Acclaimed producer David Neal has joined Univision Communications as senior vice president of production for sports.
Neal, who most recently had been serving as executive producer of NBC Sports, will oversee production for Univision's sports properties across all platforms. Based in Miami, he will report to Univision president of sports Alexander "Sandy" Brown.
"We are thrilled to have an award-winning producer of David's caliber join the Univision team," said Brown in announcing the hire. "His innovative production skills, coupled with his ingenuity and passion for sports will continue to build on Univision's leadership position in sports programming."
Since 2001, Neal had also served as executive vice president of NBC Olympics, responsible for overseeing the production, programming and technical engineering departments of NBC's Olympic division. During his 29 years at NBC, Neal produced nine Olympic Games, four NBA Finals, two World Series and a Super Bowl pregame show.
Among his notable productions are the opening ceremony and primetime shows for the 2008 Beijing Olympics which were recognized with a Peabody Award, three Primetime Emmy Awards and four Sports Emmy Awards. At the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, Neal received an Emmy for his role in the development of the innovative "dive-cam" underwater camera, which is still in use today.
His other professional accolades include a Primetime Emmy Award for producing the opening ceremony of the 2006 Torino Olympic Games, along with six Emmy Awards for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Those honors followed a record total of 11 Emmys for NBC's coverage of the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games.
Neal also scored Emmy Awards for the show opening to the 1988 World Series, and for producing and writing the acclaimed documentary retrospective "February 25, 1964: The Championship."