Sports filmmaker Bud Greenspan will be feted with the lifetime achievement award at this year’s Sports Emmys.
Best known for his films on the Olympics, Greenspan established the craft with his 1976 Emmy Award-winning skein “The Olympiad,” a 22-part marathon that included his one-hour special “Jessie Owens Returns to Berlin,” originally broadcast in 1968.
Greenspan has been the writer, helmer and producer of numerous Olympics-themed TV pics, including “Triumph and Tragedy: The 1972 Munich Olympics,” “The Measure of Greatness,” “Bud Greenspan’s Favorite Stories of Summer Olympic Glory” and “Wilma,” an NBC telefilm in 1977 that featured Denzel Washington in his first movie role.
Greenspan is working on a docu about black baseball legend Larry Doby, set to preem on Showtime in July. He just completed lensing his ninth official Olympic pic at the Torino Winter Games.
Award will be presented at the 27th annual Sports Emmys at Gotham’s Lincoln Center on May 1. Noms for the remaining categories will be announced Wednesday.