Vice President, Advanced Technology Group
Marina Escobar is Vice President, Advanced Technology Group (ATG), responsible for leading the team focused on research and advanced development of emerging and future-looking technologies for ESPN, as well as the design and creation of technology that visually enhance ESPN content across all screens. Under Escobar, ATG works closely with ESPN’s engineering, production, infrastructure and content teams to bring innovative ideas from concept to reality. She reports directly to Aaron LaBerge, Executive Vice President and CTO, ESPN.
Escobar brings more than 25 years of media experience to the role. Prior to her current position, she served as Vice President, Visual Technology Group at ESPN from 2014-2016, at which time she expanded her responsibilities, merging Visual Technology with advanced development teams in the ATG.
Prior to that, Escobar was part of ESPN’s emerging technology leadership since March 2008. As Senior Director of Creative Technology she was responsible for multiple inventive technologies, notably the EA Virtual Playbook and Tabletop, Remote and Studio Production Virtual Applications, Bottom Line, the SportsCenter Rundown and Remote and Studio Graphics integration.
A unique combination of design skills, understanding of data and real-time graphics software have enabled Escobar to lead multi-functional teams who have deployed new technologies for events and programming including ESPN’s SportsNation, coverage of the FIFA World Cup and X Games.
Prior to ESPN, Escobar held roles at Discreet Logic, CNBC, WBIS, Dow Jones Television and was the Creative Services Director for Melting Icecube Consultants. In 2001, Escobar chose to follow a passion for food down a different career path, becoming a restaurateur and owning La Pequeña Colombia until 2008 (when she joined ESPN). While working in the restaurant business, she was recognized as one of New York City’s “Successful Business Leaders.”
Escobar has been named an “Idea Innovator” by SportsBusiness Journal, was honored as a nominee for WICT Technical Achievement Award and is a member of NAMIC’s Class X Executive Leadership Development Program. She has also been a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
Escobar is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and currently resides in Connecticut.