James Pitaro Appointed As New President of Disney’s ESPN
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The Walt Disney Company has announced that James Pitaro has been named the President of ESPN and the Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks. Pitaro has served as the Chairman of Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media since 2016.
The appointment of Pitaro comes as ESPN prepares the launch of its new direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service. The provides Mr. Pitaro with a great amount of opportunity, with making transformative entertainment experiences using digital technology has been a pillar of his career thus far. Before his roles at Disney, James Pitaro has served as vice president and head of Yahoo Media, vice president of business affairs for LAUNCH Media, Inc., and practiced law at several firms in New York.
“Jimmy is a talented and dedicated leader with the right strategic vision, relentless drive and passion for sports required to lead the stellar ESPN team at this incredibly dynamic time. Jimmy forged his career at the intersection of technology, sports and media, and his vast experience and keen perspective will be invaluable in taking ESPN into the future.” – Robert A. Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company