Broadcast Sport is running two free-to-attend events at The BFI Southbank, London on 2 and 3 November.
The events – the Broadcast Sport Tech Innovations Forum and the Broadcast Sport Leaders Forum – bring together the sports production and broadcast sectors in a range of insightful speaker sessions across the two days.
The Broadcast Sport Tech Innovations 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.
The Broadcast Sport Leaders Forum launched this year and hosts 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.
The Broadcast Sport Tech Innovations Forum will be held in a 350-person capacity room at the BFI, while the Broadcast Sport Leaders Forum will have a reduced capacity of around 100 people.
Confirmed speakers for the Broadcast Sport Tech Innovations Forum include Jason Landau, creative director of innovation at Sky Creative Agency; Nev Appleton, director and co-founder of MOOV; Matt Stagg, mobile strategy director at BT Sport; Duncan Alexander, VP data editorial, Stats Perform; and Normanno Pisani, head of media parterships, TikTok.
Meanwhile, the Broadcast Sport Leaders Forum features Steve Smith, executive director, content at Sky Sports; Sunil Patel, CEO at Whisper; Stu Thomson, founder/CEO of Cut Media; Tim Westcott, senior research manager, channels, programming and advertising at Omdia; and Simon Danker, CEO at Motorsport.tv.
Additional speakers will be announced in the run up to both events.
The programmes for both events are below.
You can register for both the Broadcast Sport Tech Innovations Forum and Broadcast Sport Leaders Forum at https://www.broadcastsportevents.co.uk/
Thank you to the event sponsors, Blackmagic design, BASE Media Cloud, LiveU, Panasonic and Quantum for allowing us to make both events free-to-attend.
Broadcast Sport Tech Innovations Forum 2021 programme
This exclusive event for the sports production sector has run for the last three years – as a physical event at BT Sport Studios and as a virtual event last year. Moving venue to central London, the two-day Tech Innovation Forum takes a deep dive into the innovations being used across the many verticals of sports media, with sessions featuring many globally leading sports broadcasters, producers and rights holders.
10:00-10:20 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.
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.
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.
11:35-11:55 In conversation with Matt Stagg
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.
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.
12:35-12:55 Future camera innovations
Sports broadcasts rely on camera developments to keep the coverage as fresh and eye-catching as possible. This panel discusses the applications for many recent camera innovations and asks if there are any more iterations of cameras we’ve yet to see in sports production.
13:45-14:15 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.
14:20-14:50 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.
Broadcast Sport Leaders Forum programme
The Sport Leaders Forum hosts 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.
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.
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.
11:25-12:00 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.
12:05-12:25 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.
13:25-13:55 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.
14:00-14:35 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.