Amanda Gifford

Amanda Gifford

Vice President, Production

Amanda Gifford is Vice President of Production for ESPN, and she oversees the company’s industry-leading college football event productions as well as the XFL. A 19-year company veteran, Gifford has continuously expanded her role over two decades, contributing to a variety of areas, including ESPN Audio, SportsCenter and other studio and digital shows, the ESPN Talent Office, and, most recently, event productions.

Gifford was promoted to her current role in August 2023. Her oversight of college football event productions includes more than a thousand regular season and bowl games – including the College Football Playoff – each year across ESPN platforms, including ABC, ESPN’s college networks, and more. Gifford is also a member of ESPN’s Football/SEC Network Management Team, and she also leads ESPN and ABC’s spring football and XFL productions.

Prior to joining the football production team, Gifford was a highly respected leader on ESPN’s Content Strategy & Audio team. Since February 2021, she served as Senior Coordinating Producer, Content Strategy & Audio. She was responsible for ESPN’s 24/7 talk radio network and more than 300 ESPN Radio events per year – including regular season and championship broadcasts for major professional sports (NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL), as well as college football and basketball.

In her previous role, Gifford was also part of the SportsCenter executive leadership team tasked with content strategy and planning for ESPN’s studio, audio and digital shows. Since January 2019, she oversaw ESPN’s Talent Production Group, the team of producers who secure outside talent and guests for ESPN platforms, events and campaigns. In the fall of 2020, she added co-oversight of ESPN’s Universal Coverage Group – the team of field producers and reporters, the assignment desk, and sport planners – to her areas of responsibility.

Gifford, who joined ESPN in 2004, started her career as an intern at the ESPN Radio Network. She spent 12 years in the radio group, including five years as producer of The Herd with Colin Cowherd. She worked her way up to oversee night and weekend programming and eventually had complete oversight of the 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. talk programming lineup, which included Mike and MikeThe Herd with Colin CowherdSVP and Russillo and The Dan LeBatard Show with Stugotz. In December 2019, Gifford assumed responsibility for the entire ESPN Radio Network.

In 2016, Gifford joined the ESPN Talent Office, where she worked with the team that recruits ESPN’s on-air talent, negotiates contracts, and is responsible for succession planning.

A native of the Finger Lakes area of western New York, Gifford graduated from Penn State with a bachelor of science in elementary education and a bachelor of arts in journalism. She later earned a master’s degree in journalism from Quinnipiac University. A life member of the Penn State Alumni Association, Gifford’s alma mater honored her with an Alumni Achievement Award in 2014. She was also named a “Rising Leader” by Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT).

Gifford lives in Southington, Conn., with her husband and two children.

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