As the saying goes: “Good leaders make others better.” That is what I think about whenever I have the opportunity to work with Gustavo Coletti, senior managing producer. In his 13-year journey at ESPN, “Gus,” as he’s known to his colleagues, has played an integral role in helping ESPN tell authentic stories about the Latino community. A storyteller by trade, Gus has a unique ability to find human-interest stories – some of which might perhaps have gone untold – about the Latino community. Throughout his time at ESPN, Gus has contributed on multiple Sports Emmy-nominated features, including “El Paso Strong“, which reports on the recovery of youth soccer team, EP Fusion, following the trauma of a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas; “Prichard Colon“, which tells the story of an up and coming boxing prospect Prichard Colon, who after a bout in 2015 was left with severe brain damage; “Roberto Clemente 21“, which focuses on the push to retire Roberto Clemente’s No. 21 in MLB; that’s just to name a few.
Gus has spearheaded the Hispanic Heritage Month Committee for multiple years. As usual, he was able to bring together colleagues from across the company to put forward one of ESPN’s most robust content strategies to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month.
In this episode of the PRod Pod, Jon McLeod, Associate Producer, Communications, caught up with Gus for his thoughts on his journey as a storyteller and much more.
Jon McLeod and Kiana Lowe produced the podcast.