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Peter Nelson

Executive Vice President
HBO Sports

Peter Nelson is executive vice president, HBO Sports, for Home Box Office.  He is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction, programming and operations of the HBO Sports department, including its boxing franchise and HBO Pay-Per-View®. In addition, the HBO Sports portfolio includes the Peabody- and Emmy Award®-winning journalism program Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, the nine-time Peabody Award-winning documentary team, the boxing studio show The Fight Game with Jim Lampley, the innovative talk show partnership with Uninterrupted, The Shop, and the landmark reality series Hard Knocks and 24/7, which have garnered 16 and 18 Sports Emmy® Awards, respectively.

Since assuming leadership of the division, Nelson has engineered a re-boot of the department’s documentary space, fashioning projects that include Bill Simmons, the WWE, LeBron James and Maverick Carter of SpringHill Entertainment and the Zimbalist Brothers (Michael and Jeff).  The HBO and IMG Original Content partnership generated the highly visible multi-part douc series BEING SERENA in the spring of 2018 that chronicled  the life of tennis superstar Serena Williams. Nelson fostered a relationship with the NBA for unscripted programming that began with the 2018 presentation Courtside at the NBA Finals. He also executed a long-term renewal of the acclaimed reality series Hard Knocks with the NFL.

Nelson joined HBO Sports in 2011 as director of sports and became vice president, programming, HBO Sports in 2013. Prior to HBO, Nelson worked at an art advisory firm in Beverly Hills, Harvard’s Villa I Tatti in Italy, and later as a journalist, having previously done editorial work for Harper’s Magazine and writing for the New York Times, among other publications. In addition, Nelson wrote for HBO’s groundbreaking documentary series 24/7. His reporting was recognized by The Boxing Writers Association of America for best feature writing in 2010.

Nelson holds a BA in Ancient Greek, with magna cum laude honors, from Harvard University, where he also wrote for the Lampoon. He is involved with the humanitarian non-profit the International Rescue Committee, as well as the Harlem Educational Activities Fund. He is a native of Newton, MA.

Wednesday, October 17

FEATURED SESSION

Storytelling: Content Creation, Documentary Development and Programming

Libby Geist, Vice President & Executive Producer, ESPN Films and Original Content, ESPN
Peter Nelson, Executive Vice President, HBO Sports
Moderator: John Ourand, Reporter, Sports Business Journal