SVG Europe Events

2020 events


SVG Europe Women winter networking event 2020

30 January 2020, BT Sport Studios, London
SVG Europe Women is returning to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London for a special winter networking event in association with BT Sport and Timeline Television. The evening will include both networking and insightful seminar sessions. On the night, SVG Europe Women will also bestow the inaugural SVG Europe Women Achievement Award, recognising outstanding female accomplishments in sports broadcasting. Find out more

SVG Europe Women Virtual – Surviving lockdown and going remote

6 May 2020, 4pm (BST)
SVG Europe Women is now Virtual, bringing its locked down community together each month. Ruth Lilley, freelance sports content producer, will speak about her tumultuous year, titled ‘Survival: Life as a sports broadcasting freelance in the year of COVID-19’. Meanwhile, Roisin McKeniry, head of production technology at Timeline TV for BT Sport, will speak on ‘Innovation: Being part of BT Sport’s remote decentralised production’.

Sports OTT Forum 2020 and the Sports TV Awards

27 May 2020, Lord’s Cricket Ground, London, England
OTT, social media and direct-to-consumer live streaming are dramatically changing the landscape for televised sport. Key topics to be addressed include user experience and latency, attracting the next generation of sports viewers, fan engagement via social media and more. The event will also include the re-vamped SVG Europe Sports TV Awards, recognising and honouring those outstanding teams and individuals pushing sports broadcast production forward over the last 12 months.

  • In lieu of this event, specially produced video content will be made available online on Wednesday 27 May at: Sports OTT Forum (registration is required)
  • The SVG Europe Sports TV Awards ceremony will be broadcast ‘as live’ on the SVG Europe YouTube channel at 5pm on Wednesday 27 May

SVG Europe Women Virtual – In conversation with Barbara Slater, BBC Sport director

10 June 2020, 4pm (BST)
Director of BBC Sport, Barbara Slater, joins SVG Europe Women Virtual on Wednesday 10 June 2020. Slater will speak about where BBC Sport is right now as it puts together a strategy to safely bring back live sports production, in the session titled, ‘BBC Sport: Barbara Slater discusses the return to live sport in a post-lockdown world’. Find out more

Esports Focus: Building the business case for competitive video gaming on TV and OTT

11 June 2020, Online
The coronavirus has shown that there is an appetite for esports and virtual sports content, and bumped it up the live sports pecking order. But is there a business model? What is the money shot? Is there more to esports than simply replacing ‘real’ sport in a time of crisis? How do public service broadcasters get a piece of the action? And will esports help to provide broadcasters with a route to the most important target group of the next decade: the millennials? These questions and more will be answered during SVG Europe’s Esports Focus, sponsored by Arena Television.

Football Summit 2020: Broadcasting live matches behind closed doors

18 June 2020, 3 pm, Online
As Europe begins to ease lockdown measures and live football is back on the agenda, SVG Europe will dedicate the online version of Football Summit 2020 to an exploration of how TV and OTT broadcasters will attack the business end of the season. Taking its lead from both the German Bundesliga and Poland’s Ekstraklasa, the 90-minute live online forum will include presentations, case studies and panels and cover various subjects including: How to cover live matches, and/or add atmosphere and emotion, in empty stadiums; Crowdsourcing, data and fan interaction; Working safely (and hygienically) inside the stadium and compound; and Dealing with the live sport bottleneck. Find out more

SVG Europe Women Virtual – The return to working on live sport

16 July 2020, 4pm (BST)
Our guest speakers will be sharing their experiences of what it is like to be back to work in sports TV production in the stadiums and race tracks of Europe. We will hear from Mediapro’s Katarzyna Humska, production coordinator, on LaLiga’s return in Spain, Sky Sports News’ production manager, Victoria Rudling, on horse racing in the UK, and Telegenic unit manager, Chrissie Collins, on Premier League football for BT Sport, BBC Sport and Amazon.

The Motorsport Show 2020

6 August 2020, Munich, Germany
New for 2020, The Motorsport Show is this highly targetted live-streamed virtual event exploring how broadcasters, producers and federations are televising motor racing during COVID-19 and beyond.

SVG Europe Women Virtual Wellbeing – From overwhelm to clarity

13 August 2020, 10am (BST)
In our first Wellbeing event, titled, ‘From Overwhelm to Clarity: How to operate from a place of calm, clarity and common sense more of the time,’ special guest speaker, wellbeing and resilience coach Sarah Swanton will give you constructive, practical guidance on how to emotionally survive this difficult period we are now in, and how to move forward with skills that will help increase your strength and resilience every single day.

SVG Europe Women Virtual – Networking Uncovered

10 September 2020, 10am (BST)
Networking Uncovered is a special focus hangout event that will aim to expose the secrets of the art of getting to know people and moving ahead in your sports broadcasting career. The panel, made up of members of the SVG Europe Women Advisory Board, are: Lise Cosimi, external head of SVG Europe Women and sports industry consultant; Inga Ruehl, executive director, production services and operations at Sky; Anna Lockwood, head of global sales, Telstra Broadcast Services; Roisin McKeniry, head of production technology at Timeline Television for BT Sport; and Paula Rigby, head of international production and broadcast consultant at Noah Media Group.

Sport Production Summit 2020

14-18 September 2020
SVG Europe’s flagship annual conference goes virtual for 2020 with a week-long event that combines an online showcase of new products and services with specially curated live and pre-recorded video interviews and case studies and the chance to interact online with the rest of the sports broadcasting community.

DACH Summit 2020

8 October, Munich, Germany
SVG Europe teams up with Sky Deutschland for the Sky Summit event, covering innovation, production, technology and new business in the DACH region and beyond.

SVG Europe Women Virtual Wellbeing – Motivation, inspiration and managing change

14 October 2020, 10am (BST)
This interactive session, titled Motivation, Inspiration and Managing Change – How to focus on inspiring, motivating and managing change for yourself and others in the face of adversity, will again be presented by special guest speaker, wellbeing and resilience coach Sarah Swanton. Swanton will help you learn how to stay motivated, inspired, and to manage change in spite of today’s challenges, for yourself and for others, personally and professionally.

Next Generation Audio Summit 2020

3-5 November 2020, Online
Taking into account the challenges of 2020, the NGA Summit will explore how the industry has tackled the audio-specific problems posed by the coronavirus pandemic and analyse what is happening in the world of immersive sound. Subjects to be covered across the three sessions include object manipulation, sound localisation, remote production, augmented stadium sound and the virtual fan, and what is coming down the line for personalised sound for sports broadcasting. Find out more.


FutureSPORT 2020

24-26 November 2020, Online
Sponsored by Panasonic, and taking place over three days, FutureSPORT 2020 will examine how sports broadcasting and production will develop and evolve over the coming 12-18 months, across three key parts of the sports broadcasting chain: In the Stadium and In the Gallery; Presentation and On-screen; and Contribution and Distribution. Find out more.

The Art of Replay: EVS live sports production workshop

2 December 2020, 4PM GMT, Online
Produced in association with EVS, the Art of Replay is open to anyone within the SVG community with an interest in learning the basic operational skills required to use the EVS LSM remote replay solution. During the free-to-attend two-hour session delegates will learn: The role of replay operations in a live sports production environment; The role of different crew members in relation to the LSM replay operator; The responsibilities of the LSM replay operator in live sport productions. Find out more.

Winner takes all: Unlocking the opportunity in video games and esports

9 December, 3PM GMT, online
In association with Telstra, the one-hour webinar will zero in on the growth of esports and video gaming and the network requirements and digital workflows to support this booming market. Find out more.