Vice President, Production
A 22-year veteran of ESPN, Lee Fitting was named vice president, production, in 2018, adding the network’s Monday Night Football telecast to his portfolio which continues to include the entire array of college sports and college networks.
The addition of the network’s signature NFL property to Fitting’s responsibilities follows an impressive track record of success as vice president of college sports, which includes oversight of the College Football Playoff, ESPN’s industry leading college football and basketball regular season coverage, more than 20 NCAA Championships, the thousands of games which are seen across ESPN networks each season, including its college networks – SEC Network, Longhorn Network, ACC Network. Fitting also oversees the networks college sports studio programming, including the eight time Emmy Award winning College GameDay Built by the Home Depot.
Fitting’s history with College GameDay is extensive, having been named the producer in 2004 and then coordinating producer in 2008. During his time with College GameDay, Fitting and his colleagues earned six Sports Emmy Awards for Outstanding Studio Show Weekly (2008, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016). Leading into the 2016 football season, Fitting produced his last episode of the company’s flagship college studio show, but continues to have executive oversight of the show, which has collected two more Sport Emmys in the same category (2017, 2018).
Fitting joined ESPN in 1996 as part of the company’s rigorous production assistant program and never looked back. He steadily increased his responsibilities throughout the years working on such properties as SportsCenter and golf’s major championships. In 2000, he became an associate producer for College GameDay. Two years later, he was promoted to feature producer for SportsCenter and College GameDay.
A graduate of James Madison University, Fitting earned a B.S. in mass communication in 1996. He is a native of Orient, New York (the most eastern town on Long Island).