Marie Donoghue is the executive vice president, global business and content strategy, reporting to ESPN President John Skipper. In this role, she is responsible for the ongoing development and implementation of ESPN’s enterprise-wide strategy, with particular emphasis on identifying profitable growth and acquisition opportunities, evaluating new technology and business models and collaborating with the senior management team to best position ESPN’s content in light of evolving fan consumption habits.
Donoghue’s efforts are tightly coordinated and integrated with Disney’s Corporate Strategy team in Burbank overseen by Kevin Mayer, senior executive vice president and chief strategy officer, to further capitalize on ESPN’s alignment with The Walt Disney Company
Having managed ESPN’s global strategy, business affairs and business development since 2012, Donoghue’s content portfolio includes Nate Silver’s award-winning FiveThirtyEight and The Undefeated. In her tenure she has also overseen the award-winning ESPN Films unit as well as some of the network’s most popular studio programs including Pardon the Interruption, Around the Horn, Highly Questionable and SportsNation.
Donoghue first joined ESPN in 1998 from Starwave Ventures, the company that produced ESPN’s early Internet products. In 2007, Marie was promoted to senior vice president, business affairs and business development. She was promoted to senior vice president, global strategy and business affairs and business development in January 2012, where she has been responsible for identifying and evaluating new business opportunities, acquiring and renewing program rights agreements, including major league deals with the NFL, NBA and MLB, and developing ESPN’s long-term growth strategies.
In 2015, Donoghue was recognized by CableFax: The Magazine as one of “The Most Powerful Women in Cable.” Variety named Donoghue to its “2014 New York Impact List” and she was selected as one of the “Power 100 Women in Entertainment” by The Hollywood Reporter. She has also been recognized by Advertising Age and Advertising Women of New York as one of their “Women to Watch” and was featured in The Sports Business Journal’s “Game Changers.”
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 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.