Francis Legros

Francis Legros

Vice President, Studio Operations

Francis Legros serves as vice president, studio operations, leading a team of 300 across four states with oversight of all sports-focused facilities in California, Connecticut, New York, and North Carolina; running some of the most cutting-edge studios anywhere, creating innovative, award-winning content (9,000 shows in 2023) distributed on ABC, ESPN domestic and international TV networks, ESPN+ and other digital platforms. Key content includes SportsCenter and all major US men’s and women’s pro leagues, world soccer, college, and Olympic sports.

In his previous role as vice president, network & production operations, he led the organization responsible for providing 24/7/365 network origination and media services. The work included the execution of programming, commercials, network graphics and asset management across 16 ESPN domestic and international platforms. He was also responsible for backup and disaster recovery plans for ABC and the US based Disney cable networks. Additionally, he oversaw the transformative launch of industry-leading Remote Integration (REMI) Operations — which involves utilizing studio control rooms in place of traditional remote trucks for live game productions.

During his time with the company, Legros has been influential in orchestrating department wide restructures that resulted in expanded personnel roles and enhanced leadership growth. He was a central leader in the launch of nine new networks and provided direction to cross functional teams on the implementation of advanced technologies (i.e., Digital Ad Delivery).

Since joining ESPN and The Walt Disney Company in 2005, Legros has been active in business continuity planning, emergency operation methods, diversity & inclusion, and next generation talent recruiting & retention. He also served on the Chairman’s Executive Diversity Council.

Prior to ESPN, he held management and operational roles at PBS, CNN, Comcast, and FOX Sports Net. He has a B.S. in Communications Media from Fitchburg State University, and an M.B.A. from the University of New Haven. He is a graduate of the prestigious NAMIC Executive Leadership Development Program from the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia. A Persian Gulf veteran with the US Army/National Guard, he maintains ties to the military by mentoring veterans seeking civilian career guidance. For his work in supporting and developing women leaders, he received the 2018 Advocate Award from the WICT Network of New England.

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