Turner Sports Announces Leadership Realignment in its Production Unit
Long-time Turner Sports veteran Craig Barry has been elevated to the role of senior vice president of production and executive creative director, it was announced today by Lenny Daniels, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Turner Sports. Barry, who will continue to be based in Atlanta, will assume his role effective immediately and will report to Daniels. In addition, Daniels announced the promotions of Tim Kiely to vice president and executive producer of production, and Albert Vertino to vice president and executive producer of content.
In his new capacity, Barry will oversee all aspects of production, editorial content and creative direction for Turner’s diverse portfolio of television and digital sports properties. Barry, a 16-time Emmy Award winner, will also continue to oversee the division’s Creative Service Sports Unit (CSSU), which he has led since its inception in 2004. In 2012, Barry’s CSSU unit was awarded two Emmy Awards – one for NBA on TNT: NBA Forever (Outstanding Open/Tease) and NBA on TNT: Shaq ‘Get Ready’ (Outstanding Sports Promotional Announcement/Institutional).
During his 23-year career at the company, Barry has worked in a variety of capacities including associate director, director and producer for every property within Turner’s current sports portfolio including Major League Baseball, the NBA, NCAA Division One Men’s Basketball Championship, NASCAR and PGA Championships, as well as past properties including the Goodwill Games, NFL and Olympics. Most recently, he served as senior vice president, creative and content since 2007.
“Craig is a proven leader with wide-ranging experience producing award-winning content across television and digital platforms,” said Daniels. “He has expertise in all areas of remote and studio production across our television, digital and mobiles businesses. As an established creative visionary, who has created some of the most memorable on-air promotional campaigns, I’m confident he will bring the same energy, mindset and cutting-edge approach to this newly created role.”
Kiely will manage the day-to-day remote and studio production operations at Turner Sports. Considered one of the most creative minds in the business, he will continue to produce the four-time Emmy Award-winning Inside the NBA studio show. Kiely, who will report directly to Barry, joined Turner Sports in 1995. Since 2011, he has served as vice president/coordinating producer. Most recently, he has produced studio shows for TBS’ Major League Baseball postseason coverage, NASCAR on TNT, the PGA Championships on TNT and Turner’s joint coverage with CBS of the NCAA Division One Men’s Basketball Championship. During his tenure at Turner, he was involved in the on-air presentation of Atlanta Braves baseball, college football and Wimbledon. Prior to joining Turner Sports, Kiely served as coordinating producer at ESPN where he produced studio shows across multiple properties.
Vertino, a 17-year Turner Sports veteran, will now oversee content across the division’s linear, digital and mobile properties. In addition, Vertino will also continue to manage NBA Digital content, a role he has held since 2010, which encompasses NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA League Pass, WNBA.com and NBADLeague.com. In this capacity, he oversees all creative, production and editorial content for NBA Digital, which is jointly managed by Turner Sports and the NBA. Prior to 2010, Vertino was a producer for Turner’s highly acclaimed “NBA on TNT” coverage. Vertino, who was selected as a SportsBusiness Journal ‘Forty Under 40’ in 2011, will report to Barry and Christina Miller, senior vice president and general manager, for NBA Digital.
“Tim and Albert are two of the finest producers in the business today,” said Daniels. “They have shown incredible creativity and passion in their long, and successful, careers at Turner and each have exhibited a commitment to delivering the highest quality experience for our viewers.”
Daniels also announced today that Jeff Behnke, who has served as senior vice president and executive producer of Turner Sports, will be leaving his post later this month.
"During his career at Turner Sports, Jeff has played a key role in all facets of our sports productions," said Daniels. "We appreciate his many contributions, dedication, and loyalty; and have no doubt Jeff will have success in whatever he chooses to take on next."
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