A decade after those humble beginnings and under Filippelli’s leadership, YES has collected 60 New York Emmy Awards and is the most-watched regional sports network in the United States, a distinction it has held for nine years.
Responsible for all aspects of the network’s on-air content, Filippelli, known as “Flip,” is one of the faces of YES, even though he doesn’t appear in front of the camera.
...YES has become the modern tool that captures iconic moments and weaves them into the long, pinstriped fabric of Yankees history. It has broadcast Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter’s 3,000th career hit, closer Mariano Rivera’s 600th save and the famous catch Jeter made by diving into the stands to retrieve a foul ball against the Red Sox.
“Seeing Jeter and Mo be our defining moments here at YES was special,” said Filippelli, who has garnered 56 Emmy Awards during his 37-year career. “Those were some of our favorite moments and I think they were the fans’ as well.”
...“Yankeeography” was a concept that quickly came to Filippelli’s mind while he was jotting down ideas in his yellow pad back in 2001.
“I remember saying, let’s do a biography of players, and call it `Yankeeography,’ ” said Filippelli, who was promoted to president of production and programming in 2004. “We came up with ideas like `Yankee Classic’ and putting batting practice on the air.”
Posted: September 29, 2012 at 10:41 PM | 9 comment(s)
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