The National Football has sent this chronology of NFL Films from its humble beginning in 1962 all the way through today. Amazing how the company has grown to one of the most recognized brands in sports media.
Take a look.
50 YEARS OF PIONEER FILMMAKING
- Ed Sabol, founder of Blair Motion Pictures (6 employees), bids $3,000 for the film rights to the 1962 NFL Championship Game
- Pro Football’s Longest Day: The 1962 NFL Championship Game premieres at New York’s Toots Shor’s to critical acclaim
- NFL buys Blair Motion Pictures after Ed Sabol convinces Commissioner Pete Rozelle that NFL needs its own film company to “not only to promote the NFL, but to preserve its history.”
- NFL FILMS begins first season of filming every NFL game
- NFL FILMS employs graphics in How to Watch Pro Football to explain strategy and tactics
- NFL FILMS wires Philadelphia’s Joe Kuharich for sound during an NFL game
- They Call It Pro Football unveils NFL FILMS’ revolutionary filmmaking style with its use of ground-level, slow-motion NFL action and sideline sound
- NFL FILMS produces football’s 1st magazine show – hosted by Pat Summerall and Tom Brookshier
- NFL FILMS premieres its 1st network pre-game feature on CBS Countdown to Kickoff
- NFL FILMS produces sports’ 1st blooper film, Football Follies
- NFL FILMS 1st to film pre-game locker room action (Coach Saban & the Denver Broncos)
- NFL FILMS 1st to use 600mm telephoto lens to capture what Steve Sabol describes as “the raw intensity of the NFL – the bloody hands, the eyes bulging, the snot spraying and the sweat flying.”
- Premiere of ABC’s Monday Night Football Halftime Highlights produced by NFL FILMS
- NFL FILMS introduces reverse-angle replay
- NFL FILMS introduces popular music – “The Way We Were” – scored to NFL footage featuring Bart Starr
- NFL FILMS produces 1st Road To The Super Bowl special
- NFL FILMS moves from a 19,000-sq. ft. production studio in Philadelphia, PA, to a 40,000-sq. ft. multi-million dollar production lot in Mt. Laurel, NJ
- NFL FILMS wins first Emmys for Road To The Super Bowl at inaugural Sports Emmys
- NFL FILMS introduces 1st sports home videos – 28 team highlights & special releases Big Game America and Football Follies
- NFL FILMS expands production studio to include state-of-the-art post production wing, fiber-optic services and a high security film archive
- NFL FILMS designs software for digital-footage logging system
- NFL FILMS produces NFL DREAM SEASON for ESPN: a computer effects project that alters game footage to realistically pit the NFL’s 20 greatest teams against one another – the 1986 New York Giants vs. the 1951 Los Angeles Rams – in a mythical eight-week series
- NFL FILMS celebrates Silver Anniversary
- NFL FILMS annexes building to expand its production studio to 100,000 sq. ft.
- NFL FILMS celebrates 30th Anniversary
- NFL FILMS produces filmmaking’s 1st live-action sports short ever shot in Cinemascope, the critically acclaimed, 100 Yard Universe
- NFL commissions NFL FILMS’ Tom Hedden to compose Super Bowl XXXI theme
- NFL FILMS highlights appears in Cyberspace in the NFL Theater on NFL.COM
- NFL FILMS PRESENTS leaves syndication after 30 years and moves to ESPN
- NFL FILMS produces the 1st interactive sports program on Digital Versatile Disk (DVD) – The Official Super Bowl XXXII Championship DVD
- NFL FILMS PRESENTS wins third consecutive Emmy award for Outstanding Sports Series
- NFL FILMS shoots its 7,000th NFL game
- NFL FILMS breaks ground on 200,000sq. ft. motion-picture studio schedule to open in Spring 2001
- NFL FILMS increases Emmy award total to 78 after receiving awards for Outstanding Music Composition/Direction and Outstanding Features – its third consecutive award in that category
- NFL FILMS increases Emmy award total to 80 after receiving awards for Outstanding Feature and Outstanding Editing HARD KNOCKS: Training Camp with the Baltimore Ravens, a reality sports documentary television series produced by NFL FILMS and HBO premiered in July
- NFL FILMS opens a new 200,000 square-foot television and motion picture studio fully equipped for Hi-Def production
- NFL FILMS adds two more Emmys to its collection taking home the trophies for Outstanding Music Composition and Outstanding Audio
- NFL FILMS plays pivotal role in launch of NFL NETWORK – the first television network fully dedicated to the NFL and the sport of football
- NFL FILMS founder Ed Sabol and President Steve Sabol are presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2003 Sports Emmy Awards
- NFL NETWORK wins its first Emmy Award for NFL FILMS Presents: Big Charlie’s Place becoming the youngest network in history to garner the prestigious award
- NFL FILMS earns four more Emmy Awards increasing its total to 91
- NFL FILMS increases Emmy award total to 92 after receiving awards for Outstanding Studio Show Weekly – Inside the NFL
- NFL FILMS releases Autumn Thunder; a ten disc box set of current and classic music from NFL FILMS’ award winning composers.
- NFL FILMS launches what Steve Sabol calls “the biggest series in company history” in America’s Game: The Super Bowl Champions. The series features one-hour documentaries profiling each Super Bowl-winning team.
- NFL FILMS wins 3 Emmy Awards for America’s Game: The Super Bowl Champions, NFL FILMS Presents: Finding Your Butkus, and Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Kansas City Chiefs, bringing the grand total to 95 Emmys since 1979.
- NFL FILMS wins 2 Emmy Awards for Studio Show Weekly -Inside the NFL and Post-produced Audio-Sound for Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Dallas Cowboys, bringing the grand total to 97 Emmys since 1979.
- NFL FILMS produced the five-part miniseries Full Color Football: The History of the American Football League for Showtime which aired in fall 2009 as part of the American Football League 50th anniversary celebration.
- NFL FILMS was honored by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission with the dedication of a Pennsylvania State Historical Marker at 230 North 13th Street in Philadelphia recognizing the location as the “Birthplace of NFL FILMS.”
- NFL FILMS wins 3 Emmy Awards for Edited Sports Series/Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Cincinnati Bengals, Post Produced Audio Sound/Hard Knocks Training Camp with the Cincinnati Bengals and Inside the NFL: Sounds of the Year bringing the grand total to 100 Emmys since 1979
- NFL FILMS wins 5 Emmy Awards for Edited Sports Series/Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Cincinnati Bengals, Documentary/Lombardi, Camera Work/Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Cincinnati Bengals, Post Produced Audio-Sound/Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Cincinnati Bengals and Live Event Turnaround/Sound FX: Cincinnati Bengals @ New York Jets, bringing the grand total to 105 Emmys since 1979
- Ed Sabol was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 6, 2011
- Steve and Ed Sabol were inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame in November of 2011 which was followed by Steve’s induction into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame in December
- The premiere season of both A Football Life (NFL Network) and NFL Turning Point (NBC Sports Network), produced by NFL FILMS, earned Emmy Award nominations in the category of Outstanding Edited Sports Series/Anthology.
- NFL FILMS wins 2 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Music Composition/Direction/Lyrics for Ed Sabol’s Last Football Movie: Men of Mettle, and Outstanding Post Produced Audio/Sound for Sound FX: All Access bringing the grand total to 107 Emmys since 1979
- Hard Knocks: Training Camp at the Miami Dolphins went completely digital, becoming the first series in NFL Films history where no footage was shot on film or tape
More coming up.