ESPN Next, the company’s premier leadership development program, officially launched in July 2019.
Since then, 20 production assistants part of the program’s inaugural cohort have gotten to experience everything ESPN has to offer.
It wasn’t long ago that ESPN Next director Celia Bouza was in their shoes.
“Knowing how vital the work that production assistants do to creating content at this company, this was a dream job for me,” Bouza says in the video above.
Bouza began her career at ESPN in 2010 as a production assistant before leaving production to become a manager with ESPN Creative Services and eventually an Associate Director with Direct-to-Consumer & International.
The return to production as head of ESPN NEXT is giving her a chance to give back.
“I’ve always wanted to mentor people when they first walk through the door, and help them shape their careers.”
Nick Aconfora produced the video above.
Former Production Assistant and current Associate Producer Ryan, who works with ‘Get Up!’ produced the NBA ABC’s! The season tips off tonight, who do you have winning it all?! #NEXTcontent #NBA pic.twitter.com/HHVBCXH0Rg
— ESPN Next (@ESPNNext) October 22, 2019