David Neal Joins Univision, Named Senior Vice President of Production for Sports
Univision Communications, the leading media company serving Hispanic America, has appointed David Neal as senior vice president of production for Sports. Neal will report to Alexander “Sandy” Brown, president of Sports at Univision Communications. In this new role, based in Miami, he will oversee production for Univision’s sports properties across all platforms.
“We are thrilled to have an award-winning producer of David’s caliber join the Univision team,” said Brown. “His innovative production skills, coupled with his ingenuity and passion for sports, will continue to build on Univision’s leadership position in sports programming.”
The span of Neal’s career includes various responsibilities within NBC, most recently as executive producer of NBC Sports. Since 2001, he also served as executive vice president of NBC Olympics, overseeing the production, programming, and technical engineering departments of NBC’s Olympic division. During his 29 years at NBC, Neal produced nine Olympic Games, four NBA Finals, two World Series, and a Super Bowl pregame show.
His notable productions include the opening ceremony and primetime shows for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, which were recognized with a Peabody Award, three Primetime Emmy Awards, and four Sports Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Live Event Turnaround.
At the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, Neal received an Emmy Award for his role in the development of the innovative “dive-cam” underwater camera, which is still in use today.
His other professional accolades include a Primetime Emmy Award for producing the opening ceremony of the 2006 Torino Olympic Games, along with six Emmy Awards for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Those honors followed a record total of 11 Emmys for NBC’s coverage of the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games.
Neal also scored Emmy Awards for the show opening to the 1988 World Series, and for producing and writing the acclaimed documentary retrospective February 25, 1964: The Championship.
Neal has been named among the Mediaweek 50, an honor that recognizes individuals who advance innovation, revenue, and influence in their industries. He also received a National Headliner award for Sports Journalism for his production of The Great Communicators of Sports documentary in 1986.
Neal started his career as a production assistant with NBC’s NFL studio show in 1981, where he was involved in all live events, studio shows, documentaries, and anthology programs. He received a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Southern California.