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Gaudelli replaces Ohlmeyer as MNF producer
ABC Sports Online news services

ESPN Sunday Night Football producer Fred Gaudelli has been named to produce ABC's NFL "Monday Night Football," it was announced Monday by Howard Katz, president of ABC Sports. Gaudelli replaces Don Ohlmeyer, who decided to call it quits after one year at the helm.

In making the announcement, Mr. Katz commented: "Fred is absolutely the right person to produce MNF. During his long career producing ESPN's NFL coverage, he has proven to be innovative, creative and one of the most knowledgeable and respected football producers in the business."

Gaudelli has produced ESPN's NFL "Sunday Night Football" game telecasts -- the highest-rated series on cable television -- since 1990. In that time, "Sunday Night Football" has received a CableACE Award for Sports Events Coverage Series in 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1995, and two gold medals (1990-91) at the International Film & TV Festival. Gaudelli has introduced the critically acclaimed 1st & Ten technology, the electronically produced yellow line that appears to be painted across the field at the first down marker, the GoalPost Cam and the rotating clock/score box which appears in the upper-left or upper-right corner of the screen, depending which way the offense is going. In addition Gaudelli produced the first live sports telecast to use real-time polling data (via Enhanced TV) on all instant replay challenges. In 1997 Gaudelli oversaw ESPN's day-to-day coverage of Major League Baseball which won the network's only CableACE Award for Outstanding Live Sports Series.

Gaudelli, was named senior coordinating producer at ESPN in November 1996, overseeing day-to-day administration of ESPN's National Football League telecasts, as well as the NFL Draft and X Games on ESPN and ESPN2. An ESPN employee since 1982, he has also served as senior producer of the ESPY Awards since 1998.

Gaudelli was named producer of ESPN's NFL Draft coverage in 1990, responsible for coordinating the day-long effort between ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn., and selected remote locations from NFL Draft headquarters in New York City.

Upon joining ESPN's remote production department in March 1983, Gaudelli worked as an associate producer on a variety of sports, including college football, basketball and baseball, the USFL, the U.S. Olympic Festival and the NFL Draft. In 1986 he produced the network's live Thursday night college football series. Additionally, while producing the 1988 College World Series, he introduced the live technique of tracking the speed of pitches - a first on television. Prior to joining ESPN's remote production department, Gaudelli worked in the network's administration department.

A native of Harrison, N.Y., Gaudelli earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Long Island University/C.W. Post in 1982.

 
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