ESPN is promoting from within as executives Brian Lockhart and Mike Shiffman are both moving up and accepting new roles within the company. The Worldwide Leader in Sports announced that Lockhart will have the title of “Senior Vice President, ESPN+ Original Content and ESPN Films” while Shiffman will be “Senior Vice President, Production” with a focus on basketball.
Lockhart is taking over from departing VP’s Libby Geist and Connor Schell, who both left last November with Schell teaming up with Chernin Entertainment to form a studio for non-fiction content. Lockhart will be overseeing the entire original programming operation at ESPN. That includes studio shows, ESPN Films, and 30 for 30.
Lockhart might have only been with ESPN for a couple of years but he has already put his stamp on many ESPN+ original shows which include Peyton’s Places, Bettor Days with Mike Greenberg, and the upcoming Tom Brady docuseries Man in the Arena, as well as expansion versions of the Detail and Places series.
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