Behind The ScenesSoccer

Meet the women helping to produce ESPN’s coverage of UEFA Euro 2016

Gisela Leyva, coordinating producer, ESPN Deportes

(Courtesy of Gisela Leyva)
(Photo courtesy of Gisela Leyva/ESPN)

Leyva is an 11-year veteran at ESPN who has overseen ESPN Deportes’ coverage of 11 straight UEFA Champions League Finals. She also had leadership roles on the network’s presentation of key international soccer events including UEFA European Football Championship in 2008 and 2012, FIFA World Cup in 2010 and 2014 and more.

What is your role in ESPN’s UEFA EURO 2016 production?
I supervise all game production for ESPN Deportes. I am also part of the senior production management team for the event on ESPN.

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the ESPN EURO 2016 team?
The fact that I was part of the planning team for this tournament from the very beginning – more than 18 months ago. Troubleshooting and finding creative ways to overcome challenging situations is part of my DNA, and I love doing it while working with people who are equally passionate as I am about the product. We will always have challenges, but it is up to you how you approach them.

I enjoy the journey. More so, I have enjoyed the quality of work we have been able to present to our avid soccer fan base on ESPN Deportes.

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