Huge Interest in the First-Ever Nordic Summit in Media City Bergen

Published 19.01.2018
On January 15 and 16, SVG Europe joined forces with NCE Media and Media City Bergen for the first-ever Nordic Summit, which attracted nearly 100 delegates from across Europe and the U.S.

The Nordic Summit, a collaboration between NCE Media and SVG Europe, was held for the very first time in Media City Bergen this week. It gathered TV, tech and graphics companies from across Europe and the U.S for a half day seminar on hot topics in the industry. 

The Nordic Summit started with a Pre-Event Reception on Monday night, before the conference kicked off with an extensive tour of the Media City Bergen site on Tuesday morning. Attendees visited the brand new premises of The University of Bergen, NRK and TV 2, which provided unique insight into the technology and solutions that are being produced in the Media Cluster.  

UiB: Ole Johan Mjøs, Professor, and Academic Director for UiB's research and educational programmes in MCB.

NRK's Åge Gunnar Taule showing the group the control room. 

Jens Cornelius Knudsen, VP Production News and Sports, TV 2 in front of the brand new news studio in Media City Bergen. 

After the Media City Bergen tour, attendees were treated to sessions on the development of the site, the present and future of broadcast sports graphics, the possibilities heralded by remote production, and a keynote presentation from Eirik Solheim, Strategic Advisor of Norwegian broadcaster NRK.

Opening remarks from Ken Kerschbaumer, Editorial Director, SVG, Fergal Ringrose, Executive Director, SVG Europe and Anne Jacobsen, CEO of the Norwegian Media Cluster. 

Vizrt's CTO, Petter Ole Jakobsen with the opening remarks from the Title Sponsor.

Keynote: Eirik Solheim, Strategic Advisor at NRK. 

Companies from the Norwegian Media Cluster were heavily represented both in attendance and on the list of speakers, with Vizrt, Sixty, NRK, TV 2 Sumo, Mediability, Vimond all on stage during the conference. Vizrt was the conference's Title Sponsor, and Sixty sponsored the various receptions during the event. 

David Davies, Editor, SVG Europe and Anne Jacobsen, CEO of the Norwegian Media Cluster, with the session «Building Media City Bergen – The Inside Story»

Ken Kerschbaumer, Editorial Director, SVG, interviewing Steve Hellmuth, EVP Operations and Technology, NBA. 

From left: Kjetil Horneland, CEO, Sixty, moderating a panel during the «Graphics – Present and Future» session. Panellists: Petter Ole Jakobsen, CEO, Vizrt, Doug Clark, Global Cloud & Cognitive Solutions Leader, IBM and Steve Hellmuth, EVP Operations & Technology, NBA.

From left: Helge Høibraathen, CEO, Vimond, moderating a panel in the «Nordic Broadcasters – Where Are We Headed» session. Panellists: Eirik Solheim, Strategic Advisor, NRK, Marius Bjerke, Product Director, TV 2 Sumo and Risto Koivula, COO/CTO, MTV Oy. 

From left: Scott Rothenberg, SVP – Tech. & Asset Management, NEP Group, moderating the session «Nordic Remote Production Service Providers – An Update». Panellists: Andy Rayner, Chief Technologist, Nevion, James Clement, Head of Operations, Sky Sports and Ole Johan Skogheim, Head of Systems at Mediability.  

Networking Reception in the Media Lab
When the sessions came to an end, all SVG Nordic Summit delegates were invited up to the Media Lab in Media City Bergen for a social gathering and networking.

From left: David Davies, Editor, SVG Europe, Eivind Sandstrand, Sales & Business Dev. Manager, NCE Media and Chris Cope, Europe Sponsorship Sales Executive, SVG Europe.

From left: Nils Arne Bakke, Solution Architecht, Ikomm and Board Member, Sixty, Frode Brændø, Senior Broadcast Designer and Steve Hellmuth, EVP Media Operations & Technology, NBA.  

Media Interest
The buzz around Media City Bergen during the event gained interest from several media houses in the building. CEO of the Media Cluster, Anne Jacobsen had a chat with NRK Radio on what was going on, and as Sixty broke the exciting news about their collaboration with NBA, NRK and Bergens Tidende (paywall) both arrived to the scene to provide coverage. 

Thank you! 
We also want to extend our warmest gratitude to The DigUiB Learning and Communication Lab in Media City Bergen, for hosting the conference in their Lab. We also thank the Department of Information Science and Media Studies at UiB, TV 2, and NRK Hordaland for opening their studios for a tour for all participants. Last, but not least, we want to thank Entra for massive help in facilitating for the event.

Full program:
You can view the program line up for the first SVG Europe Nordic Summit here. Full reports on the proceedings will follow in next week’s SVG Europe newsletters, on Tuesday 23 and Friday 26 January. Sign up here 

Among the speakers participating in the Summit were Marius Bjerke, TV 2 Sumo, Product Director; Doug Clark, IBM, Global Cloud & Cognitive Solutions Leader; James Clement, Sky Sports, Head of Operations; Helge Høibraathen, Vimond, CEO; Steve Hellmuth, NBA, EVP; Kjetil Horneland, Sixty, CEO; Anne Jacobsen, NCE Media, CEO; Petter Ole Jakobsen, Vizrt, CTO; Risto Koivula, MTV Oy, COO/CTO; Andy Rayner, Nevion, Chief Technologist; Scott Rothenberg, NEP Group, SVP – Technology & Asset Management; Ole Johan Skogheim, Mediability, Head of Systems; and Eirik Solheim, NRK, Strategic Advisor.