The NHL has hired longtime producer Steve Mayer and given him the title of Executive Vice President and Executive Producer, Programming & Creative Development.
Mayer joins the league from IMG Productions, where according to his bio he was “the producer of network variety specials like the Miss Universe (USA), NBA All-Star All-Style (TNT), Hall of Game Awards (Cartoon Network), Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular (CBS), Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials (CBS), Tony Awards Preview Show (CBS), World’s and Year’s Funniest Commercials (TBS) and Christmas at Rockefeller Center (NBC),” among other shows.
“I am thrilled by the opportunity to join the NHL and help bring to life a number of major events for fans across North America,” Mayer said in a statement.
The press release doesn’t say specifically which events Mayer will “help bring to life” for the NHL, but the timing of the hiring is interesting in that it coincides with last month’s departure of COO John Collins.
Collins, of course, was one of the driving forces behind the creation of the Winter Classic. While Mayer may have a different job title, it stands to reason that some of Collins’ former responsibilities will now be Mayer’s.
Mayer has won nine Emmys and been nominated 23 times, per his bio.