Joseph Maar

NESN, VP, Programming and Production/Executive Producer

Joseph Maar is the VP of programming and production, executive producer at NESN which over the past four years has ranked in the top ten of Most Valuable Sports Business Brands in the World. His responsibilities include programming and production of two regional networks plus NESN National, reaching a combined 9.5M homes.

A television executive with two decades of achievements, Maar has been innovating, developing, and managing network divisions, new shows, and advanced media technologies for international, national, and regional television networks. His experience spans broadcast, mobile, interactive, live event, studio, documentary, and edited series.

He is known for innovative programming and co-creating new production technologies with Silicon Valley and high tech startups, working on the leading edge of industry developments.

Hired at NESN in 2012, Maar oversees the network’s content vision, planning and production of live events, studio shows, documentaries, episodic series, and a wide range of original entertainment shows.

Prior to arriving at NESN, Maar was lead consultant for the country of Qatar in planning the launch of a youth-based network for 15-30 year olds. Starting in 2007, he spent five years as a coordinating producer with executive producer responsibilities at Fox Sports North and Fox Sports Wisconsin. At FSN, Maar oversaw coverage of seven teams and original programming in a five-state area spanning approximately 10M homes. Additionally, he had joint-responsibility for managing and re-launching digital media.

From 2000-2006, Maar was coordinating director and director of operations at ESPN, co-launching the network’s Original Entertainment Division, creating 20+ new shows, developing 12 new studios nationally, and overseeing the shows’ operations and directorial staff with budgetary responsibilities in excess of 20M. Two of the hit shows he co-created in 2001-2002 are still hit shows today: Pardon the Interruption and Around The Horn.

From 1990-2000, Maar was a producer/director with managerial responsibilities at FOX affiliate KTVU (San Francisco), as well as a freelancer for ABC Sports and other broadcast organizations. He also wrote a monthly column for several television trade magazines and consulted on the development of control room automation (formerly ParkerVision, now Grass Valley Ignite.)

Maar has been awarded three national Emmy Awards, 20+ regional Emmys, and a bevy of national honors in a range of categories including: live sports, entertainment, news, documentary, and children’s programming. He has covered six Super Bowl pre-games and a wide range of news, sports, and entertainment specials both in the U.S. and internationally.

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