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ESPN ups original content and films exec Brian Lockhart to SVP post

ESPN has promoted Brian Lockhart to SVP, ESPN+ original content and ESPN Films. Lockhart (pictured), previously VP of ESPN+ original content and ESPN Films, will oversee strategy, development, production and integration of ...
May 7, 2021

ESPN has promoted Brian Lockhart to SVP, ESPN+ original content and ESPN Films.

Lockhart (pictured), previously VP of ESPN+ original content and ESPN Films, will oversee strategy, development, production and integration of all programming and initiatives under the ESPN Films and ’30 for 30′ umbrella.

He will additionally oversee original series and studio shows on ESPN+.

The Disney-owned network also promoted Mike Shiffman to SVP, production. Shiffman will continue to oversee all production aspects of ESPN’s basketball categories, including event and studio for the NBA, WNBA and men’s and women’s college basketball.

Burke Magnus, EVP, programming and original content, said of Lockhart’s promotion: “Brian is a valued senior leader and an award-winning content creator who brings a vast array of experience and energy to our team.

“As we continue to develop high-quality narrative sports storytelling across a variety of platforms, Brian’s strategic insight, strong leadership, and ability to deliver creative and compelling content, will be fundamental in exploring how we best bring these stories to life for sports fans.”

Lockhart joined ESPN in January 2019 as vice president  of ESPN+ original content from NFL Media, where he was VP and EP of original content.

At ESPN, the eight-time Emmy winner helped to significantly expand the company’s original series, films and special projects.

Lockhart has led numerous initiatives, including the launch of the Emmy-nominated ESPN+ franchise Peyton’s Places.

The executive also guided the expansion of the Detail franchise, as well as the creation of multiple new series including Bettor Days with Mike Greenberg and America’s Caddie with Michael Collins.

Additional series in development and production under his leadership include Man in the Arena: Tom Brady and an extension of the Places franchise that will include David Ortiz, Abby Wambach, Rhonda Rousey, and Eli Manning.

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Jillian Morgan is the Associate Editor at Realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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