John Faratzis – Founder & CEO
John Faratzis is a nine-time Sports Emmy Award winning Producer with extensive professional experience producing live, quick turn-around, and taped sports coverage. including multiple Super Bowls and Olympics. Currently John Faratzis serves as CEO of Second Screen Sports headquartered in Calabasas, California.
Faratzis has secured above and below the line personnel and packaged shoot and post-production facilities for FSN’s various live, taped, and quick-turnaround poker series, including 13 one-hour Club WPT.com quick-turnaround episodes, 44 two-hour Emmy Award winning MansionPoker.net Poker Dome Challenge episodes, and 20 one-hour Aussie Millions Episodes.
With Live Poker Productions, John Faratzis also served as a Live-TV Producer and Packager for all content and facilities for the Pay-Per-View MMA event Affliction Banned, which included one hour of live coverage of undercards on FSN followed by a three-hour live Pay-Per-View event featuring six top-flight bouts and musical performances by Megadeath.
Prior to taking his position with Live Poker Productions, John Faratzis worked as President and Executive Producer with Zorba Productions. His highlights with this company include producing NBC’s Emmy Award winning coverage of Diving at the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics, producing NBC’s Emmy Award winning coverage of Ski Jumping at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, producing 22 one-hour edited episodes of FX’s coverage of Toughman, and producing 14 one-hour episodes of Slamball for Warner Brothers including Slamball’s game action, pregame and halftime shows, and post-game and in-game highlight packages.
John Faratzis also served as a Producer and Director for ABC Interactive, as NFL Coordinating Producer with NBC Sports (where he produced three Super Bowls), as a Producer for both ABC Sports and CBS Sports, and as an Assistant to the Producer for ABC Sports. John Faratzis holds a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism with a Minor in Sociology from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communication
John S. Faratzis – President
John Sabin Faratzis will be contributing his 15 plus years of computer programming experience, technical expertise and youthful perspective to Second Screen Sports. Currently John is Senior Story Producer on CBS’s reality show Big Brother. John is a tech guru who’s been designing and coding computer programs and websites since 1997. During that time he also developed, created, launched and maintained social media networks with over a quarter million users. He also holds extensive experience in handling media relations and facilitating numerous web and print based features.
In addition to his computer expertise, John has a deep background in TV production and development. Most recently, as The Weinstein Company’s Director of Television Production and Development, John was responsible for creating pitches and managing production on multiple cable series.
In 2011 John served as a segment producer, creating and developing contestant challenges for truTV’s first ever studio game show, “Killer Karaoke,” which The New York Times proclaimed, “The greatest show in television history.” There he worked closely with “Fear Factor” creator and Executive Producer, David Hurwitz. Before that, John developed pilots for MTV Series Development in Manhattan, and worked in production management for MTV News & Docs.ost recently John has been a producer on a variety of reality shows across multiple networks.
John holds a Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications Production with an outside concentration in film from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.
Andy Rosenberg is the recipient of 15 Emmy Awards. He has served as a Director and Producer for a number of live sporting events for television including 10 Olympics, 22 Wimbledon Finals, 12 NBA Finals, seven World Series, and three Super Bowls. Over the course of his career, Andy Rosenberg has been involved with many innovations, including the development of new industry standard cameras and 3-D television production. Andy Rosenberg has most recently served as a Freelance Director and Producer. He has also served as a Producer and Director for NBC Sports.
Mr. Rosenberg has been awarded Emmys for the Summer and Winter Olympics, the NBA on NBC, the World Series, the World Track and Field Championships, Wimbledon, and NFL Football. Highlights of Andy Rosenberg’s production career including the Track and Field at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, Alpine Skiing at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, Los Angeles Clippers’ and Los Angeles Lakers’ basketball games from 2006 to 2012, Los Angeles Dodgers’ and Los Angeles Angels’ baseball games from 2006 to 2012, Wimbledon from 1990 to 2011, and major college football from 2007 to 2012.
Andy Rosenberg has also worked as a director for skiing, golf, professional hockey and soccer, and horse racing. He conceived, worked in development, and was the first to use television cameras in a number of ways that are now considered industry standards. These innovations include “Tracking” camera for track and field, speed skating, and a number of other sports; “Point of View” camera for high jump and pole vault; “Low Slash” camera for basketball; “Down the Line” camera for baseball; and “Robotic Slam Cams.”