Multiple Emmy Award-winning producer Stephen Nagler, a veteran of sports television and horseracing for the past 20 years, will be joining HorseRacing TV as senior producer of live programming. His position is effective Dec. 1. In his role with HRTV, Nagler will be involved in the network's coverage of live racing, as well as overseeing its studio shows. He replaces Scott Hecht, who left the network in October after being named coordinating producer for ESPN's SportsCenter in Bristol, Conn."There are few people in the sports television business as well-known and as well-respected as Stephen Nagler, and we're thrilled that he's joining HRTV in this very prominent and important role," said Jim Bates, executive vice president and general manager of the network. Nagler rose through the ranks at ABC Sports, moving from researcher to supervising producer. He has produced more than 200 racing telecasts, including the Triple Crown.In 2001, Nagler moved to CBS Sports, where he produced the "NTRA Champions" series, as well as the Hambletonian harness racing contest. Nagler began his career at Santa Anita Park, before moving to the Meadowlands, where he created the original "Racing From the Meadowlands" nightly television show.
In 1986, he founded SCN Communications as an independent outlet for sports-related media. Under that mantle, he produced "Jewels of the Triple Crown" with Jim McKay.