USA ends successful qualifying run
Eyeworks USA co-CEOs J.D. Roth and Todd A. Nelson made the announcement Tuesday. The production company has also named a new board of directors, which includes Roth, Nelson, Pinvidic and COO Ross Weintraub. Pinvidic’s promotion comes on the heels of multiple successes for the production company, which produces unscripted and nonfiction programming for broadcast and cable networks. Positioning Pinvidic as president is intended to give Roth, Nelson and Weintraub the ability to focus on business strategy, both globally and domestically. Now, with hundreds of employees, and hundreds of hours of programming in development and production each year, we need a superstar with great sales and producing experience, infectious enthusiasm and a genuine love for our business who can work with us to lead Eyeworks USA,” said Roth. “We know Brant is that guy, and were thrilled to continue to collaborate with him, creating content that moves people and can change their lives in a real way. Added Pinvidic: JD and Todd built a company focused on growth, creativity, and what is the key to the kingdom for Eyeworks USA: transformation — and theyve never been afraid to take risks or to be noisy. Being part of the fabric of the global Eyeworks organization, we are better positioned for growth than ever before. “I have been working closely with Brant Pinvidic since he joined the Eyeworks team five years ago. Brant is an outstanding creative and the right man to spearhead the exchange of his unique brand of creativity with our international sensibilities,” said Reinout Oerlemans, CEO and founder of Eyeworks Group. During his time at Eyeworks USA, Pinvidic has developed dozens of shows, including ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss, Spike TV’s Bar Rescue and Oxygen’s My Big Fat Revenge. Prior to joining the company, he was senior vp programming and development at TLC, where he helped launch several series, including Jon & Kate Plus 8. Eyeworks USA also produces Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell, Discovery’s Flying Wild Alaska and ABC’s Splash, among others.
Video: What’s your favorite stadium for USA World Cup qualifiers? But for their part, in the end, securing a spot in their seventh consecutive World Cup was fairly straightforward for the Americans, in spite of the inherent trickiness of qualifying from the grueling hexagonal round in CONCACAF. The win over the Canaleros improved the USAs record in the double round-robin, six-team final stage to seven wins, a tie and two losses, easily clinching their third straight hexagonal title — if there were such a thing. The Yanks won six of their last seven games and earned their place at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with two games to spare. FIRST 100 YEARS Relive USA’s greatest moments through their 100 year history. Thats what emboldened Klinsmann to travel down to Panama with a seriously threadbare side. He was already without Michael Bradley, Fabian Johnson and Omar Gonzalez because of injuries and Clint Dempsey because of low fitness. But following Fridays 2-0 win over Jamaica, the German coach also sent starters Landon Donovan, Jermaine Jones, Matt Besler and Tim Howard back to their clubs. So the Americans arrived at kickoff with just one probable World Cup starter in Jozy Altidore. The wisdom thereof seemed questionable. Why not nurse that hard-won momentum? Why not run out as much of the first string as possible when its quite clearly in need of more seasoning if it is to become a bona fide contender for the World Cups knockout rounds? Why not give them another 90 minutes to work on that pacey soccer Klinsmann envisions? Then again, utilizing the last competitive game before the World Cup to test the understudies and those on the bubble for the Brazil roster against an eager opponent — Panama had to win to stand a chance of qualifying, while needed Mexico to lose — had its merits, too.