It may come as no surprise that it took us some digging to find the names of women who are paving the way as content producers in the world of sports. Day by day, we're redefining sports not just as a "mans world," but as a place where anyone can break a record.
Watching sports isn’t only for men - and neither is producing them. Time to change the conversation.
A Few of Our Favorites
While an incredibly disproportionate number of women work in sports production, the women who do have tremendous power.
Hannah Storm, ESPN SportsCenter
Hannah Storm is a co-host for weekday ESPN SportsCenter and SportsCenter Sunday Morning during NFL season. She is the Executive Producer of ESPN’s primetime interview specials, In Focus with Hannah Storm and Face to Face with Hannah Storm, and hosts major sports events around the world including Wimbledon, the Super Bowl, and the NYC Marathon. She is the founder of Brainstormin’ Productions, where she produces and directs award-winning documentary and branded content. Storm is also the founder of the Hannah Storm Foundation, which advocates for children suffering from debilitating vascular birthmarks.
Debra Gelman, ESPN
A veteran sports producer, Debra Gelman has worked as a producer for CBS covering March Madness, college basketball, and NFL Today, in addition to the French and U.S. Open with the Tennis Channel. She is currently the President of Creative Spark Productions, Inc.
Barbara Slater, BBC Sport
Barbara Slater is the Director of Sport at BBC Sport in the UK and former Head of Producer and Head of General Sport for the BBC Network. She is well-known as the brain behind the cross-platform coverage of the London Olympics, the most viewed television event in modern UK history. She is currently responsible for over 20,000 hours of sports coverage across a variety of multi-media platforms.
Jil Gossard-Cook, Atlanta Hawks NBA
Widely known as the only full-time female game producer in the NBA, Jil Gossard-Cook is the Live Event Producer for the Atlanta Hawks. A veteran sports producer with over two decades of experience under her belt, she is behind multiple NCAA Olympic Sports events including softball, soccer, volleyball and lacrosse.