Charles Coplin Named NHL’s VP of Content

The NHL has appointed Charles Coplin to the new position of executive vice president of content. Coplin had been with the NFL since 2001, most recently as the NFL’s vice president of programming, where he shared Emmy Awards for his work on the America’s Game documentary series, and he worked on Super Bowl halftime productions.

In his new role at the NHL, Coplin will integrate and focus the efforts of all League media and content, including NHL.com; oversee and optimize programming and production for NHL Network; manage all television broadcast and rights-holder relationships; and direct the NHL Digital Studios and original broadband productions.

“Charles Coplin is among the most respected senior executives in sports content, programming and production, and will take our relationship with fans across all platforms and events to the next level,” says NHL COO John Collins.  “Charles is a proven innovator whowill drive a very ambitious content development schedule that meets fandemand for news, video, all-access programming and 24/7 NHL on every platform.”

Coplin had served a dual role at the NFL as both a television programmer and producer of special NFL events. Coplin was responsible for programming the NFL Network since prior to its launch in November 2003. Prior to being the NFL’s vice president of programming, Coplin served as the NFL’s senior director of broadcasting. From 1990 to 2000 Coplin worked at ABC Sports where he produced such shows and events as the Bowl Championship Series, Super Bowl Pre-Game Shows, ABC’s Wide World of Sports, Monday Night Football, ABC’s College Football, and the World Cup.

“The  NHL is very well positioned to capitalize on its maturing media products  and  big  event  strategy, unprecedented fan consumption, and the trends  in  multi-platform digital consumption,” said Coplin.  “By focusing and tightly integrating all of  our media products, and bringing best-in-class production value, we will continue to drive fan behavior by providing the best  content and access across all events and media platforms.”

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