NBC CAPTURES 28 SPORTS EMMY AWARD NOMINATIONS
Dick Ebersol to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award
NBC’s Olympics Coverage Leads All Programs with 12 Nominations
NEW YORK – April 2, 2009 – NBC Sports received 28 Sports Emmy Award nominations, including Outstanding Live Event Turnaround for the network’s coverage of the Beijing Olympic Games; Outstanding Live Sports Series for “NBC Sunday Night Football;” Outstanding Live Sports Special for coverage of the 108th U.S. Open Championship and The Championships, Wimbledon – The Gentleman’s Final; Outstanding Studio Show – Weekly for “Football Night in America”; and nominations for Bob Costas, Al Michaels, John Madden, Cris Collinsworth, Dan Hicks, Johnny Miller and Mike Emrick in individual talent categories; it was announced today by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. NBC Sports received 12 nominations in all for its coverage of the Beijing Olympic Games and four for its NFL coverage. The winners will be announced by the Academy April 27 in New York City.
At that ceremony, Dick Ebersol, Chairman, NBC Universal Sports & Olympics, will receive this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a winner of 24 Sports Emmy Awards and has previously received the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 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 beneficial partnerships.
This announcement comes just one day after NBC Sports received its first ever Peabody Award for coverage of the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony.
OLYMPIC NOMINATIONS OF NOTE:
· Outstanding Live Event Turnaround
· Outstanding New Approaches Sports Event Coverage: NBCOlympics.com
· George Wensel Technical Achievement Award: NBC’s Three Screen Olympics
· Outstanding Open/Tease
NBC SPORTS NOMINATIONS OF NOTE:
· Outstanding Live Sports Special: 108th U.S. Open Championship, The Championships, Wimbledon – Gentleman’s Final
· Outstanding Live Sports Series: “NBC Sunday Night Football”
· Outstanding Studio Show – Weekly: “Football Night in America”
· Outstanding Edited Sports Special: 2008 Beijing Paralympics; 2008 Ford Ironman World Championship
· Outstanding Sports Promotional Announcement – Episodic: 2009 Winter Classic, “NBC Sunday Night Football,” Kick-off Weekend – Manning Brothers
NBC SPORTS TALENT NOMINATIONS:
· Outstanding Sports Personality, Studio Host: Bob Costas
· Outstanding Sports Personality, Play-by-Play: Al Michaels, Dan Hicks, Mike Emrick
· Outstanding Sports Personality, Sports Event Analyst: John Madden, Chris Collinsworth, Johnny Miller
· Outstanding Sports Personality, Studio Analyst: Cris Collinsworth
Other categories in which NBC earned Emmy nominations (some categories received multiple nominations): Technical Team Remote, Technical Team Studio, Camerawork, Editing, Music Composition/Direction/Lyrics, Live Event Audio/Sound, Graphic Design, and Innovative Technical Achievement.
SPORTS EMMY NOMINATIONS BY NETWORK:
* Source: National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
A complete list of nominees is available at www.emmyonline.org.