Senior Vice President, Programming and Acquisitions
Scott Guglielmino serves as senior vice president, programming and acquisitions, at ESPN, responsible for the company’s multiplatform domestic soccer (UEFA, USSF, MLS), NFL, MLB, Little League World Series, poker, rugby and cricket. Guglielmino, who joined ESPN in 1993 and has advanced in the programming department, was promoted to senior vice president in June 2010.
In the past 18 months, Guglielmino led the ESPN content acquisition team that successfully negotiated and acquired U.S. media rights to two of the top four professional soccer leagues (Italy’s Serie A and German Bundesliga) in the world, as well as the FA Cup, one of the world’s most popular domestic cup competitions. These acquisitions propelled ESPN+ — the multi-sport, direct-to-consumer video service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment and ESPN — to a must-have platform for soccer fans in the country.
Since 1998, Guglielmino has played an increasingly significant role in ESPN’s soccer strategy. Over that time he has acquired the media rights to many soccer properties such as the FIFA World Cup, English Premier League, UEFA EURO Championship, MLS and US Soccer. He was a major contributor in the decision to acquire and televise the highly successful and groundbreaking FIFA Women’s World Cup in 1999, and continues to oversee the company’s strategy in the soccer category. He led the largest and most comprehensive commitment of resources against one sporting event in ESPN’s history – the highly successful 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. The effort was repeated for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.
Guglielmino oversaw a highly-competitive host city bid process for the X Games’ flagship summer event which now calls Minneapolis, Minn., home for 2017 and 2018. Also under Guglielmino’s direction, ESPN and Aspen Skiing Company reached a milestone agreement in principle keeping the winter version of X Games in Aspen/Snowmass, Colo. through 2019, making this the longest-tenured X Games venue.
Guglielmino was involved in ESPN Content Development, formerly ESPN Original Entertainment, at its infancy, including the development and launch of Two Minute Drill. He was the planner of record for the highly acclaimed and award-winning ESPN SportsCentury series, coordinating early development of the overall project.
Guglielmino originally started at ESPN as a freelance statistics coordinator for College GameDay in 1993. He was hired as a full-time programmer in November 1993. Since then, he has worked on a variety of major sports properties and initiatives and has been promoted to planner, senior planner, director and in 2004, to vice president of programming.
Guglielmino directed the return of NASCAR to ESPN and ABC in 2007 across ESPN’s multimedia assets, including television, Internet, radio, print, broadband and wireless. His areas of responsibility included daily interaction with all entities: event and studio production, customer marketing and sales, affiliate sales and marketing, consumer marketing, research, legal, communications and finance.
Guglielmino played a key role in ESPN’s 2005 acquisition of the Monday Night Football franchise and coordinated the company’s negotiation preparation for both ESPN and ABC Sports. While managing the NFL relationship, Guglielmino directed ESPN’s Hurricane Relief Telethon efforts in fall 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, coordinating network and cable affiliates across the country and ultimately raising $5 million for victims of the natural disaster in the Gulf Coast region.
Guglielmino graduated in 1992 from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in communications science. A native and resident of Cheshire, Conn., Guglielmino resides in Cheshire with his family.