SVG Europe kicks off IBC with third-annual Sport Production Summit in Amsterdam
More than 170 sport-production industry leaders congregated at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam today for SVG Europe’s third-annual Sport Production Summit. Prior to the IBC’s opening, sport-production pros from across the industry gathered for a full day of informative panel discussions, networking, and a sneak peek at what to expect at Europe’s largest broadcast trade show over the next few days.
SVG Europe Advisory Board Chairman Peter Angell and Managing Editor Joe Hosken kicked the day off with an overview of the organisation’s rapid growth since its founding 2½ years ago. In addition to securing 35 sponsor companies and producing eight pan-European conference/networking/awards events per year, SVG Europe has begun working on new industry initiatives, including the Women in Sports Media Initiative Europe (WSMIE).
The invitation-only, off-the-record panel discussions began with an inside look at the State of the Sport-Production Industry with key leaders from major OB production companies and sports broadcasters.
Technology manufacturers took the stage throughout the day to discuss what IBC attendees can expect to see on the show floor, with dedicated sessions addressing four primary topics: Audio, 4K Technology, Serving the Second Screen, and Cloud-Based Workflows.
Attendees were also offered a behind-the-scenes look at preparations for two of the highest-profile events on the 2014 sporting calendar: the Sochi Winter Games and the FIFA World Cup.
Even after a full day at the Sport Production Summit, SVG Europe has plenty more in store for IBC attendees, with comprehensive editorial coverage of the show on the SportTECH [email protected] Blog.
In addition, at the IBC Sport Technology Award Reception on 14 Sept. at the RAI, 3G Wireless, Flightline Films, Lyon Video, Red Bull Media House, Riedel, and Origin Digital will be honoured for Production Achievement for the impressive work done on last October’s Red Bull Stratos event. In addition, BSkyB and ChyronHego will receive Technical Achievement honours for development of Premier League player-tracking graphics.