Phil Orlins

Phil Orlins

Vice President, Production

Phil Orlins is the vice president of production for ESPN’s Major League Baseball, Little League World Series and College Baseball properties. In addition, Orlins plays a leadership role in all technology and innovation initiatives and priorities for ESPN across categories. In his baseball role, Orlins leads all of ESPN’s event and studio production, including for the Home Run Derby, MLB Wild Card Series, Sunday Night Baseball, Baseball Tonight, alternate presentations and coverage of MLB’s international events.

Orlins returned to his baseball role during the summer of 2014 and has made a significant impact in driving baseball on television forward. He has implemented several new initiatives including K-Zone Live and K-Zone 3D, Sundays from the Seats, Global Game, MLB Little League Classic and MLB All-Access Week, plus alternate presentations such as StatCast, KayRod Cast and KidsCast. Orlins also spearheaded the highly successful live, mic’d up in-game player conversations, which ESPN introduced in 2020 and established a staple for nearly all of its MLB telecasts in 2022 and 2023.

Orlins had previously worked as a producer in ESPN’s MLB coverage from 1991-2003 and produced Sunday Night Baseball from 1994 to 2003.

Orlins joined ESPN in 1988 and has produced a variety of ESPN events, including snowboarding and skiing at the Winter X Games (1997-2006), college basketball (1994-96), college football (1993-94, 2004-2005), Wimbledon and the French Open (2004-2005). Orlins also supervised all ESPN 3D productions from 2009-2012, including the X Games. He produced X Games 3D: The Movie which was distributed in 1400 theaters in 2009.

In February 2006, Orlins was named the coordinating producer for the X Games franchise. The 2011 and 2012 Winter X Games were recognized with an Emmy award in the category of Technical Team Remote for the combined 3D and 2D coverage of the event. In 2013, Orlins was promoted to senior coordinating producer, X Games.

Additional industry honors include a Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Tech Achievement for Front Row Cam in 2017 as well as for K-Zone 3D in 2018, a Sports Emmy Award for Cal Ripken’s record-breaking game in 1996 and two CableACE Awards for the Jackie Robinson anniversary game and for Sunday Night Baseball, both in 1997.

A native of South Orange, N.J., Orlins graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Science degree in TV/Radio.


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