The four-time Emmy Award-winning Kitay Productions, Inc. packages and produces live sports broadcasts for National and Regional Sports Television Networks, OTT platforms, Teams, and in-stadium Video Scoreboard shows. Kitay also produces short- and long-form Feature programming in sports, non-profit, and corporate video. We service the United States, with emphasis in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest. Our solutions scale to fit the needs of every client, "from script to screen."
Company founder and president Joel Kitay knew he wanted to work in sports since the time he was old enough to attend Cleveland Browns games with tickets his family had owned since the team’s first season in 1946.
After graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Boston University in 1994, Joel's television production career began at NFL Films, where he was hired to work on network shows and home videos, such as writing and directing the 1994 Washington Redskins highlight video.
A year later, Joel jumped at a unique opportunity to return to his hometown to work for the Cleveland Browns football team as its first-ever full-time television producer, at a time when professional teams were first starting to explore the idea of producing their own television content. When the Browns relocated to Baltimore and became the Ravens in 1996, Joel started the team's award-winning video production department.
Joel worked for seven years as a staff member of the Ravens, rising to the position of Manager of Broadcasting. His tenure yielded many unique experiences that paved the way for the creation of his own production company. In 2000, Joel accompanied the Ravens on their run to Super Bowl XXXV, earning a championship ring, in addition to broadcasting a show live from Tampa the night before the title game. He followed that effort by assisting NFL Films with production of the inaugural season of the now well-known HBO series, "Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Baltimore Ravens," in 2001.
In 2002, Joel left the Ravens on a full-time basis to open Kitay Productions, Inc., and the company immediately signed a multi-year contract to produce the first-ever video scoreboard shows at the University of Maryland, for football, men's basketball, and women's basketball games. Joel helped to design the video facilities at the then-new Xfinity Center, and in 2001-2002, he produced the official commemorative home videos for both the Terrapins' ACC Championship football team and NCAA Championship men's basketball team.
From its first major client at the University of Maryland, Kitay Productions expanded rapidly in the ensuing years. While producing video scoreboard shows for live sporting events at the University of Maryland, Boston University, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and Towson University, Joel pivoted the company to package and produce live games for broadcast television, with clients including CBS Sports Network, FOX Sports 1, ESPN, SNY, MSG Network, NBC Sports Washington, and more. Kitay Productions also helped professional teams get their games on television, including the Washington Mystics, New York Cosmos, and several NBA G-League teams.
In 2008, Joel expanded into the New York market to open a second office, and he moved to Long Island to spearhead the effort, while still maintaining corporate headquarters in Baltimore to this day. Joel is the proud father of a teenage girl and a teenage boy. He has won four Emmy Awards and been nominated 16 times overall. He is also a trivia buff.
Scott Zolotorow has been an avid sports fan since a young age, which drew him to Kitay Productions, Inc. as an intern starting in 2008. Today, he works as a Producer on most company initiatives.
Scott’s career began at the University of Maryland where he broadcasted Terrapin baseball and football for three years, while also hosting a weekly talk radio show that featured guests including Maryland student-athletes, Baltimore Ravens players, and Baltimore Orioles legends, such as Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson.
Just before college graduation, Scott joined “College Hoops Daily,” a national college basketball website, and quickly rose to become its lead writer. He covered major conference tournaments, including the ACC and Big East, as well as two NCAA tournaments. After his time with College Hoops Daily, he became the lead analyst for Prime Sports Network’s baseball and college basketball coverage.
Taking on full-time employment with Kitay Productions in August 2014, Scott started working as a graphics and production assistant, prior to his latest promotion into the producer’s chair. Scott works out of the Baltimore office.
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