CEO at The Ringer
Bill Simmons is a columnist, author, TV host, analyst, and podcaster whose prolific writings, rants, and
insights have become the voice for a generation of American sports fans. In March of 2016, he launched his
newest immensely-successful website, The Ringer. The network is home to an intriguing blend of sports, pop
culture and an array of some of the most popular podcasts available today.
In 2015, he signed a multi-year, multi-platform deal with HBO, an umbrella under which his weekly talk show
Any Given Wednesday aired in 2016. In July 2018, Simmons signed a new deal with HBO that will see him
continue to produce content and assets for the network, including video podcasts, features, shows, and
documentary films. This came on the heels of the hugely successful HBO documentary Andre the Giant, which
Simmons executive produced. Andre the Giant quickly became the most-watched documentary in HBO Sports
history with nearly 7 million viewers across the network’s linear and digital platforms.
Previously, Simmons served as the founding editor of Grantland, the sports and pop culture website that he
created in 2011. The site featured a mix of original columns, long-form features, and blog posts by an
accomplished and diverse lineup of the internet’s leading writers and editors. Simmons also served as co-host
of The Grantland Basketball Hour and was an executive producer of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning
documentary series 30 for 30. His podcast, The B.S. Report., was a mainstay in the top 10 among Sports &
Recreation podcasts on iTunes.
Off-screen, Simmons is the author of two New York Times No. 1 best-sellers, The Book of Basketball and Now
I Can Die in Peace.
Simmons received a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Boston University and a Bachelor’s Degree in
Political Science from the College of the Holy Cross.
He currently lives in Los Angeles.