February 11, 1987 |
Overhead, on two giant TV monitors, images of Super Bowl XXI flickered in the darkness of the editing room. There went New York Giants running back Joe Morris, cutting left, then right. Just below, watching Morris' every move, two film and sound editors perched before one of the most sophisticated audio boards money can buy, silently sliding control buttons. And about 35 feet away, tucked in a soundproof recording booth, Pat Summerall, CBS's premier football play-by-play man, glanced down at his script.
May 15, 2014 |
Victoria Ellen Denenberg, 69, of Merion, archivist for the NFL's treasure trove of game footage, died Monday, May 5, of cancer at the Abramson Center for Jewish Life. Ms. Denenberg began her career at NFL Films in 1966 as an assistant to the league's business manager. She handled a variety of duties before becoming the manager of its film library. In that role, she oversaw the cataloging and archiving of all footage shot by NFL Films camera operators. NFL Films was located initially in Philadelphia, but when it moved from Center City to Mount Laurel in 1980, she helped guide the transition.
December 19, 1997 |
Florence football players will always be part of The Pit. Now, The Pit will be part of NFL Films lore. Florence will be part of Sunday morning's NFL Films Presents -Traditions, a show on different high school traditions across the country that will air on Channel 29 at 10:30. The Florence segment runs about seven minutes, and shows different scenes of the tiny town shot during Thanksgiving week. The interviews show the pride that the players, coaches and fans have for their team and town.
September 21, 2005 |
Arthur Spieller, 79, of Broomall, who won six Emmy awards as a cameraman for NFL Films and who filmed every one of the first 31 Super Bowls, died of heart failure Sept. 19 at home. The first title game was in 1967 between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs in a matchup that was called, at the time, the NFL-AFL World Championship Game. The next season, Mr. Spieller worked the NFL Championship game that was to become known as the Ice Bowl. The game - in Green Bay, Wis., between the Packers and the Dallas Cowboys - was played in temperatures that reached 15 degrees below zero.
April 28, 1995 |
The Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema has a well-deserved reputation for searching out worthwhile movies from every corner of the globe. This year the organizers looked in the end zone. One of the highlights among the festival's dizzying array of movies is a salute to NFL Films, the Mount Laurel-based company that began 30 years ago with one hand-held 16mm camera and now flourishes as a dominant sports-media conglomerate. It has, of course, long been acknowledged that NFL Films and the many pioneering and innovative techniques it developed to put the viewer in the action on the field and catch the emotions on the sidelines played a key role in pro football's rise to its current popularity: Just compare the modest hoopla that surrounded the first Super Bowl with the extravagant January spectacle it has become.
February 11, 2015 |
NEW YORK - Ed Sabol, the NFL Films founder who revolutionized sports broadcasting and reimagined pro football from an up-and-coming league to must-watch theater, has died. He was 98. Sabol died yesterday at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., the NFL said. Sabol was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011. During his tenure at NFL Films from 1964-95, the organization won 52 Emmy Awards. NFL Films is based in Mount Laurel, N.J. "Through his determination and innovative spirit, Ed Sabol transformed how America watched football and all sports," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.
November 20, 2012 |
IF YOU WERE going to follow John Facenda on the air, you had to have a great voice. Maybe nobody could match the legendary Facenda, whose familiar baritone was called the "voice of God" when he broadcast for NFL Films. But Jeff Kaye brought it off. After Facenda died in 1984, Jeff became the voice of NFL Films, lending his own sonorous baritone to the pro-football features of the Mount Laurel, N.J.-based company. Maybe not quite God, but close to it. "I can say to this day, when I look at some of the shows Jeff narrated over the years, I am still fascinated by the way he told a story," said Kevin McLoughlin, director of post-production for NFL Films.
April 14, 2009 |
The sadness wasn't confined to the offices of Citizens Bank Park or the world of baseball yesterday. News of Harry Kalas' death also hit home and hit hard across the river at the NFL Films home office in Mount Laurel. Steve Sabol, the president of the company founded by his father, Ed, in 1962, left work in the early afternoon only to return when he learned that Kalas had collapsed and died a few hours before the start of the Phillies' game against the Washington Nationals.
September 23, 2012 |
The spiral is perfect, the ball launched by a buggy-whip arm, and it arcs in majestic slow motion across a cobalt sky. Two are in lockstep pursuit of it, receiver and defender, each calculating where their thunderous intersection will be reached, and you see them rising and grasping as one, and it is all so real that you swear that you are, well, there. Right there! And Steve Sabol would smile a smile of modesty and satisfaction and lean back and thank you. On behalf of NFL Films and its gazillion Emmys, we thank you. To quote the song: Nobody does it better.