FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                             Seth Palansky, NFL, 212/450-2422
NFL Network - 4         7/1/03                                                   


NFL Network President and CEO Steve Bornstein announced today the hiring of two television production veterans as the new channel marches toward a fall launch.

Best Damn Sports Show Period Senior Producer Eric Weinberger will serve as Coordinating Producer of the yet-to-be-named NFL Network signature show based in Los Angeles.  Jennifer Love, Senior Associate Director for Fox NFL Sunday and Fox Saturday Baseball will be the show’s director.

“We’ve now made the three biggest personnel decisions for the network in terms of our signature show,” said Bornstein.  “With Rich Eisen at the helm, we expect this primetime show on NFL Network to be the gathering place for fans, players, coaches and team personnel on a nightly basis to find out what’s going on around the league.”

NFL Network has an initial carriage agreement with DIRECTV’s basic service that is seen in more than 11.4 million homes.  NFL Network will air seven days a week, 24 hours a day on a year-round basis and will be the first television network fully dedicated to the NFL and the sport of football.

Weinberger, as Coordinating Producer, will be responsible for the daily production of the NFL’s signature prime-time show.  From hiring staff, including on-air talent, to creating and formatting content, Weinberger will be charged with the show’s day-to-day operation.

The yet-to-be-named show will air live for one hour each weeknight at 8 PM ET, bringing viewers unique access to the world of the NFL.  The show will be hosted by Eisen in an 11,000 square-foot studio in Los Angeles when it launches this fall.

Weinberger was Senior Producer of Fox Sports Net’s Best Damn Sports Show Period from its launch in July 2001 through May 2003.  He oversaw all aspects of the sports, entertainment and comedy program, including producing, creating and formatting its content. 

An original member of the Fox Sports Net team assembled to launch the channel’s national programming in 1996, Weinberger served as the producer of The Keith Olbermann Evening News from September 2000 to May 2001.

A native of Hillsdale, New Jersey, Weinberger began in the television business at ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut, where he worked from August 1994 to March 1996 producing features for SportsCenter.  The 32-year-old Weinberger will work with Love out of NFL Network’s new studio in Los Angeles.

A mainstay at Fox Sports since shortly after the network entered the sports business in 1994, Love is a veteran of three Super Bowls, where she served as the network’s Senior Associate Director for the Emmy-Award winning pregame shows.  In all, Love has garnered five Emmy awards for her work as part of Fox NFL Sunday and Fox Saturday Baseball.

Her day-to-day responsibilities for NFL Network will include handling the technical side of the nightly show.  Love will work in the show control room and handle decision-making for cameras, tape playback, graphics, remotes and audio.

Love, a member of the Director’s Guild of America (DGA), has worked as an associate director on countless other projects, including projects for ABC, NBC, TNT, CBS, UPN, USA Network, Game Show Network and KCET.

The 38-year-old Love resides in Los Angeles.  Living in California since 1988, Love is originally from Dallas, Texas and attended college at the University of Texas in Austin.

NFL Network will provide 365 days a year of NFL and football-related programming.  With original shows, 100 million feet of film in the NFL Films library and preseason games, NFL Network will be a cable and satellite channel serving a broad audience with in-depth, innovative and compelling programming made possible by its unique access to America’s most popular sport.

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