Executive Vice President, Event & Studio Production
Stephanie Druley, who rose through ESPN’s studio production department since joining the company in 1990, was promoted to executive vice president, event and studio production in December 2018. She had been senior vice president since July 2016.
Her current responsibilities include event and studio coverage of NFL; college football; NBA; men’s and women’s college basketball including the women’s NCAA tournament plus college soccer, softball, volleyball and more; and professional and international soccer. She also oversees the production of the SEC Network, Longhorn Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN’s networks outside the U.S. as well as the ACC Network which launches August 22, 2019.
Druley began her ESPN career in 1990 as a production assistant and advanced through the ESPN ranks as an associate producer (1996-99), highlights supervisor (1999-2000), producer (2000-02), coordinating producer (2002-05) and was named senior coordinating producer in the fall of 2005.
As a senior coordinating producer, Druley oversaw all NFL studio shows for ESPN — including the Emmy Award-winning Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown, NFL PrimeTime and NFL Live. In addition to managing all content, planning, budgeting and staffing for those programs, Druley was responsible for ESPN’s annual on-site coverage of the Super Bowl.
As coordinating producer and then senior coordinating producer of Sunday NFL Countdown, a program she worked on for more than a decade, she led the popular two-hour weekly NFL preview show to three Emmy Awards in the Outstanding Weekly Studio Show category (2001, 2003 and 2007).
In March 2011, Druley was named vice president, production, for Longhorn Network, the 24/7 channel for University of Texas, her alma mater.
In 2013, she was promoted to oversee production for all college networks at ESPN. In that role she was responsible for the look of all on-air content which includes studio and remote productions for ESPNU, SEC Network and Longhorn Network (LHN) as well as their creative directions, talent rosters and production personnel. While in that role she played a critical role in the “most successful new network launch in the history of cable” with SEC Network in 2014.
In 2006, Druley developed the annual SportsCenter “My Wish” summer series, a collaborative effort with the Make-A-Wish Foundation that chronicles the granting of unique sports-related wishes for children (ages 6-15) with life-threatening medical conditions.
A Houston native, Druley earned a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin. A member of Women in Cable & Telecommunications (WICT), Druley is a Betsy Magness Leadership Institute Fellow, a distinguished year-long educational program designed to elevate women leaders in the cable and telecommunications industry. In 2014 she was named to Sports Business Journal’s list of “Game Changers” and in 2015 to CableFax’s “Most Powerful Women.”