Thursday, October 23, 2008
Seems like forever ago that we first touched on ESPN expanding out West, but after months of planning and building, the "L.A. Team" is ready to start work from their new digs on November 1st. Via Sports Video Group....
In a few weeks’ time, ESPN’s national presence will expand dramatically, when the network opens the doors to its brand-new production center in downtown Los Angeles. Leading the charge as VP of the 12,300-square-foot facility is a sports outsider, Judi Cordray, formerly VP, BO&E West Coast operations for Disney/ABC’s Media Networks Group. Shifting her sights from news to sports is one of many challenges Cordray must overcome in taking the helm of this cutting-edge 1080p facility.Currently the only confirmed show to be produced out of the new facility is the 1am version of Sports Center, but that has to be a relief to some of the anchors that have to stay in Bristol over night. Also, while some of the workers move in on November 1st, production won't be going live until probably April.
Having managed ABC News’ technical-network facility in Los Angeles for 2½ years, Cordray is very comfortable with her management role, overseeing day-to-day operations of the new ESPN facility, and making the move from news to sports is not as big a leap as one might expect.
“I think that news and sports are similar in many ways,” she says. “I think there’s an immediacy with sports as there is with news. With breaking news, there are no planned events, where sports are very planned events. But, in terms of the fan base and the coverage, the two are somewhat similar. Sports seem to have a little more fun with it.”
ESPN Goes West (SVG)
Posted by Awful Announcing- at 2:44 PM