Vice President, Affiliate Sales, Disney and ESPN Media Networks
Matt Kenny, vice president, affiliate sales, oversees domestic distribution and content licensing efforts for MVPDs, digital MVPDs and digital accounts of the Disney and ESPN Media Networks (ABC, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, ESPN Networks and Freeform). In addition, Kenny is responsible for the distribution of all associated HD, VOD and TV Everywhere products. His team successfully completed Disney and ESPN Media Network’s first distribution agreement with an “over-the-top” distributor and has negotiated digital MVPD agreements with the three largest digital distributors. He is currently leading efforts to negotiate strategic partnership agreements for ESPN+, the company’s direct-to-consumer service.
Previously, Kenny served as vice president, field sales, western division for Disney and ESPN Media Networks where he led division and regional content distribution and market development efforts for 28 states across central and western U.S. Kenny served as manager, interactive sales for ESPN and in that capacity, his team was responsible for the launch of ESPN video-on-demand, expansion of ESPN’s out-of-market subscription products and pay-per-view events. He is widely recognized as a strong collaborator and successful team leader. A 19-year veteran of the company, Kenny joined ESPN in June 1999 as a financial analyst where he was responsible multiple sport category operating budgets.
Prior to ESPN, Kenny served as an administrator for the division of athletics at the University of Connecticut where he managed the operating budget for all varsity sports and departments. Kenny also previously held positions with Nike and The Madison Square Garden Company.
Kenny received both his BS and MBA (Finance) from the University of Connecticut. He resides with his wife and their four children in Ventura County, Calif.
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