Vice President, Original Content & Features
Craig Lazarus was named Vice President of Original Content & Features in December 2017. His responsibilities include oversight of ESPN’s features and storytelling for numerous brands including SC Featured, various projects for ESPN Films and original series for ESPN+.
Lazarus had been Vice President of ESPN’s SportsCenter & News Storytelling Units since December 2014, overseeing E:60, Outside the Lines, the Event/Studio Features Unit and the Enterprise Reporting Unit responsible for long-form investigative features. Previously, he was Vice President, News and Assignment Desk since March 2011, responsible for ESPN’s daily news operation.
Lazarus has been an integral force in pushing cross platform initiatives. Under his leadership, the sharing of content and reporting across international networks, digital, and audio platforms has helped drive ESPN’s business. He works closely with ABC News to provide sports content.
Soon after Lazarus started at ESPN in 1988 he joined the NFL unit, working his way up from Production Assistant to Coordinating Producer of Sunday NFL Countdown.
In the late 90’s, as Coordinating Producer of Outside the Lines, Lazarus led that series to explore such groundbreaking topics as “The World of the Gay Athlete” and the gang culture in sports.
He was named ESPN’s first Coordinating Producer of Features in 2000, creating and leading an award-winning unit that set industry standards for long-form storytelling.
In his two years as Senior Coordinating Producer of College Gameday, the show had back-to back years of record viewership and ratings.
In 2006 and 2007, as Vice President, Studio Production, Lazarus was responsible for all editions of SportsCenter.
In August 2007, he was named Vice President, Cross Platform Newsgathering Unit, overseeing the newly combined Event/Studio Features Unit, the Enterprise Unit and the Deportes/International Features Unit.
Lazarus has received numerous broadcast and journalism awards, including 29 Sports Emmys and 17 Edward R. Murrow Awards.
Lazarus graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in public policy studies in 1988.