Fred Gaudelli, the executive producer of NBC’s Sunday Night Football, produced his sixth Super Bowl on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minn. on NBC.
A 21-time Emmy Award winner, the most recent of Gaudelli’s five prior Super Bowls (XXXVII, XL, XLIII, 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 game on February 1, 2015, 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 June 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, based on live plus same day data provided by The Nielsen Company. NBC Sunday Night Football is on pace to rank as TV’s #1 primetime show for the full (Sept.-May) television season for the seventh year in a row – making SNF the first and only primetime show to rank #1 for seven consecutive years (since 1950) (breaking its tie with American Idol).
The 2016 debut of the NBC/NFL Network Thursday Night Football series ranked as primetime’s #2 show in the 2016-17 TV season. The 2017 NBC/NFLN TNF slate ranked fourth among primetime programs in the fall.
On November 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 on October 22, 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 August 4, 2017, NBC 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. From 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 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.