PGA CHAMPIONSHIP 2020

PRODUCERS

JIM RIKHOFF

Jim Rikhoff serves as a producer for CBS Sports’ golf coverage including the Masters and the PGA Championship. He also serves as lead producer for THE NFL ON CBS and most recently for the Network’s coverage of Super Bowl LIII. Rikhoff previously served as replay director for the Network’s coverage of Super Bowl XLI, XLIV, XLVII and Super Bowl 50. A nine-time Emmy Award-winner, Rikhoff joined CBS Sports in 1985 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 covered the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship since 1987. Rikhoff’s credits include associate director of THE NFL TODAY (1990-93), the Daytona 500, Major League Baseball and the U.S. Open Tennis Championships. He also served as an associate producer (1992, 1994) and producer (1998) for the Network’s coverage of the Olympic Winter Games. 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.

For the 2020 PGA Championship, Rikhoff will serve as the producer for late day coverage of the Front 9.

SELLERS SHY

Sellers Shy became staff at CBS Sports in 1997 and in December, 2019 was named the Network’s lead full-time golf producer beginning in 2021, succeeding Lance Barrow.

Shy serves in many roles throughout CBS Sports’ golf coverage. The Emmy Award-winner works as replay producer, associate director and producer for the PGA TOUR, the Masters and PGA Championship Highlight Shows, Masters Preview, Asia Pacific Amateur Championship and Latin America Amateur Championship.  He also currently serves as producer for THE NFL ON CBS, NCAA Basketball on CBS, and Navy football on CBS Sports Network.  A two-time high school golfer of the year and three-time golf state amateur qualifier, Shy started his career at CBS Sports as a golf spotter in 1987 at the Danny Thomas Memphis Classic and travelled to the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway as a journalism intern.  He has covered numerous events as a broadcast associate, associate director, or producer including the Masters, PGA Championship, PGA TOUR, THE NFL ON CBS, SEC ON CBS, NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, and the 1998 Daytona 500. Born on December 2, 1971 in Memphis, Shy graduated with a Journalism degree from the University of Mississippi in 1994, and following college he was mentored by 3 time major champion Dr Cary Middlecoff.  He has served on the board of the University of Mississippi Journalism School and currently has an endowment to the Broadcast Journalism Honors College.  Shy is on the board of the PGA TOUR’s World Golf Championship FedEx St Jude Invitational and has served on the parents association board of Memphis University School.   He lives in Memphis with his wife, Stephanie, and his three children Sellers, Edwin, and Gracie.

Shy will serve as producer for coverage earlier in the day on the Front 9 during this year’s PGA Championship.

 

DIRECTORS

JIM CORNELL

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 “world feed” for the U.S. Open Tennis Championships since 2005. Cornell is a four-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.

Cornell will serve as director for coverage earlier in the day on the Front 9 during this year’s Championship.

BOB MATINA

Bob Matina, an eight-time 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 and LIII. 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.

Matina will serve as director for coverage later in the day on the Front 9 during this year’s Championship.

CHRIS SVENDSEN

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 four-time Emmy Award-winner, Svendsen lives in Ridgefield, Conn.

For the 2020 PGA Championship, Svendsen will serve as director for coverage earlier in the day on the Back 9.


ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

MARK DIBBS

Mark Dibbs is an Emmy-Award winning Associate Producer and Associate Director for CBS Sports who has worked with the network since 1992. He is currently the lead associate producer for Golf on CBS, including for the Masters and PGA Championship.

Dibbs has spent 27 years in sports production working on a variety of events for CBS including the NFL ON CBS, college football, U.S. Open Tennis Championship, NCAA Basketball Tournament and the Winter Olympics. He also has covered the Summer Olympics and French Open, among other sports, throughout his career. In addition to his work with CBS, Dibbs has served as a producer and director for various special assignments, video segments, audio segments and short films.

Dibbs grew up in Hudson, Ohio and attended Ohio University and Rochester Institute of Technology. He currently lives in Hoboken, New Jersey and his son, Evan, is a graduate of Bard College.

REPLAY PRODUCERS

DEBORAH BOULAC

Deborah Boulac has been with CBS Sports for 23 years joining the Network in 1998.  She has won multiple Emmy Awards and earned numerous nomination stemming from her work on some of the Network’s highest profile events including THE NFL ON CBS, the Masters, PGA Championship, college football and basketball. In 2018, Boulac was elevated to producer and that same year became the first woman to produce an NFL game on network television in more than 20 years when she produced the Houston Texans-Denver Broncos game. To date, Boulac has worked 17 Masters, 17 PGA Championships, eight U.S. Open Tennis Championships, six Super Bowls, two SEC Football Championships and the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano.  Boulac also has been a vital member of the team covering the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship since 1999, having produced many vignettes and features including college basketball’s unofficial anthem, “One Shining Moment.”

After a stand-out softball career at the University of Notre Dame, Boulac was selected to join the prestigious NBC Page Program.  That experience led her to a full-time production associate position at NBC Sports, where she worked on the NFL on NBC, including two Super Bowls, NBA, Wimbledon, U.S. Open Golf and coverage of the 1996 Olympic Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

For the 2020 PGA Championship, Boulac will serve as replay producer for coverage earlier in the day on the Front 9.

ANDY FREEDMAN

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 6 Super Bowls, 18 Masters, 18 PGA Championships and 3 US Open Tennis Championships. A six-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 5 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.

Freedman will serve as replay producer for coverage later in the day on the Back 9 for this year’s championship.

BRYAN KOSOWSKI
Bryan Kosowski is a 6-time Emmy award-winning Associate Director/Producer for CBS Sports. He has worked on multiple PGA Championships, the Masters, the NFL on CBS, multiple Super Bowl’s, Thursday Night Football, NCAA on CBS, PGA TOUR, AMA Supercross, PBR, and figure skating. Kosowski got his start in television at age 16 when he volunteered to work as a spotter for ABC Sports at The Ford Senior Players Championship, a professional golf tournament in his hometown of Dearborn, Mich. In 2005, he was hired by CBS Sports as a Broadcast Associate. Currently, he is the lead associate director for the NFL on CBS, produces numerous golf specials and remains an integral part of CBS’ weekly PGA TOUR coverage in both associate and replay director roles. Kosowski graduated from the University of Michigan in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry. He resides in New York City with his wife.

Kosowski will serve as replay producer for coverage later in the day for the Front 9 for this year’s championship.

ERIC SPITZER

Eric Spitzer, a three-time Emmy Award winner, currently serves as an associate director and producer for CBS Sports. He joined CBS Sports in 2005 as a researcher for the U.S. Open, becoming chief researcher in 2006 and a broadcast associate in 2007 before being promoted to his current role in 2014. He has worked every PGA Championship except one since 2010 and every Masters Tournament since 2009, along with multiple Super Bowls and NCAA Final Fours. Born and raised in New York City, Spitzer graduated from Boston University in 2005. He currently lives in New York City with his wife.

For the 2020 PGA Championship, Spitzer will serve as replay producer for early coverage of the Back 9.

 

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