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ESPN Closing Content Development Dept., Moving Duties To Wildhack, Williamson
Published October 14, 2011
CLINKSCALES LAUNCHED GROUP IN '07: The highest profile exec to leave ESPN as a result of this move is Clinkscales, who launched the group in '07. He is leaving to become an independent producer; ESPN will be his first client. He plans to develop documentaries and Web-based shows for ESPN. His group developed shows like "SportsNation," "E:60" and RICK REILLY's "Homecoming." It also developed ESPN's acclaimed "30 for 30" documentary series, which will now be part of ESPN Films. Skipper said ESPN Films will not be affected by the moves. Clinkscales said he understood the move. He said, "What's best for the company is to consolidate and run this through Bristol. Norby's group has been able to develop shows, so the need for our group has changed." During his time overseeing the content development group, Clinkscales said he is most proud of being involved in the creation of ESPN Films, as well as developing event programming like the New Year's Eve shows and "The Decision." "It was interesting to see something like 'The Decision' come together," he said. "To see the whole world stop as an athlete makes a choice and watching it move across all our platforms was unique."