James Pitaro

James Pitaro

Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks and President, ESPN at The Walt Disney Company

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Current
Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks and President, ESPN,
Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks and President, ESPN
The Walt Disney Company website on 03/22/2019
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Past
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Education
B.S., Cornell University
J.D., St. John's University - St. John's University School of Law
 

James Pitaro's Biography


Jimmy Pitaro is ESPN President and Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks, where he oversees the networks' leading portfolio of multimedia sports assets with over 50 business entities internationally. Pitaro was named ESPN President and Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks, on March 5, 2018, after serving eight years as Chairman of Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI). He brings his history of leading businesses focused on consumer products, digital initiatives and sports to ESPN at a pivotal point in the company's 38-year history: a time of unprecedented technological advancements and rapidly changing consumer habits. Since February 2016, Pitaro had served as Chairman of Disney's consumer products and interactive media division, the world's largest licenser of consumer products. Among his many responsibilities, he oversaw the creation of branded digital and physical products, including a robust digital game slate. He and his team brought to life the characters and stories of four iconic brands - Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel - across toys, apparel, home goods, the world's largest children's publisher, hundreds of Disney store locations worldwide, the e-commerce destination shopDisney, and the Disney Digital Network of social and digital channels that reach one out of every three U.S. social media accounts. Pitaro originally joined The Walt Disney Company in 2010 as Co-President, Disney Interactive, where he successfully led the turnaround of the digital media and gaming division. Pitaro came to Disney from Yahoo, where he rose to Head of Media. He was in charge of, and set strategy and executed growth driving initiatives for, Yahoo's media properties, including Yahoo Sports and Yahoo Music. In 2009, he was named to Sports Business Journal's "Forty Under 40" annual list of top achievers in sports for his dynamic leadership and "breathless flurry of market-moving pacts" with major sports rightsholders and media companies. Pitaro earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics in 1991 from Cornell University. He earned his Juris Doctor from St. John's Law School in 1994. After practicing law in New York for five years, he was named head of business affairs for Launch.com in 1999 before joining Yahoo. A native of Westchester County, N.Y., Pitaro, 48, is ESPN's eighth president.

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Alan N. Braverman
Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, The Walt Disney Company
Alan Bergman
Co-Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios, The Walt Disney Company
Gregory Belzer
Assistant Treasurer, The Walt Disney Company
Kevin A. Mayer
Chairman, Direct to Consumer and International, The Walt Disney Company
Jonathan S. Headley
Senior Vice President, Corporate Real Estate and Treasurer, The Walt Disney Company
Zenia B. Mucha
Senior Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications and Chief Communications Officer, The Walt Disney Company
Alan F. Horn
Co-Chairman And Chief Creative Officer, The Walt Disney Studios, The Walt Disney Company
Peter Rice
President, 21st Century Fox; Chair of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Fox Networks Group, TFCF Corporation
Robert A. Iger
Executive Chairman, The Walt Disney Company
Brent A. Woodford
Executive Vice President, Controllership, Financial Planning, and Tax, The Walt Disney Company