David Neal

Fox Sports, Executive Producer, FIFA World Cup

A prolific and accomplished veteran sports producer and recipient of multiple Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award, David Neal serves as executive producer, FIFA World Cup, and VP, production, FOX Sports. He is responsible for all aspects of the FIFA World Cup on FOX and related events.

Under Neal’s guidance, FOX Sports’ coverage of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup shattered viewership records with more than 25 million viewers for the U.S. victory over Japan in the final, making it the most-watched soccer game in U.S. television history. Neal also contributed to Super Bowl XLVIII coverage, including live programming on FOX and FOX Sports 1 and productions on FOX Sports regional networks and FOX Sports Digital platforms.

Currently, he is focused on the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and leads FOX Sports’ coverage of the 2016 Copa America Centenario, the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, and the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Prior to joining FOX in 2012, Neal spent more than 30 years at NBC Sports, producing nine Olympics, four NBA Finals, two World Series, and a Super Bowl pregame show. Among the memorable telecasts he produced were three of the four most-watched NBA Finals games ever: Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals, Michael Jordan’s last game with the Chicago Bulls (No. 1, 35.9 million viewers), Game 5 of the 1998 Finals (No, 3, 30.6 million), and Game 5 of the 1997 Finals (No. 4, 30.3 million viewers).

At NBC, Neal held dual roles: as EVP of NBC Olympics, he was responsible for the production, programming, and technical-engineering departments, while as executive producer of NBC Sports, for all NBC Sports productions. Besides receiving 32 Sports Emmys and 2 Primetime Emmys, Neal’s innovative and creative vision was recognized with a Peabody Award for NBC’s coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony.

At Univision in 2011-12, Neal led the successful launch of the Univision Deportes Network and served as executive producer for Univision’s coverage of the CONCACAF Gold Cup and CONMEBOL Copa America in 2011. He also created Futbol Central, still one of the network’s most popular studio shows.

In 2010, Neal formed David Neal Productions, producing more than 250 hours of television for clients such as Univision, NBC, CBS, and Velocity.

In September 2008, Neal was ranked No. 13 in the Media Week 50, which recognizes “the overall impact executives have on their industries, in terms of setting new industry standards or best practices.”

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