Ross Z. Greenburg ’77
Year Inducted: 2004
Ross Greenburg ’77 made his mark after graduating from Brownand is knows as the guru of HBO Sports. He has a reputation for hisunique storytelling work in the genre of sports documentaries.
Currently the president and executive vice president of HBOSports, Greenberg’s creation, “Real Sports with BryantGumbel,” has established itself as the leading sportsjournalism program on television. A winner of 11 Sports EmmyAwards, “Real Sports” is regarded by many as the“60 Minutes” of sports. Greenburg also developed“On The Record With Bob Costas,” the late-night HBOtalk show that has earned the host back-to-back Sports Emmys for“Outstanding Studio Host.”
Greenburg, who graduated from Brown with a Bachelor of Arts inPolitical Science, has won more than 50 major television sportsawards including six Peabody Awards, 21 CableACE Awards, 24 SportsEmmy Awards, 12 Cine Golden Eagles Awards, five Monitor Awards fromthe Video Tape Production Association, and several accolades fromthe Chicago International Film Festival, and the International FilmTelevision Festival of New York.
Greenburg originally joined HBO Sports in 1978 as an assistantto the producer and within a year was a sports producer at the ageof 24. Since August of 1985 he served as vice president andexecutive producer of HBO, and was appointed as the senior vicepresident and executive producer in January of 1995. He isresponsible for strategic direction and overseeing all aspects ofthe HBO Sports franchise, including HBO Pay-Per-View.
On October 19, 2001, Greenburg and Billy Crystal were presentedwith the first ever Mickey Mantle Hero Awards by the AmericanCancer Society for demonstrated leadership in the fight againstcancer.
Greenburg also served as an executive producer for the motionpicture “Miracle,” starring Kurt Russell as HerbBrooks, which was released theatrically in February 2004. Itwas labeled by critics “as the first great movie of theyear” and has done considerable box office business.
Prior to joining HBO in 1978, Greenburg worked at ABC Sports inNew York City, the network which spawned the careers of many ofsports’ top production people.