Ohlmeyer, Kusserow Continue Family Legacy with New Production Company
Chris Ohlmeyer, long-time producer and director for ESPN, and Lou Kusserow, the executive producer for Winnercomm from 2007-2010, have formed a new production company, Ohlmeyer Kusserow Group.
Ohlmeyer and Kusserow have more than 40 years combined broadcast experience and will focus on sports television production, but will also produce entertainment, documentary, and Internet content. The new company, also known as OKG, will be headquartered in Austin, Texas.
“The goal with OKG is to provide high-quality productions at affordable prices,” Ohlmeyer says. “In the current marketplace, there is a need for packagers who can deliver network quality without the network price tag.”
Kusserow adds: “Our producing and directing experience span the broadcast landscape. Chris has produced the British Open, I have directed the U.S. Open in tennis, but we both gained our experience on small-budget college sports where the goal was always to make more with less.”
Both Ohlmeyer and Kusserow are second-generation sports producers. Ohlmeyer is the son of legendary sports producer Don Ohlmeyer and Kusserow is the son of sports television pioneer Lou Kusserow.
Chris Ohlmeyer has worked in the television industry for 20 years. His producing credits include the 2007-2009 British Open Championship for Turner Sports and ABC, ESPN’s LPGA Tour coverage since 1998 and ESPN’s PGA Tour coverage from 2001 until its conclusion in 2006. He has produced the Skins Game and Champions Skins Game airing on ABC and ESPN since 1998. Ohlmeyer directs college basketball and soccer for ESPN. He also directed the world feed for the 2005 NCAA Final Four.
Kusserow spent the past three years serving as executive producer and heading both remote and original productions at Winnercomm. Prior to joining Winnercomm, Kusserow spent 10 years with ESPN as a producer and director. He has worked on telecasts of college football and basketball, golf, tennis, and numerous other sporting events. Currently, he directs ESPN’s tennis coverage of the Australian Open and U.S. Open, for which he earned a national Emmy nomination.
“We share the common experience of having grown up in this business and of choosing to follow in our fathers’ footsteps,” Ohlmeyer says. “We both look at it as an honor to carry on our family name into this next venture.”