It is critical to our mission to serve sports fans that we continue to innovate. The Content Development Group has served us well in this process.  The group has created or helped to create E:60, SportsNation, The Year of the Quarterback, Rise Up, Homecoming, Sports Science and 30/30.  

Along parallel lines, our larger studio and event production group in Bristol has also developed significant new content and has recently launched over 800 new annual hours of studio programming, including the debuts of NFL32, Dan LeBatard Is Highly Questionable and Numbers Never Lie. It is my view that over time it will be more effective to house all of this activity in Bristol within the existing Bristol Programming and Production groups.  As a result, we will no longer maintain a separate Content Development department.  
The current NY-based ESPN Films group will continue there under Connor Schell.  Connor will report to Marie Donoghue.  Documentary films have become an important component of our content, and we have been distinguished by the quality of our efforts here.
Keith Clinkscales, who has led our development group since its inception in its current form, will be leaving ESPN to start his own company.  I am pleased to say that we will continue our relationship with Keith as an independent producer on future web and film projects.  We thank Keith and look forward to collaborating with him in the future.

We fully recognize that people who are our friends and colleagues will be affected.  We thank all involved for their efforts on our behalf and we will support them during this transition.  We will implement these changes over the next 90 days.  
Change can be difficult, but I believe these changes will make our division, our content and our company stronger.