• Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2019
ESPN's Connor Schell to receive NY Festivals' Lifetime Achievement Award
Connor Schell
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Connor Schell, executive VP, content for ESPN, will receive the 9th annual New York Festivals® Lifetime Achievement Award on Tuesday, April 9, at the annual NAB Show in Las Vegas.

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes prominent industry leaders whose accomplishment have advanced their field and made a lasting impression on the industry.

“For the past decade, the documentaries of 30 for 30 have earned multiple Grand Trophies and Gold World Medals from the New York Festivals Grand Jury and have won acclaim for their passionate storytelling, compelling journalism, and innovative techniques – all under Connor’s guidance. His commitment to excellence encompasses long-form and short-form and we are proud to honor him with the New York Festivals Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Rose Anderson, VP and executive director, New York Festivals Television & Film Awards

ESPN Films’ prestigious 30 for 30 documentary brand marks its 10th anniversary this year. Schell is the executive producer and co-creator of the Emmy, Oscar, and Peabody Award-winning 30 for 30 documentary series and the Emmy-winning 30 for 30 Shorts digital series. The ESPN Films group continues to report to him and win awards. 30 for 30 received Sports Emmys, Producers Guild Awards, NAACP Image Awards, IDA Awards, Webby Awards and Edward R Murrow Awards. Schell also served as a producer and executive producer of the company’s first Academy Award-winning film, O.J.: Made in America. As a producer of the film, Schell was also a recipient of a DuPont Award for Journalism and his third Peabody Award.

Schell is responsible for overseeing all aspects of ESPN’s content creation across television, digital and print platforms. He oversees management of all of ESPN’s event production domestically and internationally including the production of the NBA Finals, the College Football National Championship, Monday Night Football, Sunday Night Baseball, Wimbledon and the US Open. He also manages all of ESPN’s studio programming including SportsCenter and ESPN’s News & Information division. Schell oversees digital and print content creation covering ESPN.com, the ESPN App, ESPN the Magazine, The Undefeated and all off-platform ESPN branded content (i.e. SC on Snap). Additionally, Schell is responsible for ESPN Films, ESPN Audio, and the company’s Talent Office.

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