NBC Sports - Tokyo Summer Olympics

NBC Sports - Tokyo Summer Olympics

I have worked on six Olympic Games, including as Supervising Editor for CBS Sports in Nagano, Japan.

My second Japanese Olympics were the 2020 (actually postponed to 2021)Tokyo Summer Olympics with NBC Sports. Samples of my work from those Games are included here:  A “coming-up” promo, an equestrian piece with cameo from Bruce Springsteen, and a fun cultural feature on a Japan’s “Lucky Cat” that got a lot of attention.

During these games, I was a “craft editor” for Sports Desk on the Olympic Zone shows. Sport Desk provided material to regional NBC affiliates that they then customized and branded with their talent and local flavor. So each affiliate created its own unique Olympic Zone show. 

These always aired just before the prime time broadcast, usually right behind local news – a great slot! Olympic Zone was very popular, and our producers often passed along the positive feedback and impressive ratings.

The work was also creative, following a hybrid format that incorporated the urgency and fast-turnaround of news with the production value of sports entertainment. 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! Others were not used to the pace and pressure of fast-turnaround. Helping each producer adapt to new workflows and re-discover their comfort level became part of the job for the Sports Desk editors.

The Olympics can be exhausting – long hours and little sleep, but it pays off. These collaborations were very productive.

NBC Sports - Tokyo Summer Olympics
NBC Sports - Tokyo Summer Olympics

I have worked on six Olympic Games, including as Supervising Editor for CBS Sports in Nagano, Japan.

My second Japanese Olympics were the 2020 (actually postponed to 2021)Tokyo Summer Olympics with NBC Sports. Samples of my work from those Games are included here:  A “coming-up” promo, an equestrian piece with cameo from Bruce Springsteen, and a fun cultural feature on a Japan’s “Lucky Cat” that got a lot of attention.

During these games, I was a “craft editor” for Sports Desk on the Olympic Zone shows. Sport Desk provided material to regional NBC affiliates that they then customized and branded with their talent and local flavor. So each affiliate created its own unique Olympic Zone show. 

These always aired just before the prime time broadcast, usually right behind local news – a great slot! Olympic Zone was very popular, and our producers often passed along the positive feedback and impressive ratings.

The work was also creative, following a hybrid format that incorporated the urgency and fast-turnaround of news with the production value of sports entertainment. 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! Others were not used to the pace and pressure of fast-turnaround. Helping each producer adapt to new workflows and re-discover their comfort level became part of the job for the Sports Desk editors.

The Olympics can be exhausting – long hours and little sleep, but it pays off. These collaborations were very productive.

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