Behind the Glasses: With Marissa Cucolo

Scott Van Pelt, "Stanford Steve" Coughlin and Marissa Cucolo on the set of SportsCenter.  (Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images)
Scott Van Pelt, “Stanford Steve” Coughlin and Marissa Cucolo on the set of SportsCenter.
(Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images)

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With the Labor Day launch of Scott Van Pelt’s midnight SportsCenter (#SCSVP), Front Row has been running a series of posts bringing fans behind the scenes with Van Pelt and his production team. Stay with Front Row as we take you “Behind the Glasses” and into a new SportsCenter that will present the world of sports through Van Pelt’s distinctive perspective.

Today, we meet Marissa Cucolo, an ESPN producer who’s been with the company for more than 10 years. Marissa is the liaison between production and creative services handling SportsCenter graphics and leading talent integration for touchscreen content and technology in the studio.

Vitals: From Wolcott, CT (just a few minutes from ESPN’s home in Bristol, CT); Marist College.

Stanford Cardinal vs. USC Trojans - October 29, 2011
Top 3 teams: New York Yankees; New York Giants; UCONN Huskies.

If Stanford Steve were an emoji, he would be: Stanford tree!

In 25 words or less, explain your role on the SVP SC show: I am ensuring that SVP’s awesome new show graphics are ready for launch and the staff knows how to use them best.

The best thing about working on the launch of a new show is: A fresh start – for this show we explored everything from the theme music (love the hip hop beats), to the graphics, to the set location in the studio. Initially, no ideas were off limits.

In 140 characters or less, my favorite thing about SVP is: His ability to laugh at himself. I like that he is authentic and that characteristic translates well on the screen.

So far, my favorite graphic for the show is: Where in the world isn’t SVP? This segment is a guaranteed laugh! Including all the pictures people tweet of SVP look-alikes, (and those ridiculous non SVP look-alikes)

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