Dick Ebersol

Producer, Executive
A prominent and often controversial figure in the history of NBC television, Dick Ebersol was the chief of NBC Sports, overseeing the network's broadcast of numerous Olympic Games beginning in 1992. Prior to his tenure ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1946 in Litchfield County, Connecticut, USA

Filmography

Producer (22)

Beijing Olympic Opening Ceremony: TV Event of the Year 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The National Dog Show Presented by Purina 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

2002 Olympic Winter Games 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

2000 Olympic Games 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Twice Born 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Co-Producer

49th NBA All-Star Game 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

71st Annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Four Continents Figure Skating Championships 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

48th NBA All-Star Game 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

69th Annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The 1996 Summer Olympics 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

1995 NBA All-Star Stay in School Celebration 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The 45th Annual NBA All-Star Game 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Later With Bob Costas 1988 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

An Olympic Christmas: Barcelona Memories 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Saturday Night's Main Event 1985 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The 1992 Summer Olympics 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

One Year: Later 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Michael Jackson Around the World 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Producer

The Midnight Special 1972 - 1981 (TV Show)

Producer

Saturday Night Live 1975 - 1976 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Barbaro: A Nation's Horse (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Writer (1)

Friday Night 1982 - 2001 (TV Show)

Creator

Biography

A prominent and often controversial figure in the history of NBC television, Dick Ebersol was the chief of NBC Sports, overseeing the network's broadcast of numerous Olympic Games beginning in 1992. Prior to his tenure in the sports division, Ebersol had been NBC's chief of late night programming, and helped to create the cultural phenomenon of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), among other popular shows. Though his efforts drew exceptional ratings for the network, Ebersol's career was not without its criticisms: his tenure as producer of "SNL" during the early 1980s after creator-producer Lorne Michaels' departure was a tumultuous one, in which the program turned away from its underground roots and more towards a homogenous, commercially driven program, while his Olympic coverage drew fire for favoring human interest stories over the actual events. Despite the brickbats, Ebersol remained one of the most accomplished figures in television sports for over two decades, as well as a significant figure in the history one of NBC's most enduring programs.

Relationships

Josiah Bunting

Half-Brother

Charles Ebersol

Son
born 1982 mother, Susan Saint James

Edward Ebersol

Son
born c. 1990 mother, Susan Saint James died November 2004 in a plane crash in Colorado

William Ebersol

Son
born October 26, 1986 mother, Susan Saint James

Susan Saint James Actor

Wife
she met Ebersol while guest hosting "SNL" 1981 married six weeks later on Nov. 21, 1981 Saint James filed for divorce from Ebersol in March 2002, but the couple reconciled later that summer

Susan James

Wife
married on November 21, 1981 met on set of "Saturday Night Live" in October 1981

Susan Stafford

Wife
married in 1976 divorced in 1978 appeared on game show "Wheel of Fortune"

EDUCATION

Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut 1967

Milestones

1989

Named president of NBC Sports in April

1989

Took on additional title of senior vice president, NBC News (including a role as senior production executive for the "Today" show)

1985

Co-executive produced the semi-regular wrestling/variety program, "Saturday Night's Main Event"

1983

Launched "Friday Night Videos" on NBC

1981

Returned to "Saturday Night Live"; served as its executive producer

1977

Relocated to California to head up NBC's event specials, variety and comedy departments

1975

Co-created (also produced) "Saturday Night Live"; became a vice president at NBC at the age of 28

1974

First produced the music and variety program, "The Midnight Special"

1974

Promoted in December to the newly created post of director, late night programming

1974

Joined NBC in September as director of weekend late night programming

1970

Became executive assistant to then ABC Sports president, Roone Arledge

1967

Began career as researcher for ABC Sports coverage of the 1968 Winter and Summer Olympics (held in Grenoble, France and Mexico City, respectively)

Worked as gofer at ABC during high school

Raised in Connecticut

Named director of all sports-program development for ABC Sports

Executive produced "Later with Bob Costas"; show continued with other producers

Bonus Trivia

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November 28, 2004, Dick Ebersol was involved in a plane crash in Colorado with sons Charles Ebersol and Edward "Teddy" Ebersol; son Edward Ebersol did not survive.

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