In January 2016, Fred Gaudelli concluded his 26th consecutive year as the lead producer for an NFL primetime game and his 10th season as coordinating producer of Sunday Night Football. SNF has been primetime television’s #1 show for five consecutive years (2011-15) – an accomplishment only three other U.S. primetime TV shows can claim since 1950.
An 18-time Emmy Award winner, Gaudelli has produced five Super Bowls (XLIII, XL, XXXVII, XLVI and XLIX). Super Bowl XLIX, in which the New England Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks in a thrilling four-point victory, became the most-watch program in U.S. TV history with an average of 114.4 million viewers. Three years earlier on NBC, Super Bowl XLVI became the most-viewed program in U.S. television history at the time.
From the 2008-13 NFL seasons, Sunday Night Football won six consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Live Sports Series – a Sports Emmy record.
Prior to joining Sunday Night Football, Gaudelli spent five seasons as producer of ABC’s Monday Night Football, including producing Super Bowl XL in February 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 through 2000.
Gaudelli introduced the critically acclaimed 1st & Ten 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 November 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 March of 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.