ESPN hires seven new-media VPs

Execs will report to Skipper

ESPN, striving to stay ahead of the flooding of sports programming to Web sites, cell phones and iPods, has created a new brain trust of seven top content execs who’ll report to the top dog John Skipper, ESPN’s exec veep of content.

The seven, all of whom will be much more cognizant of burgeoning new-media platforms, are Norby Williamson, exec VP of production; John Wildhack , exec VP of program acquisitions & strategy; David Berson, exec VP of program planning & strategy; and John Walsh, exec VP and executive editor.

Also, Keith Clinkscales, senior VP of content development & enterprises; Marie Donoghue, senior VP of business affairs and business development; and John Kosner, senior VP and GM of digital media.

ESPN singled out Clinkscales because he’ll take charge of the expansion of ESPN Original Entertainment (EOE) into what the network calls “a multi-platform — TV, Internet, print, wireless, broadband and radio — creative-content-development unit.”

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