BROADCAST ACADEMY ONLINE PANEL SESSIONS

Session 5: Remote Production

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THE NEXT STEP FOR 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.

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.

PANELLISTS:

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.

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.

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.

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.

Session 4: LIVE SPORTS COMMENTATING

The Broadcast Academy has launched an online sports commentating training course and you can gather more information in the session or by clicking on the button.

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This session discussed the impact of COVID-19 on both editorial and practical aspects, the changing role of commentary in an age of social media and adapting to changes in broadcasting in a more complex sports world. The panel also discussed the 2020 US Open experience and gave you an insight into the upcoming 2020 Roland-Garros tournament.

MODERATOR:

Andreas Evagora, Coordinating Producer, Commentator & Broadcast Academy Alumni

Andreas has extensive experience in live television, having produced world feeds and international broadcasts for Eurosport, and worked as one of the producers at the FIFA World Cup™ in 2014 on the ‘‘Match Day -1’’ feed and for Eurosport during the 2018 Winter Olympics.

He has also managed large commentary teams and commentated on hundreds of live football matches, as well as sports including volleyball, tennis, gymnastics and ski jumping.

PANELLISTS:

John Helm, Sports Commentator

A former Head of Outside Broadcasts for the BBC, John has commentated on more than 20 sports during a radio and television career spanning almost 50 years. He has commentated at the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, 10 FIFA World CupTM events, and numerous golf events around the world.

In the past, he has also been involved with the FIFA Broadcast Academy, conducting courses in numerous African countries.

Simon Reed, Head of Commentary, Eurosport

Simon Reed has become one of the undisputed voices of tennis. Since 1995, he has been Head of Commentary for Eurosport and has taken many of us through the most memorable moments in the sport over the past three decades. From the ferocious atmosphere of a Davis Cup Final to the red dirt of Roland-Garros, Reed has an engaging way of sharing the story of a tennis match. He has also commentated on the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and 15 Summer and Winter Olympics Games.

Kass Naidoo, Sports Commentator & Media Specialist

Kass Naidoo is South Africa’s first female cricket commentator with over 15 years of cricket broadcasting experience. She is the founder of gsport4girls – South Africa’s first-ever online initiative focussed entirely on promoting women’s sports.

SESSION 3: THE CHANGING ROLE OF THE LIVE SPORTS PRODUCER

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In Session 3, leading sports producers and directors, Grant Philips, Gudrun Sanchez and Oscar Sanchez are joined by the Head of Infront Productions France and Moderator, Julien Bertin. The panel provides analysis of Bundesliga, La Liga and Premier League matches, addressing the broader aspects of live sports production and the latest trends in the industry relevant to the Live Producer’s role and activities.

MODERATOR:

Julien Bertin, Head of Infront Productions France

Julien was a Producer of World Feeds for the Ironman European Tour and the Cycling Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race 2015. His past experience also includes being the Executive Producer for the Berlin Marathon and working as an Editorial Consultant for FIBA.

PANELLISTS:

Oscar Sanchez, Director of Broadcast Operations & Executive Producer, Concacaf, USA

Oscar is the Director of Broadcast Operations and an Executive Producer at Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf). His previous experience includes being a Broadcast Manager for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2014 and a Line Producer for Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS), Madrid.

Gudrun Wanek, Sports TV Director & Producer, Germany

Gudrun was a director at 2019 IIHF World Championship (Division 1A), DEL & BBL Finals, CHL Play-Offs, UWW Wrestling World & European Championships, Austrian Bundesliga and FIBA Basketball World Cup Qualifiers. Her most recent accomplishment has been to direct Germany’s Basketball Bundesliga Final 10 Tournament 2020. Gudrun’s production credits include the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™, 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ and 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.

Grant Philips, Executive Producer & Director, TV Sport, UK

Grant is one of the most experienced multi-camera live sports directors. His directing credits include the Premier League, FA Cup, UEFA Cup, UEFA Europa League, FIFA World Cup™ and boxing and rugby productions.

SESSION 2: LATEST TRENDS IN SPORTS PRODUCTION, REPLAY OPERATIONS

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Broadcast Academy Experts and leading sports producers, John Watts and Matthew Curtis, along with EVS Expert, Michael Gössing, are joined by Moderator Jan Mokallai, to discuss the changes and challenges faced by the replay operations community in the current circumstances.

MODERATOR

Jan Mokallai, Solution Specialist for Replay & Highlights at EVS

Jan is the EVS Solution Specialist at EVS. Apart from working as a Highlights and Replay Operator and a Vision Mixer, he has Live Sports Direction experience covering ice hockey, basketball, soccer, volleyball and handball.

He has been involved in a multitude of events, like the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championship, Wings for Life World Run, UEFA Champions League, Detroit Motor Show (Daimler AG), and the Eurovision Song Contest. He has also worked with some of the world’s biggest broadcasters, such as Eurosport, SKY, Sportcast, CNN, NBC, BT, ORF, NEP, StudioBerlin, etc.

PANELLISTS

John Watts, Executive Producer & Director

John Watts is one of the world’s most experienced multi-camera live sports directors. 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.

Matthew Curtis, Sports TV Producer, Broadcast Coach & Media Consultant

Matthew is a versatile media professional with vast experience of working on high profile sports events. His production credits include UEFA Champions League, including the all-English Champions League Final 2019, Tottenham vs Manchester City and Liverpool vs Barcelona.

He has produced Premier League games and three FA Cup Finals. Being a VT Coordinator/Slomo Producer at the 2002, 2006, 2010 & 2014 FIFA World Cups™, he has worked for some of the world’s biggest broadcasters, such as BBC, Al Jazeera Sport, BT Sport, HBS, UEFA and Setanta Sports.

Michael Gössing, EVS Operator

Michael Gössing has been working mostly for Sportcast covering the Bundesliga, Second Bundesliga and German Cup. In 2018, he was a member of the German team for the host broadcasting coverage at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, producing the Final match between France and Croatia.  Moreover, he was also part of the EVS team of Discovery/Eurosport in Munich during the Olympic Games in 2018.

Since 2017, he has been involved in several productions of the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA EuroLeague.

SESSION 1: SPORTS BROADCASTING IN THE TIME OF COVID-19

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Broadcast Academy Experts and leading sports directors, John Watts, Laurent Lachand and Sebastian Von Freyberg, are joined by Moderator Ken Kerschbaumer, Editorial Director of the Sports Video Group (SVG), to engage in a stimulating discussion on sports coverage philosophy and its implication on production teams in the time of Covid-19.

Broadcast Academy Experts 

John Watts, Executive Producer & Director

John Watts is one of the world’s most experienced multi-camera live sports directors. 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.

Laurent Lachand, Live Sports Director

Laurent’s football credits include 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan™, FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™, FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 (Final director), 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, and FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™.

He has directed matches at the UEFA EURO 2016, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup/Europa League. His most recent international accomplishment was to direct the Final of the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 between Germany and Chile.

Sebastian von Freyberg, Multi-Camera Live Sports Director

Sebastian is an experienced multi-camera live sports director who has worked across different international sports events. His football credits include 1. and 2. Bundesliga, since 2010 and UEFA Champions League coverage. He was the Multifeeds Host Director of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ and FIFA Confederations Cup in 2013 and 2017, as well as the Quality Control Producer for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

Other sports covered by him include Ironman European Championship in 2019 and the 2008 and 2009 Berlin Marathon, boxing, speed skating, cycling, volleyball, handball and equestrian. Olympic Games Rio 2016, 2010 Winter Olympics, Formula 1, and the Super Bowl are other events covered by him on network television.