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Digital Production Buzz – March 14, 2019

Tonight on The Buzz we look inside eSports. This growing phenomena on college campuses appeals to highly competitive non-athletes. Tonight, we chat with members of the USC eSports Club. Then, learn how Clear-com enables teams to communicate. Finally, discover what it takes to make online video looks good.

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Join host Larry Jordan as he talks with Brenton Ough, Tom Sloper, Leon Pao, Sophie Chu, Miguel Mendoza, John Kowalski and James DeRuvo.

  • Video Quality Starts In the Stream
  • An Overview of eSports
  • Organizing eSports at USC
  • eSports: A Player Perspective
  • Clear-Com Connects Teams
  • The Weekly doddleNEWS Update

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Guests this Week


Video Quality Starts In the Stream

Brenton Ough
Brenton Ough, CEO & Co-Founder, Touchstream
As CEO and Founder of TouchStream, Brenton Ough explains us why he started a company that monitors video streaming services. With streaming now a multi-billion dollar business, TouchStream monitors live streaming video quality to make sure when the viewer clicks “Play,” they see a great-looking image.


An Overview of eSports

Tom Sloper
Tom Sloper, Professor, Game Designer and head of SC eSports, SC eSports
Professor Tom Sloper is the head of the USC eSports Club, as well as a long-time professional game designer. Tonight, he explains what eSports is, why it appeals to students, and how it is encouraged at USC.


Organizing eSports at USC

Leon Pao
Leon Pao, President, SC eSports
Leon Pao is the president of the USC eSports Club. A player himself, he also manages a club of up to 50 members. eSports is growing in popularity and, tonight, he explains what it is, why students are attracted to it and what it’s like to play.


eSports: A Player Perspective

Sophie Chu
Miguel Mendoza
Sophie Chu, Secretary & Player, SC eSports
Miguel Mendoza, Competition Manager & Player, SC eSports
Sophie Chu and Miguel Mendoza are members of the USC eSports Club. Tonight, they share their thoughts on why they are attracted to this kind of competition, what it’s like being on a team, and how this influences their education.


Clear-Com Connects Teams

John Kowalski
John Kowalski, Director of Broadcast & Network Sales, Clear-Com
Clear-Com enables teams to communicate. Whether for large events like the Olympics, or small teams for eSports or remote productions, Clear-com connects people. Tonight, John Kowalski, Director of Broadcast & Network Sales, describes recent Clear-com projects and suggests ways to pick the right gear for your project.


The Weekly doddleNEWS Update

James DeRuvo
James DeRuvo, Editor-in-Chief, doddleNEWS.
James DeRuvo, Editor-in-Chief at doddleNEWS, has a multi-faceted career that spans radio, film and publishing. With experience covering technology in the video industry for nearly 20 years, James presents our weekly doddleNEWS Update.
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