ESPN, espnW and ABC News Launch In the Game with Robin Roberts Presented by Lexus

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ESPN, espnW and ABC News Launch In the Game with Robin Roberts Presented by Lexus

Television, Digital and Print Execution Shines Spotlight on Top Female AthletesOn Thursday, May 17, Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts will debut In the Game with Robin Roberts Presented by Lexus a new series debuting across ESPN’s SportsCenter, and featuring exclusive interviews with accomplished female athletes. Jennie Finch will kick off the eight-episode program which is sponsored by Lexus.  The series will air every Thursday between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. ET during ESPN’s flagship program, SportsCenter. The series will launch with a robust digital and social media execution across and to drive tune in and viewer interaction. This marks the first dual network, cross platform project between ABC News and espnW.“This series showcases incredible female athletes who continually challenge the status quo and never stop improving their game, a philosophy Lexus lives by,” said Brian Smith, Lexus vice president of marketing. “As we continue to roll out the new face of Lexus with vehicles like the all-new RX, we are committed to bringing this highly integrated program to life.”Added Laura Gentile, vice president, espnW, “This collaboration speaks to our unique ability across The Walt Disney Company to share resources and ideas while creating powerful programs for advertisers like Lexus. This series shares our talent, our digital, print and television assets and our social media presence – all in an effort to showcase exceptional female athletes while reaching the coveted female consumer.”Aligned with the launch of the new Lexus RX F SPORT, a boldly designed luxury crossover vehicle with a full-fledged performance upgrade, Lexus brand messaging “What’s Next” will serve as a recurring theme throughout each of the episodes, which feature Robin Roberts hosting intimate interviews with world-renowned female athletes. The discussion will focus on “what’s next” for each athlete’s career, sport, and life.  Additional “What’s Next” clips will be shared across espnW/ESPN and ABCNews digital assets to promote the series and drive tune in.Full length interviews and complementary content including additional clips, a video archive and social integration will be hosted on two custom-built Lexus branded splash pages accessible at and ESPN The Magazine will also feature content from the series in “Mag Minute” interviews in upcoming editions.

Additionally, an “In the Game Live” social platform will highlight the series through co-branded Facebook ads, a custom Twitter hashtag and opportunities for users to submit questions to Robin to be asked within the interview. All social extensions will be integrated across ABC News and espnW social platforms.

About Lexus:
Since its debut in 1989, Lexus has earned a reputation for high-quality products and exemplary customer service from its 231 dealers. Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader, offering five hybrids that provide the best in innovative technology and first-class luxury. When it began, Lexus offered two models of vehicles. Now, more than 20 years later, Lexus offers variations of 10 vehicles, from the sporty CT 200h hybrid to the V10 supercar, the LFA.

About espnW:
espnW’s mission is to connect female fans with the sports they love and follow. provides an engaging environment where women are an integral part of the sports conversation, share their perspective on men’s and women’s sports and find the motivation and support for their athletic goals and interests. Launched in October 2011, espnW, [], is an emerging business that consists primarily of a digital product suite including pc web, mobile web and social media.  espnW is also supported by a strong social media presence on Twitter (@espnW) and Facebook. The Women’s Sports Foundation is a charity of choice of espnW.



Rachel Margolis Siegal

A part of the Internal Communications team at ESPN, I began with the network in 2010 as part of the College Sports PR team. Always an avid sports fan and not an athlete – I grew up a huge fan of the Hartford Whalers, while also watching my brother compete at different levels. I became the manager of several high school sports teams and continued that hobby into college. While at Quinnipiac, I worked in the Sports Information Department, which led me to a summer internship at the New Haven Ravens, a AA baseball team, and an eventual job with the Athletic Communications Department at the University of Connecticut. After my five-year stint at Connecticut, I spent six years as Director of Communications at the BIG EAST Conference in Providence, R.I. before joining ESPN.
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