10-time Emmy Award-winner and longtime NBC Olympics producer Molly Solomon became the first woman to serve as executive producer for a national sports network on Feb. 29, 2012, when she was named executive producer and senior vice president, production and operations for Golf Channel. Solomon reports directly to Mike McCarley, president of Golf Channel.
In her role, Solomon oversees all aspects of production and programming on Golf Channel, including tournament coverage, news, original productions and operations. Under Solomon’s leadership, Golf Channel in 2014 matched its highest-rated year ever and posted its second most-watched year, which capped four consecutive record-breaking years since the network joined NBC Sports Group in 2011.
Prior to her role at Golf Channel, Solomon served as the coordinating producer for NBC Olympics and was involved in every facet of production and planning, including program development, operational planning and the hiring and assigning of on-air talent and production staff for numerous Olympic Games.
During the 2012 London Olympics, Solomon produced the Opening Ceremony, as well as the Olympic primetime show. At the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Solomon oversaw all NBC Olympics cable programming, Olympic news assignment desk and produced the network’s figure skating coverage. In 2008 at Beijing, she was responsible for more than 500 hours of Olympic programming across the NBCUniversal family of cable networks – CNBC, MSNBC, USA and Oxygen. She also produced the network’s acclaimed daytime and weekend coverage.
Solomon won a Gracie Award from the American Women in Radio & Television for her Beijing work. NBC’s coverage of the 2008 Olympic opening ceremony also was honored with a prestigious Peabody Award, and Solomon was one of the producers on that program. She was named “Woman of the Year” by WISE (Women in Sports Events) in 2008 and following the Athens Olympics, Sports Business Journal named Solomon one of its “40 Under 40.” In 2001, Solomon was named one of six “Women to Watch” by Cablevision, and in 2014, she was listed among the Most Powerful Women in Cable by Cablefax: The Magazine. She has won 10 Sports Emmys in her NBC career.
During the 2004 Games, Solomon oversaw 415.5 hours of Olympic coverage (the vast majority of which was live) scheduled for MSNBC, CNBC, Bravo and USA. In response to her expert eye for selecting on-air talent for the Athens Games, The Wall Street Journal noted, “Kudos to Molly Solomon, NBC’s cable queen, for (among many things) finding enough expert commentators to commentate on sports that had never been commentated on before.”
Solomon began her NBC career in 1990 and was one of two Olympic researchers for NBC’s Emmy Award-winning coverage of the Barcelona Games in 1992. In that role, she compiled event, biographical and historical information on virtually every competitor and country involved in the Barcelona Games, resulting in an eight-volume manual. She then served as a writer and information assistant to Bob Costas during NBC’s primetime coverage in Barcelona.
Between her Olympic assignments, Solomon had been involved with many NBC Sports productions. She served as the studio show producer during USA Network’s coverage of tennis’ U.S. Open and NBC’s “Late Night Wimbledon” show. Other assignments have included serving as the co-producer of the NBA on NBC studio show for two years and as the coordinating producer of the network’s WNBA coverage. She also worked extensively on NBC Sports’ golf production for six years (1993-99), which produced one of her 10 Emmy Awards.
A Phi Beta Kappa member, Solomon graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 1990, with a B.S. in international politics. Solomon and her husband Geoff Russell reside in Orlando with their triplets Jonathan, Alexandra and Madeleine.