THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS & SCIENCES
DAVID HILL, CHAIRMAN & CEO
FOX SPORTS MEDIA GROUP
AS THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT HONOREE AT THE
63rd ANNUAL TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING EMMY® AWARDS
TO BE PRESENTED AT
THE INTERNATIONAL CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW IN LAS VEGAS
SHOW TO BE HOSTED BY CBS SPORTS’ LESLEY VISSER
New York, NY – October 31st, 2011 — The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced today that David Hill, Chairman & CEO of the Fox Sports Media Group would be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 63rd Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards. The presentation will take place on Thursday, January 12th, 2012 at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas at The Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino beginning at 6:30 p.m.
“The National Academy’s Awards Committee has made an excellent choice in honoring David Hill, as this year’s Lifetime Achievement honoree in Technology,”
said Malachy Wienges, Chairman, NATAS. “David’s eye for technology has led to many innovations in television including allowing viewers to see the hockey puck better, keep track of the score in the upper-left corner of the screen and see the race track from the driver’s point of view in countless NASCAR events. It is with great respect that we honor him with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Technology.”
This year’s event will be hosted by Lesley Visser, reporter, CBS Sports and the first woman to be recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame as the 2006 recipient of the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award.
“In addition, the evening will honor many technology companies who have set the standard for much of what we do in broadcast television and to those that continue to broaden what is possible in bringing home to the viewer the best that television has to offer,” said Engineering Achievement Committee Chairman, Robert P. Seidel, Vice President of CBS Engineering and Advanced Technology.
Launched in 1948, The Technology and Engineering Emmy® Awards honor development and innovation in broadcast technology and recognize companies, organizations and individuals for breakthroughs in technology that have a significant effect on television engineering.
David Hill, Chairman & CEO Fox Sports Media Group
David Hill has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, FOX Sports Media Group (FSMG), since 1999.
FSMG is the umbrella entity representing News Corporation’s wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets. FSMG includes FOX Sports, the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; Fox’s 19 regional sports networks, their affiliated regional web sites and FSN national programming; SPEED and SPEED2; FOX Soccer and Fox Soccer Plus; FUEL TV; and Fox College Sports. In addition, FSMG also includes FOX Sports Interactive Media, which comprises FOXSports.com, whatifsports.com, Yardbarker.com and scout.com. Hill also oversees Fox’s interests in joint-venture businesses FOX Deportes, Big Ten Network and STATS, LLC, as well as licensing agreements that establish the FOX Sports Radio Network, FOX Sports Skybox restaurants and FOX Sports Grills.
While simultaneously maintaining his FOX Sports responsibilities, Hill served as President of DIRECTV’s entertainment division from April 2005 to March 2007. There he was responsible for the integration of new technologies and the development of programming services. During his tenure, NFL Sunday Ticket SuperFan and NASCAR HotPass enhanced viewing experiences were launched and are among DIRECTV’s most popular subscriptions.
Prior to being named FOX Sports Chairman, Hill was Chairman and CEO, FOX Broadcasting Company from September 1997 to June 1999, while retaining the positions of President and Executive Producer, FOX Sports and President and CEO, Fox Sports Net. His responsibilities as Chairman and CEO of FOX Broadcasting encompassed all programming, marketing, advertising sales and business affairs at the combined entities. Under Hill’s stewardship, FOX Broadcasting witnessed its best 18-49 ratings since becoming a seven night a week network.
In 1996, working with News Corporation executive Chase Carey, Hill set up what is now FSN, an unwired coalition of regional sports networks. Through its 19 owned-and-operated regional networks, FSN serves as the TV home to more than half of all MLB, NHL and NBA teams based in the United States.
Hill joined FOX Broadcasting Company in December 1993 as President, FOX Sports, responsible for the creation of FOX’s sports division. Under his direction, FOX Sports grew from an idea to a fully functional network sports division in just eight months, utilizing state-of-the-art studio and on-site broadcasting facilities. Since those early days with just one sport (NFL), FOX Sports developed into a fully functioning sports division which today is the exclusive national over-the-air television rights holder of Major League Baseball, including the All-Star Game, alternating League Championship Series and World Series; the National Football League’s NFC package, including the NFC Championship Game and alternating Super Bowls and NASCAR’s SPRINT Cup racing from February through May, including the Daytona 500. FOX Sports has been America’s top-rated network for sports for 14 consecutive years (1997-2010).
Hill’s vision led to such innovations as the FOXTrax computer enhanced hockey puck; the FOXBox, the network’s critically acclaimed, and now universally accepted, constant-score-and-clock graphic; the in-base microphone, “Diamond Cam” and "Catcher-Cam" used during MLB on FOX coverage and NASCAR on FOX’s “Crank It Up” “Gopher Cam” and “The Adventures of Digger & Friends” carton series and merchandise.
He began his career with News Corporation in Great Britain in 1988, when he helped launch Sky Television, Britain’s first satellite TV station, and also introduced Eurosport, a pan-European, multilingual, dedicated sports channel that was a joint venture of Sky Television and the European Broadcast Union. When Sky Television merged with British Sky Broadcasting in 1990, he took charge of BSkyB Sports Channel and created Sky Sports in April 1991 and made it the fastest-growing subscription channel in television history.<
Hill relocated to Great Britain from Australia, where he had been Vice President, Sports, with the Nine Network since 1977. Under his direction the station won an unprecedented number of awards for excellence in sports production. His career began as a 17-year-old copy boy at the Sydney Daily Telegraph (Australia). He worked as a reporter on that newspaper, before switching to television at age 19.
Hill lives in Los Angeles with his wife Joan and their family.
Lesley Visser, Reporter, CBS Sports
Lesley Visser added another first to her long and prestigious trailblazing career as the first woman to be recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame as the 2006 recipient of the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award which recognizes "long-term exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football.". Pro Football Hall of Famer Troy Aikman said about Visser in his 2006 induction speech, "She brought respect and professionalism to the field of journalism for her work in print and broadcasting. It makes me proud to be in her company today."
Visser became the first woman sportscaster to carry the Olympic Torch when she was honored in 2004 by the International Olympic Committee as a "pioneer and standard-bearer." She is the only sportscaster in history who has worked on the network broadcast of the Final Four, Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals, Triple Crown, Olympics, U.S. Open and World Figure Skating Championship. Visser served as lead reporter for the Network’s coverage of the NFL, teaming with CBS Sports’ No. 1 announce team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms in 2004. This year she again is a part of THE NFL TODAY team. Visser worked her 28th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship last March, having worked the tournament for the Boston Globe, ESPN and CBS. This past season marked her 34th year covering the NFL.
Visser was honored by the American Women in Radio and Television, Inc. in June 2006 as the first woman sportscaster recipient of a Gracie Allen Award which celebrates programming created for women, by women and about women, as well as individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the industry. This year, she became the first woman sportscaster to host the Gracie Awards. Visser also, this year, received the Emily Couric Leadership Award – previously given to Sandra Day O’Connor, Caroline Kennedy and Donna Brazile – and this fall she will be honored at the 22nd Annual Sports Legend Dinner, to benefit the Buoniconti fund to cure paralysis. In 2005 she won the Pop Warner female achievement award and was inducted into the New England Sports Museum Hall of Fame, along with Boston Celtics legend Bob Cousy and the 1980 United States Olympic Hockey team.
Visser was a reporter for THE SUPER BOWL TODAY, CBS Sports’ Super Bowls XXXV and XXXVIII pre-game broadcasts. Visser also contributes reports for CBS News and serves as a reporter for HBO Sports’ "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel." She spent nearly seven years with ABC Sports and was a sideline reporter for "Monday Night Football," becoming the first woman assigned to the series and the first woman ever to report from the sidelines during a Super Bowl. While at ABC Sports, Visser served as a reporter for college football bowl games and NFL playoff games. She also contributed to ABC’s coverage of Triple Crown horse racing, "ABC’s Wide World of Sports," Major League Baseball, including the World Series, figure skating, Special Olympics, skiing, the Pro Bowl, and an ABC series "A Passion to Play." She hosted the network’s coverage of the "Millennium Tournament of Roses Parade."
She returned to CBS Sports in August 2000 as a contributor to THE NFL TODAY, college basketball, figure skating and the U.S. Open Tennis Championships. Visser covered the NCAA Final Four and Super Bowl for ESPN. She joined CBS Sports in 1984 and became full-time in 1987. Her assignments included the NBA, college basketball, MLB, college football, U.S. Open Tennis Championships and the
Winter Olympics, and she was a regular on THE NFL TODAY. In 1992 Visser became the first woman to handle the post-game presentation ceremony at the Super Bowl and in 1989 she covered the fall of the Berlin Wall, focusing on how sports would change in East Germany.
Visser began her career in sports journalism in 1974 as a member of the Boston Globe sports staff on a grant from the Carnegie Foundation, two years later she was assigned to cover the New England Patriots, becoming the first ever female NFL beat writer. While at the Boston Globe she covered the NCAA Final Four, Super Bowl, NBA Finals, World Series, Wimbledon, the Olympics and college football.
Visser has been honored with the Compass Award for "changing the paradigm of her business" and was one of the 100 luminaries commemorating the 75th anniversary of the CBS Television Network in 2003. She was named "WISE Woman of the Year" in 2002 and voted the "Outstanding Women’s Sportswriter in America" in 1983 and won the "Women’s Sports Foundation Award for Journalism" in 1992. In 1999 she won the first AWSM Pioneer Award. Visser earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Boston College and received an honorary doctorate of Journalism from her alma mater in May 2007. She was born Sept. 11 in Quincy, Mass and is married to FOX/Turner sportscaster Dick Stockton. They reside in Boca Raton, Fla.
About The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) 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® Award for News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime Entertainment, Daytime Creative Arts & Entertainment, Public & Community Service, and Technology & Engineering. Regional Emmy® Awards are given in 19 regions across the United States. NATAS also presents the Global Media Awards™ which recognizes excellence in the world-wide intersection of digital entertainment and technology. Emmy® Awards given out for primetime programming are presented by our sister organization, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS). Beyond awards, NATAS has extensive educational programs including its Chapters Regional Student Television Awards for Excellence in 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