The most recent update on the ACC Network showed that schools are ramping up investments in video production in advance of the 2019 launch. A short list of schools (including Duke and Florida State) were mentioned as being ahead of the curve.
It looks like the Syracuse Orange are getting out ahead of things as well now.
According to an announcement yesterday, SU’s new production department will be headed up by Scott Hecht, who will oversee the launch of the ACC Network on campus and day-to-day aspects of operations.
Hecht was recently the manager of university productions for the SEC Network in Charlotte, N.C. While there, he led teaching and mentoring the development of concepts and editorial themes for all ESPN remote productions. He also spent time working on SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, Sports Reporters, Mike and Mike, and The Herd (oof) while at ESPN.
Hecht’s a Cincinnati grad, but spent an extensive amount of time working in Phoenix and San Diego before heading over to ESPN in 2006.
Tom White also joins the new department as broadcast engineer, overseeing technical operations for all remote productions, including equipment and transmission. White comes over from Spectrum Sports (formerly Time Warner Cable SportsChannel), where he worked for 26 years. He’s a Cayuga Community College grad.
All good news here on the ACC Network front for Syracuse. With two of the main roles in place, and a lot of the production elements already provided via the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, the Orange appear to be off and running. The school will need some additional production investments at venues like the Carrier Dome, but with the right hires set to go, that should become a little easier.