Director, Production Operations ESPN
Nanci is responsible for the overall leadership and management of facilities and staff who support live studio shows. Overseeing all 12 of the ESPN studios in Bristol, CT, her team of approximately 90 employees are talented and creative camera operators, and video shading technicians. Her team develops the processes and procedures for current and future productions, including recruitment, training, scheduling, personnel performance, show workflows, and equipment troubleshooting, among other things.
In 2004 Nanci helped ESPN transition from analog television broadcasting by launching a state-of-the-art Digital Center. Her role at the time was to lead a team of Production Control Room personnel through the training and workflow development essential for live broadcasts.
Based on feedback received from ESPN’s Employee Survey that work/life balancing was difficult in a 24/7 operation, Nanci created and led an initiative to roll out flexible work options for a department of more than 500 people. Morale quickly increased and the next Employee Survey showed a 26% increase in favorable responses.
Nanci is an official mentor in three distinct organizations: ESPN, WICT and American Corporate Partners. She finds it invigorating to help and support others while also learning alongside her protégés.
Nanci started her career in eleventh grade while working in local news doing various jobs such as editor, video tape operator, master control, audio, technical directing and live newscast directing. She won a Regional Emmy Award in 1998 for directing a 6pm newscast and has won several other National Sports Emmy Awards during her time at ESPN.