Coordinating Producer/SEC Network Studio Production Lead
A multi-time Sports Emmy Award winner and ESPN production veteran, Pete Watters now leads studio production for SEC Network. In his role, Watters manages the day-to-day operations of SEC Network studio production, including dozens of on-air personalities, nearly 100 production staffers, and hundreds of hours of live studio programming throughout the year out of ESPN’s Charlotte Production Center. Watters is at the helm of SEC Network’s signature coverage of the College Football Playoff, SEC Women’s and Men’s Basketball Tournaments, as well as SEC Network original shows The Paul Finebaum Show and SEC Now.
Watters has played an integral role in two network launches, starting in 2005 with the creation of ESPNU and in 2014 for the start of SEC Network, the latter of which was the most successful network launch in cable television history. Watters has held the studio coordinating producer title since 2011, guiding the operations and strategy behind studio production across multiple ESPN platforms.
Prior to his leadership role, Watters was a studio producer for nearly a decade, winning Sports Emmys for his work on the late night (11 p.m. and 1 a.m. ET) SportsCenter and producing specialty shows for SportsCenter and ESPNEWS. Watters was the primary producer for all ESPNU studio productions from launch day in 2005 through 2011, leading ESPN’s National Signing Day Coverage and the College Football Awards.
The Abington, Mass. native worked his way through the ranks at ESPN, beginning his career at ESPN in 1997 as a production assistant while supporting Bristol-based studio shows such as SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, NBA2Night and RPM2Night. Watters then moved into a field producer role in early 2000, working on ESPN’s coverage of motorsports across SportsCenter, RPM2Night and various programming on ESPNEWS.
Watters is a proud graduate of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and received his master’s in broadcast journalism from Emerson College. He resides with his family in Charlotte.