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Building Up The Games

Day in the life of Molly Solomon

Executive Producer & SVP of Productions & Operations, Golf Channel

How Emmy Winner Molly Solomon took on the Olympics...and then the Golf Channel.



A Bigger Network, Bigger Opportunities

To Molly Solomon, NBCUniversal is all about opportunity. It’s a place where making great television is expected and applauded. She describes it as a place with high expectations and endless challenges. Molly considers herself a “lifer.” Having joined NBC’s Olympic division right out of college, she’s found new opportunities throughout her twenty-two years here. She shares, “I can’t imagine working anywhere else.”
 

Bringing the Olympics Across Platforms 

Gearing up for the 2004 Olympics, she and her group made a revolutionary decision to show around-the-clock live coverage on NBC’s cable networks. It was a herculean endeavor for the team. And they pulled it off. Molly says, “I’ve never been as exhausted or as proud of my team as I was in August of 2004.” Fast forward four years, she was still exploring unchartered territory, bringing the Olympics to the world across multiple platforms. And for all of the exhaustive efforts, the perks were worth it. She remembers sitting next to Bob Costas at the 2008 Olympics Opening Ceremony rehearsal in Beijing and remembers him saying, “I’ve never seen anything like this.” Neither had the world.

I always say, there's no glass ceiling at 30 Rock. I've met so many empowered female executives. It's inspiring.

Building Up The Golf Channel

For Golf Channel employees, the game of golf is in a terrific place, in part because there are so many compelling young stars like Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson and a rejuvenated Tiger Woods. Golf programming on NBC Sports pushes to the Golf Channel every weekend that it’s on the air. It’s an incredible marketing platform for a niche sports network. Molly relates, “the awareness amongst a bigger audience is priceless.”

When NBCUniversal merged with Comcast, a new door opened for her at the Golf Channel. “We have more platforms, more growth and more opportunities for employees,” she says. One of her proudest achievements was dramatically increasing on-air diversity during the 2012 Olympic Games. She explains, “I always say, there’s no glass ceiling at 30 Rock. I’ve met so many empowered female executives. It’s inspiring."