Behind The Scenes

Championship Weekend marks conclusion of championship effort from production team

Mark Gross (left) and Vice President, Event Production, Jamie Reynolds, overlooking Court 18, just outside the ESPN offices at Wimbledon. Reynolds is the head of production for ESPN’s exclusive coverage of Wimbledon.
Mark Gross (left) and Vice President, Event Production, Jamie Reynolds, overlooking Court 18, just outside the ESPN offices at Wimbledon. Reynolds is the head of production for ESPN’s exclusive coverage of Wimbledon. (Courtesy Jamie Reynolds)

Get ready for a weekend of championship events on ESPN. The network will be home to the Wimbledon ladies final on Saturday (9 a.m. ET), and on Sunday the men’s final (9 a.m.), followed by the UEFA EURO 2016 final (2:30 p.m.). Senior Vice President and Executive Producer Mark Gross, who oversees production of both global sports events, offers a preview…

What an exciting weekend we’ll have with both Wimbledon and the UEFA EURO 2016 Final on ESPN.

The challenges of producing these events are more complicated because they are held outside of the United States. The level of complexity rises whenever we produce events from international locations.

For us at ESPN, Wimbledon and the EUROs are more than just linear television events. They are complete multiplatform experiences. Fans can experience the content at home on TV, on their phone, tablet, through ESPN.com or any other platform fans consume ESPN.

I traveled to Europe last week and saw our production teams in action. Both groups are working incredibly long hours and have overcome various challenges, including flooding at the EUROs host set location along the Seine in Paris. Now, the best part awaits – witnessing history as champions are crowned at Wimbledon and the EUROs and bringing the excitement of these marquee events to fans. That is the reason why we work at ESPN.

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Amy Rosenfeld (right), senior coordinating producer and head of production for UEFA EURO 2016 on ESPN, and senior production specialist Geoffrey Mason, a longtime,  highly accomplished sports television executive, in a remote production truck at ESPN’s host set location along the banks of River Seine in Paris. (Catherine Steenkeste/ESPN Images)
Amy Rosenfeld (right), senior coordinating producer and head of production for UEFA EURO 2016 on ESPN, and senior production specialist Geoffrey Mason, a longtime, highly accomplished sports television executive, in a production truck at ESPN’s host set location along the banks of Paris’s River Seine. (Catherine Steenkeste/ESPN Images)
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