Special Olympics

Coast-to-coast collaboration behind graphics work for Special Olympics coverage

LOS ANGELES – Bristol-based content associate Colleen Flannery helped coordinate the graphics package for ESPN’s coverage for the July 25 Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games and the nightly studio show, Special Olympics World Games LA 2015.


Since this marks the first time Special Olympics are being televised globally by the network, the production unit created something original that has an impact on the overall coverage of the event.

“I think we were able to provide a look that not only complemented the event, but one that gives viewers a sense of just how many countries were traveling to compete in L.A. Everyone worked up until the day of the Opening Ceremony to make sure we would be able to spotlight these amazing athletes,” said Flannery.

The project was a huge undertaking and was made more difficult because the other team members besides Flannery — Chris Pelczynski, creative director; Tony Perez, associate art director; and Jenna Palermo, designer motion graphics – were in ESPN’s Los Angeles Production Center.

“Our small creative team had not previously taken on a graphics package of this scope or significance, and it required great effort from every member. Our involvement has been a challenging and fulfilling experience. We look at the culmination of this project as a major milestone for both the ESPN Los Angeles team and ESPN in general,” Pelczynski said.

After months of coast-to-coast collaborating, exploration, deliberation, planning and many conference calls, the team finally got to meet in person in L.A. on July 20 as they walked to the podium for their first official graphics presentation.

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Here is an example from ESPN's Special Olympics World Games coverage graphics package.
Here is an example from ESPN’s Special Olympics World Games coverage graphics package.
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