Ohlmeyer to Receive Sports Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award

Mar 21, 2007  •  Post A Comment

Don Ohlmeyer’s award-winning television career brings him a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 28th Annual Sports Emmy Awards hosted Monday, April 30, by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Mr. Ohlmeyer left his marks on television as an award-winning sports producer and executive, as an entertainment producer and as the executive who led NBC’s prime time back to No. 1 in the 1990s. He also invented and produced “The Skins Game,” a made-for-TV gold franchise.

“Don Ohlmeyer is a champion among champions,” NATAS President and CEO Peter 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.”

Mr. Ohlmeyer retired as NBC West Coast president in 2000, capping a career in which he produced and directed such iconic sports programming as “Monday Night Football” and four Olympics at ABC; Super Bowl, World Series and “Breakfast at Wimbledon” coverage for NBC.

In March 2000, Mr. Ohlmeyer returned to “Monday Night Football,” most notably installing sesquipedalian comic Dennis Miller in the booth as commentator.

He teaches courses in directing, story and the audience, and documentary filmmaking at Pepperdine University, where he is adjunct professor.

Through the years, Mr. Ohlmeyer collected 16 Emmys, two Peabody Awards, the Cine Golden Eagle Award, Miami Film Festival Award, National Film Board Award, Glaad Media Award, and three Humanitas Prizes.

The Sports Emmys ceremony will be held April 30 at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.

“I am deeply honored to be the recipient of this award, joining previous honorees for whom I have tremendous respect,” Mr. Ohlmeyer said. “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.”

(Editor: Romanelli)