Emily Horowitz

Emily Horowitz

Vice President, ESPN+ Business & Platform Strategy

Emily Horowitz is vice president, ESPN+ business and platform strategy at ESPN+. In this role, Horowitz leads the day-to-day ESPN+ business, including content strategy, revenue, growth and distribution, as well as broader direct-to-consumer initiatives. Horowitz was named vice president in 2021, following a critical role in the launch of ESPN+ and its growth and leading the ESPN+ on Hulu launch.

Horowitz has played important roles in not only the strategic identification, pursuit and dealmaking of rights (among them, UFC, PGA Tour, NHL, LaLiga and NCAA Championships), but has also been one of the foremost driving forces in how those properties are delivered to sports fans through the innovative use of a canvas of ESPN and Disney platforms – and what the content experiences include.

From 2017 through the launch and subsequent growth of ESPN+, Emily has been a key liaison between the business and Product Technology team, Affiliates, Marketing, Customer Care, Operations, Legal, Programming Sport Teams and other key stakeholders by senior ESPN executives. Broadening the scope of her responsibilities even further, she implemented brand new processes for ESPN+ from establishing key partnerships, to content licensing and distribution, new programming strategies and our work with Disney+ and Hulu.

Horowitz joined ESPN in 2008 as a coordinator, programming and acquisitions in college sports, and has since risen through the ranks, playing an integral role in launching and programming various digital initiatives including ESPN360, ESPN3 and WatchESPN TVE. Horowitz was also part of the minority and majority acquisitions of BAMTECH, which is now Disney Streaming.

Horowitz was selected into the Hearst Management Program in 2022, and the inaugural class of The Walt Disney Talent Network Program in 2019, Outside of ESPN, in 2023, Horowitz was selected to be part of Class 49 of The WICT Network’s Betsy Magness Leadership Institute.

Horowitz graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communications.

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