NBC Sports Group Senior Vice President and CTO David Mazza Honored
David Mazza, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, NBC Sports Group, is the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Mazza’s technical work has spanned the worlds of sports, entertainment, and news.
The 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, in February marks Mazza’s 13th Olympics. A 35-year veteran of the media industry, David Mazza joined NBC in 1994 for the Atlanta Games in 1996. A two-year assignment turned into a 20-year Olympic career. He was named Senior Vice President of Engineering for NBC’s Olympics division in 2002 and CTO in 2012. Mazza oversees the engineering group. Starting in 2011, Mazza also served as the Lead Designer and Project Manager for building a new home for the NBC Sports Group in Stamford, Conn. The result is a new state-of the-art 300,000 sq. ft. International Broadcast Center that opened in December of 2012.
Previously, Mazza was a Technical Director for the first four Olympics he worked on from 1984-1992. In 1994, Mazza led the technical design, building and operation of NBC’s International Broadcast Center for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Over the years, Mazza and his team have developed extensive new technologies and systems for NBC’s Olympic coverage including the “Virtual IBC;” the conversion to HD coverage and 5.1 Surround Sound; the development of the “at-home effort” and the new File-Based Highlights Factory; live streaming of every competition; and new tablet and mobile offerings. All of these advancements and innovations were accomplished on the stage of one of the world’s largest sporting events.