Sports Tech Innovation

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21 MARCH 2018 | The Century Club, London


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Andy Beale
Chief Engineer, BT Sport

Gareth Capon
CEO, Grabyo

Damien Cullen
Senior Video Manager
The FA Group

Tim De Marco
Head of Engineering

Dan Finch
CCO, Simplestream

Marina Kalkanis
CEO, M2A Media

Andrew Preece
Executive Director, Sunset+vine

Shane Warden
Director of broadcast and technology, ATP

Robin Broomfield
Technical Manager, Sky

Nik Selman
MD, Formidable

Matt Stagg
Head of Media and Broadcast

Jason Coari

Peter Booth-Clibborn
Sales Manager

Wayne Davison
Managing Director
Little Dots Studios

David O’Carroll

Ben Foakes
Managing Director
Base Media Cloud

Deon Cortgrove
Senior Media Manager
ITV Sport

Daniel McDonnell
Managing Director
Timeline Television

Laura Woods
Sky Sports & Talksport

Tom Giles
Broadcast Technical Manager

Content overview

Sports broadcasting is consistently pioneering when it comes to incorporating technological innovations. Emerging production technology has always found its first home in sports, including early experiments in HD, stereoscopic 3D, 4K, IP-enabled remote production, HDR, 8K and VR. Sports broadcasts also benefit from some of the most ambitious virtual studio and on-screen/analysis graphics on television.

Broadcast TECH’s full-day sports innovation event celebrates the role of technology in sports production and sports broadcasting. The full breakdown of speaker sessions is below. It’s free-to-attend and is open for registration now.


Registration and networking.

10:05-10:50 – State of the Nation
Robin Broomfield, technical manager, Sky Sports
Gareth Capon, CEO, Grabyo
Marina Kalkanis, CEO, M2A Media
Tom Giles, Broadcast Technical Manager, Wimbledon

CHAIR: Laura Woods, Presenter, Soccer AM

Major UK sports broadcasters and sports tech companies provide an overview of consumer trends in sports viewing, including 4K UHD, HDR, high-frame rates, plus the devices and platforms used to access content. The expert panel will look at how tech innovations in sports enables broadcasters to enhance their broadcasts and enable advanced post-match analysis.

10:50-11:15 – 5G, mobile, and the future of broadcast
Matt Stagg, Head of Media and Broadcast, EE

A presentation on how EE is working to bring 5G innovation to sports, including its recent tech trial with BT Sport to broadcast live HDR HD coverage of the Tottenham Vs Juventus Champions League match direct to HDR-enabled mobile phones.


11:30-12:00 – Sports Archiving
Daniel McDonnell, Managing Director, Timeline
Deon Cortgrove, Senior Media Manager,Timeline
Ben Russell, Operations Manager, ITV Sport archive
Ben Foakes, Managing Director, BASE Media Cloud
Greg Loose, CTO, Wazee Digital

CHAIR: Jake Bickerton

This panel centres on two captivating case studies revealing how production companies and sports broadcasters are working with tech partners to manage, maintain and provide easy access to their valuable archives of content.

12:00-12:40 – Production Panel
Andrew Preece, exec director, Sunset+Vine
Shane Warden, director of broadcast and technology, ATP
Tim DeMarco, head of engineering, IMG
Andy Beale, chief engineer, BT Sport

CHAIR: David O’Carroll

A wide-ranging discussion of how the latest tech innovations discussed in the opening state of a nation panel are making their mark on the production of sporting events. How is this new technology being incorporated?

12:40-13:00 – Artificial Intelligence Panel
Peter Booth-Clibborn, NMR
Jason Coari, Director, Scale-out Solutions Marketing, Quantum

Chair: Jake Bickerton

This panel showcases two great examples of where Artificial Intelligence has enabled rights holders to maximise the value of their content in different ways.


14:00-14:20 – Derby County FC Case Study
Peter Knowles, Consultant, Stvdio Expert

A case study revealing how Derby County Football Club has become one of the first Championship clubs to broadcast its own extensive coverage of its league games as well as a wide range of pre- and post- match content via the club’s streaming platform, RamsTV.

14:20-14:30 – Football Fan Live Streaming – ’The Kick off with Coral’
Alex Pettit, Formidable, chief technical consultant
Iain Slater, Formidable, series director

A case study about YouTuber ‘True Geordie’ and how his fan football show, ’The Kick off with Coral’, has been elevated into a weekly show, streamed live from his very own studio, hitting over 400,000 weekly viewers.

14:30-15:10 – OTT and Live Streaming
Nik Selman, MD, Formidable
Damien Cullen, Senior Video Manager, The FA Group
Wayne Davison, Managing Director content acquisition & distribution, Little Dot Studios
Dan Finch, CCO, SimleStream

CHAIR: David O’Carroll

This session covers the impact of live streaming on sports broadcasting and addresses how content owners are enhancing fan engagement though new digital platforms.



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