FutureSPORT 2018: Record crowd attends Old Trafford event

Despite rail chaos throughout England, over 230 sports professionals attended SVG Europe’s 29 November FutureSPORT event at Manchester United.

This was a record crowd for an SVG Europe UK event outside London — despite the best efforts of Network Rail, which recorded its worst day for punctuality in 15 years last Thursday.

A record audience for an SVG Europe UK event outside London attended FutureSPORT in Manchester on Thursday 29 November

The rail network slowed down dramatically in anticipation of extreme weather borne by Storm Diana, with mass cancellations and delays to services on that day. However, as it turned out, the storm had largely blown itself out crossing Ireland the previous day and registered little but some stiff breezes across England on Thursday.

Most FutureSPORT attendees were attending by train: the SVG Europe team would like to thank each and every one who persevered on the day despite the rail chaos. SVG Europe would also like to thank all sponsors who made the event possible: AJA, Avid, Clear-Com, Cloudian, Dolby, EVS, Mobile Viewpoint, Panasonic and TVU Networks.

SVG Europe’s final event for 2018 featured an international content programme embracing such topics

Networking opportunity during the coffee break at FutureSPORT 2018 in Manchester

as HDR, live IP and eSports, as well as panel sessions on the European Championships in Berlin and Glasgow last summer and the upcoming Rugby World Cup in Japan in 2019.

The content programme broke down as follows:

Sports Production Perspective: Drivers of Change

Presenter: Lorenzo Zanni, IABM, Head of Insight & Analysis

Preview Case Study: Rugby World Cup Japan 2019

Chair: Fergal Ringrose, SVG Europe, Executive Editor

Speakers: Alan Bright, IMG Studios, Vice President and Director of Engineering and Stuart Coles, Alston Elliot, Chief Commercial Officer

HDR and Live Sport: It’s Not Black and White

Sponsored by Panasonic

Chair: Will Strauss, SVG Europe, Contributing Editor

Speakers: Andy Beale, BT Sport, Chief Engineer; Shane Warden, ATP Media, Director of Broadcast and Technology; and Andrew Cotton, BBC Research & Development, Principal Technologist

Sponsor Case Study Presentation: Bringing the Highest Standard of Live Production into the eSports Arena

Presenter: Jens Fischer, EVS, Account Manager DACH

Keynote: In Conversation With… Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport

Speaker: Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport

Chair: Will Strauss, SVG Europe, Contributing Editor

IP Challenge: Moving Beyond SDI in Live Production

Sponsored by TVU Networks

Chair: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Director Editorial Services

Speakers: Christian Gobbel, Host Broadcast Services, Head of Venue Engineering; Donald Begg, NEP Major Projects, Director of Technology; Malcolm Cowan, Timeline Television, Head of Technology; and Kim Francis, Grass Valley, Product Marketing Manager Networking

Session introduction: Colin Wood, TVU Networks, Business Development Director.

Case Study: European Championships Review

Sponsored by Avid

Chair: Fergal Ringrose, SVG Europe, Executive Editor

Speakers: Franck Choquard, EBU Sport, Head of Content & Servicing; Jason Cowan, Avid Technology, Business Development Manager (Sports and Graphics); Jonny Bramley, BBC Sport, Executive Producer; and Richard Morgan, BBC Sport, Chief Engineer

eSports and Traditional Broadcast: Crossing Boundaries

Chair: Heather McLean, SVG Europe, Contributing Editor

Speaker: James Dean, ESL UK, Chief Executive Officer


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