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Ken Aagaard | The SVG Summit
CBS Sports, EVP, Innovation and New Technology In his current role at CBS Sports since April, Ken Aagaard oversees operations, engineering, and production management for all field events and the CBS Broadcast Center, including logistics and technical support. He is also responsible for the CBS College Sports Network. Aagaard is involved in developing new technology and production enhancements for both CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network. In February, he expanded the use of EyeVision technology with EyeVision 360 for Super Bowl 50, giving viewers a 360° perspective and higher resolution than had been seen before. In addition, he oversaw the first use of the Pylon Cam for a Super Bowl. The new technology won two Sports Emmy Awards: the George Wensel Technical Achievement Award, and the Outstanding Technical Team Remote. He had introduced EyeVision at Super Bowl XXXV. Aagaard also was instrumental in instituting SwingVision, the Emmy Award-winning super-slow motion breakdown of golf swings. He received two more Emmy Awards for the 3D productions of the 2010 US Open tennis championships and PGA Tour golf technical team. For Super Bowl XLVII, he was responsible for the creation and overall operation of CBS Super Bowl Park at Jackson Square, which transformed the heart of the historic French Quarter into a central broadcast center and home to 15 shows from nine CBS Corporation divisions across multiple platforms. He also introduced CBS's use of the high-speed Heyeperzoom camera system, which captured video at 300-500 frames per second (normal 60 fps) and showed images at 4X current HD video. Aagaard joined CBS Sports in 1998 as SVP of operations and production services. Since 2008, he served as EVP of engineering, operations, and production services. Before joining CBS Sports, Aagaard was president of Creative Broadcast Techniques and worked as a consultant to CBS Sports, NBC, Fox Studios, and HBO. He also served in a variety of operations and engineering positions for NBC Sports, the NBC Television Network, and NBC affiliate, WMAQ-TV Chicago. Past chairman of Sports Video Group, Aagaard chairs the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame and the SVG Broadcasting Fund. He was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2014.
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Ken Aagaard Executive VP Engineering Operations and Production Services CBS Sports Cr.: John P. Filo/CBS CBS ¨©2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc.
All Rights Reserved Download Bio Print Ken Aagaard Executive Vice President, Engineering, Operations & Production Services, CBS Sports Ken Aagaard was named Executive Vice President, Engineering, Operations and Production Services in June 2008. He joined CBS Sports as Senior Vice President, Operations & Production Services, in January 1998. An 11-time Emmy Award winner, he is responsible for overseeing operations, engineering and production management for all field events and the CBS Broadcast Center, including logistics and technical support. In his role Aagaard oversees these areas for the CBS College Sports Network. He expands his efforts into developing new technology and production enhancements for both CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network. Those reporting to him include operations, engineering and production services management, as well as all production managers, field technical managers and engineers and Broadcast Center operations managers and engineers. In February 2016, Aagaard expanded on EyeVision technology with "EyeVision 360" which added special never-before-seen features to the coverage of Super Bowl 50 with a larger complement of 5K cameras. "EyeVision 360" gave viewers a 360° perspective and higher resolution than had ever been seen before. In addition, Aagaard oversaw the first use of PylonCam in a Super Bowl. In January 2001 at Super Bowl XXXV, he was responsible for introducing EyeVision, a new technology showing replays in a three-dimensional way. He also was instrumental in instituting SwingVision, the Emmy Award-winning super-slow motion breakdown of golf swings. Aagaard added two more Emmy Awards for his career with the 3-D productions of the 2010 U.S. Open Tennis Championships and PGA TOUR golf technical team. For Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, Aagaard was responsible for the creation and overall operation of "CBS Super Bowl Park at Jackson Square," which transformed the heart of the historic French Quarter into CBS Corporation's central broadcast center and home to 15 different shows from nine CBS divisions across multiple platforms. He also introduced the network's initial use of the high speed "Heyeper Zoom camera system, which captured video at 300-500 frames per second (normal 60 fps), and showed images at four times greater than the current high definition video. Before joining CBS Sports, Aagaard was president of Creative Broadcast Techniques, established in 1988, and worked as a consultant to CBS Sports, to NBC for the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Summer Games, to Fox Studios, Los Angeles, for 1995 NFL football, and to HBO for Madonna's Blond Ambition Tour and the Paul Simon Live in Central Park concert. He also served as operations producer for events such as the World Figure Skating Championships (1992-95), Super Bowl Television in Los Angeles (1993), Atlanta (1994) and Miami (1995), World Cup Soccer (1994), the New York City Marathon (1994-95) and the NHL All-Star Game (1994). Aagaard was vice president of operations and engineering, Olympics, NBC Sports (1985-88), for the 1988 Olympic Summer Games in Seoul. He also served as vice president of operations, NBC Sports (1981-85) responsible for operations in NBC's coverage of Super Bowls, World Series, Wimbledon, French Open Tennis, Golf, NCAA Basketball, NFL Live Studio, Weekend Update Studio and Sportsworld. Aagaard was operations producer and manager of sports operations (1979-81) for NBC Sports, broadcast operations manager (1977-79) for the NBC Television Network and operations director (1969-77) for the NBC Chicago affiliate, WMAQ-TV. Aagaard is past Chairman of Sports Video Group (SVG) and now serves as Chairman of SVG Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame as well as Chairman of the SVG Broadcasting Fund, a Fund that benefits those in need in the sports broadcasting business. He was inducted into the SVG Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame in December 2014. Aagaard graduated from the University of Iowa in 1969 with a degree in radio, television and film and serves on the advisory board for the School of Journalism of University of Iowa. He lives in Closter, N.J., with his wife, Emerald Chin, and daughter, Alexandra, and has four sons.
"Initially, the rigs were built so the 3D cameras were sitting on top of the lenses, but the weight distribution didn't work for our camera guys," says Ken Aagaard, EVP of engineering, operations, and production services for CBS Sports.
"We tested them in San Diego, and we couldn't follow the ball and get back. After those tests, we ended up mounting the cameras to the side. Lo and behold, it was no problem, and the rigs now work fine." The shadow rigs are designed to track what the 2D camera operator is doing, although the 3D cameras can be calibrated to track the shot differently, with a wider setting, for example. Much of this element of the production, Aagaard explains, is still a work in progress. Sharing More Cameras Besides the unilateral 3D jib that will move around the course, the 3D production will benefit from two additional jibs that will be outfitted with 3D cameras but directed by the 2D director. "The 2D director will direct those and take the left-eye camera," Aagaard says. CBS has been working in partnership with PACE CEO Vince Pace and ESPN Coordinating Producer Phil Orlins to incorporate their expertise into the 3D production, and, with the best in the business on hand in Augusta, Aagaard is confident that this production will wow viewers. "When God lights Augusta, there is nothing prettier," Aagaard says.
"The idea is that these cameras are looking at the whole field," says Ken Aagaard, Executive Vice President at CBS Sports Operations and Engineering.