Gary Lang, a sports television producer whose career included stints with CBS Sports, ESPN and, more prolifically, Fox Sports, died on April 21 after a brief illness at his home in Redondo Beach, California. He was 53 years old.
His death was announced by family friend Frank Marchesini, vice president, Entertainment Public Relations, Showtime Networks.
Lang’s work at Fox Sports, where he was part of the production team that kicked off the NFL’s inaugural season in 1994, earned him 17 Emmy Awards. His Emmy-winning work has spanned the production of credits for Fox’s coverage of the World Series, All Star Games, Major League Baseball, and the National Football League.
Lang began his career in 1991 in the CBS Sports tape vault, eventually becoming a segment producer for the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics. Later that year, he moved from New York to Los Angeles as a member of the Fox Sports production team, steadily rising through the ranks from broadcast associate to vice president of special projects. He left the network in 2008.
After his tenure at Fox, Lang was a supervising producer for ESPN’s Shifting gears with Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and had produced relays on Hell’s Kitchen, Pros vs Joes, Shaq Versus and various projects for NFL Network. He was Vice President of Production for Tennis Channel from 2012 to 2015.
In a Tennis Channel biography of his tenure there, Lang was credited with helping to create “the overall look and style of Fox Sports ”, and lauded for its“ countless innovative opening teases for America’s biggest sporting events and programs, including several World Series, Super Bowls, All-Madden Shows, NASCAR and Bowl Championship Series ”.
Lang is survived by his two children Jessica and Noah, and four siblings.