Executive Vice President and CFO
Bryan Castellani joined ESPN in July 2018, as executive vice president and chief financial officer, and later also assumed formal responsibility for ESPN’s strategy efforts. He is responsible for overseeing ESPN’s financial operations and planning worldwide and plays a strategic role as financial counsel on the company’s rights and affiliate negotiations as well as new business initiatives.
Prior to joining ESPN, Castellani was senior vice president, corporate financial planning and analysis for The Walt Disney Company in Burbank, where he and his team worked closely with the segment CFO teams, corporate strategy and investor relations in managing companywide operating and planning functions. He was responsible for leading the Company’s operating and capital planning processes, including quarterly forecasts, annual operating and five-year strategic plans, as well as the review of major capital projects and monitoring of business unit performance.
Bryan originally joined Disney in 1995 as a financial analyst at The Disney Store and has since advanced through a series of financial and operational leadership positions. In 1998 he relocated from Los Angeles to Tokyo to build out Disney Store Japan’s financial operations and later ran its marketing and promotions team. He repatriated to New York City in 2000 to head finance and planning for the ABC Internet Group, where he guided its turnaround and integration into the ABC TV Network. In 2002 he assumed responsibility for the strategic planning of ABC News and in 2004 was promoted to Vice President and CFO, ABC News. In October 2005 he returned to Japan as head of finance and planning for Disney Consumer Products, leading changes in its licensee base and franchise management strategy.
In 2007, he was appointed to vice president and CFO of The Walt Disney Company (Japan) Ltd, where he was responsible for the consolidated financial operations of the company’s portfolio of media, interactive, studio entertainment and consumer products businesses. In addition, he oversaw strategy, business development, and IT.
In 2013, Bryan was promoted to senior vice president of operations, business planning and strategy for ABC News in New York, where he was responsible for ensuring the quality, efficiency and flexibility of the division’s production operations and for leading its long-range planning and growth strategy.
Prior to joining Disney, Bryan worked in international finance at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C. Born in Lewiston, N.Y., he earned a bachelor of arts degree in economics and political science from the University of Rochester where he graduated magna cum laude.