Variety’s Sports Entertainment Summit in association with SVG

Variety's Sports Entertainment Summit association with
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Variety’s Sports Entertainment Summit, in association with SVG, is dedicated to identifying new opportunities within the rapidly transforming sports and entertainment industries. The Summit will be presented Aug. 15 at the Four Seasons at Los Angeles in Beverly Hills – Reserve your spot today!

Leading programmers, marketers, agents, athletes, sports organizations and more will explore how they are driving their business forward in this digital age.  What is the best way for the industry to get in the game and succeed?

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If you can’t make the event in-person, check out our live stream via Ustream for $100. Click here to access

8:00am to 9:00am Registration9:00 a.m. to 9:05 a.m. Opening Remarks9:05 to 9:15 Announcement of Inductees to 2013 Sports Broadcasting Hall of FamePresented by Ken Aagaard, EVP Operations, Engineering and Production Services, CBS Sports9:15am to 9:45am Fireside Chat with Qualcomm and MLB Advanced MediaModerator
Andrew Wallenstein, Editor-in-Chief Digital, Variety

Joe Inzerillo, SVP and Chief Technology Officer at MLB Advanced Media
Brian Dunphy, Sr. Director Business Development, Qualcomm

9:45am to 10:15am Keynote Conversation with Randy Freer, Chief Operating Officer and Co-President Fox Sports
Interviewed by Ken Kerschbaumer, Editorial Director, SVG

10:15am to 11:00am The Future of the Sports and Entertainment BusinessThe future is bright for the rapidly transforming sports and entertainment industries, as lucrative as ever live programming sparks new channel launches. Advertisers and marketers remain hungry to capture these attentive audiences across these new outlets. But such tremendous momentum comes rising costs. Fans want all-the-time digital access to content, and sports organizations want to be compensated for their immense popularity. Leading content chiefs, brand marketers, top agents and more will analyze the direction of their industry – how can we stay in the game and win for today and beyond?

Jon Weisman, Senior Editor, Variety

Lon Rosen, Chief Marketing Officer, Dodgers
Josh Swartz, President, Relativity Sports
Chris Oliviero, Senior Vice President of Programming, CBS RADIO
Stephen Espinoza, EVP and General Manager Showtime Sports

11:00am to 11:15am Networking Break

 11:15am to 12:00pm Can We Score with TV Everywhere and Sports Programming?

The technology is here to deliver live and VOD sports programming to fans whenever and wherever. Yet there is a tangle of rights associated with which carrier, channel and organizations can distribute certain games and related video to any number of mobile and online platforms. Audiences crave accessibility – but are we on the road to give it to them? Top interactive sports chiefs and their technology partners will explore challenges and opportunities with TV Everywhere and multiplatform programming.

Andrew Wallenstein, Editor in Chief Digital, Variety

Christen Harris, VP Digital Video Distribution, Disney and ESPN Media Networks
Clark Pierce, Senior Vice President, Mobile & Advanced Platforms, FOX Sports Media Group
Tom Brady, VP of Content, NFL Media
Jonathan Wilner, Vice President of Product, Ooyala
Albert  Lai, Chief Technology Officer, Brightcove

12:00pm to 12:45pm The Power of the Regional Channel – Industry is Cheering, Are Audiences?
Extreme fandom for certain teams and organizations is leading to a new cottage industry for regional channels.  In Southern California alone – there are separate channels available for the Pac 12, Lakers, Padres and soon to be Dodgers. What is the outlook like to reach the right audiences, create the best content and attract ample amounts of advertisers? Top carrier, channel and sports organization partners will explore this dynamic transformation of the sports and entertainment business.

Jon Weisman, Senior Editor, Variety

Henry Ford, SVP and General Manager Fox Sports San Diego
Chris Lauricella, VP of Content, AT&T
Mark Shuken, SVP and General Manager Time Warner Cable Sports
Terry Denson, Vice President, Content Strategy & Acquisition for Verizon Communications
Art Marquez, our SVP of Affiliate Sales and Marketing, Pac-12 Network

12:45pm to 1:35pm Lunch

1:35pm to 2:20pm Beyond the Game Programming Technology – Companion Mobile, Social, Online Experiences
Fans are insatiable for all the ins-and-outs of their favorite sports, teams and athletes. How is mobile helping content creators and distributors enhance fan engagement? How is advancing technology enhancing social media interactivity between teams, athletes, sponsors and the fan? What new stories are we able to tell through growing online distribution outlets? Top digital sports chiefs will explore how they are driving incremental sports programming.

Moderated by:
Chuck Parker, Chairman of the Second Screen Society

Pete Vlastelica , SVP FOX Sports Digital
Tyler Slocum, Director of Mobile, at NFL
Alex Vargas, Vice President, Business Operations at Bleacher Report, Turner Sports
Ken Fuchs, VP Sports, Games and Entertainment , Yahoo!

2:20pm to 3:00pm Masters of Game-Time Storytelling
An exploration into how leading producers of major sports programming are capturing the action on and off the field for today’s audiences. As technology advances, what are the best production strategies to engage fans? How are producers getting the most out of their tools and staff to ensure that fans keep tuning in? And how will next-generation technologies like 4K/Ultra HD help producers’ better tell these sports-centric stories

Moderated by
Ken Kerschbaumer, Editorial Director, SVG

David Neal, Executive Producer of FIFA World Cup/Coordinating Producer of Super Bowl XLVIII, Fox Sports
Bob Stenner, Lead Producer, Fox Sports
Larry Meyers, Time Warner Cable Sports, VP, Content and Executive Producer
Jim Bell, Executive Producer, Olympics, NBC Sports Group
Andy Tennant, ESPN, Executive Producer, E:60

Dual Tracks

 [Variety] 3:00pm to 3:45pm Branding the Athlete – Winning in a Jungle of Social, Entertainment and Endorsement Choice  Teams attractively have strong fan bases – but this doesn’t guarantee individual athlete popularity. How are athletes becoming sports and entertainment all-stars? What criteria goes into endorsement deals in our digital age – i.e. Twitter followings, Tumblrs, reality show appearances? What are the advantages and potential pitfalls with expanding social media options? Top agents, athletes, advertisers and marketing partners will explore how they are taking the athlete as brand to new heights.

Moderated by
Mark Rogondino, Fox Sports Broadcaster

Evan Morgenstein, Owner and CEO of CelebExperts (CE) and Premier Management Group (PMG Sports) (clients include Dara Torres, Bruce Jenner, Cullen Jones, Dominique Dawes, Amanda Beard)
Zane Stoddard, VP Entertainment Marketing & Business Development at NASCAR
Mitch Covington, VP Sports Marketing at Monster Beverage Company
Circe Wallace, SVP Wasserman Media Group
Mark Ballas, Star of Dancing with the Stars
Christopher R. Chase, Counsel, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC

SPORTSPOST LA – . 3:00pm to 3:45pm – Winning Ways in Post-Production

Whether it is a live telecast or a pre-produced feature, creating high-quality sports content is all about telling the best story possible. And that means using the best technology and tools available. Leading sports producers and postproduction professionals discuss their creative philosophy and how they utilize today’s most cutting-edge postproduction tools to tell the story on and off the field.

 Moderated by:
Beth Marchant, SportsPost Co-Chair

Jennifer Pransky, Coordinating Producer, Fox Sports
Evelyn Guillen, ESPN, Postproduction Supervisor
Craig Stouffer, TROIKA, Art Director
Patrick Dahl, Chicago Blackhawks, Head of Video/Banner Collective, Co-Founder and VP, Production and Creative

3:45pm to 4:00pm Networking Break

[Variety] 4:00pm to 4:45pm What is the Next Major? Sports on the Rise

There is more opportunity than ever for sports beyond the major leagues to gain exposure, thanks to hot interest from cable and digital outlets. What is the opportunity around UFC, XGames/Lifestyle, e-sports and more? Can such niche sports offer more targeted, efficient marketing strategies? Top marketers, programmers and sports organizations will look at what is breaking through now to achieve Major status.

Mike Johnson, Managing Partner Next Impulse

Scott Brown, President and General Counsel, Universal Sports Network
Tim Reed, Senior Director, Content Strategy, Sports & Competition, Global X Games
Mike Mossholder, SVP of Global Marketing Partnerships, UFC
Sundance DiGiovanni, Co-founder and CEO, Major League Gaming
Matthew DiPietro, VP of Marketing, Twitch
Martin Floreani, Founder and CEO of Flocasts

[Sports Post LA] 4:00pm to 4:30pm: Touching the Cloud: How Cloud-Based Workflows are Changing the Sports Postproduction Landscape

As sports networks continue to search for new ways to cut costs while increasing creative freedom, cloud-based workflows are blurring the line between remote production and centralized broadcast facilities. These technologies have the potential to allow producers in the field to access entire libraries of video content, while editors at home can pull clips right from the truck to produce pieces as the game is taking place. But are there compromises? Do editing and graphics professionals benefit from being at the location? Does being on location change the tone and feel for an edited piece? Post pros and vendors discuss how these capabilities are dramatically changing the industry.

 Confirmed Speakers:
John King, Senior Sales Engineer, Aspera
Danny Peters, Director of Creative Services, Quantel
Greg Estes, NVIDIA, Marketing Executive, Technology and Media

[Sports Post] 4:30pm to 4:45pm Case Study
Aaron Brenner, Director of Production, LA Kings
Van Bedient, Adobe Video Solutions Consultant, Broadcast Market

[Variety] 4:45pm to 5:15pm – Keynote Conversation with Luc Robitaille, Hockey Hall of Famer and President, Business Operations/Alternate Governor, Los Angeles Kings

Interviewed by Jon Weisman, Senior Editor, Variety

5:15 Cocktail Reception featuring the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders

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