Ross Z. Greenburg ’77
Year Inducted: 2004
Ross Greenburg ’77 made his mark after graduating from Brown and is knows as the guru of HBO Sports. He has a reputation for his unique storytelling work in the genre of sports documentaries.
Currently the president and executive vice president of HBO Sports, Greenberg’s creation, “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” has established itself as the leading sports journalism program on television. A winner of 11 Sports Emmy Awards, “Real Sports” is regarded by many as the “60 Minutes” of sports. Greenburg also developed “On The Record With Bob Costas,” the late-night HBO talk 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 in Political Science, has won more than 50 major television sports awards including six Peabody Awards, 21 CableACE Awards, 24 Sports Emmy Awards, 12 Cine Golden Eagles Awards, five Monitor Awards from the Video Tape Production Association, and several accolades from the Chicago International Film Festival, and the International Film Television Festival of New York.
Greenburg originally joined HBO Sports in 1978 as an assistant to the producer and within a year was a sports producer at the age of 24. Since August of 1985 he served as vice president and executive producer of HBO, and was appointed as the senior vice president and executive producer in January of 1995. He is responsible for strategic direction and overseeing all aspects of the HBO Sports franchise, including HBO Pay-Per-View.
On October 19, 2001, Greenburg and Billy Crystal were presented with the first ever Mickey Mantle Hero Awards by the American Cancer Society for demonstrated leadership in the fight against cancer.
Greenburg also served as an executive producer for the motion picture “Miracle,” starring Kurt Russell as Herb Brooks, which was released theatrically in February 2004. It was labeled by critics “as the first great movie of the year” and has done considerable box office business.
Prior to joining HBO in 1978, Greenburg worked at ABC Sports in New York City, the network which spawned the careers of many of sports’ top production people.