David Hill (producer)

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David Hill
Born (1946-05-21) May 21, 1946 (age 77)
Newcastle, New South Wales
NationalityAustralian, American
OccupationTelevision executive

David Hill (born May 21, 1946) is an Australian-born American executive producer who served as the president of Fox Sports from 1993 to 2000,[1] and as a senior EVP of 21st Century Fox for twenty-four years.[2]


After starting out at the Sydney Daily Telegraph and then working at Nine Network, he was hired by Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox in 1988 to help launch Sky Television and then Eurosport. In 1990, he took over BSkyB sports channel and created Sky Sports in 1991. He then led the startup of Fox Sports and NFL on Fox in 1993 when the network won National Football League TV broadcasting rights, and introduced many new concepts including the FoxBox, the 1st & Ten virtual first down line and making the broadcasts more entertaining.[3]

He left the Fox Group in June 2015 to open his own production company that focused on live TV events.[4] In 2014 Hill became a chairman of National Geographic Channels.[5] He served as an executive producer of the American version of The X Factor and the fifteenth season of American Idol.

Academy Award producer[edit]

He along with Reginald Hudlin were chosen to produce the 88th Academy Awards[6] after the end of a third term deal with previous producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.[7]



Hill won an Outstanding Live Sports Special award at 33rd Sports Emmys for producing 2011 World Series. In 2017 he received the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award from the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

In 2014 he was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.[3]


  1. ^ "FOX Sports announces major executive reorganization". Fox Sports. Fox Sports Interactive Media, LLC. May 26, 2010. Retrieved May 15, 2012.
  2. ^ "David Hill Ends Long Run at 21st Century Fox, Sets Production Banner (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. June 23, 2015. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame: David Hill
  4. ^ "Fox Veteran David Hill To Step Down, Launch Production Company". Deadline Hollywood. June 5, 2013. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  5. ^ "David Hill Takes Helm of Nat Geo Channels, Courteney Monroe Upped to CEO". Variety. April 15, 2014. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  6. ^ "David Hill, Reginald Hudlin to Produce 88th Annual Oscar Telecast". The Wrap. September 1, 2015. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  7. ^ "Academy hires Django Unchained producer and Emmy winner to run Oscars". Entertainment Weekly. September 1, 2015. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  8. ^ a b "News Corp.'s David Hill To Take Oversight Of Fox's 'American Idol' And 'The X Factor'". Deadline Hollywood. June 5, 2013. Retrieved September 27, 2015.

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