John Skipper

John Skipper

Since taking the helm as ESPN President and Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks on January 1, 2012, John Skipper has secured ESPN’s leadership position in the crowded sports media landscape into the next decade with bold moves and a commitment to championship events delivered across every available platform. Throughout, he has continued to foster what he calls “our best strategic advantage – the people and culture of ESPN.” Most noteworthy, Skipper has led ESPN to a series of long-term, multiplatform agreements with major rightsholders (all through at least 2021) and distributors: Major League Baseball, the College Football Playoff, NBA, ACC, Big 12, US Open tennis, Rose, Sugar and Orange Bowls, WNBA, American Athletic Conference, Mountain West Conference In addition, ESPN and the SEC announced a 20-year agreement to create and operate the ESPN SEC Network and digital platforms, while extending the existing media rights agreement through 2034. Cablevision, Cox Communications, Charter Communications, AT&T U-Verse, National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NTRC) and Dish As President, Skipper has emphasized two ESPN hallmarks – always looking ahead and embracing technology to serve sports fans. The largest example debuted in May 2014, a 195,000-square-foot Digital Center 2 at the Connecticut headquarters. The facility, ESPN’s largest building by far, includes numerous technical firsts and is designed to fulfill the growing commitment to mobile offerings. With an eye on fulfilling ESPN’s mission to serve sports fans and growing ESPN’s audience at home and abroad, Skipper has also strongly supported the evolution of the critically acclaimed ESPN Films sports documentary series; the growth of the company’s multimedia business in Latin America; multiplatform Spanish-language ESPN Deportes; and espnW, a digital initiative launched in 2010 to better serve female sports fans. According to Skipper, to maintain the company’s competitive edge, such growth, change and innovation are essential. “ESPN is deeply woven into the lives of sports fans, yet we continue to seek new avenues to inform and entertain,” he says, adding, “We must act like an insurgent, not an incumbent.” An energetic and insightful collaborator who embraces teamwork and intelligent debate to come to decisions, Skipper’s business relationships are defined by finding “win-win” solutions in an increasingly complicated global media landscape. Not surprisingly, he is who ESPN strives to serve – a passionate sports fan – and he is extremely focused on driving business and creative success, earning him the respect of colleagues and competitors alike. Indeed, within his first year after ascending to the top spot, he was named the most influential person in sports by Sports Business Journal. Skipper, 59, had been ESPN’s executive vice president, Content, since October 2005, responsible for the creation, programming and production of ESPN content across all media platforms, including television, radio, Internet, broadband, wireless, print, interactive games and home entertainment. He had been executive vice president, advertising sales & ESPN Enterprises, since August 2004.
John Skipper’s memo to ESPN employees
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John Skipper’s memo to ESPN employees

ESPN President John Skipper shared this message with employees this morning.
ESPN’s Social Media Guidelines
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ESPN’s Social Media Guidelines

The following was shared with ESPN employees by President John Skipper this afternoon.
President John Skipper on ESPN’s Talent
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President John Skipper on ESPN’s Talent

The facts are that ESPN’s retention rate for commentators continues to be extremely high, as ESPN President John Skipper explains.
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