Sony Digital Rapids Pixel Power calrec Sony

Legends Behind the Lens: Pat Sullivan

21/05/2020

Legends Behind the Lens: Pat Sullivan The former NFL GM became one of sports television productions most impactful builders By Brandon Costa, Director of Digital

Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 12:00 pm

Print This Story | Subscribe

Story Highlights

The story of American sports television is engrained in the history of this nation, rising on the achievements of countless incredible men and women who never once appeared on our screens. During this pause in live sports, SVG is proud to present a celebration of this great industry. Legends Behind the Lens is a look at how we got here seen through the people who willed it to be. Each weekday, we will share with you the story of a person whose impact on the sports-television industry is indelible.

Legends Behind the Lens is presented in association with the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame and the SVG Sports Broadcasting Fund. In these trying times - with so many video-production professionals out of work - we hope that you will consider (if you are able) donating to the Sports Broadcasting Fund. Do so by visiting sportsbroadcastfund.org.

___________________________

By Ken Kerschbaumer

When it comes to careers in the sports industry, it is safe to say that few people have worked in as many aspects of the business as Pat Sullivan, president and founder of Game Creek Video, a company that, over the past 20 years, has become one of the industry's leading production-services providers and innovators.

To begin with, his father, Billy, was the founder of the New England Patriots (then the Boston Patriots), and Sullivan was a ballboy for the first team. After graduating from Boston College in 1976, he actually reported for work at Schaefer Stadium without his father's even knowing he was going to work there.

I showed up at the stadium manager's office, and the manager handed me a broom and rake and told me to go clean up the stadium, recalls Sullivan. And, when my dad asked me what he was having me do, I said I was cleaning the stadium, the offices, and learning how to run the sewage plant.

In 1979, after spending two years managing the stadium, Sullivan became the team's assistant general manager and, in 1983, was promoted to GM, a role he held for seven years during which the Patriots made it to Super Bowl XX.

It was a great experience, he recalls. We had some really special people.

In 1990, Sullivan left his post as Patriots GM and began looking for something new to do, knowing only that he really did not enjoy working for other people. It was then that he got his first taste of the remote-production business when Dick Dean, owner of NCP, approached him about financially backing construction of a truck to be used by MSG for New York Yankees baseball coverage. The 10-year contract was unprecedented in the sports-TV business and set a template for future TV carriage deals.

Sullivan, however, was not quite sold on remote production as a career path and spent a year at the Christian Science Monitor Channel working as on-air talent. But, while there, he had a chance to work alongside the likes of Dave Mazza (now with NBC Sports) and Paul Puccio (now with CBS).

I was working with really brilliant people and found myself gravitating towards the technical side, he says. I was fascinated by what they were doing.

The real opportunity occurred in 1993 when he acquired two production units from Sure Shot as well as a small team to get Game Creek Video up and running.

It was really a matter of building a team of people that had credibility in their fields, he explains. Then we went aggressively after engineering with people like Paul Bonar, Mike Copeland, and Jason Taubman.

From the very beginning of Game Creek Video's existence, Sullivan has placed a great deal of value on having a strong team, a philosophy he inherited from his father.

When I started, my dad said to surround myself with really smart people, and I have been fortunate enough to do that in some key spots, he says. It's not just engineering. It's also about having the right people to drive the trucks, the administration of the company, and making sure we have credibility with bank partners.

Game Creek Video's growth over the years has been highlighted by several key moments, according to Sullivan.

First was the construction of Intrepid in 2000, a unit capable of handling big shows and tapped by ESPN to handle the network's final year of NASCAR coverage.

That same year, the YES Network came down the pike and they gave us the contract, which was a huge win, says Sullivan.

Fox Sports EVP, Operations, Ed Delaney was with the YES Network at the time and forged a strong relationship with both Sullivan and Game Creek Video's team over the years.

Game Creek has been the mobile-facility provider for the YES Network since its launch in 2002, Delaney says. Pat underpromised and overdelivered from day one, providing superior facilities that transitioned YES to HD.

The 2007 All-Star Game in San Francisco also proved a major moment in the growth of Game Creek Video. Its Southern Cross production unit was on hand for MLB International's host-feed production, and the unit's massive routing-switcher core came in handy when a 30-minute pregame element featuring the 50 greatest players of all time was produced out of Southern Cross.

We assured them that we could pull it off. The MLB guys got out a half hour before air, and, at the push of a button, the monitor wall switched over for the pregame show, recalls Sullivan. And then, after the pregame, a button was pushed, and the reverse happened. Everyone went Wow,' as they had never seen anything like that.

Jerry Steinberg, former SVP of field operations for Fox Sports and fellow Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductee, recalls seeing Game Creek's Southern
LINK: https://www.sportsvideo.org/2020/05/21/legends-behind-the-lens-pat-sul...
See more stories from svg

Most recent headlines

29/05/2020

From Life Hacks to Light Humor, Check Out the Nine Indonesian Podcasts Coming Exclusively to Spotify

Podcasts continue to rise in popularity around the world, and there's one co...

29/05/2020

Spotify Launches the Official Normal People' Soundtrack

Today, Spotify launched the official soundtrack playlist for the Ireland-set drama Normal People, which has become a sensation since premiering on BBC Three and...

29/05/2020

The Switch Launches New MIMiC' Cloud-Based, REMI Production-as-a-Service Platform

The Switch Launches New MIMiC' Cloud-Based, REMI Production-as-a-Service Pl...

29/05/2020

DTV Audio Group Webinar Examines Evolving At-Home Workflows

DTV Audio Group Webinar Examines Evolving At-Home Workflows The pandemic has taken REMI-style production to actual homes By Dan Daley, Audio Editor Thursday,...

29/05/2020

Tech Focus: Networked Audio, Part 1 - Standards Help the Technology Grow Up

Tech Focus: Networked Audio, Part 1 - Standards Help the Technology Grow Up SMPTE 2110, NMOS, AES70, and others aid in increasing adoption for broadcast sports ...

29/05/2020

Tech Focus: Networked Audio, Part 2 - SMPTE Readies a Refresh for ST 2110

Tech Focus: Networked Audio, Part 2 - SMPTE Readies a Refresh for ST 2110 The familiar standards suite is transitioning to IP By Dan Daley, Audio Editor Thur...

29/05/2020

ARRI Lighting Appoints Ivo Ivanovski GM, Business Unit

ARRI Lighting Appoints Ivo Ivanovski GM, Business Unit By Ken Kerschbaumer, Editorial Director Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 9:50 am Print This Story | Subscri...

29/05/2020

Legends Behind the Lens: Ray Dolby

Legends Behind the Lens: Ray Dolby The man behind the most iconic name in audio brought broadcast to the ears of sports fans By Brandon Costa, Director of Digi...

28/05/2020

Calrec Helps Capture Captain Tom Moore's 100th Birthday Broadcast

When Sound Engineer Paul Cutler was asked to mix Captain Tom Moore's 100th birthday celebrations for a live broadcast, his first move was to hire a Calrec B...

28/05/2020

Calrec's Dave Sampson moves into new IP role as Network Specialist

Calrec has created a new position to further cement its reputation as a market leader in IP technology. Dave Sampson has taken on the role of Network Specialist...

28/05/2020

HBO Max Officially Launches

LOS ANGELES-HBO Max, the streaming service created by WarnerMedia, is now available, adding a new platform for consumers' seemingly constant expanding optio...

28/05/2020

Dolby Labs Certifies SSIMPLUS for Dolby Vision Monitoring

WATERLOO, Ontario-Dolby Laboratories has approved SSIMWAVE's SSIMPLUS Viewer Experience monitoring product for its ability to decode Dolby Vision-enabled co...

28/05/2020

U.S. Pay TV Revenue Projected to Drop 35% to $57.4B by 2025

LONDON-Global pay-TV revenue will fall to $150 billion in 2025, from a peak of $202 billion in 2016, despite the addition of 35 million additional subscribers, ...

28/05/2020

Cable-Tec Expo 2020 Not Happening in Denver

EXTON, Pa.-Cable-Tec Expo 2020 will not be happening in Denver this October after SCTE-ISBE received notification from Colorado Gov. Jared Polis that the Colora...

28/05/2020

ABC's auditing services extended to include TAG's Anti-Piracy and Anti-Malware initiatives

28/05/2020 We're pleased to announce we've expanded our independent val...

28/05/2020

Broadpeak Makes High-Quality 5G Video Experiences a Reality With MobiledgeX Edge Compute Infrastructure

Broadpeak Makes High-Quality 5G Video Experiences a Reality With MobiledgeX Edge...

28/05/2020

RT Player launches Love in Isolation

RT has today announced a brand new RT Player Original series, Love in Isolation, which will start on 9 June. Since lockdown and social distancing became the n...

28/05/2020

TVU Mobile Backpack Transmitters a Game Changer for a Leading Australian Broadcaster in More Ways Than One

TVU Mobile Backpack Transmitters a Game Changer for a Leading Australian Broadca...

28/05/2020

Global Media Organizations Retransmit Manned SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launch

Global Media Organizations Retransmit Manned SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket LaunchSocial Distancing Requirements Minimize Broadcast Equipment at NASA Site; TVU's IP...

28/05/2020

SGO released a new upgrade of Mistika 10 with a Tangent color grading panels remap and AJA T-Tap I/O support

View Larger Image SGO's recently released Mistika 10 received a new upgra...

28/05/2020

Cisco Announces June 2020 Events with the Financial Community

SAN JOSE, Calif.,--- May 28, 2020 --- Cisco today announced that it will participate in the following conferences with the financial community during the month ...

28/05/2020

Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire ThousandEyes

News Summary: The combination of Cisco's expertise in network and application performance and ThousandEyes' visibility into the Internet will provide c...

28/05/2020

Cinegy releases free TURBOCUT plugin for Adobe CC

Munich, Germany, 28 May 2020 - Cinegy today announced TURBOCUT, a new Adobe CC plug-in which significantly accelerates the editing of H.264/HEVC by utilising th...

28/05/2020

Colour Online: Baselight Q&A. Thursday, June 4, 18:00 BST

Baselight Q&A with FilmLight's Andy Minuth, Daniele Siragusano and Martin Tlaskal Register for Colour Online Thursday, June 4 10:00 Los Angeles | 13:00 ...

28/05/2020

Considerations when choosing industrial or consumer grade modems and routers?

In this article we will examine and evaluate the differences between the main types of product design and construct required to satisfy the various operational,...

28/05/2020

AES Virtual Vienna Convention Workshop Schedule Announced

Posted: Wednesday, May 20, 2020 --...

28/05/2020

Creatives In Residence #05: Simon Couchman - ICG

Posted on 28 May 2020 Our Creative Director, Simon Couchman was asked to be featured in Creative Lancashires kitchen table stories - a series of profiles on pe...

28/05/2020

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) and NAGRA sign a ten-year partnership to deliver a game changing digital experience for fans

In close cooperation with the FIH, NAGRA will deploy and operate a direct-to-con...

28/05/2020

NETFLIX DEBUTS OFFICIAL TRAILER FOR JO KOY: IN HIS ELEMENTS

The Third Special From Jo Koy Is Set To Premiere Globally On Netflix June 12, 2020 Watch Trailer HERE Download Key Art HERE Watch Announcement HERE Downl...

28/05/2020

PAUL FEIG TO DIRECT THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL FOR NETFLIX

Director: Paul Feig (A Simple Favor, Ghostbusters, Spy) Writer: David Magee (Life of Pi, Mary Poppins Returns, Finding Neverland) and Laura Solon (Office Chris...

28/05/2020

NAB Leadership Foundation Announces 2020 Service to America Awards Finalists

NAB Leadership Foundation Announces 2020 Service to America Awards Finalists -- Celebration of Service to America Awards program accessible online and available...

28/05/2020

Great content still needs a great engagement strategy to drive viewers

By James Manderson, general manager at customer engagement platform Braze EMEA By Contributor Published: May 28, 2020 By James Manderson, general manager a...

28/05/2020

Artists Take Viewers into the Mind of Dell Optimizers Built-in AI

AUSTIN, TX - Dell Blue, the internal creative agency for Dell, has debuted the launch campaign for Dell Optimizer, Dell Technologys AI-based software for workst...

28/05/2020

Lightstorm Entertainment Uses Blacmagic Design

LOS ANGELES - Blackmagic Design has announced that Lightstorm Entertainment used an extensive array of Blackmagic products, including the Teranex AV, Smart Vide...

28/05/2020

Khronos Releases OpenVG 1.1 Lite Provisional Spec

BEAVERTON, OR - The Khronos Group, an open consortium of industry-leading companies creating graphics and compute interoperability standards, has publicly rel...

28/05/2020

RTV Slovenia Expands Partnership with Dalet to Transform End-to-End News Workflows for Radio and TV with Dalet Galaxy five

RTV Slovenia Expands Partnership with Dalet to Transform End-to-End News Workflo...

28/05/2020

Archiware offers free P5 Desktop LTO Edition License during COVID-19

-- Archiware, manufacturer of Archive and Backup software for the Media & Entertainment industry provides free licenses to support data security in production...

28/05/2020

EditShare and Adobe Collaborate to Enable Remote Production and Group Editing Workflows

-- EditShare , a technology leader that specializes in secure media management...

28/05/2020

Sonnet Announces Internal Drive Mount for 2019 Mac Pro, Supports Up to Three SATA Drives of Choice

-- Sonnet Technologies today announced the Fusion Flex J3i three-drive mounti...

28/05/2020

Interactive YouTube Game Show Quizuna Relies on ATEM Mini Pro for Live Streaming

-- Blackmagic Design today announced that its ATEM Mini Pro live production switcher is being used to power the recently premiered interactive talk and quiz s...

28/05/2020

Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K Update

-- Blackmagic Design today announced a major new software update for the original Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K camera that adds localization for 11 languages...

28/05/2020

Riedel and RRN Deliver Remote Mastering Service for Live-Streamed Peter Maffay Concert

Riedel and RRN Deliver Remote Mastering Service for Live-Streamed Peter Maffay C...

28/05/2020

Astera For Floating Lotus Yoga Streaming

Astera For Floating Lotus Yoga Streaming posted: 28/05/2020 Nalini Tebbey owns and runs Floating Lotus, a thriving yoga studio based in Helensvale, Gold C...

28/05/2020

The Switch launches cloud-based TV Production-as-a-Service to deliver industry's most flexible and comprehensive live production platform

The Switch launches cloud-based TV Production-as-a-Service to deliver industry&#...

28/05/2020

Adobe partners with EditShare, Cinegy

Partnerships relate to remote production and editing By Jenny Priestley Published: May 28, 2020 Partnerships relate to remote production and editing targ...

28/05/2020

Bectu hosting meeting to discuss Covid-19's impact on OB workers

Meeting is open to Bectu members and non-members By Jenny Priestley Published: May 28, 2020 Meeting is open to Bectu members and non-members target=_blan...

28/05/2020

Workplace productivity tools added to TIG...

Technological Innovations Group (TIG) has added workspace technology specialist Embrava Technologies to its portfolio. TIG is offering Embrava's workspace...

28/05/2020

Resolutions of Nokia Corporations Annual General Meeting 2020

Resolutions of Nokia Corporations Annual General Meeting 2020 Nokia Corporation Stock Exchange Release May 27, 2020 at 16:00 (CET 1) Resolutions of Noki...

28/05/2020

Sky's National General Knowledge Test launches today featuring 100 questions that everyone should know

Test launched following new research which reveals the UK is a nation of quiz ad...