Talent Office Bios

Talent Office Bios

Patrick Donaher | Chris Duffy | Meg Green | Diane Karagheusian

Dita McKinney | Kalidia Reyes | Marcus Smith | Rosetta Ellis-Pilie

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Patrick Donaher
Patrick Donaher is a 23-year ESPN veteran serving as Senior Director Talent Negotiations. He joined the ESPN Talent Office in 2008 to lead efforts around college sports. Donaher successfully oversaw the on-air talent recruitment and hiring for the Longhorn (2011), SEC (2014), and ACC (2019) network launches. He has since expanded his purview to professional sports including NHL, NBA, WNBA, NFL, and PGA.

Donaher started at ESPN in 1993 as a production assistant covering college football, college basketball, 1994 World Cup, and The NFL Draft. He was promoted to associate producer in 1995 for key sporting events including college football game, XGames, Tour De France, 1996 Olympic Trials and Women’s NCAA Tournament. In 2000, Donaher was promoted to producer covering college football, college basketball, The Great Outdoor Games, Women’s NCAA Tournament, NHL playoffs, 2002 NCAA Frozen Four and 2002 NCAA Lacrosse National Championship.

In between his two stints with ESPN, Donaher worked for College Sports Television (CSTV), as coordinating producer and later served as VP of remote production overseeing all aspects of game production, as the network was acquired by CBS.

Donaher graduated from Fairfield University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.

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Chris Duffy
Chris Duffy is Director, Talent Management, for ESPN’s Talent Office with nearly four decades of experience in the sports and media industry.

Duffy has served as the lead contact for all ESPN talent co-branded campaigns, talent appearances, use of external talent coaches, and has also held responsibility for negotiating contracts for ESPN’s digital platform talent, bureau reporters, SportsCenter and a variety of other Talent.

Prior to joining ESPN’s Talent Office in 2011, Duffy was a broadcast manager in ESPN’s Wraps studio division, managing content in and around the network’s live event programming including pre- and post-game shows, halftimes, and cut-in integration for college sports, NBA, WNBA, MLB and NHL.

Prior to joining ESPN, Duffy worked for Quokka Sports as a project manager and spent ten years at Fox Sports Bay Area in San Francisco as a programming manager, operations manager, and master control supervisor.

A native of Woburn, Mass., Duffy is a graduate of Boston University’s College of Communication.

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Meg Green
Meg Green is Senior Director, Talent Recruitment & Negotiation.

Green started her career at ESPN International, co-managing the Multilingual Services Department consisting of four international broadcast services to Latin America and the Pacific Rim. She worked closely with ESPN’s Legal team to procure employment visas for our international broadcasters, while also having oversight of relocation, payroll administration and production scheduling. She traveled to many locations in Central and South America, as well as China and Japan, to gather feedback on our broadcast services.

In 2000, Green moved into Programming & Production Business Operations. There, she directed a team having oversight of all studio production scheduling, talent contract drafting and contract management, and personnel administration for twenty-eight programming, production and operations departments.

Since joining ESPN’s Domestic Talent Office in 2008, Green has negotiated numerous types of talent contracts for Talent appearing on our linear, radio, print and digital media platforms.

Prior to joining ESPN, Green worked for several television and music production companies in Los Angeles.

Green earned her J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law. She holds a B.S./B.A. in International Business and Spanish from San Jose State University.

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Diane Karagheusian
Karagheusian is Senior Manager, Programming & Production. She is responsible for managing the ticket operations and hospitality around games and events for the Content Executive Management Division. She works closely with the Special Events team to help plan, communicate and execute the VIP hospitality ticket allocations and hotel allotments.

Some of the key events that Karagheusian oversees include College Football Playoffs and Bowl Games, X Games, Super Bowl, Masters, ESPYS, NBA games, NBA All-Star, NCAA College Basketball, Women’s Final Four, Men Final Four, MLB, MLB All-Star and Monday Night Football.

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Dita McKinney
Dita McKinney serves as Executive Assistant and Project Specialist for the Talent Office providing support for a variety of day-to-day duties such as coordinating talent auditions and meetings, managing the talent wardrobe budget, providing general administrative support to the hair and makeup teams and serving as a liaison for Production/Facilities for any talent-related workspace moves.

McKinney joined ESPN in 2005 as an administrative assistant for the Technology Department. In 2008 she transitioned to the ESPN Talent Office as an Executive Assistant and in 2013 was promoted to her Project Specialist role.

Dita graduated from University of Connecticut with a BA in Design & Resource Management.

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Kalidia Reyes
Kalidia Reyes joined ESPN in 2005 as a Duplication Technician in the International Duplication Center within the Media Assets Department. Two years later she transitioned to the International Department where she spent 15 years learning and exploring different areas of the company from Operations to News and Information, to the Talent Office as it relates to bringing the best content, business solutions, and on-air talent to international properties around the globe.

As part of the International Talent Office team, Reyes successfully managed the scheduling of talent, organized talent feedback and coaching, and oversaw the on-site management of talent at high-profile remote events including the 2016 Rio Olympics, the first El Clasico tour, Super Bowl coverages, and The Greatest Match with Roger Federer’s first time ever playing in Mexico.

In May 2022 Reyes joined the Domestic Talent Office as Talent Relations Manager with a primary focus on talent relations, development, co-branding, and talent appearances.

A native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Reyes is a graduate of Boston College where she earned a BA in Communications and a minor in International Studies.

 

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Marcus Smith
Marcus Smith joined ESPN in May 2022 as Senior Director, Talent Recruitment and Negotiations, bringing a wealth of experience managing, negotiating and coaching on-air talent.

Prior to joining ESPN, Marcus served as Senior Director for Talent Relations at Fox Sports. He was responsible for talent recruitment, development and long-range planning across Fox Sports’ linear and digital content. Prior to Fox Sports, Smith spent over a decade at NFL Media Group, primarily as a talent producer. He led guest appearances on the flagship show NFL Total Access, for which he was nominated for an Emmy. Additionally, Marcus managed talent appearances for NFL marquee events, including the Super Bowl, NFL Combine, NFL Draft, Pro Football Hall of Fame, NFL Honors, Thursday Night Football and Senior Bowl.

Prior to the NFL Media Group, Smith’s time with Disney Regional Entertainment and ESPN began as a production coordinator for the ESPN Zones, first in Atlanta and then in Anaheim. He was responsible for on-site broadcasting, events and daily audio and video programming.

A native of Cincinnati, Marcus is a graduate of Morehouse College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication.

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Rosetta Ellis-Pilie
Rosetta Ellis-Pilie is Vice President, Talent Development and Negotiations.  In that role, Ellis-Pilie leads the efforts of ESPN’s Talent Office, which is responsible for hiring, developing, guiding and negotiating contracts for ESPN’s public-facing Talent team across linear, digital, radio and social platforms.

Prior to her current role, Ellis-Pilie, who joined ESPN in 2011, worked as an attorney in ESPN’s Legal Department for a decade, during which she represented ESPN in labor and employment law matters, regarding which she was instrumental in overseeing and negotiating hundreds of on-air Talent agreements, as well as managing countless other Talent-related matters.  In addition, during Ellis-Pilie’s tenure in her wide-ranging legal role, she served as lead attorney for ESPN Radio, the ESPY Awards, including the shows transition to airing on ABC, and ESPN’s “combat sport” category, which included legal oversight of ESPN’s immense boxing films library and negotiation of dozens of content rights deals, including negotiation and legal oversight for ESPN’s Top Rank Boxing and UFC partnerships.

Prior to joining ESPN, Ellis-Pilie led the labor and employment law practice for Sun Chemical Corporation where she had sole legal responsibility for representing the company in domestic and international labor and employment matters and served as Chairperson of its Global Compliance Committee.  Prior to joining Sun Chemical, Ellis-Pilie was a Labor and Employment Associate at McDermott, Will & Emery and Proskauer Rose LLP.

A graduate of Seton Hall University with a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice and a minor in business administration, the New Jersey-native earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.  While there, she served as a member of the Virginia Law Review, the Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law, and on the inaugural managing board of the Virginia Journal of Sports & the Law.  Ellis-Pilie is also military veteran who served in the United States Army.  She received numerous awards for excellence, and her stationed sites included Germany, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq.

 

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