Willy Burkhardt to leave ESPN International

Willy Burkhardt has announced his decision to leave ESPN later this month. As executive V-P, he led ESPNs international efforts and its Enterprises division since 1999. Russell Wolff, senior vice president, ESPN International, has been promoted to managing director and will lead ESPN International going forward. 

At ESPN, Burkhardt led a number of initiatives that enhanced the ESPN brand internationally, including numerous network launches, the global expansion of the SportsCenter franchise, an official release states. He also led the growth of the companys joint venture in the Asian region ESPN Star Sports. He implemented important projects with ESPN Enterprises such as the opening of ESPNs first large format film "ESPNs Ultimate X". Burkhardt will continue to consult with ESPN on international matters for the remainder of the year. Burkhardt said that he would pause for some personal time and travel and to explore other professional challenges.

In his new position as managing director, Wolff will assume full responsibility for all of ESPNs international businesses, which include partial or whole ownership of 24 networks televised outside of the United States to more than 150 countries and territories.

Wolff will directly oversee all aspects of ESPN Internationals networks in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, and the Pacific Rim, including programming, production, marketing, sales, and worldwide program syndication. In addition, he will oversee ESPNs interests in a variety of international joint ventures including ESPN Star Sports in Asia, ESPN Classic Sport in Europe, CTV Specialty Television, Inc. in Canada, and Sports-i ESPN in Japan. 

Latest Reads
Times Television Network elevates Nivedita Oak to DGM

Times Television Network (TTN) has elevated Nivedita Oak to deputy general manager - influence. Earlier, Oak was the regional head for Zoom, FCT and branded content. She has been working with the Times Network for the last 11 years.

Television TV Channels People
History TV18 to release third film in ‘Special Operations India' series

History TV18, a pan-Indian television channel, is to create a documentary on counter-terrorist operation at Pathankot air base named Special Operations India: Pathankot. This one-hour documentary will be aired on June 25 at 9 pm.

Television TV Channels Factual & Documentary
CNBC-TV18 successfully concludes the 8th edition of the ‘India Healthcare and Wellness Awards 2018’

NBC-TV18, India’s leading English business news channel along with ICICI Lombard hosted the 8th edition of the ‘Indian Healthcare and Wellness Awards 2018’ at The Grand Hyatt, Mumbai.

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
MN+ to air Indian Television premier of ‘Tulip Fever’

MN+, the Gold Class of Hollywood Movies from the Times Network, brings to the viewers, for the first time on Indian television, the celebrated romantic historical saga– ‘Tulip Fever’. The movie will premiere on Sunday, 24th June at 1 pm and 9pm on MN+.

Television TV Channels English Entertainment
Sony Music acquires the music rights for 2018’s much awaited sports drama film ‘SOORMA’

Global music giant, Sony Music has acquired the music rights for Soorma – the greatest comeback story of the hockey legend Sandeep Singh.

Television TV Channels Music and Youth
Epic and Rupa publications announce the umeed india book on the occasion of international olympic day

EPIC TV - India’s only Hindi language, Indian Infotainment channel celebrates International Olympic Day with an exclusive unveiling of the first look of the Umeed India book published by Rupa Publications and based on its popular series, of the same name hosted by ace cricketer Virender Sehwag.

Television TV Channels Factual & Documentary
Iconic series Blue Planet II set for Indian TV premiere on Sony BBC Earth after a successful theatrical run

All eyes on TV as India’s #1 factual entertainment channel, Sony BBC Earth, premieres the world-renowned, path breaking and breath-taking series Blue Planet II for the Indian audience on June 25th at 9 pm.

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
FOX Life celebrates a perfect celebrity mismatch in Great Escape’s new season

He’s rugged, she’s delicate. He’s adventurous, and she is spiritual. They are two friends who, at a distance, might seem like polar opposites. But get closer and you are sure to be surprised. FOX Life, India’s favorite premium lifestyle channel,

Television TV Channels Factual & Documentary
Engaging viewers with diversified content, COLORS brings you investigative thriller - Dev2

He thinks like a criminal, is at home around a crime scene and possesses an ironclad will to rid the city of nefarious wrongdoers; Detective Dev Burman returns for an explosive second season on COLORS – India’s premium Hindi entertainment channel.

Television TV Channels GECs

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories