ESPY Awards sport new home: Kodak Theater

Show leaves Las Vegas, pushed back to July

HOLLYWOOD — The ESPY Awards are heading to Hollywood & Highland. The awards ceremony, which fetes achievement in sports, will take place July 10 at the Kodak Theater.

The move is a result of a new two-year pact between ESPN and AEG, the parent company of the frosh venue — which also serves as the new home of the Academy Awards.

The venue change is not news to ESPY fans; announcement has been expected since ESPN said in October that the show would be moving out of Las Vegas. Also, the show was pushed to July — the night after Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game.

Maura Mandt will be the ESPYs’ senior producer, with Rich Feinberg as supervising producer.

The 10th annual kudocast will be televised live on ESPN at 9 p.m.

Formation changes

Meanwhile, in other ESPN news, the cabler has unveiled a new ESPY management team in an effort to focus on growing the ESPY franchise.

Ron Semiao, VP of programming and managing director of Global X Games, has added the responsibility of overseeing all ESPY operations. He will continue to report to Mark Quenzel, ESPN senior veep of programming.

In addition, Scott Guglielmino, director of programming and acquisitions, will add ESPY programming, event staging and marketing management responsibilities to his current X Games duties. Rachel Mack will continue as director of ESPY marketing, while John Dahl, a coordinating producer for ESPN Original Entertainment (EOE), also will serve as ESPY coordinating producer.