Today, ESPN announced Stephanie Druley will be the SEC Network’s Vice President of Production for College Networks. The 23-year ESPN veteran has a track record of excellence overseeing some of ESPN’s highest profile properties. She has contributed to nine national Sports Emmys and, most recently, her team was recognized with 18 Regional Sports Emmy nominations to be decided Saturday at a San Antonio, Texas ceremony.
As head of production for SEC Network, Druley will oversee the production of at least 450 live televised SEC events planned for the network’s first year and a range of original content and studio programming. Front Row sat down with Druley to discuss her new role and the August 2014 launch of the SEC Network.
What do you love about college sports?
I love the range of emotion that you see in college sports. Wherever the games are played, there is such passion on the field and in the stands. Nowhere is that passion stronger than in the SEC. It’s been really cool to get out to some of the games and experience the SEC atmosphere first hand.
What are you most looking forward to in your new role?
I’m looking forward to building a new team. It’s rare that you get to build something from the ground up. This team will have a unique opportunity to shape the network and create memorable content from Day 1.
What does your day-to-day look like as Vice President of Production for College Networks?
Right now, I’m in the planning stages. We’re looking at resumes, laying out schedules, making decisions on what things will look like and how we will get things done. After launch, I’ll be involved in day-to-day decision making in content, editorial and staffing. And, I hope to get out to as many events as possible.
The SEC Network launches in August 2014. What will the next 10 months entail for you?
There is a lot to do in the next 10 months, not just for me, but for a group of extremely talented people from all departments. I’ll be hiring, planning, budgeting, formulating ideas, creating content, naming shows, putting talent teams together and rehearsing for launch. And at some point, I have to find time to relocate from Austin to Charlotte.
What can fans expect to see from SEC Network production?
SEC fans should expect to see the type of high quality content they have come to expect from ESPN. We will create memorable and innovative content for SEC fans that is a reflection of their passion for the conference and its traditions.