NFL Network executive producer Eric Weinberger is joining former ESPN and Grantland honcho Bill Simmons as President of the newly formed Bill Simmons Media Group. Weinberger will be one of the EPs of Simmons’ upcoming HBO talk show. He also will oversee the building of a new content website and a podcast network and help to develop scripted and non-scripted projects, shortform digital content and other creative projects, as part of Simmons’ first-look deal with HBO.
“I can’t wait to start working with Eric,” Simmons said in a statement. “He’s a talented guy with an impeccable reputation, someone who is uniquely equipped to help me build an innovative multi-media company from scratch. We’re both beyond excited to start brainstorming about my show and other HBO Sports projects as well. I know from experience that you’re only as good as the people around you, and Eric is one of the very best.”
At NFL Network, Weinberger helped create and oversee the network’s more than 2,500 hours of live studio programming that included NFL Total Access, NFL GameDay Morning, NFL GameDay Final, Around the NFL Live, and Path to the Draft as well as the cable network’s daily four-hour daily morning show, NFL AM. Prior to NFL Network, Weinberger was Senior Producer of Fox Sports Net’s Best Damn Sports Show Period and was one of the original staffers at Fox Sports.