Shannon Named NHL Network Executive in Charge of Programming and Production
Rick Brace, president, revenue, business planning and sports, CTV Inc., and John Collins, COO, National Hockey League, announced today the appointment of John Shannon as executive in charge of programming and production for NHL Network. Shannon will continue to serve in his current role as EVP of programming and production for the NHL.
In his additional responsibility, Shannon will oversee programming and production for NHL Network in both Canada and the U.S. Shannon will work closely with Joe Gabor, director, NHL Network in Canada. The NHL Network’s programming and production operations will continue to be based in Canada. The programming feed in the United States will also be supplied by the NHL Network in Canada.
“John Shannon is a venerable institution when it comes to hockey broadcasts,” said Brace. “We are thrilled that he will lead the programming and production arm for NHL Network as the channel gains popularity in both Canada and the United States.”
Said Collins, “As we build off our successful launch of NHL Network, we now have the opportunity to give our fans unparalleled access to our game on both the League and Club levels. No one has more experience producing hockey in North America than John Shannon, and he is uniquely suited to lead the content for NHL Network and establish it as the authentic home of hockey.”
Shannon has been involved in production of regional and national NHL hockey games for more than 30 years, including production of 23 Stanley Cup Finals. Before joining the NHL and NHL Network, he served as VP, programming, and executive producer of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, overseeing the launch, implementation, and operation of Leafs TV and Raptors NBA TV. Prior to that, he spent six years as the executive producer of Hockey Night in Canada on CBC. Shannon has also been involved in production of five Olympics, receiving an Emmy for his work on NBC’s coverage of hockey at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.