NFL Films promotes and preserves the history of the gridiron. Every year, the National Football League (NFL) subsidiary films about 270 professional football games, consisting of about 1,000 miles of film. Since its inception, NFL Films has shot more than 9,000 games. It also records other sporting events such as the World Series, produces content for the NFL Network, and offers commercial and corporate video production services unrelated to football. All told, NFL Films produces more than 4,000 hours of programming every year. The company has won more than 90 Emmy awards. Ed Sobol and his son Steve (company president) co-founded NFL Films in 1964 when Ed convinced the NFL it needed its own film company.
NFL Films also operates a special order catalog, which sells programs that are no longer available on the home video market (through retail stores or regular mail order). The catalog includes programming such as Super Bowl highlights, follies, and season reviews.
Original programming produced by NFL Films includes the HBO reality series, Hard Knocks, which follows a select NFL team through training camp, documenting its preparation for the upcoming season, and the Showtime series Inside the NFL, which it co-produces with CBS Sports. In 2010 it produced a six-part weekly series, NFL Full Contact, airing on truTV. Keeping up with the times, in 2010 the company expanded its online presence when Internet video provider Hulu added NFL Films to its lineup of content partners.
Layoffs occurred in 2009 after the parent company sought "voluntary separation" from 150 employees, some of which were at NFL Films. The previous year some 20 jobs at NFL Films were cut. – less