Ebersol in 2018
Charles Duncan Ebersol
December 1982 (age 36)
|Alma mater||University of Notre Dame|
|Occupation||Television producer, television director, film producer, film director, co-founder and ceo of alliance of american football|
Melody McCloskey (m. 2017)
Susan Saint James
Charles Duncan Ebersol, (born December 1982) is an American television and film producer and director. Ebersol is best known as the co-founder of The Company with Justin Hochberg, executive producer of USA Network's NFL Characters Unite and a co-producer of The Profit on CNBC. He is also the co-founder and CEO of the Alliance of American Football.
On November 28, 2004, during Charlie Ebersol's senior year at Notre Dame, a private chartered jet carrying Dick Ebersol and his two sons Charlie and Teddy Ebersol crashed during takeoff.
The injuries the Ebersols sustained in the plane crash were extensive; Dick Ebersol fractured six vertebrae, sternum, three ribs, pelvis, and coccyx, and Charlie Ebersol burned his arm and suffered a less severe back injury.
While studying at Notre Dame, Ebersol created his first documentary entitled Ithuteng: Never Stop Learning in 2006. The movie received critical acclaim, winning the Toronto International Film Festival's first OneXOne award and inspired Oprah Winfrey to donate $1.14 million to the Ithuteng Trust School.
Ebersol also produced the documentaries Don't Look Down, about the life of Olympian Shaun White after he won Olympic Gold in 2006, and Tradition Never Graduates, a film about Notre Dame Football.
In 2009, Ebersol formed and sold Saint James Films and also co-created and executive produced NBC's The Wanted, a primetime show in which Ebersol and producing partner Adam Ciralsky led a team of former Navy Seals, a former UN Ambassador and a former Lieutenant Green Beret around the world in search of the most wanted terrorists and war criminals.
Ebersol created USA Network's The Moment in 2013, a show hosted by Kurt Warner devoted to giving Americans a second chance to achieve their dreams. Ebersol was inspired to create the show after receiving his own second chance at life after surviving a plane crash in 2004.
Ebersol is also the co-creator and executive producer of NFL Characters Unite, a yearly television special with USA Network and The Profit on CNBC. In 2013 he worked with Dolph Lundgren on the Reelz competition show Race to the Scene.
Ebersol's production company changed its name from THE Company to The Company in 2013, upon the exit of Justin Hochberg. Ebersol's stated mission with The Company is to bring "Joy, Happiness, and Change…to the world through entertainment."
Ebersol directed This Was the XFL, a documentary in the 30 for 30 series about the XFL. He was chosen by ESPN to direct the documentary because of his father's co-founding of the league, and he used the longtime friendship between Dick and WWE chairman Vince McMahon as the centerpiece for the film.
Alliance of American Football
In March 2018, Ebersol announced the creation of a new professional football league called the Alliance of American Football. The announcement was made at a press event at the Park Hyatt in Manhattan, and was streamed live on Facebook. Ebersol co-founded the league, which started playing in 2019, with former NFL executive and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Bill Polian. Ebersol's father, who co-founded rival league XFL and who led NBC Sports and created Sunday Night Football, will also sit on the league's board. The league is backed by investors such as Peter Thiel's Founders Fund, The Chernin Group and former NFL player Jared Allen, and has employed coaches Mike Singletary, Brad Childress and Steve Spurrier as well as former NFL players including Justin Tuck, Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu who hold executive roles. Games are played during the "off-season," from February to April, and air on CBS, CBS Sports Network, NFL Network, TNT, B/R Live and the league's mobile app.
Ebersol briefly dated tennis player Maria Sharapova in 2008 and singer Britney Spears from 2014 until 2015. On March 17, 2017, he announced via Twitter his engagement to Melody McCloskey, Founder and CEO of StyleSeat. On July 29, 2017, Ebersol and McCloskey were married at a farm in Walland, Tennessee.
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