Vice President, ESPN+ Original Content and ESPN Films
Brian Lockhart currently serves as vice president of Original Content and ESPN Films. He is responsible for overseeing strategy and development of all original programming initiatives under the ESPN Films umbrella, as well as original series and studio shows on ESPN+, ESPN’s direct-to-consumer streaming service. He previously served as vice president and executive producer of Original Content for ESPN+.
Prior to his role at ESPN, Brian was vice president and executive producer of Original Content for NFL Media. He was responsible for overseeing the development and production of a wide array of content on multiple platforms, from long-form documentary series to digital media ventures and features. His responsibilities also extended beyond storytelling to include production, business development, and strategic leadership across several divisions. Brian developed, produced, and launched the NFL Network Originals series Undrafted and Football Town, and the digital series NFL Life. He was also the driving creative force behind the development of the original NFL Network documentary series The Timeline, highlighted by the critically acclaimed installment “America’s Game” and “The Iran Hostage Crisis.”
He began his NFL tenure in 2007 as coordinating producer for the network’s Features group. There he helped construct and develop the short form unit that would grow to service multiple news, information/studio shows, and social platforms, and he steered the division’s embrace of digital storytelling outlets. Among the highlights of his tenure were digital/broadcast hybrid projects that earned him three of his eight career Emmy Awards: the groundbreaking multiplatform experience JFK: The Untold Story of That Day in Dallas and the digital series The NFL Season: A Biography. His impact on the NFL Media Group extended beyond the successful content itself. As one of the highest-ranking executives of color, he served as a member of the National Football League Diversity Council, and his work as co-chair of the Black Engagement Network earned him the 2018 Commissioner’s Award for Teamwork.
Prior to his NFL tenure, Brian spent six years as a features and replay producer for HBO Sports from 2001 to 2007. There he produced and developed nonfiction, news, and live event programs including Inside the NFL, World Championship Boxing and Costas Now. Among his notable productions from the field was Larry Merchant’s news-making interview with Nelson Mandela in Mozambique. While at HBO, Brian also oversaw the creative packaging of all HBO Sports content including World Championship Boxing, Sports of the 20th Century documentaries, and Inside the NFL.
Dating back to his first career production opportunities at ESPN (1996-1997) and ABC Sports (1997-2001), Brian has developed a consistent high level of production savvy, creative innovation, and thoughtful leadership. He began honing these qualities as the team captain for the basketball team at College of the Holy Cross, where he earned his B.A. in Mathematics in 1996. He has remained active in his alma mater as a member of the President’s Council, and alumni mentor.