Marie Donoghue

Former EVP, Global Business and Content Strategy

Marie Donoghue is a leading business executive with over 20 years’ experience in digital, cable and broadcast. She is a digital native executive who successfully drives growth through business, content and strategic innovation.

Through December, 2017, Donoghue was ESPN’s Executive Vice President, Global Business and Content Strategy, leading the ongoing development and implementation of ESPN’s enterprise-wide business and content strategy. She also headed ESPN’s Business Affairs, Business Development and Partnership groups (including gaming partnerships), identifying, evaluating and creating new business opportunities, and acquiring and renewing program rights agreements, including multibillion dollar deals with the NFL, NBA and MLB. Donoghue oversaw all digital deal making for ESPN since 2003, including ESPN’s relationship with BAMTech, the home of ESPN’s first direct-to-consumer (OTT) streaming platform.

An Emmy winner, Donoghue managed the award-winning ESPN Films unit from 2011-2016, during which its “30 for 30” documentary series won several Emmy Awards and its film “O.J.: Made in America” won the Academy Award for Best Documentary. After premiering to critical acclaim, “O.J.: Made in America” also was honored as 2016’s Best Documentary by the National Board of Review, the IDA, the Gotham Awards, the Independent Spirit Awards, and the NY Film Critics’ Awards. While at ESPN, she also acquired, launched and led Nate Silver’s award winning data analytics site fivethirtyeight and launched and led The Undefeated, ESPN’s site focused on race, sports and culture.

Donoghue first joined ESPN in 1998 from Starwave Ventures, the company that produced ESPN’s early internet products. Donoghue has received numerous recognitions, including “Power 100 Women in Entertainment” (The Hollywood Reporter), “New York Impact List” (Variety), “The Most Powerful Women in Cable”(CableFax: The Magazine), “Women to Watch” (Advertising Age and Advertising Women of New York)
and “Game Changers” (Sports Business Journal).

Prior to joining ESPN, Donoghue was Senior Director, Legal at PolyGram Holdings, where she managed the company’s internet portfolio and negotiated major recording contracts. She started her career as an attorney for the Wall Street law firm Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts in New York and Hong Kong, where she focused on M&A and securities.

Donoghue earned a J.D. degree from Columbia University and a B.A. from Columbia College.