Vice President, ESPN West Coast Production Center
Judi Cordray joined ESPN as the vice president in charge of ESPN’s Los Angeles Production Center, which launched in April of 2009. Cordray came to ESPN from the Disney ABC Media Networks Group where she was vice president, Broadcast Operations & Engineering West Coast operations, overseeing the engineering & IT staff, daytime studio, master control and media center operations.
Prior to her role with BO&E, Cordray served as general manager of ENG (electronic news gathering) Operations for ABC News, Western Region, overseeing multiple bureaus. From conventions to celebrity trials, Cordray played a key role in production planning and facilities coordination of studio and remote operations, serving all platforms of ABC News. During her time there, she led the production planning and facilities coordination for live remote television and in-house technical facilities, supporting programming which included Good Morning America, 20/20, World News Tonight, Primetime, Nightline and ABC News Special Events. Remotes included Super Bowl 2003, Olympics 2003, 2000 Democratic and 1996 Republican Conventions and the 1997 Inauguration. Cordray has over 25 years of experience at the ABC-TV Network on the West Coast.
In her ESPN role, Cordray oversees all the day-to-day operations of the new Los Angeles facility; support all programming produced in it or remote traffic routed through it, and is ESPN’s most senior representative in the Los Angeles production community.
The Los Angeles Production Center features three production control rooms, two master control rooms; eight craft edit suites, a music room, a voiceover room and two studios totaling more than 12,300 square feet. In addition to ESPN content originating from this facility, the 1 a.m. ET SportsCenter is produced from Los Angeles five days a week as well as other popular programs such as SportsNation, NBA Countdown, Audibles, A Los Golpes and Grantland Podcast. In February of 2010, Nación ESPN, the first Spanish-language program to be produced from ESPN’s Los Angeles studios, launched in the U.S. and now airs in more than 10 countries including Mexico, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to name a few. The LAPC also houses an international promo and creative services team supporting multiple productions for ESPN.