Mike Pearl, 77, Olympics Producer

(ATR) Famous Olympics producer Mike Pearl, who worked at five networks and gained 17 Sporting activities Emmy Awards, has died at age 77.

Mike Pearl was inducted into the Athletics Broadcasting Corridor of Fame in 2015. (Athletics Broadcasting HOF)

Acquiring established himself as a effectively-revered and gifted producer of CBS Sport’s extremely rated NFL Right now pre-game demonstrate, Pearl commenced doing the job on community Olympic protection although at ABC Sports activities in the 1980’s. He contributed to ABC’s protection of Sarajevo 1984, Los Angeles 1984 and Calgary 1988, in addition to the acclaimed anthology sequence ABC’s Huge Planet of Sports activities.

Pearl returned to his roots at CBS Sports activities in 1988 as the Tiffany Network obtained Olympic broadcast rights from the IOC for the first time since 1960. The veteran expertise would serve as coordinating producer of the network’s coverage of the 1992 Albertville and 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics.

In a submit to fellow members of the CBS Sports’ Albertville 1992 Facebook website page in July 2019, Pearl highlighted some of the innovation and accomplishments of the network’s protection.

“No one did things like sending a person of the junior reporters to (Alberto) Tomba’s hometown to carry back a report on individuals there looking at his runs and acquiring their reaction,” Pearl wrote.

“Or like sending a cameraman to Sarajevo to shoot by means of a bullet hole window displaying a relatives observing Albertville. And (Charles) Kuralt’s piece. There are no far more Charlies.

“Sure, engineering has enhanced how we watch the Olympics and additional and more host uncooked feeds are getting applied. But the organization has also occur down to ESPN accomplishing some faculty basketball online games with announcers contacting the sport off tube.

“No 1 has still to match our information. Or hook an audience (certainly, we were fortunate with functions before and all through the opposition) like we did in Lillehammer around two months,” Pearl wrote, referring to the drama that played out concerning U.S. determine skaters Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding, on and off the ice, that drew as a result of the roof primetime rankings.

Pearl requires a crack at the Albertville ’92 Olympics.

Olympic marketing expert Michael Payne tweeted of Pearl: “Legendary is proper. The tale telling CBS developed on the Lillehammer Video games created complete Olympic magic. RIP Mr. Pearl.”

Pearl also mentioned that one particular of his prized profession moments was performing on an unique script along with CBS storytelling legend Charles Kuralt having to pay tribute to France’s majestic Savoie Mountains and its friendly nearby people.

Following the 1994 Lillehammer Video games, Pearl took on his future big problem when Turner Athletics president Harvey Schiller provided the veteran producer an possibility to revamp the cable network’s creation operations.

As a senior vice president and government producer, Pearl oversaw output of Turner’s cable coverage of the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, the Goodwill Video games, the NFL, Atlanta Braves baseball, NASCAR, figure skating, golfing, Wimbledon and university football.

Pearl’s crowning achievement at Turner Sporting activities would be his revamp of the NBA on TNT and bringing aboard Charles Barkley as a large profile studio expertise. The colourful and unpredictable basketball analyst would propel the revolutionary show to getting a 9-time Emmy award winner.

In 2003, Pearl returned to ABC Sports activities. Through his second stint there, he oversaw manufacturing of Monday Evening Soccer (as properly as Tremendous Bowl XL), the BCS National Championship, the 2006 FIFA Entire world Cup, the Open Championship, the Indianapolis 500, and the World Determine Skating Championships.

Following the merger of ESPN and ABC Sports in 2005, Pearl ongoing to oversee unique tasks for ESPN and Disney, which includes a bid to the IOC for the broadcast legal rights to the 2014 and 2016 Olympics.

In modern many years Pearl was semi-retired and operated a consulting organization Michael Pearl Productions.

Pearl was inducted into the Sporting activities Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2015.

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