Senior Vice President, Production Operations
Stacey Fitch was promoted to senior vice president, network and production operations in 2020, having served as vice president since 2015. She is in charge of the management and strategic direction of the Bristol, Charlotte and Los Angeles Network & Production Operations groups. In this role, she leads the teams responsible for planning and production of remote and studio sports content, primary origination for the ESPN domestic and international linear networks, disaster recovery for ABC and Disney cable networks and sports programming media asset management. Collectively, these groups employ nearly 575 operators, coordinators and managers.
As senior coordinating director (2011 – 2015), she was in charge of network operations for ESPN’s domestic and international networks and edit operations for all news and information productions. As senior director, production operations (2008 – 2011), she led the operations team responsible for launching Digital Center 1, SportsCenter and NFL in high definition.
Other professional accomplishments include leading the team of technical directors for the launch of the ESPNEWS network and earning “Technical Team Studio” Emmy awards for “This is SportsCenter” and the NFL Draft in 2003 and 2005.
Fitch was originally hired at ESPN in March 1996 as a studio tech II and was promoted twice in 1997 – to studio tech III in May and to technical director in December. In January 2000, she was promoted to supervisor, studio & tech operations, in June 2003 to manager, production operations, and in October 2005 to director, production operations.
Before joining ESPN, Stacey spent 12 years in local television directing primetime news in the Western New York and Connecticut markets and worked for PBS in Rochester, New York as a host/engineer of a weekly show featuring jazz artists.
Fitch is a strategic leader who is committed to developing others. She is a graduate of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute-Class XXIII. Stacey volunteers as a mentor in several enterprisewide programs and around the industry. She is a passionate supporter of the Arts and serves on the Board of Directors for the Warner Theatre in Torrington, Conn.
Fitch holds a bachelor of arts degree in communications from the State University of New York College of Brockport. She was recently selected to serve as a founding member of the School of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Advisory Board. In 2018, she received a prestigious Hall of Heritage Award for her exceptional contributions to the Alumni Association, the College, her community and for outstanding professional achievement.