Dick Ebersol
American television executive
Dick Ebersol
Duncan "Dick" Ebersol is an American television executive and a senior adviser for NBC Universal Sports & Olympics. He had previously been the chairman of NBC Sports, producing large scale television events such as the Olympic Games and National Football League broadcasts.
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Thursday's TV Highlights: The CW's 'Riverdale' on KTLA
LATimes - 28 days
SERIES 30 for 30 The new episode “This Was the XFL”  documents the rise and fall of the professional football league founded by former NBC executive Dick Ebersol and professional wrestling icon Vince McMahon that lasted only a single season. 6 p.m. ESPN; 11 p.m. ESPN2 The Big Bang Theory Sheldon...
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“Saturday Night Live” and Richard Pryor: The untold story behind “SNL’s” edgiest sketch ever
Salon.com - over 3 years
Up until the mid-1970s, the networks had little interest in Saturday late-night shows. After the eleven o’clock news, the airwaves were a bone-yard for local affiliates, the final resting place for schlock movies from the 1950s and ’60s. NBC stations had the option of rerunning recent episodes of "The Tonight Show" to predictably tepid ratings, which did not please either the affiliates or Johnny Carson. When Carson pulled the weekend reruns, preferring to repackage them as “best of ” programs to air on weeknights so that he could enjoy some time off, NBC president Herbert Schlosser and vice president of late night programming Dick Ebersol tapped Lorne Michaels, a veteran of Rowan and Martin’s "Laugh-In," to create something edgy and new. Johnny Carson dismissed "Saturday Night" as crude and sophomoric. He was right. That he considered the jibe a debilitating argument against the show only underscores how out of step “the lonesome hero of middle America” (as a 1970 Life magazine cover ...
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Mike Ryan: Why You Should Stop Saying 'SNL' Is In Trouble
Huffington Post - over 3 years
It's hard not to assume that the overwhelming majority of people who write stories about "Saturday Night Live" either don't watch "SNL" on a regular basis or don't have a clue how the show works. Or both. That's really the only explanation I can find for the proliferation of headlines this week referencing a "crisis" that requires a "miracle" to solve, "upheavals," another "crisis," and an "exodus" that the show may not "survive." All this because three members of a 14-person cast decided to leave the show. On the scale of "SNL" crises over the past 38 seasons, this one strikes me as decidedly underweight. Yes: Bill Hader, Fred Armisen and Jason Sudeikis are longstanding veterans of the show and will be missed. (And, no, I'm not forgetting that Seth Meyers is leaving the show in December, but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.) The only sure bet any "SNL" cast member can make is that one day, he or she will no longer be on "SNL." This is not a "crisis"; this is ju ...
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When Tina Fey Thinks 'SNL' Should End
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
The fact that Tina Fey has a new movie coming out next week seems like serendipitous timing. It was just a little over six weeks ago that her critically adored (but ratings deficient) television series, "30 Rock," ended its seven-season run. Now, having digested that, we're presented with the next chapter of Fey's career: full-time movie star. (Or "movie participant," as she says.) In "Admission," Fey plays an admissions officer at Princeton who goes to bat for an academically lacking, yet brilliant student who was brought to her attention by a high school administrator, played by Paul Rudd. We spoke to Fey by phone (after she had just signed off Skype with a Russian dialect coach for her upcoming role in "The Muppets ... Again!") about finally working with Rudd, her favorite moments from the well-received finale of "30 Rock" and, if the day comes that Lorne Michaels decides to leave "Saturday Night Live," whether Fey would be interested in the job. While watching "Admis ...
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Stu Kreisman: NBC's Peacock Gets Plucked
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Is NBC still a viable network? I asked myself that question last Thursday while watching the season premier of Community. At the orders of programming chief Robert Greenblatt, the quirky comedy with a dedicated following has been neutered to a shell of its former self, following the firing of creator Dan Harmon. What made matters worse was that during the show was a promo for the network's only arrow left in its quiver: The Apprentice with Donald Trump who just recently rated barely above a cockroach as far as likability. Not just The Apprentice mind you, but an all-star version starring the likes of D-Listers Gary Busey, Dennis Rodman and someone named Omarosa. This is the best that NBC can do. I used to be proud to work for NBC. The peacock network stood for quality. Now it's just a joke. Innovative thinking is giving Betty White an hour a week to "Host" something called Betty White's Off Their Rockers, a show where elderly actors half heartedly say outrageous things ...
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Liz Smith: Carly Simon's 'No Secrets' Re-released. But Some Secrets Remain Intact. (Who Was 'So Vain'?)
Huffington Post - over 4 years
"YOU HAD me several years ago when I was still quite naïve. You said we made such a pretty pair and that you would never leave/ But you gave away the things you loved and one of them was me." Who of a certain age doesn't know those lyrics from Carly Simon's ironic and infamous song -- "You're So Vain"? It was a parlor game for decades trying to figure out to whom Carly was referring -- Mick Jagger, Warren Beatty, or other carelessly cruel male beauties of the time? She never quite said -- clever girl. The Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe-winner would marry James Taylor -- at the time a very hot number -- and they would have two children before divorcing. Looking back, Simon might have been anticipating her relationship with Taylor when she wrote "You're So Vain." In any case, Carly's landmark album, No Secrets celebrates its 40th anniversary soon. A special version of it will be released. It will include (of course) "You're So Vain" and "The Right Thing to Do ...
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NBC Passes Olympic Baton to ‘Today’ Producer
NYTimes - over 4 years
Jim Bell, 44, “Today” executive producer for seven years, takes over from Dick Ebersol, who oversaw eight Games.
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NBC Vastly Expanding Live Stream Olympics Coverage
Huffington Post - over 4 years
NEW YORK (AP) — If you miss any of your favorite events during the upcoming Summer Olympics in London, don't blame NBC. Every sport, every single competition will be streamed live online or telecast by NBC and its affiliated cable networks in the U.S. this summer — starting with the Great Britain vs. New Zealand women's soccer game on July 25, two days before the opening ceremony. It will be the most visible change for NBC in its first Olympics coverage since 1992 not run by veteran television executive Dick Ebersol. Ebersol, executive producer of eight winter and summer Olympic telecasts for NBC, quit as head of NBC Sports in May 2011. He will still be in London working for NBC as a consultant. On television and online, NBC will offer 5,535 hours of Olympics coverage. The NBC broadcast network itself will have 272 hours, including the flagship prime-time telecast that will amount to a "greatest hits" of each day's competition. ...
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Martin Short On The Differences Between 'SNL' & 'SCTV'
Moviefone Blog - over 4 years
Earlier, Martin Short spoke about his voice work in this weekend's new animated film, "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" -- as well as reflecting on past film roles in favorites like "Three Amigos," "InnerSpace" and "Clifford." Here, in part two, Short discusses his time on the Canadian sketch comedy show "Second City Television," as well as his one season on "Saturday Night Live." "SCTV," a Toronto based sketch comedy show that aired off and on from 1976 to 1984, spawned the likes of comedy legends John Candy, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Joe Flaherty and, of course Martin Short. Then, in the fall of 1984, the already established Short joined other "all stars" Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer for the last season of Dick Ebersol's run as the producer of "SNL." Here, Short talks about his days on "SCTV" and his former fellow cast member, Rick Moranis (the two were only on the show together for part of one season), who has retired f ...
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NBC Picks Executive Producer of 'Today' to Run London Olympics Coverage
NYTimes - over 5 years
Nearly three months ago, Comcast agreed to pay $4.38 billion for its NBC Universal subsidiary to carry the four Olympics from 2014 to 2020. On Tuesday, NBC made a critical hire, naming Jim Bell, the executive producer of the ''Today'' show, as its top Olympic producer for the 2012 London Games. No decision has been made about Bell's role at the
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Dick Ebersol Lists $13 Mil Telluride Home (Exclusive) - Hollywood Reporter
Google News - over 5 years
THR has learned that Dick Ebersol, who resigned from NBC in May, and his wife, Susan St. James, have put their Telluride house on the market for $13 million. Located the tony enclave of Mountain Village, the 7-bedroom, log-and-stone house sits among
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Five ways to make a potential Vegas league worth a fan's while - Yahoo! Sports (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
ESPN, Turner and FOX Sports affiliates won't touch the event with a 10-share pole so as not to upset their NBA partners; and the ghost of Dick Ebersol's relationship with David Stern could prevent NBC from broadcasting the tournament on either NBC or
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Local media exec replaces TV legend - Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Lazarus, 48, was picked to replace TV heavyweight Dick Ebersol, who abruptly resigned in a contract dispute with new owner Comcast on May 19 after 22 years at the helm. Talk about getting thrown into the fire. On June 7, the International Olympic
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Some Irish Home Games on Versus: How Does This Change Notre Dame Football? - One Foot Down
Google News - over 5 years
Secondly, this wasn't the best way to break the news with some of these quotes from Lazarus (who has succeeded noted Notre Dame enthusiast Dick Ebersol as chairman of NBC Sports). It would have been better if there were more details involved and not
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At NBC, the brand plays on - Boston Globe
Google News - over 5 years
Dick Ebersol had hinted at a Versus name change before his surprising resignation as the NBC Sports chief in May. Lazarus, Ebersol's successor, described the change as “beyond logical.'' “It allows us to completely align the sports assets of this new
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The Vulture Transcript: Joe Piscopo Dissects His Career, From SNL to the Buff ... - New York Magazine (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
And then [Dick Ebersol] came in [at the end of the critically despised season], and they brought him back as the consigliere, you know, and that's when they kept Eddie and I and fired everybody. Oh man. It was a bloodbath
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dick Ebersol
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 66
    Ebersol is the 2014 recipient of the Paul White Award, the highest award presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association.
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  • 2011
    Age 63
    On May 19, 2011, Dick Ebersol resigned from NBC Sports.
    More Details Hide Details The New York Times stated that he intended to stay at NBC through the end of June 2011. It was later reported that Ebersol would return to NBC Sports in time for the beginning of the 2011 NFL season to serve in a senior adviser role. Ebersol has often been in the top 10 honorees on The Sporting News annual list of the 100 most powerful sports figures, including in 1996 when he was named the Most Powerful Person in Sports. In 1992, Ebersol was awarded the Olympic Order, an honor periodically bestowed by the International Olympic Committee to recognize remarkable contributions to the Olympic Movement.
  • 2010
    Age 62
    In May 2010, Ebersol was the commencement speaker at Sacred Heart University for its graduating class of 2010.
    More Details Hide Details He was presented with a Doctor of Humane Letters by University President Anthony J. Cernera.
  • 2009
    Age 61
    At the 2009 SportsBusiness Journal awards ceremony, Ebersol won Sports Executive of the Year and NBC Sports won Best in Sports Television.
    More Details Hide Details On April 27, 2009, the six "Commissioners of American Sport" – Roger Goodell (NFL), David Stern (NBA), Bud Selig (MLB), Gary Bettman (NHL), Tim Finchem (PGA Tour) and Brian France (NASCAR) – were part of a presentation that concluded with Muhammad Ali awarding Ebersol the Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2005
    Age 57
    In 2005, Ebersol was inducted into both the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame and the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. In 2008, NBC won the Peabody Award for its coverage of the Beijing Opening Ceremony along with Chinese film director Zhang Yimou, who served as the event's creative director.
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  • 2004
    Age 56
    He assumed the title as Chairman of NBC Universal Sports & Olympics in May 2004 when NBC and Universal merged.
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  • 2003
    Age 55
    In December 2003, Ebersol agreed to a nine-year contract to continue running NBC Sports & Olympics through 2012.
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    In 2003, Ebersol led NBC to acquire the exclusive U.S. media rights to the 2010 Winter Games and the 2012 Summer Olympics.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1995
    Age 47
    In August 1995, he acquired the rights for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
    More Details Hide Details It marked the first time that rights for consecutive Olympics were awarded at the same time. Later that same year, he spearheaded NBC Sports' acquisition of the exclusive media rights for the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics, and the 2006 Winter Olympics. The agreements marked the first time that the same network had been awarded the rights to five consecutive Olympics.
  • 1993
    Age 45
    In 1993, he secured the rights to the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics.
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  • 1992
    Age 44
    He served as executive producer for the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, his first Olympics since Munich in 1972 for ABC.
    More Details Hide Details Ebersol's early tenure at NBC Sports was highlighted by a string of sports-property acquisitions and renewals, including the NFL, NBA, Notre Dame football and MLB, through the formation of the joint-venture Baseball Network. During the 1995–96 television season, for the only time in history, the World Series, Super Bowl, NBA Finals and Summer Olympics were telecast by the same network. It was following this run in 1996 that The Sporting News named Ebersol the "Most Powerful Person in Sports." By January 1998, NBC had become the home of four Super Bowls in six years.
  • 1989
    Age 41
    Ebersol became president of NBC Sports in 1989, and was promoted to Chairman, NBC Sports & Olympics in June 1998.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1985
    Age 37
    When Ebersol left SNL in 1985, he devoted his time to his production company until rejoining NBC in 1989.
    More Details Hide Details Ebersol also served as senior vice president of NBC News.
  • 1983
    Age 35
    In 1983, Ebersol formed No Sleep Productions, an independent production company that created Emmy Award-winning NBC shows Friday Night Videos and Later with Bob Costas.
    More Details Hide Details Together with Vince McMahon, Ebersol produced Saturday Night's Main Event.
  • 1981
    Age 33
    After a brief departure, he returned to SNL in 1981 as executive producer and remained until 1985, spanning the Eddie Murphy and Billy Crystal eras.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1976
    Age 28
    Ebersol was previously married to former Wheel of Fortune hostess Susan Stafford from 1976 to 1981.
    More Details Hide Details He has been married to actress Susan Saint James since 1981. They have two surviving children, Charlie and Willie (a son, Teddy, died); Saint James has two children from a previous marriage. On November 28, 2004, a private charter jet carrying Ebersol and two of his sons, Charlie and Teddy, crashed during an attempted takeoff from Montrose Regional Airport in Colorado. The jet's captain, Luis Polanco, flight attendant Warren T. Richardson III, and Teddy Ebersol were killed. Dick and his older son, Charlie, along with the first officer survived, though seriously injured. Charlie was thrown clear of the plane and rushed back inside and managed to pull his father to safety. On June 10, 2006, Teddy Ebersol Field was dedicated along the Charles River in Boston.
  • 1975
    Age 27
    In 1975 Ebersol and Lorne Michaels conceived and developed Saturday Night Live.
    More Details Hide Details Named as Vice President of Late Night Programming at age 28, Ebersol became NBC's first-ever vice president under the age of 30.
  • 1974
    Age 26
    In 1974, he joined NBC as Director of Weekend Late Night Programming.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1967
    Age 19
    In 1967, at the age of twenty, Ebersol began his long history with the Olympics when he temporarily dropped out of Yale University to join Roone Arledge and ABC Sports as television's first-ever Olympic researcher.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1947
    Born
    Born on July 28, 1947.
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