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ESPN Makes History With New Programming Chief

Mar 7, 2023

Rosalyn Durant is emerging as one of the most powerful Black women in sports after a sweeping reorganization of the executive ranks at Walt Disney Co.’s ESPN.

Under the plan announced this week, Durant was named ESPN’s executive vice president of programming and acquisitions.

In a memo sent to ESPN staff, chairman Jimmy Pitaro said Durant would be in charge of programming, media rights deals, the ESPN+ streaming platform, ESPN International, Andscape, and espnW.

“Rosalyn’s leadership skills and strategic deal-making experience will benefit ESPN, especially as the market for live sports rights remains extremely competitive,” Pitaro wrote. “She will relocate to Bristol and split her time between Bristol and Charlotte.”

A 24-year Disney veteran, Durant returns to ESPN after a stint as a senior vice president at Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products (DPEP).

Source: Front Office Sports

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