NBC Sports Taps Ross Greenburg to Produce Docs
Former HBO Sports president's first project to debut Jan. 2
By Andrea Morabito and Jon Lafayette -- Broadcasting & Cable, 11/10/2011 1:06:44 PM
Greenburg will also produce the new Bob Costas program announced Wednesday, the monthly interview show Costas Tonight, and its accompanying live town hall series. The two previously collaborated at HBO for the series On the Record and CostasNOW.
"Ross is a master storyteller and a perfect fit to produce high-quality, relevant programming for all of our platforms, particularly NBC Sports Network and Golf Channel," said Mark Lazarus, NBC Sports Group chairman. "His award-winning collaborative relationship with Bob made the decision to retain Ross to oversee production of Costas Tonight a natural."
His first documentary for the network will premiere on the launch day of NBC Sports Network on Jan. 2. Cold War on Ice: Summit Series '72 follows the story of the hockey series played in 1972 between a team of Canadian NHL all-stars and the Soviet Union national team.
Greenburg will also be working on NHL Original Productions, a new initiative by the National Hockey League that will create long- and short-form hockey programming for NBC Sports and the leagues other media assets including NHL Network and NHL.com.
Projects on the drawing board for NHL Original Productions in 2011-12 are Day in the Life player documentaries revealing the regimens and personalities of NHL players appearing in NHL on NBC games. Plans also are being developed for documentaries and features to coincide with the lead up to the NHL's Centennial Celebration in 2017.
"Hockey players compete in a sport that requires an unmatched combination of world-class skill and relentless toughness, all the while remaining the most approachable and genuine of professional athletes," Greenburg said. "I am thrilled to be able to tell their stories in exciting and innovative ways and delighted that I'll be working so closely with the NHL for years to come."
Greenburg departed HBO in July after 33 years at the pay cabler and created his own shingle, Ross Greenburg Productions.
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