NFL Media Ups David Nickoll, Rick Qualliotine to Newly Created Roles
NFL Media promoted David Nickoll and Rick Qualliotine to newly designed roles, as announced by SVP of Production and Programming Mark Quenzel. Nickoll now serves as the Executive Producer of NFL Now and Alternative Programming and Qualliotine is the VP of Emerging Production Platforms and Systems. The executives operate out of NFL Media’s offices and studios in Los Angeles.
Nickoll joined the media group at the start of the 2015 season and oversaw the relaunch of NFL Now, NFL Media’s next-generation digital video network. In the newly-created role of Executive Producer of NFL Now and Alternative Programming, Nickoll will report to Michael Mandt, Executive Producer of Original Content, and will be accountable for the direction, development and execution of all NFL Now and alternative content.
Nickoll is an experienced showrunner with a background in writing, producing and directing for television and digital series. His credits include Saturday Night Live, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn and more. Nickoll was the head writer for Comedy Central’s @Midnight with Chris Hardwick as well as The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and The Queen Latifah Show.
Qualliotine has been part of NFL Media since summer 2015 and has been instrumental in developing the group’s internal reorganization efforts. As the VP of Emerging Production Platforms and Systems, Qualliotine will report to Quenzel and oversee the planning and implementation of production processes and operational systems in an effort to innovate the look and feel of NFL Media content.
Prior to joining NFL Media, Qualliotine served as SVP of Production for Xbox Entertainment Studios. Previously, he produced and oversaw production of high-profile shows for networks including NBC, Fox, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Spike, and HGTV, featuring such music and comedy superstars as Madonna, Ringo Starr, Pearl Jam, David Spade, Adam Sandler, and Betty White. Qualliotine’s forward-looking innovations have included launching the first live blog of the Oscar telecast and the early adoption of digital postproduction technology.
Nickoll and Qualliotine’s promotions are part of a new organizational structure the NFL’s Executive Vice President of Media Brian Rolapp announced in November of 2015. NFL Media’s new structure is designed to merge the division into one holistic organization, streamlining efficiency and promoting innovation at the intersection of television and digital media.