Peter Nelson is executive vice president, HBO Sports, for Home Box Office, responsible for overseeing the strategic direction, programming and operations of the HBO Sports department. He was named to this position in November, 2015.
Nelson has overseen projects including the Peabody-and Emmy® Award winning Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, the nine-time Peabody Award-winning documentary team behind Andre the Giant, the partnership with LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s media company Uninterrupted, that has produced the acclaimed conversation series The Shop: Uninterrupted, and the landmark reality franchises Hard Knocks and 24/7 as well as The Shop.
Since assuming leadership of the division in 2015, Nelson has engineered a re-boot of the department’s documentary space, fashioning projects that include Bill Simmons, the WWE, LeBron James and Maverick Carter of SpringHill Entertainment, Antoine Fuqua of Fuqua Films, NFL FILMS, Teton Gravity Research (TGR), Red Bull Films, and the Zimbalist Brothers (Michael and Jeff). HBO was recognized with the 2019 Sports Emmy® Award for Outstanding Long Documentary for the eye-opening presentation Momentum Generation. The HBO and IMG Original Content partnership generated the 2018 high-profile documentary series Being Serena that focused on tennis icon Serena Williams as she prepared to return to the sport after giving birth to a daughter. Nelson also fostered a relationship with the NBA for unscripted programming that began with the 2018 presentation Courtside at the NBA Finals. He was responsible for executing a long-term renewal of Hard Knocks with the NFL.
The year 2019 saw an expansion of the venerable 24/7 franchise as the docu-series trained its cameras for the first time on college football and surfing with two projects: 24/7 College Football (Florida, Penn State, Arizona State and Washington State) and 24/7 Kelly Slater.
Nelson joined HBO Sports in 2011 as director of sports and became vice president, programming, HBO Sports in 2013. Prior to joining HBO, Nelson worked at an art advisory firm in Beverly Hills, Harvard’s Villa I Tatti in Italy, and later as a journalist, having previously done editorial work for Harper’s Magazine and writing for the New York Times, among other publications. In addition, Nelson wrote for HBO’s groundbreaking documentary series 24/7.
Nelson was honored in 2019 by the Sports Business Journal as a member of its 40-Under-40 sports industry leadership compilation.
Nelson holds a BA in Ancient Greek, with magna cum laude honors, from Harvard University, where he also wrote for The Harvard Lampoon. He is involved with the humanitarian non-profit the International Rescue Committee, as well as the Harlem Educational Activities Fund. He is a native of Newton, MA.