November 9-10, 2021
New York, NY

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John Skipper

CEO, Meadowlark Media

John Skipper is the CEO of Meadowlark Media. Co-founded by Skipper and Dan Le Batard in 2021, Meadowlark is both a content studio and creator network. Since inception, Skipper and his team have completed a first of its kind licensing deal with DraftKings for the Dan Le Batard Show and have won a commission to develop a podcast series for the BBC. Meadowlark has several projects in development, including original enterprise and non-fictional narrative podcast series, personality driven podcasts and an original documentary slate for a major streamer. Skipper also serves on the board of DAZN Group, where he previously was the Executive Chairman. In that role, he oversaw DAZN’s global expansion, rights acquisition strategy and corporate positioning. Prior to joining DAZN in May 2018, Skipper spent more than two decades with The Walt Disney Company. From 2012-2017, Skipper served as ESPN President and Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks, securing ESPN’s global leadership position in the competitive sports media landscape through groundbreaking multiplatform rights agreements by embracing new technologies. Skipper led ESPN to a series of long-term, multiplatform agreements with major rights holders, including the NBA, MLB, the College Football Playoff, major college conferences, US Open tennis, and the Rose, Sugar and Orange Bowls. In 1997, Skipper launched ESPN The Magazine and went on to hold a variety of leadership positions including Executive Vice President, Content prior to being named President. Diversity was a hallmark of Skipper’s tenure at ESPN, changing the way the network looked both in front of and behind the camera. Skipper began his career in publishing, rising to senior roles with Rolling Stone, US and Spin magazines. He holds bachelor’s and master's degrees in English Literature from the University of North Carolina and Columbia University, respectively. Skipper lives in New York City

Tuesday, November 09

Media Executive John Skipper Weighs-In on Establishing a New Media Venture

Moderator: John Ourand, Staff Writer, Sports Business Journal

John Skipper, CEO, Meadowlark Media