Fred Gaudelli, the executive producer of NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” and the network’s “Thursday Night Football” series, will produce his sixth Super Bowl on Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis, Minn., on NBC.
A 21-time Emmy Award winner, the most recent of Gaudelli’s five prior Super Bowls (XLIII, XL, XXXVII, XLVI and XLIX) was Super Bowl XLIX, which is the most-watched program in U.S. TV history with an average of 114.4 million viewers. In that 2015 game, the New England Patriots posted a thrilling four-point victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Three years earlier on NBC, Super Bowl XLVI became the most-viewed program in U.S. television history at the time.
NBC promoted Gaudelli to his current position in 2016. Gaudelli recently completed his 28th season as the lead producer for an NFL primetime game and his 12th season producing NBC “Sunday Night Football.”
The 2017 NFL season concluded with “SNF” again ranking as primetime television’s #1 show. “Sunday Night Football” is on pace to rank as TV’s #1 primetime show for the full (September-May) television season for the seventh year in a row – making it the first and only primetime show to rank #1 for seven consecutive years since 1950 and breaking its tie with “American Idol.”
On Nov. 16, 2017, NBC Sports, led by Gaudelli and director Drew Esocoff, presented the first NFL game with the primary live coverage coming from SkyCam. Three weeks earlier, NBC’s “dual” SkyCam coverage received widespread acclaim from viewers when it was pressed into action due to fog during “Sunday Night Football.” In that game, the Falcons-Patriots Super Bowl LI rematch, fog rolled into Gillette Stadium late in the first half. After halftime, SkyCam technology provided the best camera angles to offer consistent and clear views of the live action.
On Aug. 4, 2017, “Sunday Night Football” was honored with a display in the Pro Football Hall of Fame for “its record run as the #1 show in all of primetime television.”
In the first 11 seasons on NBC (2006-16), “Sunday Night Football” won 26 Sports Emmys, including the award for Outstanding Live Sports Series in eight of the last nine years. During the 2008-13 NFL seasons, “Sunday Night Football” won six consecutive Outstanding Live Sports Series honors – a Sports Emmy record – and won again following the 2015 and 2016 NFL seasons.
Prior to joining “Sunday Night Football,” Gaudelli spent five seasons as producer of ABC’s “Monday Night Football,” including producing Super Bowl XL in 2006. With Gaudelli as producer, “Monday Night Football” and the production of Super Bowl XXXVII were nominated for nine Emmy Awards, winning four, including Outstanding Live Sports Series in 2004 for “MNF.” He produced ESPN’s “Sunday Night Football” game telecasts from 1990-2000.
Gaudelli introduced the critically acclaimed 1st & 10 technology, the electronically produced yellow line that appears to be painted across the field at the first down marker; the GoalPost Cam; and the rotating clock/score box. In addition, he produced the first live sports telecast to use real-time polling data (via Enhanced TV) on all instant replay challenges. In 1997, Gaudelli oversaw ESPN’s day-to-day coverage of Major League Baseball, which won the CableACE Award for Outstanding Live Sports Series.
Named senior coordinating producer at ESPN in 1996, Gaudelli oversaw day-to-day administration of the cable network’s National Football League telecasts, as well as the NFL Draft and X Games. He also served as senior producer of the ESPY Awards from 1998-2001. Gaudelli was named producer of ESPN’s NFL Draft coverage in 1990.
Upon joining ESPN’s remote production department in 1983, Gaudelli worked as an associate producer on a variety of sports, including college football, basketball and baseball, the USFL, the U.S. Olympic Festival and the NFL Draft. In 1986 he produced the network’s live Thursday night college football series. Additionally, while producing the 1988 College World Series, Gaudelli introduced the technique of live tracking the speed of pitches – a first on television. Prior to joining the remote production department, he worked in the network’s administration department.
A native of Harrison, N.Y., Gaudelli earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Long Island University/C.W. Post in 1982. He currently resides in Madison, Conn., and has a daughter, Reese.