Vice President, ESPN West Coast Production Center
Judi Cordray oversees the day-to-day operations of ESPN’s Los Angeles Production Center (LAPC), supporting all programming produced at or routed through the facility. Approximately 230 employees work out of the LAPC, including all production and supporting staff.
Since the LAPC’s launch in 2009, Cordray has played an instrumental role in expanding the presence of ESPN’s West Coast headquarters, growing production from a single show featuring the 1 a.m. SportsCenter five days a week, to multiple shows including: SportsCenter, SportsNation, Naciόn, NBA Countdown, The Jump, Jalen and Jacoby, Raza Deportiva and A Los Golpes. She is also responsible for ESPN’s business continuity/network recovery efforts in Los Angeles.
LAPC is also home to ESPNLA and ESPN Deportes and has provided support for key events including ESPN’s College Basketball Awards, The ESPYs, X Games, the Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards and the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. Several co-branded spots and commercials have also been produced at the facility, including the iconic “This is SportsCenter” series, which has featured such sports luminaries as Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier, Stephen Curry, Brittany Griner, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, and Rob Gronkowski.
Cordray is also responsible for ESPN’s corporate citizenship initiatives on the West Coast. Under her vision and leadership, LAPC employees were recognized and honored by Team ESPN and Disney Worldwide Outreach with the 2015 VoluntEAR “Team of the Year” award for their commitment to community service and volunteerism. Additionally, she coordinates several charitable efforts on behalf of ESPN, including support for The V Foundation for Cancer Research, as well as various non-profit organizations in the greater Los Angeles area. Cordray also serves on the LA Sports Council and LA Sports and Entertainment Board of Directors, and was awarded the WISE Los Angeles Woman of Inspiration Award in 2015.
Cordray came to ESPN from the Disney ABC Media Networks Group, where she was vice president, Broadcast Operations & Engineering West Coast operations, overseeing the engineering & IT staff, daytime studio, master control and media center operations.
Cordray served as general manager of ENG (electronic newsgathering) Operations for ABC News, Western Region, overseeing multiple bureaus. From conventions to celebrity trials, Cordray played a key role in production planning and facilities coordination of studio and remote operations, serving all platforms of ABC News. During her time there, she led the production planning and facilities coordination for live remote television and in-house technical facilities, supporting programming, which included Good Morning America, 20/20, World News Tonight, Primetime, Nightline and ABC News Special Events. Remotes included Super Bowl 2003, Olympics 2003, 2000 Democratic and 1996 Republican Conventions and the 1997 Inauguration. Cordray has over 25 years of experience at the ABC-TV Network on the West Coast.