Tony Verna

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Tony Verna

Anthony F. Verna (November 26, 1933 – January 18, 2015) was a producer of television sports and entertainment broadcasting. He is best known as the first producer to use instant replay in his broadcasts.


Verna was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

At the age of 30, Verna directed the Army-Navy game for CBS Sports on December 7, 1963. In the fourth quarter of the game, he was the first director to utilize instant replay, showing quarterback Rollie Stichweh's touchdown run from a different camera angle, immediately after it had been broadcast live.[1]

He died in Palm Desert, California of acute lymphoblastic leukemia at the age of 81.[2][3]


  • 1970 - Playback
  • 1987 - Live TV (commissioned by the DGA)
  • 1993 - Global Television
  • 2006 - Algebra 1 Murder II
  • 2008 - Instant Replay: the Day That Changed Sports Forever


  1. ^ "He Invented Instant Replay, The TV Trick We Now Take For Granted", Morning Edition, NPR, January 20, 2015
  2. ^ "Tony Verna, Inventor Of Instant Replay, Dies At 81". CBS Los Angeles. January 18, 2015. Retrieved January 19, 2015.
  3. ^ Eskine, Chris (January 18, 2015). "Tony Verna, TV director who introduced instant replay, dies at 81". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 19, 2015.

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