Vice President, MMA Production
In November 2018, Glenn Jacobs was named vice president, MMA production. Jacobs oversees UFC and PFL content across all content platforms at ESPN. He also oversees UFC and PFL studio content across ESPN shows and ESPN+. Involved in ESPN’s UFC coverage for several years, Jacobs most recently launched “Ariel & the Bad Guy” on ESPN+ in June 2018.
Prior to this role, Jacobs was senior coordinating producer for SportsCenter Digital, New and Next-Generation Content. He most recently helped to launch SportsCenter on Snapchat and Always Late with Katie Nolan.
An award-winning producer, Jacobs previously oversaw the Planning and Coverage Unit (2011-14), including all bureau reporters and producers, with a focus on using new technology to enhance ESPN’s newsgathering. In 2008, Glenn led the launch of the live weekday SportsCenter editions (9 a.m.-3 p.m. ET), and SportsCenter’s Facebook page and Twitter feed. Prior to 2008, Jacobs was responsible for the 6 p.m. ET weeknight and weekend morning SportsCenter (2006-08), and the feature unit (2002-2006).
Since joining ESPN in 1992, Jacobs has been the recipient of nine Sports Emmy Awards, five Edward R. Murrow Awards, and two New York Festival Gold Medals for a variety of programs and features.
Before becoming a producer, he worked for Disney Regional Entertainment (1998-2002), where he was instrumental in the launch of ESPN Zone restaurants, a brand extension of ESPN. As director of programming, Jacobs was responsible for all broadcasting, audio, video, art, and grand opening events for all the restaurants. He was also responsible for ESPNZone.com, the integrated website for all Zone locations.
Jacobs began his ESPN career as a production assistant on SportsCenter and SportsNight (1992-1994), and served as associate producer for SportsCenter and NFL Gameday/Countdown (1994-1998).
A native of Vernon, CT, Jacobs received a bachelor of arts in government with a minor in theatre from Connecticut College.
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