Since 1995, Gary Hartley has been responsible for conveying FOX Sports’ signature irreverent attitude through its on-screen innovation. Currently, as Executive Vice President, Graphics, Creative Director, Hartley oversees the make, model and feel for nearly every on-screen graphic, across FOX, FS1, and FS2.
A seven-time Emmy Award-winner, Hartley has been behind some of the greatest innovations for FOX Sports including its design approach for presenting real-time race information for its inaugural season of NASCAR coverage in 2001 – a style and feel that informed hardcore race fans simultaneously enlightening casual viewers.
Hartley and his team have constructed some of the most recognizable on screen graphics including updates to its original “FOX Box,” an on screen graphic that shows the score and clock, an innovation that has become the industry standard for televising sporting events. As technology improved throughout the years, Hartley has had to balance the urge of cramming too much information into the “FOX Box” with a sleek yet informative look.
One of Hartley’s best-known creations is Cleatus, the football-playing robot, which has become an unofficial mascot and symbol of FOX Sports’ NFL coverage since its debut during the 2005-06 season.
A Michigan native, Hartley graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from Central Michigan University in 1983. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his family.