Amy J. Zimmerman has won every major award associated with television and horse racing - most more than once: 21 Eclipse Awards as Executive Producer, Producer or Associate Producer (1996, 1999, 2001-14); two national Emmy Awards (1992 – Best Live Sports Special & 2008 – Outstanding Live Event Turnaround); 11 Regional Emmy Awards as a producer for original productions on HRTV (2008, 2010-14); one individual Regional Emmy Award as program writer (2010); and two International Simulcast Awards (2000-01).
As the Executive Producer of HRTV since the network’s inception in 2002, Amy has guided HRTV productions to win or receive the honorable mention for the Eclipse Award for National Television Feature for seven of the last eight years. Under her leadership, the HRTV team has been nominated for 35 Regional Emmy Awards in just six years, with 18 wins.
Her reputation is such that, in addition to her role at HRTV, Amy has worked with all four major television networks as a horse racing producer. She is currently on staff for NBC as a producer for their horse racing coverage, including all three Triple Crown races since 2001, and as a producer for the network’s coverage of the Breeders’ Cup, which is a position she has held on every Breeders' Cup telecast since 1988 (including five years with ABC/ESPN).
Amy was honored as the 2014 winner of the Old Hilltop Award for covering Thoroughbred racing with excellence and distinction; as the 2011 winner of the prestigious Penny Chenery Distinguished Woman in Racing Award selected and presented by the owner of Secretariat; and by the California State Legislature as an Outstanding Woman in California Thoroughbred Racing in 2004 which was the first year the state honored such individuals. She was among the inaugural Thoroughbred Times Women of Influence of Top 25 Women” in 2010; is a voting member of the National Racing Museum Hall of Fame; is a member of the selection committee for the annual Secretariat Vox Populi Award; is a past member of the Board of Directors of the California Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Foundation (2012-14); and included among Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who of American Women (2000-present).
She has produced numerous sporting events outside of horse racing, including annual coverage of a coast-to-coast antique car rally for ESPN and The History Channel for more than a decade. One of Amy’s national Emmy Awards came while working as a feature producer for NBC Sports on the network’s gymnastics coverage at the Olympic Games in Beijing.
Concurrent with her position at HRTV, Amy serves as the VP – Business Coordination & Director of Broadcasting for Santa Anita Park, where HRTV is headquartered in Arcadia, California. A member of Santa Anita's staff since 1986, Amy previously served as that track’s Director of Broadcasting; Broadcast Manager and Assistant Publicity Director; and track publicist. Amy is a graduate from the University of Southern California with degrees in Journalism and History.
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