The two free-to-attend Broadcast Sport events are being held at BFI Southbank, London next week

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The final tickets are available for two free-to-attend Broadcast Sport events being held at the BFI Southbank, London next week.

The Broadcast Sport Tech Innovation Forum on 2 November is an exclusive event for the sports production sector, which has run for the last three years. It was previously a physical event at BT Sport Studios and then ran as a virtual event last year.

Moving venue to central London this year, the Tech Innovation Forum takes a deep dive into the innovations being used across the many verticals of sports media, with sessions featuring many of the global leading sports broadcasters, producers and rights holders.

See the programme below.

The Broadcast Sport Leaders Forum on 3 November will host a series of state-of-the-nation panels with high-level sport TV execs. The programme includes speaker sessions and workshops focused on the business of sports production and broadcast.

See the programme below.


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PROGRAMME - 2 November, BFI Southbank, London

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09:00-09:50 Registration

09:50-9:55 Introduction

Speakers Jake Bickerton, Editor - Broadcast Tech & Sport Group

9:55-10:20 Case Study: The Hundred

A case study about how Sky went about televising the new cricket format, The Hundred. The broadcaster built its approach around a series of core pillars, which informed the style of its delivery and laid down a set of aims and objectives for Sky’s coverage.

Speakers Helen Foster, Head of Strategic Partnerships - Sky Sports Jason Landau, Creative Director of Innovation - Sky Creative Agency Rob Calder, Commercial Director - English Cricket Board (ECB)

10:25-10:55 Virtual Studios

One of the biggest shifts in sports presentations over the last two-to-three years has been the widespread adoption of virtual studio spaces. This panel debates the pros and cons of virtual studios, and how to successfully design and plan your virtual space.

Chairperson Rachel Stringer, Sports Broadcaster and Founder of the ShE Sports Cup, the all-female FIFA Tournament

Speakers Nev Appleton, Director and Co-Founder - MOOV Darren Gosney, Technical Sales Manager - Blackmagic Design Dave Harnett, Head of Operations - Timeline TV

11:00-11:15 Case Study: Tokyo Olympics

A behind-the-scenes case study into the production of the Tokyo Olympics. The panel explains how Panasonic products were used to ensure high-quality coverage of the Tokyo Olympics in the most challenges of circumstances.

Speakers Ollie Newland, Field Marketing Manager - Media & Entertainment Division - Panasonic

11:15-11:30 Coffee & Networking

11:35-11:55 In Conversation with Matt Stagg, BT Sport

BT Sport’s Matt Stagg explains the benefits of 5G, which offers a number of key benefits for sports productions. It enables wireless camera roaming in stadiums; advanced possibilities for AR graphics for fan engagement; and full network-sliced 5G remote production.

Speakers Matt Stagg, Mobile Strategy Director - BT Sport

12:00-12:30 Graphics & Analysis

There have been some significant developments in sports graphics over recent years that aim to provide fans with a deeper understanding of the implications of what’s happening on the field. This panel discusses all these developments and asks what’s next for sports graphics innovations.

Chairperson Rachel Stringer, Sports Broadcaster and Founder of the ShE Sports Cup, the all-female FIFA Tournament

Speakers Duncan Alexander, VP Data Editorial - Stats Perform

12:35-12:55 The Future of Sports and Virtual Production

Chairperson Jake Bickerton, Editor - Broadcast Tech & Sport Group

Speakers Sam Leadsom - Global Business Development

Pixotope specialises in live Augmented Reality and virtual production, with its sports and esports projects including The Superbowl and League of Legends Final. In this panel, we hear more about Pixotope’s sports and esports productions and what the future holds for eye-catching immersive graphics in sports productions. There will also be insight into the length of time it takes to design and implement the AR and what skillsets are required to bring these visual spectacles to sports and esports events.

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:05-14:40 What do Social Platforms Want from Sports?

Sports content is hugely popular on social media, whether full live streams of events; near-instantaneous highlights clips shared during a live match; or videos from athletes providing insight into their training or lifestyle. This session reveals the best practice tips for making the most of sports content on these platforms.

Chairperson Alison Bender, broadcast journalist

Speakers Normanno Pisani, Head of Media Partnerships, UK - TikTok Robbie Spargo, Director of Sport - Little Dot Studios

14:45-15:20 Airspeeder: Flying Through the Clouds

This panel demonstrates the practical benefits of cloud-based production, with a case study about forthcoming electric flying car racing series, Airspeeder.

Chairperson Alison Bender, broadcast journalist

Speakers David Candler, Senior Director, Customer Solutions - Veritone Ben Foakes, Founder & Managing Director - BASE Media Cloud Stephen Sidlo, Head of Media - Airspeeder Rupert Williamson, Events Director, Gran Turismo Explore Studio - Polyphony Digital Inc.

15:20-15:25 Closing Remarks

Speakers Jake Bickerton, Editor - Broadcast Tech & Sport Group


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PROGRAMME - 3 November, BFI Southbank, London

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09:00-09:55 Registration

10:00-10:05 Introduction

Speakers Jake Bickerton, Editor - Broadcast Tech & Sport Group

10:05-10:20 Broadcast Sport Leaders Keynote

The keynote provides independent analysis and insight into the state of the sports media sector. It offers analysis into the way sports are being broadcast, produced and consumed by viewers, and insight into the way sports rights might be distributed in the future.

Speakers Tim Westcott, Senior Principal Analyst, Digital Content & Channels - Omdia

10:25-11:00 Broadcaster Panel

This state-of-the-nation panel discusses the most important issues impacting the fast-changing sports broadcast sector in 2021.

Chairperson Gavin Ramjaun, Presenter & Senior Journalist - BBC

Speakers Steve Smith, Executive Director - Sky Sports Scott Young, Senior Vice President, Content and Production - Discovery Sports

11:05-11:30 Coffee & Networking

11:35-12:00 Production Panel

This panel debates the changing shape of sports production, and how the production sector is evolving to make the most of the new opportunities available.

Chairperson Alison Bender, broadcast journalist

Speakers Neil Duncanson, Managing Director - North One Sunil Patel, CEO - Whisper David Shield, SVP, Director of Engineering and Technology - IMG Phil Marshall, director of production - Sky Sports

12:05-12:30 In conversation with Stu Thomson, Cut Media

Stu Thomson is a former professional mountain biker and runs Glasgow-based production house Cut Media. In this session, Thomson talks about best practice when working with athletes, brands and sports federations to create top-tier sports content.

Chairperson Felicity Barr, Broadcast Journalist

Speakers Stu Thomson, Founder - Cut Media

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:35-14:05 Rights Holder Panel

A number of sports federations reveal how they have handled the broadcast and distribution rights of key sports properties over the last few years and how they think the sale of live sports broadcast rights will continue to evolve in the coming years.

Chairperson Felicity Barr, Broadcast Journalist

Speakers Simon Danker, Chief Executive Officer - Shane Wheelan, Director of Digital, Marketing & Communications - British & Irish Lions Carys Owens, Managing Director - Whisper Cymru

14:10-14:45 Remote production/OB Panel

The biggest recent change in sports production, especially in the 18 months during the pandemic, has been the move to remote production. This panel discusses how OB companies are adapting their business model to provide the services required for the new ways of working.

14:45-14:50 Closing Remarks

Speakers Jake Bickerton, Editor - Broadcast Tech & Sport Group