John Filippelli

John Filippelli
President of Production and Programming
YES Network

John Filippelli, the only known person in sports broadcasting history to have earned 100 national Emmy nominations as well as 100 local Emmy nominations, was promoted from executive vice president to president of production and programming for the YES Network in September 2004. Filippelli is responsible for all aspects of the critically acclaimed on-air content for the most-watched regional sports and entertainment television network in the country the past eight years.

Filippelli, who counts 298 Emmy Award nominations and 56 Emmy Awards to his credit in a career spanning 37 years, joined YES as executive vice president, production and programming in September 2001, prior to the network’s March 2002 launch.  The YES Network has received 235 New York Emmy Award nominations and has won 55 New York Emmy Awards under Filippelli’s stewardship.

Filippelli came to YES from ABC Sports, where he was senior vice president of production.  He was responsible for ABC Sports’ overall direction and production philosophy, including creative, editorial and visual elements, for franchises such as Monday Night Football, NCAA College Football, the BCS Championship Series, NHL Hockey, PGA Tour, Indianapolis 500, British Open, and Wide World of Sports.

Filippelli began his career in 1974 as a desk assistant at NBC Sports. He was promoted to associate director at NBC Sports in 1976 and to producer in 1982. From 1982 to 1992, Filippelli was the lead producer at NBC Sports for four World Series, four Major League Baseball League Championship Series and three All-Star Games, the NBC Baseball Game of the Week, the 1988 Seoul Olympics, NFL Live with Bob Costas from 1982 to 1988, and pre- and post-game shows for three Super Bowls.

From 1993-95, Filippelli was coordinating producer at The Baseball Network, a joint venture among Major League Baseball, ABC Sports, and NBC Sports, overseeing all aspects of the network’s national game telecasts.

In 1995, Filippelli joined Fox Sports as coordinating producer for Fox Baseball.  From 1995-1999, he produced the Fox Game of the Week, the 1996 and 1998 World Series and the 1997 All-Star Game.  He also produced Fox’ broadcast of the 1998 game in which Mark McGwire hit his historic, record-breaking 62nd home run.

A Brooklyn native whose father owned a bar across the street from Ebbets Field, Filippelli’s first actual job in sports was as a vendor at Yankee Stadium at age 16.  He now resides in Greenwich, CT, with his wife and two sons.