Jim Rikhoff serves as a producer for CBS Sports’ golf coverage including the Masters and the PGA Championship. He also was named lead game producer of THE NFL ON CBS in April 2017 and produces CBS Sports’ marquee games on Sundays. He joins director Mike Arnold on the lead production team, working with the lead NFL ON CBS announce team of Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson. He produced Super Bowl LIII (2019) and Super Bowl LV in February. Rikhoff produced the CBS Television Network’s Thursday Night Football package for one season (2017). Rikhoff previously served as replay director for the Network’s coverage of Super Bowl XLI, XLIV, XLVII and Super Bowl 50.
Rikhoff joined CBS Sports in 1985 and has since worked on every major event at the Network. He began producing NFL games in 1998 when CBS re-acquired the NFL broadcast rights and produced NFL games with the announce team of Greg Gumbel, Trent Green and Jamie Erdahl. In addition, for three seasons (2014-16) he served as replay producer for Thursday Night Football.
An 11-time Emmy Award-winner, he joined CBS Sports as a researcher and was promoted to broadcast associate in 1986 and then associate director in 1990. In 1991, Rikhoff assumed a full-time role as associate producer/director for CBS’s golf coverage. He also has served as videotape producer for the Network’s golf coverage including the Masters and PGA Championship. Rikhoff covered the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship since 1987. His credits include associate director of THE NFL TODAY (1990-93), the Daytona 500, Major League Baseball and the U.S. Open Tennis Championships. Rikhoff also served as an associate producer (1992, 1994) and producer (1998) for the Network’s coverage of the Olympic Winter Games in Albertville, France, Lillehammer, Norway and Nagano, Japan, respectively.
Born November 1, 1961, in Princeton, N.J., Rikhoff graduated from Washington & Lee University in 1985. He lives in Washington, Conn., with his son, Kellen, and daughter, Avery.
Chris Svendsen joined CBS Sports in 1986 and has worked on golf since 1993. From 1999 to 2006 he directed the critically-acclaimed “LATE NIGHT” highlight shows. Svendsen produced the opening tease for the Masters from 1997 to 2010, and since 2006 has teamed up with Jim Nantz to produce the Emmy-nominated JIM NANTZ REMEMBERS AUGUSTA series. He also has produced the "Official Film of the Masters" documentary for Augusta National since 2018. In addition to directing golf, THE NFL ON CBS, NCAA Basketball, and U.S. Open Tennis Championships, his list of credits as chief researcher, associate director and director include THE NFL TODAY, Daytona 500, the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Final Four and Championship games, Major League Baseball, college football and the Olympic Winter Games (1992, 1994 and 1998). At the 1998 Olympic Winter Games he was a segment producer for the primetime show. He served as coordinating features producer for the Network’s coverage of Super Bowl XXXV, Super Bowl XXXVIII and Super Bowl XLIV. Svendsen has produced CBS Sports’ horse racing coverage since 1999, including the 2006 Hambletonian, which was named the winner of the International Media Award as the world’s best harness racing television program. A seven-time Emmy Award-winner, Svendsen lives in Ridgefield, Conn.
Replay Producer, Highlight Show
Andy Freedman serves as a director, producer and videotape producer for CBS Sports’ golf coverage including the Masters and PGA Championship. He also serves as a director for THE NFL ON CBS and college football. He has worked various roles on seven Super Bowls, 19 Masters, 19 PGA Championships and three U.S. Open Tennis Championships. An eight-time Emmy Award-winner, Freedman joined CBS Sports as production support in 1999 and was promoted to Broadcast Associate in 2002, then Associate Director in 2007 and Director in 2015. He has covered the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship since 2002. Freedman has also served as an adjunct professor at UNC-Chapel Hill for the past 6 years. Born May 4, 1979 in Boston, MA, Freedman graduated from the University of Florida in 2001. He lives in Durham, NC with his wife Ashley, daughter Logan, sons Hunter and Grayson and Lexi & Dylan, two black labs.
Producer, Butler Cabin
Cory Fishman works on a variety of properties for CBS Sports, including the Masters, PGA Championship, NFL ON CBS, college football and basketball. He joined CBS Sports in 1998 as production support and was promoted to Broadcast Associate in 2000, Associate Director in 2004, and then Director in 2017. A six-time Emmy Award-winner, Fishman has served in various roles on seven Super Bowls, 12 Masters, 12 PGA Championships, five NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Final Fours and 10 U.S. Open Tennis Championships.
Born in Baltimore, Md., Fishman graduated from the University of Miami in 1998 where he was an offensive lineman on the Hurricane football team. He currently lives in Glencoe, Ill. with his wife, Ellie, and sons, Jax and AJ, and Siena, their petite golden doodle.
Bob Matina, an 11-Emmy Award-winner, has covered the Masters as associate director, late night director and director since 1987. He also has directed the PGA Championship since 1991. Matina serves as the director of THE NFL TODAY. He joined CBS Sports in 1981 and directed THE NFL ON CBS from 1985-93. Matina served as director of THE SUPER BOWL TODAY studio show for Super Bowl XXXV, XXXVIII, XLI, XLIV, XLVII, 50, LIII and LV. He served as coordinating director of CBS Sports’ coverage of the 1992, 1994 and 1998 Olympic Winter Games, and also directed the Network’s primetime coverage in 1994 and 1998, and weekend daytime broadcasts in 1992. Matina was responsible for the placement of cameras and equipment at the Olympic venues, as well as coordinating many aspects of the Network’s production, including the studio sets and the development of new production equipment. He also served as CBS Sports’ liaison with ORTO, the host broadcaster of the Games, which provided the world feed. Matina’s other directing assignments have included THE ROAD TO THE FINAL FOUR, the U.S. Open Tennis Championships, golf and college basketball broadcasts, as well as several winter sports competitions – figure skating, alpine skiing, ski jumping and speed skating. He was the producer of the Emmy Award-winning Lillehammer: An Olympic Diary in 1995. A 1978 journalism graduate of Syracuse University, Matina began his broadcast career the following year at WCNY‑TV Syracuse as a cameraman. He was born in Benton Harbor, Mich., and lives in Wyckoff, N.J., with his wife, Susan.
Director, Highlight Show
Jim Cornell serves as director of CBS Sports’ Masters Highlight Show since 2016 as well as director of CBS Sports’ PGA Championship Highlight Show since 2012. He joined CBS Sports in 1989 as a researcher. During his career with CBS Sports, Cornell has worked as a broadcast associate and associate director, before becoming a full-time director in 2009. Cornell directs CBS Sports’ coverage of the NFL, college football, college basketball, the Masters, PGA Championship, college lacrosse and Major League Lacrosse. He has worked in various capacities on Super Bowls XXVI, XXXVIII, XLI, Super Bowl 50 and LIII; 11 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championships, Dale Earnhardt’s sole Daytona 500 victory in 1998, figure skating coverage of the 1994 Olympic Winter Games, and the 2008 Army-Navy football game. From 2011-13, Cornell directed 3D coverage of the Masters. He was the coordinating director for the “w orld feed” for the U.S. Open Tennis Championships since 2005. Cornell is a six-time Emmy Award-winner and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Vanderbilt
University. He lives in Darien, Conn. with his wife, Kelly, and their two sons, Kyle and Ryan.
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