ESPN, Inc. – Industry-Leading 57 Sports Emmy Nominations


ESPN, Inc. – Industry-Leading 57 Sports Emmy Nominations

30 for 30, College Football, E:60 and SportsCenter Lead the Way

ESPN, Inc. led the industry with 57 Sports Emmy Award nominations for 2015, matching its record set a year ago.  Leading the way was:

  • ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 series with 10 nods (including four for 30 for 30 Shorts)
  • College football totaled 10 nominations – four for College GameDay including two-time winner Kirk Herbstreit, plus in Live Series, Trans-Media Sports Coverage (National Championship presentation across ESPN, ESPN3, ESPNU and ESPN GoalLine), Technical Team Studio, Live Graphic Design and Technical Achievement (for Pylon Cam)
  • SportsCenter with nine (including for hosts Hannah Storm and Scott Van Pelt, four for SC Featured pieces and one for the This is SportsCenter promo campaign)
  • E:60 with eight, spread across the News Anthology, Journalism, Long Feature, Camerawork and Writing categories
  • In addition to Storm, Van Pelt and Herbstreit, other individuals earning a nomination are Jay Bilas (studio analyst), Jon Gruden and Jeff Van Gundy (event analyst) and Tom Rinaldi (reporter).

Of note, ESPN’s “Storytelling Unit” – a group within production – contributed 14 of the nominations.  They aired on E:60, SportsCenter, College GameDay and Outside the Lines.

The winners will be announced Tuesday, May 10, in New York.  ESPN has won 171 Sports Emmy Awards in 28 years of eligibility.  ABC Sports won 160 from 1980 – 2008.

ESPN’s nominations by category (all are ESPN, except as noted):

Live Series College Football (ESPN, ABC)
Short Sports Documentary 30 for 30 Shorts – Brave in the Attempt
  30 for 30 Shorts – First Pitch
  30 for 30 Shorts – Unhittable – Sidd Finch and the Tibetan Fastball
  SC Featured – No Excuses
Long Sports Documentary 30 for 30 – Four Falls of Buffalo
  30 for 30 – I Hate Christian Laettner
  30 for 30 – Of Miracles and Men
Studio Show/weekly College GameDay (football)
News Anthology E:60 (ESPN2)
  Outside the Lines (ESPN, ESPN2)
  SC Featured
Sports Journalism E:60 – Sepp Blatter’s FIFA
  E:60 – The Turf War
Short Feature                           College GameDay – Adam Griffith: Family Ties
  E:60 – Made in Dietrich
Long Feature                            E:60 – Ernie Johnson
  E:60 – Silent Night Lights
  SC Featured – Miraculous:  The Austin Hatch Story
Open/Tease Jimmy V Classic open
Trans-Media Sports Coverage 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship
Digital Innovation ESPN on Snapchat Discover
Social TV Experience 30 for 30 – I Hate Christian Laettner
Studio Host Hannah Storm
  Scott Van Pelt
Studio Analyst Jay Bilas
Event Analyst Jon Gruden
Kirk Herbstreit (ABC, ESPN)
Jeff Van Gundy (ABC)
Reporter Tom Rinaldi
Technical Team Remote           US Open Tennis (ESPN, ESPN2)
  Monday Night Football
Technical Team Studio College GameDay (football)
  SportsCenter (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS)
Camerawork                             E:60 – First in Flight (ABC)
Editing – Short Form Indianapolis 500 tease
  Jimmy V Classic tease
Editing – Long Form 30 for 30 – Sole Man (
  30 for 30 Shorts – Every Day 
Writing E:60 – The Family Business (ESPN2)
  The Open Championship
Music Interpretation 30 for 30 – Of Miracles and Men
Post-Produced Sound Indianapolis 500 tease (ABC)
Live Graphic Design College Football (ESPN, ABC, ESPN2)
Monday Night Football
Post-Produced Graphic Design Heisman Trophy Presentation
  Baseball Tonight – John Kruk #NotPictured
  Monday Night Football – Enhanced Content Graphics
Studio Design/Art Direction SportsCenter – SVP Studio X
Production Design/Art Direction Special Olympics World Games – SC Featured:  Smile
Technical Achievement College Football Playoff National Championship /
Monday Night Football – ESPN Pylon Cam
Promotional Announcement SportsCenter – This is SportsCenter
Studio Show in Spanish Béisbol Esta Noche (ESPN Deportes)
Nación ESPN (ESPN Deportes)
SportsCenter Deportes (ESPN Deportes)
On-Air Personality in Spanish David Faitelson
Ernesto Jerez



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