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Marie Donoghue was promoted to senior vice president, global strategy, business development and business affairs, in January 2012. Donoghue, who joined ESPN in 1998 as an attorney for the ESPN Internet Group and Walt Disney Internet Group, had served as senior vice president, business affairs and business development since 2007. In her role, she is responsible for working across all business units worldwide to evaluate new opportunities, new lines of business and more.

Since 2007, Donoghue had oversight of all business and contractual commitments of ESPN’s Content division. She managed its ongoing examination of new business opportunities, working side by side with ESPN’s finance, legal, digital, programming and production departments on all of the major deals for ESPN content.

In 2011, her responsibilities were broadened to include oversight of the social media strategy for ESPN Content, the business and strategy for Grantland.com (the sports and pop culture web site launched in 2011) and the operations of both ESPN’s interactive gaming business and the ESPN Films group.

Donoghue’s leadership has helped ESPN secure a number of expansive multi-platform rights partnerships, starting with ESPN’s multimedia rights agreement with the NBA in 2002 and continuing through to ESPN’s recent agreements with the Pac 12 Conference and National Football League in 2011. Her group also spearheaded the first Walt Disney Company agreements with both Facebook (2009) and Twitter (2010).
From her start at ESPN in 1998 until 2000, Donoghue served as senior counsel for the ESPN Internet Group and Walt Disney Internet Group. She then was promoted to vice president, business affairs for ESPN Enterprises, where she was instrumental in leading ESPN’s new media, publishing, mobile and consumer products initiatives. From 2005 to 2006, she served as vice president, business affairs and business development, overseeing content licensing, distribution and syndication of programming commerce and league relations.

Prior to joining ESPN, Donoghue was an associate for the Wall Street law firm of Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts in New York and Hong Kong and spent two years as senior director of legal affairs for PolyGram Holdings Inc., the parent company of numerous record labels, including Island Records, Def Jam Recordings, Mercury Records, and A&M Records.

A New York City native and resident, Donoghue earned a bachelor of arts in economics from Columbia College and a law degree from Columbia University.

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