NESN Hires Former FSN, ESPN Exec Joseph Maar

NESN announced today that they have hired former FOX Sports North Coordinating Producer and ESPN Coordinating Director and Dir of Operations Joseph Maar as their new vice president of programming & production, executive producer.

Here is their full release:

BOSTON, MA – NESN, New England’s most watched sports network, announced today that Joseph Maar has joined NESN as the vice president of programming & production, executive producer. Maar’s responsibilities will include leading, overseeing and managing NESN’s production, programming and network operations teams.

Maar comes to NESN with over 25 years of experience in the sports media industry, leading and developing the operational, logistical and creative aspects of studio and remote event productions. In his most recent position at FOX Sports North (FSN) regions based out of Minneapolis, Maar led the redevelopment of their original programming. He oversaw live events, studio shows, interactive projects, second screen media and new channel initiatives for two FOX regional sports networks across a five-state region of the Upper Midwest. The telecasts Maar oversaw included the Minnesota Twins and Milwaukee Brewers (MLB), the Minnesota Wild (NHL), the Minnesota Timberwolves and Milwaukee Bucks (NBA), the University of Minnesota, and the Minnesota Vikings (NFL).

“Joseph has a rare combination of experiences in live sports, original programming, production, operations, and social media that he’ll bring to the management team at NESN,” said Sean McGrail, NESN’s President and CEO. “We’re thrilled to have someone of Joseph’s caliber join the management team at NESN.”

Prior to working at FSN, Maar worked in ESPN’s Original Entertainment division and helped launch 20 new shows including Pardon The Interruption (PTI) and Around The Horn. Throughout his career he has received three national Emmy Awards, three Telly Awards and over two dozen regional Emmys. In addition, for over a dozen years Maar wrote feature stories and a monthly print column on television production and operations for national trades Television Broadcast and SportsTV Production. He is an oft-requested moderator and panelist at national television industry conventions.

”I am very excited at the opportunity to work with the storied franchises of the Boston Red Sox and Bruins, combined with the tiffany reputation of the programming and staff at NESN,” said Maar.  “I’m equally grateful to serve a network with such a high commitment to volunteerism and charity–something that speaks to my core values.”

Maar is an honors graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also taught for eight years as an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He will be relocating to Boston with his wife and three children this summer.

Maar actually announced he was joining NESN last week on his Twitter account:

Let’s hope this leads to some improved programming from NESN.

  • Edward

    who is he replacing?

    • DrakeW

      A guy who thought Sox Appeal was a good idea.

    • http://bostonsportsmedia.com/ Bruce Allen

      Joel Feld, who left back in March of ’11

  • bsmfan

    So, things like their approach yesterday to the NCAA Sanctions might change?

    CSNNE: Live with their own camera/sat (horrible quality compared to ESPN) and 2 guys who looked to be from a CSN affil. Showed for 45 minutes before going back to DPShow where Bonnie Bernstein commented on it for the next hour.
    ESPN: Live, commentary pre/post
    ESPN2: (Mike and Mike interrupted) Pre/post comments.
    All news networks (live for at least 5+ minutes)
    FOXSportsRadio (where I listen to DP show): had it live
    TSH/WEEI (had it live)

    NESN? Showing some infomercial with Montel Williams.

    (My times here might be missing some minutes because my PVR was flipping through channels and I also used the EPG as timing.)

    Ooops.

  • Ryan

    He followed me back on twitter which I thought was odd

  • Brian

    All the criticism Sox ownership gets (which I feel is justified), why do people fail to knock Werner more frequently? He was supposed to be Mr. TV and NESN has been unwatchable for years. The only things worth watching are Bruins games and Sox games (though Remy and Orsillo are really getting stale). Anyone else agree?

    • bsmfan

      I remember the same. The “hype” was something along the lines of him being the “color” to a monochrome universe, or something.

      Sorry, but Dirty Water TV? just go back to informercials.

      This Bruins and Liverpool garbage they parade around on NESN daily? Really? What’s next: Fenway converted into a NASCAR track and their NASCAR team races vs. the Bruins/RedSox?

      Granted, RSNs and sports networks have to do NOTHING to print money. Imagine if there was some type of a la carte? 25% of major sports franchises in the US would fall apart fast.

      Has anyone ever compared RSNs? Do any produce quality content besides games? I know that YES is filled with everything from Notre Dame to sometimes having Arsenal (they were close with owning? or something like that) and the high % of ND grads in NY-area works.

      Otherwise, what channels can you think of that get something like 3.50 per customer on carriage fees which have maybe 14-28 per day of 3 hours? Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

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