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SPEAKER: Mr. Tom Sahara VP of Operations and Technology for Turner Sports
DATE: Thursday, Sept. 17th, 2015
11:30 – Registration/Networking
12:00 – Lunch/Program
1:30 – Adjourn
LOCATION: STATS Food and Drinks - 300 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA
Summary: Ever wonder what it takes to televise a professional sporting event? Riddle: what weighs over 1,000,000 lbs., has over 252 wheels, over 750 legs, flies over 20,000 miles, covers 5 cities, and lasts for just over 3 weeks each year? Join us to hear the answer. Spoiler alert… there is a lot more to it than just turning on your TV at home! Come hear Tom Sahara, VP of Operations and Technology for Turner Sports explain the details of what happens off the field and behind the scenes. All supply chains have their differences but there are certainly best practices to be learned in every case. You won’t want to miss this rare opportunity to hear from Turner Sports.
Speaker bio: Tom Sahara serves as Vice President of Operations and Technology for Turner Sports. A 31-year veteran of the broadcast industry, Sahara has been with Turner Broadcasting since 1997 overseeing the remote broadcast facilities for Turner Sports IT departments, which includes the day-to-day operations of the live sports productions seen on TBS and TNT as well as supporting infrastructure for the Turner Sports online properties. Sahara also oversees remote operations and technology for NCAA Men’s Basketball on TBS, TNT and truTV, as well as remote operations of events presented on NCAA.com. Sahara also serves as the senior liaison with Turner Studios and Network Operations and manages the tape library archivists. Sahara is based in Atlanta and reports to Matthew Hong, senior vice president, general manager of sports operations
Prior to his current role, Sahara served as the Director of Technical Operations for the Goodwill Games, where he supervised all technical functional areas, studio and remote production facilities and crews, vendors, technology providers, transmission and communications, as well as budget oversight for operations. He also previously served as the manager of studio engineering for Turner Studios where he managed the technical operations for all live studio productions.
Prior to joining Turner Sports, Sahara was a freelance technical manager for various major television networks covering the NFL, NBA and the NCAA, as well as the 1996, 2000 and 2002 Olympic Games where he directed the technical operations for Olympic sporting events.
Sahara graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Hawaii. He currently holds the title as Sports Video Group Chairman.
Turner Sports, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is an industry leader in the delivery of premium sports content across all multimedia screens. Turner Sports’ television coverage includes the NBA, Major League Baseball, NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship and professional golf. The company also manages some of the most popular sports destinations across broadband and mobile platforms including Bleacher Report and its top-rated Team Stream app, NCAA.com and the critically-acclaimed NCAA March Madness Live suite of products, PGA.com and the Sports Emmy Award-winning PGA Championship LIVE, as well as an accompanying collection of mobile sites and connected device apps. Turner Sports and the NBA also jointly manage NBA Digital, a robust collection of offerings including NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA LEAGUE PASS, NBA Mobile, the NBA Game Time App, NBADLEAGUE.com and WNBA.com