Stephanie Druley, who rose through ESPN’s production department since joining the company in 1990, was promoted in July 2016 to senior vice president of event and studio production, responsible for the entirety of ESPN’s remote production portfolio and associated studio shows for college sports, the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, all tennis majors and Major League Baseball. Additionally, she oversees all production aspects for ESPN’s college networks and ESPN3. In June 2017, she added a global footprint to her range of responsibilities with the addition of international and Spanish language production efforts.
Previously, she oversaw production for college networks at ESPN since 2013. 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 March 2011, Druley was named vice president, production, for Longhorn Network, the 24/7 channel for University of Texas, her alma mater.
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) and coordinating producer (2002-05) to being named senior coordinating producer in the fall of 2005.
As a senior coordinating producer in the studio production department, 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.
Previously, Druley served as 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), and, in 2008, both Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown were nominated for a Sports Emmy for the first time.
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.”