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Williamson shuffles ESPN unit

Production department reorganized

ESPN’s exec VP, production Norby Williamson has reorganized its production department with a full complement of direct reports, in addition to creating anw enterprises unit that will focus on investigative news.

The new direct reports include Steve Anderson, exec VP, news, talent, and content operations; Rick Barry, senior VP, programming and production, Chris Calcinari, VP, international and Deportes production, who will report jointly to Williamson and Russell Wolff, exec VP and managing director of ESPN intl.

Longtime ESPNer Mo Davenport will be senior VP and general manager of ESPN Radio. Davenport is currently VP, remote production, and will oversee ESPN’s audio operations in his new position. That oversight will include programming for the 700 affiliated and 5 owned-and-operated stations. Tim McCarthy and Jim Pastor have been promoted to regional general managers of their stations. McCarthy’s stations include Gotham’s ESPN 1050, Pittsburgh’s ESPN 1250; Pastor will manage Chicago’s ESPN 1000, Dallas’s ESPN 103.3, and LA’s ESPN 710.

Also of note, ESPN has created a new enterprise unit overseen by Craig Lazarus, VP, studio production. The unit’s central concern will be long-form investigative features, and will include on its staff Pulitzer Prize-winner Dwayne Bray, former deputy managing editor of the Dallas Morning News, who has been with ESPN since 2006. Bray has been promoted to senior news editor.

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