New Premium Production Service Will Enhance Fan Experiences Across Select Games and Events
ESL, the world’s largest esports company and a part of the international entertainment group MTG, and David Hill today announced that the launch of Esports by Hill, a new premium production service. Hill will work exclusively with ESL on special projects with select publishers and sponsors to develop premium events and viewing experiences for esports fans.
“David is a legend in entertainment and sports production and having an industry veteran of his stature join forces with ESL speaks to the explosive growth of esports into mainstream media,” said Steven Roberts, Executive Chairman, ESL. “David’s expertise will bring our production capabilities and broadcast talent to the next level and further our position as the premier partner for publishers and sponsors. ”
Hill is a sports broadcasting expert, best known for spearheading the launch of FOX Sports. Hill spent nearly three decades at Fox where he most recently held the role of Senior Executive Vice President at 21st Century Fox. During his tenure, Hill helped launch FOX Sports, Fox Network, Sky Television and the Regional Sports Networks. Hill’s noteworthy digital achievements include developing the game scores and time remaining box (Fox Box), the NFL first down graphic line and the NHL’s glowing hockey puck.
In 2015, Hill launched the production venture, Hilly, where he co-produced the 88th Academy Awards. Hill has also served as the Executive Producer on The X Factor and the last two seasons of American Idol.
“I’ve always looked to the gaming industry for inspiration for sports programing, especially in the areas of graphics, audio and design,” said David Hill. “Esports is one of the most exciting areas of sports and entertainment and I’m looking forward to partnering with ESL on this new Esports by Hill premium offering.”
Esports is becoming mainstream due to the evolution in technology and the growing consumer preference towards new forms of competitive events. By 2020, esports viewership will exceed 10% of all U.S. sports viewing, and will attract more viewers than the finals of other major U.S. sports, like the MLB, NHL and NBA, according to Activate’s Tech and Media Outlook 2017.