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Game Creek Video CEO rounds out UNH speaker series

Union Leader Correspondent

April 27. 2018 8:56AM

Pat Sullivan showed the crowd behind-the-scenes photos and videos of his live trucks broadcasting some of the biggest sporting events in the U.S. during the UNH CEO Forum Thursday. (KIMBERLEY HAAS/UNION LEADER CORRESPONDENT)

DURHAM — Game Creek Video’s president Pat Sullivan captivated an audience of about 40 people Thursday during the final UNH CEO Forum of the academic year. The multimillion dollar trucks that Game Creek Video provides to help bring the Super Bowl, World Series and U.S. Open Golf into the homes of Americans are filled with television monitors and equipment that can instantly roll back on footage for a replay.

The company provides remote production trailers to clients including ESPN, NESN, CBS, ABC, NBC, HBO and FOX Sports.

Game Creek Video, which Pat Sullivan owes with his wife Lynne, is the largest independently owned mobile production company in the country. Sullivan is the son of Billy Sullivan, who founded the New England Patriots. He said he got the idea for Game Creek Video when he was still working for the team.

“It was apparent to me that the networks, they were going to get out of the business,” Sullivan said. “We started out with two trucks. Now, we have 37.”

During a question and answer session, Sullivan said they are keeping their eyes on the latest technologies and trends, which have changed drastically since Game Creek Video was founded in 1993. He said 8K technology will be great for movie theaters, but he doesn’t see it coming into people’s homes soon, even though Japan’s government is mandating it for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Sullivan was asked specifically about the usage of drones.

“We’re looking at drones very carefully, but not so much for what we do for our sports clients,” Sullivan said. “Most of our clients are restricted from flying drones when there’s spectators in the venue.”

Sullivan also answered questions about online streaming services. He told the crowd Facebook is paying Major League Baseball millions to stream games.

Sullivan said Game Creek Video is working with Google.

“I think they’re definitely going to be players because people like live events,” Sullivan said of online businesses.

Game Creek Video has 155 employees in the United States and is based in Hudson, where it employs 35 people.

Although the UNH CEO Forum is over for the academic year, the UNH Center for Family Business Annual Awards Dinner is being held May 22 at the Manchester Country Club in Bedford.

Tickets are $65 per plate and $600 per table.

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