This month, HBO Sports was the recipient of six Sports Emmy Awards. Honors went to “Inside the NFL” for Outstanding Studio Show Weekly, and the decade old magazine show, “RealSports with Byrant Gumbel” took home two Sports Emmys for Outstanding Sports Journalism and Outstanding Edited Sports Series. HBO Sports commentators, Bob Costas and Cris Collinsworth were also winners for Outstanding Studio Host and Studio Analyst. “Nine Innings From Ground Zero” a one hour documentary which told the story of the 2001 World Series Yankees and the devastation of the 9-11 tragedy, won for Outstanding Music Composition.
Footage from these award-winning productions is immediately available for licensing. The announcement was made by Rick Bernstein, Senior Vice-President, HBO Sports.
Now in its second year, HBO Sports Archives newest initiative is its ‘clips-on-demand’ screening room. Producers under tight budgets can preview select shots within hours. Earlier this spring, its on-line searchable database was added to its website. More and more images originating on film are being made available, from its multi-sport mini-series “Winning” to the critically acclaimed “Wild, Wild World of Animals” programs.
Just back from production, HBO producers shot in The Czech Republic, Greece, Venezuela and Cuba. The non-sports collection hold thousands of hours, including establishing shots, landmarks, lifestyles, nature, pop culture – combined with newsreel footage spanning from the turn of the century to the 1960’s.
Bernstein adds: “Sports is producing more of our programs with both film and high-definition elements; anywhere from coverage of a wide range of Churchill Downs images to bull-riding. We plan to make these images available, and eventually all HBO materials from all divisions, to outside productions.”