Vice President & Executive Producer, ESPN Films and Original Content
Libby Geist serves as Vice President & Executive Producer, ESPN Films and Original Content, overseeing development, production, distribution, branding and strategy of all projects under the ESPN Films umbrella, as well as original series and studio shows on ESPN+, ESPN’s direct-to-consumer streaming service.
Projects under Geist include the acclaimed 30 for 30 series, Detail with Kobe Bryant, and the 30 for 30 Podcasts. Geist, a three-time Peabody Award winner, has spent her entire career in documentary film, from production to development and now as an executive producer. She continues to push ESPN’s storytelling to new heights as one of the company’s leaders in long-form.
Geist’s creative contributions to ESPN are many, highlighted recently by overseeing development, production and strategy for “O.J.: Made in America,” the 2017 Oscar Winner for Best Documentary Feature, and launching all Original Content on the company’s new streaming service, ESPN+. Over the years, she has contributed to 30 for 30 as a producer and development executive, and spearheaded spinoffs including the highly-acclaimed Nine for IX series – nine documentaries about women in sports, by female filmmakers.
Geist has been honored as a 2019 Sports Business Journal 40 Under 40 recipient, in Variety’s “2017 Women’s Impact Report,” as one of Broadcasting & Cable’s “2017 Women in the Game,” and was featured on The Hollywood Reporters’ 2014 “NextGen” list.
Prior to joining ESPN, Geist’s first production job was at Shoot the Moon Productions under director Dan Klores, where she worked from 2003 to 2008. She worked on four documentaries there, including “Crazy Love” which won an Independent Spirit Award and “Black Magic”, a four hour, two part documentary which won her first Peabody and an introduction to ESPN Films where she started in 2008.
Geist lives in New York with her husband and two little boys.