deutschland Director Sports Production; Eckhard Gödickemeier, ZDF Sport Production Managerl and Bernard Ross, UEFA Head of TV Production, give us a unique insight into the broadcast preparations for Champions League Final 2015.

We have a high-level panel session to follow, ‘Match-Day Production: View From The Top’. The panellists from around Europe are Manuela Baraschi, Sky Italia, Head of Sport Production and Operations; Nick Morgan, Premier League, Head of Production; Mike Ruddell, Sky Sports, Head of Technology; and Henk van Meerkerk, Fox Sports Netherlands, Head of Production.

Premium remote production at an affordable price: just a pipe dream? Is it possible to use high capacity small format vehicles, taking advantage of innovative production switching, graphics, control and social media content moderation tools to deliver consistent ‘network-level’ match-day productions? Our ‘Match-Day Production: Towards A Lower Cost Base’ session will tackle those issues, with a heavyweight panel including Amir Hochfled, Orad Hi-Tec Systems, Business Development Director for Sport; Kevin Fitzgerald, Gearhouse Broadcast, Head of System and Product Sales; Jim Irving, deltatre media, Commercial Director; Nick Morgan, Premier League, Head of Production; Andy Newham, Ross Video, Business Development Manager, Switchers & Open Truck EMEA; Malcolm Robinson, Broadcast Networks, Director Media & Broadcast Solutions; and Bernard Ross, UEFA, Head of TV Production.

Barcelona-based Mediapro has leveraged its work in sports analytics for clubs (using its Mediacoach system) to provide a second screen app, VirtualArena, now in use in Spanish football’s top two divisions. Additionally a new Mediapro method of low cost sports production and distribution that is software-driven, AutomaticTV, is being trialled by football giant FC Barcelona. Presentation by Mauro Margenat, Mediapro Automatic TV & VirtualArena, Managing Director

A top-level view of technical services provision to the broadcast industry — including production, post, playout and transmission – will then be provided by Louis Zumelzu, CEO of Imagina France, the French subsidiary of Mediapro. Zumelzu has also been General Manager of Euro Media France and CEO of Video Communication France.

A high level of sophistication in graphics, particularly through the use of augmented reality and virtual reality, is now possible for football – not only onscreen quality but also behind the scenes workflows to enable rapid response enhancing the viewer experience. Tackling the big issues around presentation and augmented reality for us are Bruce Dunlop, Dunlop Goodrich, Executive Creative Director; Riccardo Botta, Sky Italia, Head of Production & Creative Hub; Jason Landau, Sky Creative, Sports Design Director; Olek Loewenstein, Univision, Vice President of Planning; Nick Moody, IMG Media, Head of Premier League Productions; Thomas Nelson, Vizrt, Business Development Manager Sports; and Ian Wray, ChyronHego, Sports Industry Segment Director

How can sports video companies and venues keep fan engagement high when they have multiple screens to distract them? What level of connectivity and interactivity is available? How can UGC and live production be blended together on match day?

SVG Europe Managing Editor David Davies moderates ‘Future Football Fan: Connection and Mobility’, joined in the discussion by Xavier De Vynck, EVS, Vice President Business Development; David Leporini, Viaccess-Orca, EVP Marketing Products and Security; Vitor Teixeira, Streambolico, Business Director; and Stefan-Eric Wildemann, FIFA TV, Manager, Sales and Distribution.

To wrap up proceedings, we have an exclusive preview case study, FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015. The Canadian-based tournament will see the debut appearance of goal-line technology at a FIFA Women’s World Cup – and will also decide Europe’s three representatives in the 2016 Olympic Games women’s football competition in Brazil. SVG Editorial Director Ken Kerschbaumer leads an executive preview discussion with Dan Miodownik, Host Broadcast Services, Head of Production; and Stefan-Eric Wildeman, FIFA TV, Manager, Sales and Distribution.

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