Sports Emmy honor to Ohlmeyer


NEW YORK -- Veteran TV executive Don Ohlmeyer will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences on April 30 at the 28th annual Sports Emmy Awards.

Ohlmeyer, a winner of 16 Emmys, has made his mark in both sports and entertainment TV since he started his career in 1967.

He first made his mark at ABC, where he produced and directed Olympics coverage, "Monday Night Football" and "Wide World of Sports." Ohlmeyer joined NBC as its executive producer of sports in 1977 and became president of NBC in 1993. He oversaw entertainment-related businesses and led NBC to first place in primetime.

After his first stint at NBC ended in 1982, he created Ohlmeyer Communications Co., which worked with the NFL and Major League Baseball and oversaw Nabisco's 20% interest in fledgling ESPN. Ohlmeyer returned to NBC in 1993 and retired in 2000.

He now teaches at Pepperdine University.