As NEP’s Chief Technology Officer, George Hoover provides both NEP and its clients with long-term strategic planning and guidance. Over the past twenty years, George has led the modernization and diversification of NEP’s fleet and studios from SD to HD to 3D, and has made sure that, as NEP’s involvement in sports and entertainment events across the United States and around the world grows, so does its reputation for excellence.
George has been with NEP since 1993, and has risen through the ranks from Director of Engineering to SVP of Engineering, assuming his current senior leadership role in 2007. During his tenure, George has been an innovator both within NEP and across the entire industry – in fact, George has literally written the book on his field: TV on Wheels: The Story of Remote Television Production, which he wrote with Jim Boston in 2003.
George’s career began in Florida, where he attended Florida State University. At WTVJ Miami, George got his start doing graphics, audio, and tape engineering; from there, George moved on to Florida Public Broadcasting, where he was Director of Engineering. Soon after tenure at RCA, he co-founded Video East, a mobile production company that covered events for the then-newly-formed ESPN. Immediately prior to joining NEP, George was General Manager of the Public Broadcasting Authority of the State of New Jersey.
George’s extensive experience, exacting standards, and unparalleled technical engineering and design expertise have influenced virtually all areas of sports entertainments broadcasting that. George earned two Sports Emmys as Technical Supervisor for the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, one as a Technical Supervisor for ESPN NASCAR and a fourth as Producer of Phillip Morris Super Bands for PBS. In recognition of his achievements and contributions, Broadcasting & Cable recognized him as a visionary at their 2009 Technology Leadership Awards, and in 2011, he was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.