Incredible ESPN Documentaries Spotlight Women Making Strides in Sports

[ 0 ] September 18, 2013 |

ESPN not only offers world-class, comprehensive sports coverage, but it also produces memorable documentaries on everything from the first transgender tennis player, to Chuck Wepner – the only man to with Muhammad Ali, Andre the Giant and a bear – to Magic Johnson’s incredible journey, to an inside look at what it takes to be a big-time sports agent. And Mary Donoghue, who helps negotiate ESPN deals and oversees ESPN Films and ESPN’s social media strategy, helps guide those documentaries from start to finish.

Watch Marie Donoghue, senior vice president of global strategy, business development and business affairs, talk to genConnect about incredible ESPN documentaries, Title IV and how women are making strides in both sports and sports television:

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ESPN’s popular “30 for 30” film series returns to the network this month. The Emmy-nominated documentary series includes “30 for 30,” and its 30-part digital short film series. “30 for 30 Shorts” is a collaboration with Bill Simmons’ Grantland.com and is similar to the feature-length films in that each piece represents a specific point of view of the filmmaker and is a reflection of how they blend the narrative with their own visual style. This past summer, the series “Nine for IX,” inspired by Title IX and directed by female directors covering various women athletes and venusvsgender issues in sports, featured a kickoff film “Venus Vs” about tennis star Venus Williams and her fight for equal pay at Wimbledon.”It’s all about someone finally picking up the mantle of Billy Jean King,” Donoghue said. “It’s a very sweet story and it’s well done…it’s really the start of Venus’ legacy, in an untold story, largely.”

Women are not only making strides in athletics and sports as athletes themselves, but in the more than 40 years since the passage of Title IX, America is seeing an increasing number of female sportscasters, as well.

“You have more and more women participating in sports – both as fans and participants. So it’s getting easier,” Donoghue said. “I think at EPSN we have more female sportscasters and Sports Center announcers than we’ve ever had in our history. We’ve got a great legacy with Robin Roberts and several women over the years, the last decade. It’s a hard business to get into for anybody, but we like to have our talent reflect our audience and our society so we’re happy to have more.”

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About Marie Donoghue: 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 [...]
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