SportsCenter producer and Philadelphia native Jasmine Alexander discusses the transition from being a fan of Michael Smith and Jemele Hill to producing their new show SC6 with Michael and Jemele debuting Monday, Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. ET.
How did you feel when you found out you would be producing the new SC6?
I’ve been a fan of Michael and Jemele since before I started at ESPN. I was probably listening to one of their podcasts on my first drive into Bristol so the opportunity to work with them on one of the networks most iconic brands was very exciting.
What is your favorite part about working with Michael and Jemele?
There is nothing that gets past Mike and Jemele, they pay attention to everything going on in sports, music and news. It allows them to bring a perspective to the show that is fresh and current. They are also very funny; our control room has erupted in laughter during every rehearsal, I can’t wait for viewers to laugh with us.
How has your past helped prepare you for this moment in your career?
I worked in news before coming to ESPN and the instincts I developed in producing news are valuable in producing SC6. Our goal is to have Mike and Jemele react to big sports stories as they happen, similar to what I did when producing a daily news show.
What will make this show unique to produce?
This show will be different because we are producing an entire day. SC6 starts on TV at 6 p.m. but we are producing Michael and Jemele on a variety of platforms throughout the day. We want to make sure people feel like they are connecting with them online, on social media and through their podcast before the show starts on TV.