Unreal Build: Broadcast & Live Events

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Showing 1: 6 AM PDT | 9 AM EDT | 2 PM BST
Showing 2: 11 AM PDT | 2 PM EDT | 7 PM BST
Blending CG and live action is creating moments out of thin air, making audiences say, “Did you see that?” at a time when screens have become our new best friends. Join us at Unreal Build: Broadcast & Live Events, a completely free, virtual event, and we’ll show you some of the most innovative things happening today. We promise you’ll leave with an idea or two.
 

 
Featured sessions

Exploring music’s new digital reality with deadmau5

Joel Zimmerman (aka deadmau5) is no stranger to big crowds and exciting visuals. As one of the most popular electronic music artists in the world, he’s seen a thing or two. In this fireside chat, he explores the role real-time technology can play in everything from stage visuals and effects to virtual concerts and a musician’s eventual leap into the Metaverse. Don’t miss it.

Fireside chat with FOX Sports CEO Eric Shanks

As one of the inventors of the now-famous “yellow first-down line” and the “glowing puck,” FOX Sports CEO Eric Shanks has always had an eye on what viewers want. In this fireside chat, Shanks and FOX Sports SVP of Graphics and Innovation, Zac Fields, talk about how the network uses technology to tell a better story, touching on everything from the rise of virtual sets and AR to creating virtual crowds during the pandemic.

Executive panel: Virtual production for broadcast sports

Join us for a state of the union on how virtual production is affecting broadcast sports, told by the studio executives who have been putting it through its paces. With commentators from BBC Sport, ESPN, NFL, and Sky Sports weighing in, this will be a real treat for anyone who wants a true insider’s take.

Agenda

9:00 AM EDT
2:00 PM EDT

Epic Games

Welcome message

9:07 AM EDT
2:07 PM EDT

deadmau5

Exploring music’s new digital reality


Joel Zimmerman (aka deadmau5) is no stranger to big crowds and exciting visuals. As one of the most popular electronic music artists in the world, he’s seen a thing or two. In this fireside chat, he explores the role real-time technology can play in everything from stage visuals and effects to virtual concerts and a musician’s eventual leap into the Metaverse. Don’t miss it.

9:37 AM EDT
2:37 PM EDT

Prismax

Designing Latin America’s first virtual music festival


Learn how Prismax moved the music festival experience online, turning Tecate Pa’l Norte Virtual into a must-see Latin American event during the height of COVID-19. Hear how they shifted from real to virtual, while exploring what they’ll take forward when things get back to normal.

9:54 AM EDT
2:54 PM EDT

Moment Factory

Connected by wonder: When physical and virtual worlds collide


When “infinite amazement” is your goal, you have no choice but to stand out. Multimedia studio Moment Factory are experts in this, crafting the type of immersive destinations and events that help people rethink what’s possible in public spaces. See how recent experiments are informing their views of what really reaches people during a live broadcast or augmented experience.

10:07 AM EDT
3:07 PM EDT

disguise

Reinvent storytelling through XR and LED technology


Everywhere you look, you see disguise. And for good reason—they are helping major companies rethink how to use real-time content for events and broadcasts all over the world. In this session, their experts will showcase the power of LED XR stages with examples from some of the best studios in the business.

10:14 AM EDT
3:14 PM EDT

All of it Now | Far Right Production

Lessons from the field: Show controls for live XR


Learn how All of it Now blend real time and show control systems to make sure that their big moments never fall flat, including a recent experience for Fortnite, Rocket League, and House Party.

10:23 AM EDT
3:23 PM EDT

Unreal Engine 4.27 Preview - Live Events

Unreal Engine 4.27 for live events - sneak peek!


Join us for a sneak peek into what’s new with Unreal Engine 4.27 and hear from Epic Games' Sevan Dalkian, Senior Technical Product Manager, on how these features can be used for live events.

10:32 AM EDT
3:32 PM EDT

FOX Sports

Fireside chat with FOX Sports CEO Eric Shanks


As one of the inventors of the now-famous “yellow first-down line” and the “glowing puck,” FOX Sports CEO Eric Shanks has always had an eye on what viewers want. In this fireside chat, Shanks and FOX Sports SVP of Graphics and Innovation, Zac Fields, talk about how the network uses technology to tell a better story, touching on everything from the rise of virtual sets and AR to creating virtual crowds during the pandemic.

11:04 AM EDT
4:04 PM EDT

Al Arabiya

Real stories using Unreal


Al Arabiya makes stories come alive for audiences, bringing visual intrigue to topics that need more than words. Find out why interactive mixed reality and virtual environments have become daily tools for the Middle East’s leading news network.

11:11 AM EDT
4:11 PM EDT

The WeatherGroup | Myreze | Zero Density

24/7 virtual weather: Designing the ultimate weather network


The Weather Channel and its partners, Zero Density and Myreze, will take you on a journey into the process of transforming the broadcast network, designing the ultimate center of weather and operationalizing a virtual platform and production that uses virtual presentations with live data visualizations, 365 days a year.

11:22 AM EDT
4:22 PM EDT

Lux Machina Consulting | Possible

Breaking records: League of Legends, World Championships 2020


Worlds, League of Legends’ top tournament, is one of the most popular events in all of esports. It’s also one of the longest, covering weeks of sustained competition. Find out what it takes to bring a live broadcast to 23 million viewers when the pressure is on), and you’ve got multi-camera/multi-frustum setups and game-responsive XR/AR driving your production.

11:30 AM EDT
4:30 PM EDT

BBC Sport | ESPN | NFL | Sky Sports

Executive panel: Virtual production for broadcast sports


Join us for a state of the union on how virtual production is impacting broadcast sports, told by the studio executives who have been putting it through its paces. With commentators from BBC Sport, ESPN, Sky Sports, and the NFL weighing in, this will be a real treat for anyone who wants a true insider’s take.

12:05 PM EDT
5:05 PM EDT

Unreal Engine 4.27 Preview - Broadcast

Unreal Engine 4.27 for broadcast - sneak peek!


Join us for a sneak peek into what’s new with Unreal Engine 4.27 and hear from Epic Games' Andy Blondin, Senior Product Manager, on how these features can be used in the broadcast industry.

12:09 PM EDT
5:09 PM EDT

Epic Games

Closing message

Featured speakers

Céline Mornet
Interactive Producer
Moment Factory
As Interactive Producer at Moment Factory, Céline is an expert in the design and production of immersive and interactive multimedia experiences, helping creative teams perform their magic and inject continuous innovation into their designs. Her recent projects at Moment Factory include LAX, Foresta Lumina, Qualcomm Uplink, C2MTL, Kamuy Lumina, Kento Augmented Artist, and Banff Illumination.
Eric Shanks
Chief Executive Officer & Executive Producer
Fox Sports
Eric Shanks is Chief Executive Officer and Executive Producer of FOX Sports. Winner of 20+ Sports Emmys, holder of 11 U.S. patents, and a member of Sports Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” Hall of Fame, Eric oversees all entities within FOX Sports, including programming, production, field and studio operations, marketing, promotion, communications, and business and legal affairs for America’s top-rated sports network.
Joel Zimmerman
Electronic Music Producer & DJ
deadmau5
deadmau5, who is Joel Zimmerman, is an internationally acclaimed electronic music producer and musician.  A multiple JUNO Award-winner and GRAMMY nominee, deadmau5 produces a variety of styles and forms of electronic music. In the live realm, his latest U.S. cubev3 tour, which features production of his own design and implementation, ranked in the Top 10 of Pollstar’s top tours globally.
Michael Potts
Vice President, Design
The WeatherGroup
With over 65 Emmy and Promax awards, Michael leads a diverse team in setting the worldwide standards in information, immersive, and experiential design. Prior to joining the WeatherGroup, he led design efforts for Turner Sports’ digital and TV productions including Emmy-winning multi-platform destinations NASCAR.com, NBA.com, SportsIllustrated.com, and PGA.com as well as the NBA on TNT, MLB on TBS, PGA Championship, and NCAA March Madness.
Fadi Radi
Director of Creative
Al Arabiya
With a history of developing interactive on-air campaigns for the MENA’s most recognized brands, Fadi is an award-winning creative director with an emphasis on typography and branding. A highly accomplished executive with news and sports experience with both public and private broadcasters, his background includes over 20 years of hands-on experience leading strategic corporate initiatives, directing flagship transformation programs, and implementing creative strategies based around emerging technologies.
Céline Kruijs
Founder & CEO
CK Productions
Since 2010, the tech-savvy house of CK Productions has worked on feature films, documentaries, and complex live broadcasts. With vast experience in the creation, distribution, and management of virtual events, CK Productions is working at the bleeding edge of what technology has to offer.
Philip Galler
Principal & Founder
Lux Machina Consulting
Passionate about developing new tools for high-end media servers, automated lighting, LED, and projection, Phil works across a wide variety of entertainment formats. Before starting Lux Machina, he worked as a programmer and project manager for one of the largest entertainment technology vendors in the world, handling design and execution of some of the most preeminent shows in the entertainment industry. 
Danny Firpo
Co-Founder & CEO
All of it Now
Danny is the Co-Founder and CEO of All of it Now. With a background in film and TV production, disguise programming, screen producing, system design, and digital marketing, he brings a diverse background of practical effects, live production, and brand marketing to every project.
Joris Corthout
CEO
Prismax
In 2005, Joris started Prismax as a video content design studio for the entertainment industry, producing background visuals for concerts, festivals, artists, theater, and fashion shows. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, he embraced virtual production and reoriented Prismax into a company that produces virtual festivals, including Tecate Pa’l Norte, Tomorrowland Around the World, and Tomorrowland NYE.
Marc Petit
Vice President, General Manager
Epic Games
Marc oversees the growth of Epic’s Unreal Engine business across all market verticals. Previously, he was a partner and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Montreal investment fund XPND Capital, where he co-founded Taxelco, a sustainable urban transportation company. From 2002–2013, Marc ran Autodesk’s Media & Entertainment business unit, steering development and marketing of 3ds Max, Maya, MotionBuilder, and Flame. Marc started his career at TDI and later joined Softimage, where he led the design and development of Softimage XSI.
Warren Drones
Senior Product Specialist
Epic Games
An Emmy-winning artist, Warren has been crafting virtual worlds for nearly a decade. At Epic, he focuses on Unreal Engine features for broadcast. Prior to this, he worked at The Weather Channel, helping launch their AR/MR content. At TRICK 3D, he was lead technical artist for the first-ever VR wish created for Make-a-Wish Georgia, and helped generate interactive content for Delta, AT&T, Holiday Inn, and more.
Martina Santoro
Evangelist
Epic Games
With a background in animation, Martina founded OKAM STUDIO in 2010 before becoming president of the Argentinean Game Developers Association and co-founding the Latam Video Games Federation. She is head of the Animation & Interactivity Career at Universidad del Cine, a member of the board of Gamescom’s devcom, and is featured in the book Women in Gaming: 100 Professionals of Play.

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