SVG Europe Women announces speaker line up for summer event with Sky Sports and Sky Production Services

The next SVG Europe Women event, hosted by Sky Sports and Sky Production Services, is being held on the evening of Thursday 18 July at Sky Studios, Isleworth, London, from 4.00pm.

SVG Europe is excited to announce an impressive speaker line up that includes Premier League Productions, Telstra, Solent University and Sky Sports, as well as behind the scenes tours and conversations with women working on outside broadcasts at the Women’s Netball World Cup in Liverpool and the Women’s Ashes Test in Taunton.

At SVG Europe Women at Lord’s Heather McLean speaks with Jennie Blackmore, Sky Sports production executive for cricket, Angela Gibbons, CTV Outside Broadcasts’ commercial manager, and Aoife Murphy, England and Wales Cricket Board broadcast and media operations manager, on the panel titled, The sticky wicket of women’s cricket: Inside summer 2019 women’s cricket broadcasting

Inga Ruehl, director of Sky Production Services, commented: “We are delighted to be hosting the next SVG Europe Women event at Sky’s Osterley campus. Having worked closely with SVG Europe for many years and having experienced how Sky champions gender equality, this feels like a very natural partnership. We hope you come and join us for an evening of networking, panels, discussion and of course, a glass or two!”

Sign up to attend the SVG Europe Women summer networking event with Sky Sports and Sky Production Services

The first session, Moving the dial on gender balance in sports content creation, will see Anna Ward, head of production at Premier League Productions, Anna Lockwood , head of global sales at Telstra Broadcast Services, Mandy Murray, head of operational delivery at Sky Sports, and Ilona Valent, Solent University lecturer on the Broadcast Systems Engineering degree course, as well as being technical manager at Broadcast Solutions UK, talking about how companies in sports broadcast are trailblazing women’s initiatives, what is being done proactively, and also how universities can help and need to be helped by the sports broadcast industry to get more women into this area. The session will begin at 6pm and will be chaired by SVG Europe’s internal head of SVG Europe Women, Heather McLean.

Attendees networking hard at the SVG Europe Women event on 15 November at BT Sport in Stratford

The second panel, Going live in 5, 4, 3… On the road with women behind the camera, will see sports broadcaster and former England cricketer, Isa Guha, giving us a behind the scenes view of the women working at the Women’s Ashes Test in Taunton, and we will get to hear about those different roles from women working that evening at the Women’s Netball World Cup in Liverpool. Meanwhile, on stage in this session, Sky Sport’s craft manager for technical management, Amanda Tully, will be in conversation with James Clement, Sky Sports’ head of operations, and Bridget Bremner, production executive at Sky Sports on Formula 1, Rugby League, Rugby Union and multi sports, discussing life on the road in an OB. This session begins at 7pm.

McLean commented: “From looking at successful women’s initiatives in action, to how universities are working towards and being supported by companies in this industry to help get women into sports broadcasting, to women working in OBs and being interviewed live about their roles on location, this evening is going to be fantastic. There will be lots of opportunities to network with your peers, so get your name on the list. We are looking forward to seeing you there.”

The event concludes at 9pm after networking drinks and food.

For more information on the event and to register, visit:

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