Former NBC exec producer will oversee production
Univision has named former NBC Sports exec producer David Neal as senior veep of sports production and exec producer.
Neal, who left NBC after 30 years in 2010 to form his own shingle, will now also oversee production for Univision sports properties across all platforms, leading up to the April debut of a 24-hour sports network (with the working title of Univision Deportes).
“It’s a perfect scenario for me,” Neal said. “I get to be an integral part of the launch of a new network and all that entails, but I also get to keep my production company.”
Neal, who will report to Univision Sports prexy Sandy Brown, was a longtime colleague at NBC of Randy Falco, who was named CEO of Univision in June.
The main event of the new network will be soccer, which Neal had recent experience with when he exec produced Univision’s Gold Cup coverage this summer, with audiences peaking at 12 million.
“I think there is nothing but upside,” Neal said of the network. “What I’ve really been taken by is, this is the most loyal fanbase I’ve ever seen for a network.
“For me, what’s really exciting is knowing that we have the World Cup in 2014. I’ve done nine Olympics, but I’ve never done a World Cup. I can’t wait to be part of that.”
Boxing will also play a major role in the network, and there will be a mix of studio shows as well.
Through David Neal Prods., Neal is next exec producing 20 hours of the “Epic Poker League.” CBS will air seven of the hours beginning in October, with Pat O’Brien hosting. Velocity will launch its 13 hours beginning Sept. 30.