Patrick Stiegman, Editor-In-Chief
#Hashtag of the year for 2012:
#NBARank: ESPN’s innovative, massively trafficked, Twitter-fueled ranking of every player in the NBA, 1-500, raised the bar for cross-platform social journalism. From No. 500 (Eddy Curry) to No. 1 (LeBron James), the picks were rolled out, challenged and applauded on a daily basis in the social space, ensuring this hashtag captured the attention of NBA fans and players alike.
#Hashtag of the year for 2013:
#Brazil2014: OK, so yes, it’s a 2014 hashtag in 2013. But the momentum is already sizzling for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, which — based on Brazil’s unparalleled success on the pitch, the zeal of its fans and the rich history and passion of futbol in South America — could be a sport spectacular without precedent. As the soccer-crazed locals say, “Nada mas importa.”
A big prediction for your property in 2013:
Over the next year, we’ll offer unprecedented customized, personalized and convenient access to our world-class sports news and information, regardless of device or platform. Mobile? Tablet? Computer? (See video below) From long-form storytelling to breaking news, scores to fantasy games, WatchESPN to live alerts and analysis, ESPN will seamlessly enhance the offerings across screens. –By Kevin Ota
Editor’s Note: With this multi-week series — the Front Row Forward/Rewind, 2013/2012 — ESPN’s Communications Department takes the pulse of content executives throughout ESPN for their views on what’s ahead across ESPN for 2013 and some of what transpired in 2012. The snapshots provide a look at where ESPN has been, where it’s going and how it plans on getting there.
Ed Placey, ESPN Sr. Coordinating Producer
Best off camera moment:
As part of my job, I get to travel to many games throughout the season – often double-dipping to hit two in a week. One of the things I enjoy most on those trips is the opportunity to watch the crews work together as a team to deliver the best viewing experience for the fan at home. I often wish people could see the dedication, passion and respect our production crews have for college football and towards their job.
Favorite segment or interview:
Despite having produced more than 400 games, we still have several left so I am holding out on this answer until all the games are done. There are many I could point to, but I love the idea we will do something that tops all of those in the upcoming bowl games.
#Hashtag of the year for 2013:
Well, the Notre Dame versus Alabama BCS National Championship is in 2013 (Monday, Jan. 7, 8:30 p.m. ET ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio & ESPN 3D) so I’ll have to go with #NDvsBama
New Year’s resolution for ESPN college football:
In this business you can’t make a resolution once a year. You have to always improve on your last production. So my resolutions come before the first game of every week during the season — and they are simple: Do better than our last telecast.
What makes your group a family:
The college football remote production family is not located in one area since we are in different sites every week working our own games. However, every year we try to schedule a preseason meeting where we bring all of the crew and announcers to Connecticut for two days. To see hundreds of people interact, engage in discussion and joke around like brothers and sisters returning home from college is a testament to the tightknit family of this crew.
Forward/Rewind logo by Samantha Baron
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