Connor Schell, executive vice president, content, is responsible for overseeing all aspects of ESPN’s content creation across television, digital and print platforms. Schell was promoted to this role in June 2017 and is based in Bristol and New York.
Schell is the executive producer and co-creator of the Emmy-, Oscar- and Peabody Award-winning documentary series and the Emmy-winning digital series. Schell also served as a producer and executive producer of the company’s first Academy Award-winning film “O.J.: Made in America.”
He earned Emmy Awards in 2015 and 2016, two Emmy Awards in 2014, and a Peabody Award in 2010 – all for the series. Under Schell’s guidance, has won awards at the Producers Guild Awards, NAACP Image Awards, IDA Awards, Webby Awards and the prestigious Edward R Murrow Awards. “O.J.: Made in America” was honored as 2016’s best documentary by the National Board of Review, the IDA, the Gotham Awards, the Independent Spirit Awards, the NY Film Critic’s Awards, and it won Best Documentary Feature at The 2017 Academy Awards. As a producer of the film, Schell was also a recipient of a DuPont Award for Journalism and his third Peabody Award.
Schell’s purview extends through The Walt Disney Company as an executive producer of the studio film “Million Dollar Arm” and as an executive producer for the first ESPN Films-branded feature film from Disney – “Queen of Katwe.”
He is a “Forty Under 40” Hall of Fame inductee having been named to the list in 2012, 2016 and 2017, and he was also named in ’ 2012 Class of “40 Under 40.” Schell was inducted into the Cablefax Television Hall of Fame in 2017.
Previously, Schell served as senior vice president, original content; vice president and executive producer of ESPN Films; executive producer of the series; and senior director, program development, ESPN Original Entertainment. Schell joined ESPN in 2004.
Schell earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Harvard University and a Master in Business Administration with a focus in Media and Entertainment from Columbia University. He lives in New York with his wife and three children.
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NBA star Kevin Durant has translated his success on the court to a strong business portfolio, including a show about the ins and outs of the sports business itself.
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