VP Broadcasting and Production-2004-07
VCI was hired as the Vice President of Broadcasting and Production in 2004, responsible for all tv production of Browns pre season games, website shows and local television shows and the Stadium Scoreboard operation for all home games. He also procured the new Stadium sound system and video ribbon board and initiated the Browns weekly web tv-radio show..Veras began with the Browns in 2004 when he was hired to produce a two hour live music special for television, the Cleveland Browns 1964 Championship Show. VCI secured the Cleveland Pops Orchestra to perform the music of NFL Films, hosted Steve Sabol and Roy Firestone, wrote, produced and directed the show, even designing the championship trophy that now resides in the lobby of the Cleveland Browns Training Facility in Berea, Ohio. VCI produced a two hour documentary, the 60 years of the Cleveland Browns, before leaving in 2007 and returning to VCI.
2004 ATHENS OLYMPICS
NBC's unprecedented 24-hour, around-the-clock coverage of the 2004 Olympic Games from Athens will total 1,210 hours and span seven platforms with the addition today of USA Network. The announcement was made by Dick Ebersol, Chairman, NBC Universal Sports & Olympics.
"We are all eager to showcase the Summer Olympics in unprecedented fashion and to take on the daunting challenge of producing as much total programming from Athens as the last five Summer Olympics combined," said Ebersol.
Eleven time Emmy award winner George Veras will produce NBC's HD coverage, eight hours a day, the first time a U.S. broadcaster at a Summer Olympics, will provide high definition coverage. NBC's separate, unique HDTV coverage on NBC's digital affiliates, presented by Sony Electronics Inc., will provide HDTV coverage on delay of six sports from the only main Olympic venues provided in high definition by the Olympic host broadcaster. Those sports include swimming, diving, gymnastics, track and field, medal rounds of basketball and the men's soccer gold medal final. The HDTV coverage will total 399 hours and is a completely different production from the standard definition broadcast on the network. NBC has 124 HDTV affiliates with the potential to cover 86 percent of the country.
George Veras won his 12th EMMY as part of the NBC Production Team for the Athens 2004 Olympics. Read the press release.
Read the Athens 2004 Article from the Hellenic Journal.
2003 CSTV COLLEGE FOOTBALL
The founders of Classical Sports Network, that was since sold to ESPN, has a new venture, College Sports Television. Their flagship live event starting in September is college football and they have selected VCI to direct the live telecasts for 16 weeks, starting August 30th, it was announced by Executive Producer Joel Feld and coordinating producers Bill Stone and Laurie Orlando. Peter Lasser will produce. This is the tenth consecutive year that VCI has directed either college and NFL football.
NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL SOCCER LEAGUE
From 1992-2000, VCI was the Director of Broadcasting for the NPSL. VCI was in charge of all television, including the negotiation of a 3 year deal with ESPN-ESPN-2 from 1993-96 for the League. VCI packaged and produced/directed over 150 games during this period, including the prime time telecast of the 1994 double overtime championship game, the Cleveland Crunch defeating the St. Louis Ambush.
THE FOOTBALL NETWORK
VCI is packaging 20 college football games for The Football Network, including all ten of the Big Sky Conference games. This includes all TV trucks, manpower, satellite time, uplink trucks and any technical aspects connected to the game. There are 175 million football fans in America. But until now, there has been a void on TV. Fans have been asking, “Where is our all-football network?” The Football Network will boldly fill this hole with 24-7 pigskin-centric programming that will offer something for every fan.
2003 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES PRE-SEASON FOOTBALL
VCI returns for its fifth consecutive season in directing Philadelphia Eagles pre-season football. Rob Alberino is the executive producer, David Stern, producer, facilities provided by PMTV and President, Rob Schmoll. The first game is Saturday August 16th vs and at Pittsburgh, Friday August 22nd, New England at Philadelphia, and Thursday, August 28th versus New York Jets at the Meadowlands.
THE 19TH WINTER OLYMPIAD in Salt Lake City
From February 8-24th, the 19th Olympiad took place in Salt Lake City and NBC Sports was awarded a national EMMY for Outstanding Live Sports Special.. George Veras produced all cross country and biathlon cable coverage and co-produced some prime time events with producer Billy Matthews and was a recipient of his tenth EMMY. VCI has directed cross country/biathlon for the 1994 Winter Olympic Games and most recently co-produced and directed the FIS cross country world championships last January, held on the Olympic course at Soldier Hollow, Utah.
2002 PROFESSIONAL CYCLING
VCI will produce three of America's premier cycling races this summer...The U.S. Pro Cycling Championships in Philadelphia on June 9th, the first ever Wall Street Cycling Championships on August 4th and the San Francisco Cycle Challenge on September 9. Kent Gordis, the world's foremost "cyclismo" expert, entering his 18th year of cycling production, is the executive producer and director for all events.
BET COLLEGE FOOTBALL
BET - Black Entertainment Television, A Division of Viacom/CBS
VCI directed College Football Saturday for BET for 2001 and partially for 2002. Jeff Filippi and John Faratzis produced, with play by play George Johnson. Jacqueline Coleman is the executive producer and all facilities are provided for the PMTV, President Brian Powers.
2000 PARALYMPICS / WeMedia.com
VCI produced a half hour daily show for FoxSports Net. Hosted by David Bailey with correspondent Dan Moriarty. Over 125 countries and 4000 athletes participated in this event in front of 1.2 million spectators in Sydney Australia. The events were live on the web on three streams, 12 hours a day. WeMedia announced at these games the purchase of worldwide television and internet rights for the next three Paralympics...Winter Games in Salt Lake in 2002 and Turin in 2006 and the Athens 2004 Summer Games.