Bob Toms officially joined ESPN in 2006 but has worked in sports television since joining ABC in 1975. Currently he is the vice president for production enhancements and interactive TV where he oversees the creative services team as well as those charged with developing production enhancements and ESPN’s interactive television efforts, including VOD.
Prior to joining ESPN, Toms was vice president, production at ABC Sports, a position he held from 2002 until his move to ESPN. He first joined ABC in 1975 as a page while still in college. After graduating from Queens College, he was hired as the theatre manager for the “$20,000 Pyramid.” Following a two-year stint in network operations, he moved over to ABC Sports in 1981, in the sports operations department. He subsequently took a position in the sports on-air promotion department in 1983, working every facet of sports promotion and ultimately becoming the director of Promotion, a position he held until 1994, when he was named creative director of production, ABC Sports. Six years later he was named director of production.
Toms’ work at ABC and ESPN has earned him more than 25 Emmy Award nominations, resulting in 17 Emmy Awards, in addition to two Promax Gold Medals which he earned for promotion excellence.