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The Backstage Project – Sports & Entertainment Podcast
51 minutes | 2 days ago
The Genius of Live Sports Production – Paul Graham In Conversation with TBP Podcast EP 013
The best live sports executive producers are a blend of genius, in both art and science. Whether we realize it or not, as viewers, we are of course more deeply engaged in cliffhangers. Match outcomes that keep us tuned in until the very end. That is where the executive producer shines. Paul Graham during the CFL Players Award at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, ON. Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. (Photo: Johany Jutras) The research and preparation are on full display. This means knowing where to place the cameras, and more so, where to point the camera at the precise moment the story climaxes. Paul Graham has spent his entire adult life planning for the moments that we the viewer get to remember as keepsakes our entire lives. He shares the stories behind a few of those precious memories in this episode. The post The Genius of Live Sports Production – Paul Graham In Conversation with TBP Podcast EP 013 appeared first on The Backstage Project - Sports & Entertainment Podcast.
57 minutes | 8 days ago
Intimate Gatherings of Sports Fans and Media Personalities – Kevin Kennedy in conversation with TBP Podcast EP 012
No matter the sport, passionate fans and pundits have long debated the goings-on in the clubhouse or on the pitch of every pro sports team. For most of us, this dialogue and discord are limited to Twitter, or perhaps yelling at sports talk radio hosts in our cars. If you were paying slightly more attention, you have likely heard of and possibly attended a “Hoop Talks, Puck Talks, or Footy Talks.” For those in the know, these talks, the brainchild of Kevin Kennedy, are like no other community gathering of fans, athletes and media personalities. No suits, no teleprompter, with passionate fans staring right at you, and getting to ask any question they’d like. As you’ll learn in this episode, some of the biggest names in sports media willingly participate in these fan-first talks, and you’ll find out why! The post Intimate Gatherings of Sports Fans and Media Personalities – Kevin Kennedy in conversation with TBP Podcast EP 012 appeared first on The Backstage Project - Sports & Entertainment Podcast.
32 minutes | 15 days ago
The Business of Independent Production – Don Young in conversation with TBP Podcast EP 011
Canadians have long heard about Canadian content, aka CanCon. What most outside of the broadcast business don’t generally realize is that much of that content is actually subsidized by the private broadcasters, such as Bell Media and Rogers Media. Many independent producers have made a career, and a lot of money, perfecting the art of getting their production funded. In this episode, Don Young explains how the funding process works, the good and the bad, as well as what’s all involved to get VR productions funded. The post The Business of Independent Production – Don Young in conversation with TBP Podcast EP 011 appeared first on The Backstage Project - Sports & Entertainment Podcast.
46 minutes | 23 days ago
Reaching New VR Frontiers – Laura Mingail In Conversation with TBP Podcast EP 010
Pushing boundaries and breaking with convention takes more than confidence, especially when you’re working inside a media giant. To do this in an authentic and meaningful way one needs to truly believe that they can make a difference, for the greater good. Laura Mingail has done just that in many of her roles, and as you’ll learn in the episode, she has become a driving force for innovative and immersive storytelling, with a little magic thrown in! The post Reaching New VR Frontiers – Laura Mingail In Conversation with TBP Podcast EP 010 appeared first on The Backstage Project - Sports & Entertainment Podcast.
50 minutes | a month ago
Creating An Entertainment Culture – Jeremy Cammy In Conversation With Tbp Podcast Ep 009
Thinking back, pre-covid, did you consider that visit to your local big-box bookstore an entertainment experience? For those lucky enough to attend a book signing or celebrity talk, you’re even more aware of the lasting impact that encounter had on your deep connection to the store’s brand. For Canadian retailer Indigo, at the centre of all this is Jeremy Cammy, who for over 20 years has been behind the scenes creating memorable moments and events to entertain and transform us into brand advocates. There’s a lot to being Jeremy as you’ll learn in this episode. The post Creating An Entertainment Culture – Jeremy Cammy In Conversation With Tbp Podcast Ep 009 appeared first on The Backstage Project - Sports & Entertainment Podcast.
64 minutes | a month ago
Research is behind every great story – Marc LeBlanc in conversation with TBP Podcast EP 008
As sports fans, we have historically been obsessed with the live match. Call it what you want, “appointment viewing” or “DVR proof”, the truth is, the live broadcast only showcases a portion of the overall story. Regardless of how and why you follow a player, team, match or competition, the stories that emerge both on and off the field of play are what fuels our curiosity, interest and passion as fans. It’s these stories that keep us engaged between matches, and in the offseason. In this episode, you’ll meet Marc LeBlanc, who has led the research and crafted the narrative behind many of the biggest feature sports stories you’ve seen on Canadian sports networks over the last decade. The post Research is behind every great story – Marc LeBlanc in conversation with TBP Podcast EP 008 appeared first on The Backstage Project - Sports & Entertainment Podcast.
51 minutes | 2 months ago
AI democratizes sports data insights – Craig Buntin and Émilie Fournelle in conversation with TBP Podcast EP 007
Craig Buntin has spent most of his life on an edge. An Olympian and former 3-time Canadian pairs figure skating champion, Craig has made a name for himself by making bold moves on and off the ice. Fast forward to today, and his AI sports-tech company SportLogiq has already transformed how data is collected and analyzed in the NHL. Thanks in part to Craig’s new pairing, with Émilie Fournelle, the SportLogiq insights product has become a must-have for NHL teams and a growing number of teams in professional soccer and the NFL. In this episode, you will learn how AI is transforming decades of best practices in scouting and player performance analysis to discover the next GOAT. The post AI democratizes sports data insights – Craig Buntin and Émilie Fournelle in conversation with TBP Podcast EP 007 appeared first on The Backstage Project - Sports & Entertainment Podcast.
46 minutes | 2 months ago
The Ups and Downs of the Production Business – Don Young in Conversation with TBP Podcast EP 006
Glamour and fame usually come to mind when we imagine a career as a tv producer. The truth, however, can be quite different. To reach the top of this field takes decades of sacrifice and commitment. Join us as Don Young shares his story and the lessons he has learned during his career as one of Canada’s top producers. The post The Ups and Downs of the Production Business – Don Young in Conversation with TBP Podcast EP 006 appeared first on The Backstage Project - Sports & Entertainment Podcast.
53 minutes | 3 months ago
The Dawn of Digital Sports Journalism at The Globe & Mail and Yahoo Canada – Steve McAllister in Conversation with TBP Podcast ep 005
Ask any Canadian sports journalist who they consider one the nicest and forward-thinking minds behind the rise of digital, and chances are they would say, Steve McAllister. As one of the most accomplished and highly regarded leaders in sports journalism over the last 20 years, Steve has provided the mentorship and launchpad for too many careers to count. In this episode of The Backstage Project, Steve and Mark review several of the defining moments and long-gone strategies that have shaped the Canadian sports digital media landscape as we know it today. The post The Dawn of Digital Sports Journalism at The Globe & Mail and Yahoo Canada – Steve McAllister in Conversation with TBP Podcast ep 005 appeared first on The Backstage Project - Sports & Entertainment Podcast.
45 minutes | 3 months ago
Behind the desk of Global and CTV News – Kevin Newman in conversation with TBP podcast ep 004
Kevin’s award-winning career has spanned four decades, covering the biggest stories from the four corners of the earth and those most important to Canadians. While he’s a household name for his on-camera presence, as you will learn in this episode, Kevin Newman is also an innovator whose energy is fueled by the same startup drive you find in serial entrepreneurs. The post Behind the desk of Global and CTV News – Kevin Newman in conversation with TBP podcast ep 004 appeared first on The Backstage Project - Sports & Entertainment Podcast.
48 minutes | 4 months ago
At the top of the sponsorship world – Sam Galet in conversation with TBP podcast ep 003
Sam Galet is one of the sponsorship industry’s most successful connectors. Over his 20+ year career, he has been directly involved in leading a number of massive sports, entertainment and lifestyle sponsorships, endorsements and naming rights deals. From an early age, Sam knew what he wanted to achieve in his career and he set his sights on chasing his dream and taking a few calculated risks along the way. In this episode, Sam shares his perspectives and stories on his rise to the IMG/Endeavour top job in Canada. The post At the top of the sponsorship world – Sam Galet in conversation with TBP podcast ep 003 appeared first on The Backstage Project - Sports & Entertainment Podcast.
34 minutes | 4 months ago
It started with Cabbie playing street hockey – Dave Krikst in conversation with TBP podcast ep 002
Dave Krikst (aka My Man D) is the creative mind behind many of the most memorable shareable off the court or ice moments in Canadian sports over the last 20 years. Throughout his career, starting early on with theScore television network and Rogers Media’s’ FAN 590, and then with Bell Media’s TSN, Dave has established himself as an innovator. Pushing new content formats and developing talent are just a couple of the topics we discuss in this episode. Dave is the Head of TSN Social & New Media and the Founder & Managing Editor of TSN’s BarDown.com. Previously, Dave was the producer for TSN’s Cabbie Presents and Off the Record. The post It started with Cabbie playing street hockey – Dave Krikst in conversation with TBP podcast ep 002 appeared first on The Backstage Project - Sports & Entertainment Podcast.
58 minutes | 5 months ago
From the control room of TSN and CTV Olympics – Rick Chisholm in conversation with TBP podcast ep 001
In our premiere episode we are blessed to sit down with former Vice President of Programming and Production at TSN and Executive VP Broadcasting for Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium, Rick Chisholm. We chat with Rick about the formation of TSN, the Vancouver and London Olympics and much much more. Have a listen. The post From the control room of TSN and CTV Olympics – Rick Chisholm in conversation with TBP podcast ep 001 appeared first on The Backstage Project - Sports & Entertainment Podcast.
8 minutes | 5 months ago
TBP Podcast Sneak Peek with Alan Cross
Welcome to a sneak peek of our new podcast “The Backstage Project with Mark Silver.” On today’s show, by means of an introduction, renowned interviewer, speaker and The Ongoing History of New Music Host, Alan Cross will turn the tables on Mark and interview him about the new show. Take a listen. TRANSCRIPT The Backstage Project EP 000 Trailer – Alan Cross Introduction Alan: Hello, I’m Alan Cross and your listening to The Backstage Project Podcast hosted by Mark Silver but for the purposes of an introduction I’ve done a quick interview with Mark about the show. First, a little bit about Mark. Mark has been a digital product leader for 20 years spending most of his career in the sports and entertainment industries. He was the head of digital for TSN for a pivotal time leading its transformation into a truly multi platformed integrated media brand he was also the head of digital for CTV’s Olympic games broadcast for London 2012 after leading digital product for Vancouver 2010. Mark is currently the managing partner for Ready Set Go a digital user experience in design consulting practice. I hope you enjoy my interview with Mark and the Backstage Project series. Thank you for listening. Mark: Hello Alan Alan: Are you hunkering down, are you maintaining your social distance? Mark: We’re doing that, we’re trying to maintain a little bit of routine around the house making sure that we’ve got activities planned with lots of screen time, which I think is the norm for anyone these days, whether your kids are young or old. Alan: this is actually a pretty good time to launch a podcast, as of last week over 100 million Americans say they are monthly podcast listeners and you can probably infer that these numbers would be similar in Canada. That’s a lot of people and like everywhere else because of COVID-19 people are looking for good, engaging audio-based content. So why did you create the podcast and what’s unique about it? Mark: Well the podcast is something I have been thinking about for a long time. I didn’t get into podcasts like going back years and years ago. I’ve really gotten into them over the last few years. I have a few, as most people do, a few go tos week in and week out that I look forward to and through that listening which I immensely enjoy, I found that there is a part of the technology, entertainment, sports ecosystem which really doesn’t get talked enough about and i think that’s where the name for the podcast really comes from the concept of backstage and behind the scenes because there are people like me, there are many many people like me who are really deeply involved in what goes on behind the scenes so that what happens front of stage, front of house is flawless, it comes out perfect if those are athletes or actors that we are thinking about were those exceptional skills are put to the test in the moment but behind the scenes when we think about business strategy, operational strategy, planning, obsessing about the details, its kinda the area where I’ve made my career over the last twenty plus years and there are lots and lots of stories that i know people would like to tell and i know a segment of the population who are very much intune with being behind the scenes and being apart of what allows front of house to be as successful as it is. Those people want to tell their stories and people want to listen to those stories, that is my belief. I’ve recorded podcasts myself as a guest and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed talking about those stories and while I’ve thought for a minute perhaps that they might be boring to some, the feedback that I received through that process really made me appreciate that although it might seem boring to me these are things that I’m really passionate about, others are really passionate about, and people just really want to hear what it takes not just for a person to be successful but for an endeavour a show or a sporting event to be successful. And that’s really what this podcast is going to be about. Mark: You know I get a lot of mail through my Ongoing History of New Music project and people are really really interested in the behind the scenes machinations of these big entertainment projects like music festivals and movies and the Olympics. People love the behind the scenes stuff. Mark: That’s exactly it, and we’re not going to be too particular about technology. I know a lot of what we talked about today is around digital product, digital businesses, digital economy, many many podcasts to deal with that and strategy and very specific topics around the use of things like AI or blockchain or the other very popular topics to dive into and understand but I think that’s great and we’re not going to try and compete with any of those audiences at all were going to really try and appeal to people that are interested in what actually goes into executing and not just in the moment but in the lead up to, because I think that’s where most of the excitement for people who are camera shy like myself, were doing this now and this is a podcast but the reality is I’m a shy guy and talking about myself and talking about others around me and what they do, we’re not used to doing that, we prefer to be more humble absolutely. You know we enjoy praise and recognition but as we all know when it comes to those sorts of things the recognition is more geared towards the performers. Again, especially if you get out of the world of music and movies and television and the stage where all of the disciplines are really recognized through the various awards shows that they have, when you get into more sports scene absolutely the behind the scenes people are really not recognized and that recognition would always skew towards the live production people anyway. And that was not something that I looked upon negatively during my time working for large media companies on massive initiatives like the Olympics for example. That was just the way it was, and that is the way it continues to be. The recognition of specifically digital people who are apart of all of these productions are not looked upon to the same degree as the people who are really geared towards the live part of both entertainment and sports. Alan: That’s great. We hit a lot. Maybe too much information about the people in front of the camera and too little about those behind it. Mark: Exactly, exactly. Alan: You’ve been around for quite a while in this space. I would imagine then that you have access to great guests? Mark: The guests are plenty. I mean that we are very lucky that over my twenty-plus year career more than half of that spent in the sports, entertainment, media, and technology space, that’s a mouth full, I have a whole host of people who not only have done amazing things but are doing amazing things. We’re not going to skew towards people who might have an amazing job right now in the moment. We’re certainly going to look to have those people in as guests on the podcast but were going to couple that with people who maybe we had forgotten about because they did something in the past but they potentially were a real innovator and created a new path, a new way of thinking, maybe opened the door because they tested some new technology. These are the kinds of people we want to bring back, we want to really tell their stories. We’re not trying to take a trip down memory lane in this podcast but we will when we have too, to make sure the audience has a well-rounded perspective on the world that I know and that people are passionate about. Alan: I’m really excited about what you guys are doing and I will be listening. Thanks for chatting with me today. Mark: Great speaking with you. Thanks so much for doing this.Alan: The Backstage Project Podcast is brought to you by Ready Set Go, they help organizations create extraordinary digital products. To learn more, go to readysetgo.design if you would like to get in touch with Mark and the team at The Backstage Project Podcast please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org The post TBP Podcast Sneak Peek with Alan Cross appeared first on The Backstage Project - Sports & Entertainment Podcast.
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