Karate Combat has brought ESPN, CBS and Netflix sports producer Jon Gerstel on as an executive producer for live events.
Gerstel is a four-time Emmy winner and will help with all aspects of the professional martial arts league.
Below is a press release:
Karate Combat announced it has signed Jon Gerstel as Executive Producer of the global professional martial arts league’s LIVE events. The four-time Emmy winner brings 25 years of experience creating documentary, digital, LIVE and studio content around sports, including developing the production, talent and original programming for two successful start-up networks. Karate Combat is the first mainstream, professional full-contact karate league, which has seen rapid growth in fighter signings, distribution partnership deals, media attention, and an ongoing surge in social media followers since its April launch.
Gerstel has worked across many sports, including the NFL, NBA, NCAA basketball, NHL, golf, tennis, boxing and MMA, not to mention his Emmy-winning coverage of the Olympics for CBS. His story on ESPN’s Outside the Lines won a sports journalism Emmy. Gerstel helped launch the successful networks College Sports Television and what became ESPN Classic, and, with Matador Content, was the Executive Producer for programming on Versus, Bloomberg TV, Spike and Viacom Velocity.
Karate Combat events are notable for taking place in the patented Karate Combat Fighting Pit, which promotes continuous action and completely unobstructed views for first rate camerawork. The pit enables Karate Combat to stage events in exotic locales around the world with spectacular monuments and natural wonders as backdrops. It’s a perfect setup for Gerstel’s cinematic techniques and the elevation of martial arts programming.
“We couldn’t be happier with the way the public has embraced our sport,” said Michael DePietro, CEO of Karate Combat. “The addition of Jon to our senior management team will add an exciting dimension to our future events.”