Olympics - Tokyo and Beijing
I have worked on six Olympic Games, including as Supervising Editor for CBS Sports in Nagano, Japan. This is a sample of my work from the two most recent in Beijing and Tokyo with NBC Sports.
This time I worked remotely from the NBC Sports facility in Stanford Connecticut. It is a huge, complex operation servicing a wide range of broadcast and streaming programming. I was a “craft editor” for Sports Desk on the Olympic Zone shows that aired just before the prime time broadcast, on local NBC affiliate stations.
Olympic Zone was very popular and the work creative, following a hybrid format that incorporated the urgency and fast-turnaround of news with the production value of sports entertainment. Each affiliate used the features we provided from NBC Sports to customize their shows with their own talent and local flavor.
The producers I worked with came from both news and sports backgrounds. I felt well-equipped to help each kind of experience adjust to the challenges and demands of working an Olympic Games. Some of the news producers had never edited with music before! They were delighted to be able to do so.
The Olympics can be exhausting – long hours and little sleep, but it pays off. These collaborations were very productive.