ESPN has made changes to its management structure which it hopes will position the company for greater future success. The biggest of the moves is ESPN President John Skipper’s decision to elevate Connor Schell to Executive Vice President, Content, giving him oversight of all of the network’s content creation across ESPN’s television, digital and print platforms.
The promotion includes additional responsibilities of studio and remote production, and digital and print content creation. Schell is already in charge of overseeing ESPN Films, Original Content, Audio and the company’s Talent Office. He will continue to report to Skipper and becomes the second most powerful person inside the company.
Among Schell’s accomplishments include leading ESPN to its first-ever Academy Award earlier this year, for “O.J.: Made in America.” He is a multiple Emmy and Peabody award winner for his work as Executive Producer and co-creator of the acclaimed 30 for 30 documentary series. As the network’s Senior Vice President and Executive Producer, ESPN Original Content, Schell was in charge of the ESPYS, NBA Countdown and The Jump, and opinion-based studio shows including Pardon the Interruption and First Take.
With Schell being given higher rank inside of ESPN, a few other important members of the management circle will now report directly to him. Among them are Norby Williamson, Executive Vice President, Production and Executive Editor; Stephanie Druley, Senior Vice President, Events & Studio Production; and Rob King, Senior Vice President, SportsCenter, News & Information.
The network also announced that longtime executives John Kosner and Marie Donoghue would be leaving the company later this year. To read the remainder of the internal changes click here.