Peter Nelson fast-tracked to high profile role as Executive Vice President, HBO Sports.
After joining HBO in 2011, the Harvard-educated exec succeeds outgoing president Ken Hershmann, who resigned in October, effective December 31, 2015. According to ESPN, the decision didn’t come as a surprise as HBO’s President Michael Lombardo made it official:
“Peter Nelson is the ideal choice to spearhead our groundbreaking programming initiatives as well as our commitment to world-class boxing, which have made HBO Sports an acclaimed franchise for the network,” said HBO president of programming Michael Lombardo. “He has a comprehensive understanding of boxing, a key programming staple for our subscribers for more than four decades. We enjoyed a terrific 2015 season and can’t wait to present the best collection of fighters in the world on our platforms in the new year.”
According to HBO, “HBO Boxing main event viewership in prime time is up 10% in 2015 vs. 2014.”