Neal to produce Emmy webcast

Backstage doings will compliment live telecast

Former NBC Sports exec producer David Neal will exec produce and direct a live backstage webcast from Sunday’s Primetime Emmy ceremony for NBC.com and Emmys.com.

Webcast is set to begin a few minutes before the Emmys’ 5 p.m. Pacific start and continue after the ceremony as needed.

“We’ll stay live on the Web as long as there’s stuff to show,” Neal told Daily Variety. “Not a surprise, but (Emmy host Jimmy Fallon) is really into it. I know that he wants to do whatever he can, though he’ll be really busy.

“This is not something that’s going to compete with the broadcast; it’s going to complement the broadcast.”

“It’s going to be very raw,” Neal said. “There’s nothing particularly polished about it. I’m going to be using the experience I gained all those years in sports and reacting to what’s going on. There’s no script; the only thing I’m going to have is Don’s show rundown.”

Neal will also direct, using eight behind-the-scenes cameras (including ones positioned immediately offstage and in the green room, the writers’ area and kudocast exec producer Don Mischer’s base of operations).

Another camera option will be the thank-you cam, based on its successful use at this year’s Oscars.

“It was amazing how many actors were drawn to it,” Neal said. “Jeff Bridges is still talking, I think. … He has five different clips up there.”

With the goal of broadening his resume to include entertainment, Neal left NBC Sports in June following a 30-year career there, highlighted by 30 Emmys and seven stints producing the Olympics primetime show. This latest arrangement with Mischer builds upon a relationship that began in 1995, before the Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

“Everything that’s important about an Olympic opening ceremony, I learned from him,” Neal said. “He’s the one who said to me, ‘You can do this out here — what you know from sports and live television will very easily transfer to Hollywood.

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