ESPN realigns four exex under Skipper

Veep puts stamp on EOE

John Skipper, executive VP of programming and production for ESPN, has put his stamp on the network’s original entertainment division by promoting four senior staffers.

Two senior directors of development for the division, Brian Robinson and Ron Wechsler, get VP stripes. Joan Lynch, coordinating producer, becomes executive producer, as does Dan Weinberg, who’ll continue to oversee the media-packaging unit.

The division, created five years ago as EOE (ESPN Original Entertainment), greenlit two series — “Playmakers” and “Tilt” — that each lasted one season. But EOE has scored with a number of made-for-cable biopics, including “3” (Dale Earnhardt Sr.), “A Season on the Brink” (Coach Bobby Knight), “The Junction Boys” (Coach Bear Bryant) and “Hustle” (Pete Rose).

Skipper took over EOE when Mark Shapiro ankled eight months ago to join Six Flags.

The biggest project in development is an adaptation of the nonfiction bestseller “The Bronx Is Burning,” which Tollin-Robbins Prods. will produce as an eight-hour miniseries for scheduling in the summer of 2007.

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