Senior Vice President, Production
Lee Fitting is a senior vice president of production for ESPN, overseeing the company’s NFL and college football properties. The 25-year ESPN veteran was promoted to his current position in 2019, adding ESPN’s NFL studio operation to his robust portfolio, which already included Monday Night Football and college football’s studio and game operation across all networks including the College Football Playoff, a 35-game bowl schedule and approximately 1,000 regular season games each year.
The Long Island native was promoted to vice president of production in 2017 when he broadened his oversight to include Monday Night Football in addition to his existing portfolio of college sports.
Fitting’s ESPN’s football operation oversight followed an impressive track record of success as Vice President of College Sports, a position he was elevated to in 2015. In his first executive role, Fitting was instrumental in the growth of the College Football Playoff and steered the ship on ESPN’s industry leading college football and basketball regular season coverage, more than 20 NCAA Championships, thousands of games across ESPN networks each season, including its college networks – ACC Network, Longhorn Network and SEC Network. In addition to game duties, he led ESPN’s college sports studio programming, including the 12-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 College GameDay tenure, Fitting and his colleagues earned six Sports Emmy Awards for Outstanding Studio Show – Weekly (2008, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016). Fitting produced his last episode of the company’s flagship college studio show in week 1 of the 2016 college football season and continues to have executive oversight, including during the Sports Emmy Award winning seasons in ’17 and ’18.
Fitting has been with the company since he joined ESPN’s production assistant program in 1996. 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).