Birth Name: Duncan Dickie Ebersol
Birth: July 28, 1947
Biography and Career:
Dick Ebersol was born on July 28, 1947. He is an American radio and television executive.
In 1974, after six years at ABC Sports including stints as Arledge's executive assistant and as a producer on Wide World of Sports and at the 1972 Munich Summer Olympics Ebersol joined the NBC as Director of Weekend Late Night Programming.
In 1975, he hired independent producer Lorne Michaels and together they conceived and developed Saturday Night Live, the groundbreaking comedy showcase that revolutionized the genre. He was named the Vice President, for Late Night Programming at age 28 and became NBC's first ever vice president under the age of 30.
In 1977, he was named NBC's Vice President of Comedy
, Variety & Event Programming.
He returned to "SNL" in 1981 as executive producer and remained there until 1985. In 1983, he formed No Sleep Productions, a highly successful independent production company, and created NBC's Friday Night Videos, the Emmy Award-winning Later with Bob Costas, and together with Vince McMahon, Saturday Night's Main Event. When Ebersol left SNL in 1985, he devoted his energies to his production company. He returned to NBC on May 1, 1989, as president of NBC Sports to undertake the challenge of rebuilding the division. From 1989-91.He also held the title of Senior Vice President, NBC News. In August 1995, he was the architect of another NBC Olympic deal, acquiring the rights for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
In June 1998, he was appointed Chairman, NBC Sports & Olympics. In 1999, Ebersol added the prestigious Visa Triple Crown and NASCAR to the NBC Sports programming lineup, with long-term agreements that started in 2001. In May of 2004, NBC Universal was formed through the merger of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment and he has overseen the seamless merger of NBC Universal's sports properties through the combined assets of USA Network and NBC Sports.
He has regularly been among the top 10 honorees on The Sporting News' annual list of the 100 most powerful sports figures, including 1996 when he was named the publication's 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.
Why do we like Dick Ebersol?
We like him because he is a good television executive.
Why is Dick Ebersol Famous?
He is famous because of his work in the sports industry for television.
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