Athens, GA (Apr 2, 2008) - The nominations are in for the 30th Annual Sports Emmy® Awards. The awards will be given out on Monday, April 27, 2009 at Lincoln Center in New York.
NBC's Dick Ebersol will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. He is the winner of 24 Sports Emmy® Awards and has received the NATAS Trustees Award. Ebersol, who has led NBC Sports for 20 years, is renowned for his ability to amass large television audiences. Most recently, Ebersol architected two record-breaking television events: The Beijing Olympic Games, the most watched event in U.S. history, and Super Bowl XLIII, which delivered the largest single audience. Remarkably, he has now produced seven of the top ten most-watched events of all time.
Ebersol is recognized as a creative producer and a skilled promoter. Under his leadership, NBC Sports has come to represent superior production that elevates sport, broad promotion and mutually-beneficially partnerships. His crowning achievement has been establishing NBC Universal as the home of the Olympic Games, TV’s most powerful franchise, through 2012. He has served as executive producer of every Olympics NBC has broadcast since 1992. Ebersol also has served as executive producer for five Super Bowls and is executive producer for "Sunday Night Football." He negotiated the landmark NFL deal which saw the League's premier primetime package move to Sunday night and includes innovative flexible scheduling.
Over four decades in the industry, Ebersol stands alone as an executive who has played a prominent role in the wide-ranging fields of sports, entertainment and news. Starting his career at ABC Sports under the legendary Roone Arledge, Ebersol went on to create “Saturday Night Live” with Lorne Michaels, before returning to his roots in sports. Along the way, he has collected numerous accolades and honors including induction into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame and the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. Fortune sums up Ebersol’s accomplishments by saying he “has practically done it all in a storied TV career.”
And what about the rest of the winners. We will have to wait until April 27 to hear the results. Meanwhile we do know who the nominees are now.
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