Sky Insights Day: Full programme for premium October 12 event is revealed

SVGe Sky 2016 open logo v3A major event will take place at Sky Osterley Campus on Wednesday October 12 titled Sky Insights Day, presented in association with SVG Europe. The full programme of content for the day has now been made available. A reminder that this is an invitation-only, Platinum-only event, and those who have received an invitation must register via this link (or see below for full URL).

There follows the full schedule of content for the day, which brings together the operational leaders from Sky Deutschland, Italia and UK to discuss some of the most important innovations, advances and strategic changes that are going on across Europe in relation to Sky Sports and News workflows.

1325-1330 Welcome and SVG introduction by Fergal Ringrose, SVG Europe, Executive Editor

1330-1345 Welcome and Introduction

An overview of Sky across Europe – some facts & figures. Priorities of the business (including Sports), and an update on Sky UK Campus development.

Presented by Darren Long, Sky Production Services, Director

1345-1430 Sky Europe F1: Germany, Italy, UK

One of the sports identified as providing potential benefits across the newly-formed Sky Europe was Formula 1. This led to a significant project being formed to scope the requirements and procure the facilities across the three territories. It proved a learning experience for everyone involved — and required teams to explore the way they all operated — but resulted in a great working relationship and a true synergy.

Behind the scenes Video


Simon Lazenby, Sky Sports UK, Presenter


Manuela Baraschi, Sky Sports Italia, Head of Sports Production and Operations

Keith Lane, Sky Sports UK, Director of Operations

Kevin Moorhouse, Gravity Media Group, Chief Operating Officer

Alessandro Reitano, Sky Deutschland, VP Sports Production

1430-1515 Sky Sports News: Germany, Italy, UK

The three Sky Sports News channels have been finding content synergies and cooperation opportunities around a variety of output to maximise value being brought to SSN customers across Europe. Through working practice, communication and technology the three channels have been able to benefit from sharing resources and material across the territories. Sky News recently in-housed its SNG fleet with a new set of SNGs known as Rangers. This has since rolled out to cover SSN UK and SSN DE. In addition, backpacks (with 3G/4G cellular transmitters) have becoming increasingly popular, enabling content to be delivered much earlier than traditional methods. Content synergies also happen with the newsrooms sharing talent and stories. This session will include output from each of the channels, and a Ranger SNG van will be on-site for the day.

Video of SSN output UK, DE, IT


Rob Wotton, SSN HQ Presenter


Helen Kemp, Sky Sports News UK, Resources & Facilities Manager

Dominik Boehner, Sky Sports News Deutschland, Director Intake and Output

Valentina Fass Sky Sports News Italia, Journalist

1515-1545 Coffee & Networking Break

1545-1630 Adventures in IP Production – Maximising Value through Innovation

Sky is dedicated to providing value for money for its subscribers. This presentation covers a series of case studies of how Sky endeavours to realise this value through the latest workflow and technology developments. Over the past 18 months Sky has used high profile events such as the US Open Tennis to demonstrate the maintenance of high quality production whilst keeping a large portion of the team back at Sky HQ. This is how Sky has been doing Remote Production.


James Clement, Sky Sports UK, Head of Operations

Jonathan Craggs, Sky Production Services UK, Senior Technical Supervisor

Mike Ruddell, Sky Sports UK, Head of Technology

Andy Finn, Sky Sports UK, Director

1630-1700 UHD @ Sky: Germany, Italy, UK

2016 sees the launch of Sky’s UHD programming on the new Q box, bringing vivid pictures to subscribers watching Sport, Movies and Entertainment. Working with all suppliers testing across Europe and drawing on learnings from the past, Sky has strived to enhance the UHD and even the HD experience for subscribers.


Ken Kerschbaumer, Sports Video Group, Editorial Director


Riccardo Botta, Sky Italia, Director Production & Creative Hub

Alessandro Reitano, Sky Deutschland, VP Sports Production

Steve Smith, Sky Sports UK, Director of Production

1700-1800 Sky Production Facilities Tour

Sky UK’s internal production facilities are home to all in-house productions for Sky Sports, Sky Sports News, News and Creative as well as being utilised for external production companies creating various Entertainment content for Sky.


Inga Ruehl, Sky UK Production Services, Account Director Sports & News

Tours led by: Darren Long, Tom Williams, Mike Ruddell, Phil Marshall, Josh Wolfe

1800-1900 Drinks, nibbles and networking in The Loft

Registration link for all prospective attendees:

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