John Skipper

ESPN Is Measuring How Many People Tune In at Bars, Gyms and Even Maternity Wards

For the second consecutive day, Hamilton made it's way into the opening of an upfront.

Facetime: Networks Parade Casts and Execs During Upfront Presentations and Parties

This week, TV’s brightest stars and entertainment’s biggest execs took to auditoriums and concert halls across New York to show advertisers what they’ve got.  

ESPN Announces 2 New Morning Hours of SportsCenter and More 30 for 30

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Just improve it here and there. That was the mantra at ESPN's 2015-2016 upfront presentation at New York's Minskoff Theater this morning.The event was billed as the ESPN Impression, because, as president of marketing and sales Ed Erhardt explained, "Impressions are the currency of our industry."

George Bodenheimer to Leave ESPN

George Bodenheimer is leaving ESPN, according to the Disney-ABC sports network. Bodenheimer has been at ESPN almost since its inception—he started working there in 1981—and will now work at The V Foundation, a cancer research charity he helped form in 1993 with the late ESPN commentator Jim Valvano.

Jamie Horowitz Jumps From ESPN to NBC’s Today Show

The worst-kept secret in morning news officially was let out of the bag today, as NBC confirmed that veteran ESPN producer Jamie Horowitz will take the helm at the Today show.

Anne Sweeney Is Leaving Disney

The Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday announced that Anne Sweeney is leaving the company, effective January 2015, so that she may pursue her dream of directing television.

ESPN, SEC to Form New Sports Net

ESPN and the Southeastern Conference on Tuesday will formally announce the launch of a new sports network devoted to the 14 member schools.In a press conference scheduled to take place tomorrow at noon at the Hyatt Atlanta Regency, ESPN and the athletic conference will unveil the as-yet unnamed network, which is set to launch in April 2014.

Is ESPN Ready to Embrace Big Data?

Nerd convention. Dorkapalooza. Geek heaven. Just a few names that were bandied about last weekend to describe the annual gathering of sports' intellectual cabal at MIT's Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.

Fox Sports 1 to Launch Aug. 17

After months of speculation—and 15 years of behind-the-scenes machinations—Fox Sports on Tuesday officially announced plans to launch a national cable sports network.

ESPN Lands Cheapie Big East Rights Deal

ESPN has matched NBC Sports' bid for the media rights to the Big East Conference, and in so doing has secured its position as the league's primary rights holder.While neither party disclosed the value of the renewed package, sources with knowledge of the negotiations said the deal extends through the 2019-20 academic year and is worth a grand total of $130 million.