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Producer Profile: Fred Gaudelli (NBC Sunday Night Football)

Monday, December 3, 2007 , Posted by Christopher Byrne at 4:54 PM, under , , , , , ,

Athens, GA (Dec 3, 2007) - Much like what happens to employees when government contracts pass from one company to another, the ABC Monday Night Football production staff moved to NBC Sports when that network acquired Sunday Night Football rights from the National Football League. This is the profile of Fred Gaudelli, Sunday Night Football producer, as published by NBC Sports.

headshot_gaurdelliFred Gaudelli is the producer of “NBC Sunday Night Football” game coverage.

Gaudelli spent five seasons as producer of ABC’s “Monday Night Football,” including Superbowl XL in February 2006. Under Gaudelli’s direction, “Monday Night Football” and the production of Superbowl XXXVII was nominated for nine Emmy Awards, winning four, including Best Live Series in 2004.

Gaudelli produced ESPN’s “Sunday Night Football” game telecasts from 1990 through 2000. In that time, “Sunday Night Football” received a CableACE Award for Sports Events Coverage Series in 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1995, two gold medals (1990-91) at the International Film & TV Festival, and an Emmy Award for Best Live Series in 2000 and Technical Innovation in 1999.

Gaudelli introduced the critically acclaimed 1st & Ten technology, the electronically produced yellow line that appears to be painted across the field at the first down marker, the GoalPost Cam and the rotating clock/score box which appears in the upper-left or upper-right corner of the screen, depending on which way the offense is going. In addition he produced the first live sports telecast to use real-time polling data (via Enhanced TV) on all instant replay challenges. In 1997, Gaudelli oversaw ESPN’s day-to-day coverage of Major League Baseball, which won the network’s only CableACE Award for Outstanding Live Sports Series.

Named senior coordinating producer at ESPN in November 1996, Gaudelli oversaw day-to-day administration of their National Football League telecasts, as well as the NFL Draft and X Games. He also served as senior producer of the ESPY Awards from 1998-2005. Gaudelli was named producer of ESPN’s NFL Draft coverage in 1990.

Upon joining ESPN’s remote production department in March of 1983, Gaudelli worked as an associate producer on a variety of sports, including college football, basketball and baseball, the USFL, the U.S. Olympic Festival and the NFL Draft. In 1986 he produced the network’s live Thursday night college football series. Additionally, while producing the 1988 College World Series, he introduced the live technique of tracking the speed of pitches – a first on television. Prior to joining the remote production department, Gaudelli worked in the network’s administration department.

A native of Harrison, NY, Gaudelli earned a bachelor of arts degree in communications from Long Island University/C.W. Post in 1982.

Photograph Copyright NBC Universal. All Rights Reserved. Used with Permission.

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