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Topic: John Skipper

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

Downplays subscriber losses during theatrical upfront

For the second consecutive day, Hamilton made it's way into the opening of an upfront. Broadway stars Daveed Diggs and Leslie Odom Jr. bookended ESPN's upfront this morning from The Minskoff…

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

Andy Cohen, Wolf Blitzer, Jeff Zucker, Miley Cyrus and more

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

'The Worldwide Leader in Sports' plans a lot more of the same

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…

George Bodenheimer to Leave ESPN

Three years after handing off president role, he'll manage a charity

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…

Jamie Horowitz Jumps From ESPN to NBC’s Today Show

Veteran producer joins the morning wars on Dec. 1

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…

Anne Sweeney Is Leaving Disney

18-year vet says she wants to direct

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. An 18-year Disney veteran,…

ESPN, SEC to Form New Sports Net

Conference boasts some of college football’s most valuable franchises

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…

Is ESPN Ready to Embrace Big Data?

Sports media giant blitzes Boston to court nerds

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

News Corp. takes the wraps off its bid to take share from ESPN

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. And while the ultimate goal is to topple…

ESPN Lands Cheapie Big East Rights Deal

Bristol matches NBC Sports' $130 million bid

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…

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