Chris Calcinari

Vice President, Remote Operations

Since 2008, Chris Calcinari has served as ESPN’s vice president, remote operations, overseeing field operations, remote traffic, crewing and logistics, and mobile unit operations. In this role, Calcinari has direct oversight of the logistics, technical planning and execution for all productions in the field, including the hiring, travel, and payment for more than 45,000 independent contractor day hires annually. He is responsible for the operations, financial planning, logistics, remote transmission and technical planning for more than 3,000 live events across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3, SEC Network, Longhorn Network, ESPN International and ESPN on ABC.

In 2013, Calcinari and his team worked hand-in-hand with NEP to plan, design and launch the largest single remote production facility in the world: EN-1. EN-1 supports ESPN’s premier Monday Night Football series.  At roughly 3,300 square feet, this four-trailer facility operates as one unique state-of-the-art, 1080p-capable technical facility that can house over 90 technicians and production staffers.  EN-1 allows for collaborative and efficient content sharing across multiple productions, including the game, remote studio shows (Monday Night Countdown and SportsCenter), ESPN Deportes, ESPN International and all social media requirements.

Calcinari joined ESPN in February 1990 as a coordinator in the media assets department and held positions of increasing responsibility within the technical operations, international production and ESPN Deportes areas before being named vice president, ESPN International and ESPN Deportes Production in 2004. In that role, he was directly responsible for the production and operations efforts for ESPN International’s Latin America, Atlantic, and Pacific Rim networks, as well as the Spanish-language domestic network, ESPN Deportes.

Calcinari has played an integral role in the launch of 12 different ESPN International networks, as well as numerous programming initiatives – including the launch and management of six different versions of SportsCenter around the globe.  Calcinari was responsible for expanding ESPN’s capacity to distribute content globally by overseeing the build of technical facilities in Mexico and Argentina, and developing and implementing long-term distribution strategies for ESPN’s dozens of international networks. Additionally, Chris and his team staged productions on multiple continents, from simple events, to complex championship events and newsgathering operations across numerous networks.

Calcinari led the team that was directly responsible for the launch and management of ESPN Deportes, ESPN’s Spanish-language network in the United States, and he has been a key member of the teams that launched ESPN3D, the Longhorn Network and most recently, the SEC Network, which launched in August 2014.

Calcinari is a 16-time Telly Award winner for his work with ESPN International and ESPN Deportes. In his current role, he and his team have also been honored with the 2012 and 2013 Emmy Award for Outstanding Remote Technical Team, the 2013 and 2014 New York Festival Award for Best Remote Technical Team, a 2014 CableFax Award for Overall Technical Innovation and several SVG Awards for live event execution. Calcinari sits on the Advisory Board for SVG (Sports Video Group), is a member of the United Way Board of Directors (West Central Connecticut chapter), and serves on several committees in support of local and national charitable initiatives.

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