Primary Affiliation: Turner Sports Vice President, Operations and Technology, Turner Sports - Atlanta, GA, USA
AES Member Type: Associate
Tom Sahara serves as vice president of operations and technology for Turner Sports. A 31-year veteran of the broadcast industry, Sahara has been with Turner Broadcasting since 1997 overseeing the remote broadcast facilities for Turner Sports IT departments, which includes the day-to-day operations of the live sports productions seen on TBS and TNT as well as supporting infrastructure for the Turner Sports online properties. Sahara also oversees remote operations and technology for NCAA Men’s Basketball on TBS, TNT and truTV, as well as remote operations of events presented on NCAA.com. Sahara also serves as the senior liaison with Turner Studios and Network Operations and manages the tape library archivists. Sahara is based in Atlanta and reports to Matthew Hong, senior vice president, general manager of sports operations
Prior to his current role, Sahara served as the director of technical operations for the Goodwill Games, where he supervised all technical functional areas, studio and remote production facilities and crews, vendors, technology providers, transmission and communications, as well as budget oversight for operations. He also previously served as the manager of studio engineering for Turner Studios where he managed the technical operations for all live studio productions.
Prior to joining Turner Sports, Sahara was a freelance technical manager for various major television networks covering the NFL, NBA and the NCAA, as well as the 1996, 2000 and 2002 Olympic Games where he directed the technical operations for Olympic sporting events.
Sahara graduated with a bachelor of science from the University of Hawaii. He currently holds the title as Sports Video Group Chairman.