DON OHLMEYER TO BE HONORED AT SPORTS Emmy® AWARDS WITH THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD,
Nominations For Sports Emmy® Awards To Be Announced March 22 At World Congress of Sports In New York
New York, N. Y. – March 21, 2007 – Don Ohlmeyer, legendary television producer/director/executive and winner of 16 Emmy® Awards, will receive this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the 28th Annual Sports Emmy® Awards, it was announced today by Peter Price, President/CEO of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
The award will be presented on Monday, April 30 at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City at the 28th Annual Sports Emmy® Awards. American Airlines and Thomson Grass Valley are official sponsors of the 28th Annual Sports Emmy® Awards..
Also that night Sports Emmy® Awards in 30 categories will be presented including outstanding live sports special, sports documentary, studio show, play-by-play prsonality, and studio analyst. This year, three Emmy® Awards for outstanding sports content – event coverage, long-form and general interest – delivered via broadband such as the Internet, cell phones, personal media players and other devices will be presented. Nominations for the Sports Emmy® Awards will be announced on Thursday, March 22 at the World Congress of Sports at the Pierre Hotel in New York City (breakfast 7:30 with announcements at 8:00 AM).
“Don Ohlmeyer is a champion among champions,” said Price. “He is recognized as sports television’s most successful and most diverse contributor, both for his innovative production techniques and his contributions in expanding sports television coverage in so many arenas — from football to golf, from the Olympics to Wimbledon. For his more than three decades of television excellence, he is so deserving of this Lifetime Achievement Award.”
“I am deeply honored to be the recipient of this award, joining previous honorees for whom I have tremendous respect,” said Ohlmeyer. “It is particularly meaningful for me to share the stage this year with so many talented Emmy® Award nominees who continue to take sports television to a higher level.”
Ohlmeyer has enjoyed one of the most varied careers in the history of television. He has served as Executive Producer, Producer, Director and Writer for entertainment and sports programming since 1967, and most recently as President, NBC West Coast until his retirement in 2000. At NBC, where he became President in 1993, Ohlmeyer oversaw the activities of all the company’s entertainment-related businesses, including NBC Entertainment, NBC Studios and NBC Enterprises. Under Ohlmeyer’s leadership NBC rose from third to first place in prime-time ratings by developing, promoting and presenting quality programs that received major industry awards and critical acclaim.
Ohlmeyer originally joined NBC as Executive Producer of Sports in 1977 from ABC, where he had served as producer and director of four Olympic broadcasts, produced “ABC Monday Night Football,” worked extensively on “ABC Wide World of Sports” and developed “The Superstars” for television.
Over the next five years, he created the popular sports anthology series “SportsWorld” and served as executive Producer of NBC coverage of the Super Bowl and the World Series as well as the prime-time series “Games People Play” and the made-for-television movie “The Golden Moment: An Olympic Love Story.” Ohlmeyer became well known for expanding the network’s sports coverage and introducing innovative production techniques. He launched “NFL Updates,” NCAA Basketball “Whip-arounds,” was responsible for the first televised football game without announcers, and instituted NBC’s live coverage of “Breakfast at Wimbledon.”
He installed Bryant Gumbel as the host of “NFL Live,” hired Bob Costas, and partnered Dick Enberg, Billy Packer and Al McGuire in what is still widely regarded as the best basketball-commentary team in history.
Ohlmeyer left NBC Sports in 1982 to form Ohlmeyer Communications Company (OCC), a full-service advertising agency and marketing firm, as well as a television consulting operation for clients such as the NFL, NHL and Major League Baseball. He also oversaw partner Nabisco’s 20 percent interest in ESPN.
At OCC, he served as Executive Producer for a wide range of creative projects, ranging from sports events to dramatic motion pictures for television. In addition, he has produced the Emmy® Awards show and, in conjunction with Bob Pittman, created and produced the MTV Awards Show. He also was the creator and producer of “The Skins Game,” the most successful made-for-television golf franchise ever.
In 1993, he rejoined NBC to serve as President, NBC West Coast until his retirement in 2000. In March 2000, Ohlmeyer returned to his first love, sports producing, when he agreed to do one season of “ABC’s Monday Night Football.” He currently is an adjunct professor at California’s Pepperdine University where he teaches courses in Directing, Story and the Audience, and Documentary Filmmaking.
In addition to his 16 Emmy®s, he has been honored with two Peabody Awards, Cine Golden Eagle Award, Miami Film Festival Award, National Film Board Award, Glaad Media Award, and three Humanitas Prizes.
Ohlmeyer is a graduate of Notre Dame University. He has four sons. He and his wife Linda reside in Southern California.
The National Television Academy is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy® Awardfor News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime Entertainment, Daytime Creative Arts and Entertainment, Public & Community Service, Technology & Engineering, and Business & Financial Reporting. Beginning in 2006, The National Television Academy began recognizing programming produced for the Internet, cellphones, and portable media players with its new Broadband Emmy® Award for Outstanding Achievement in Content for Broadband and Portable Delivery. Excellence in Primetime programming and international programming is recognized by its affiliate, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Regional Emmy®s are given in 20 regions across the United States. Beyond awards, the National Television Academy has extensive educational programs including National Student Television and its Student Award for Excellence for outstanding journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships, publications, and major activities for both industry professionals and the viewing public. For more information, please visit the website at www.Emmyonline.tv.
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