Session 5: Remote Production

The Next Step for Sports Broadcasting?

As different leagues have slowly started coming back, we can see that operational teams located at different locations are able to share production resources for the successful delivery of live sports. The session focused on IP technology, cloud-based production, 5G and decentralised production, and found out more on whether remote production and cloud technology may lead to commercially viable sports broadcasting and coverage of more sports in the future.

The session was held live on 18 September 2020, 13:00-14:30 CET.

Moderator: James Stellpflug, SVP Markets at EVS
James has more than two decades of industry experience in facility design, integration and production operations of live event and mobile TV production. James has been a key influencer in the media industry regarding HD, file-based workflows and new multimedia delivery methodologies. Throughout the years of experience in the industry, James has intersected multiple technology transitions moving from traditional video production to the world of file-based workflows and the systems involved in getting us there.
James has been with EVS since 2000, in roles spanning operations management, products and most currently as SVP Markets.

Panellist: Gordon Castle, SVP Technology at Eurosport
Gordon has over 25 years of experience working in the media industry. He is responsible for developing, defining and implementing the long-term technology strategy of Eurosport. Prior to joining Eurosport, Gordon held senior positions at telecommunications company Ericsson, latterly as Head of Strategy Development, Portfolio and Capital & Resource Allocation.

Panellist: Frédéric Rolland, International Manager, Strategic Development, Video Business at Adobe
After a career as a Software Engineer and Product Owner at SGT, Fred has occupied different roles as a Presales Engineer at Avid and Apple, prior to joining Adobe in 2012, where he developed the Pro Video market for the Southern European region. He is now leading the International Video team. The team’s role is to look after video solution development for the Adobe Creative Cloud platform, connecting strategic customers and partners with Adobe products/teams.

Panellist: John Watts, Executive Producer, Director & Broadcast Academy Expert
John Watts is one of the world’s most experienced multi-camera live sports directors. He has won a BAFTA award and received 10 nominations, plus 4 Royal Television Society awards and a RTS Fellowship. His extensive football credits include six English FA Cup finals, five English League Cup Finals, over 20 years of UEFA Champions League coverage – including the Finals in 2002, 2003 and 4K coverage of the Final in 2016.
He has directed the host broadcast coverage at the FIFA World Cup™ in 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018 and the European Championship in 1996, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016.

Panellist: Emili Planas, CTO and Operations Manager at Mediapro
Emili is taking care of applied technologies, remote production, R&D implementation and managing video over IP networks at Mediapro. He also handles the operations and engineering definition of UHD-HDR La Liga productions. He is a Consultant for ESPN Production Center (Buenos Aires), Imagina US (Miami) and an Advisory Board member of SVG Europe.