Executive Producer, ESPN Films
John Dahl is an executive producer, ESPN Films. Currently, he oversees production of the network’s critically acclaimed “30 for 30” film series, working with its star-studded roster of filmmakers and their teams. Other films he has worked on recently include The Greatest Game Ever Played, Kobe Doin’ Work and Lost Son of Havana.
Previously, he oversaw production for the network’s trio of Muhammad Ali tribute shows and the Sports Emmy-nominated special Ali Rap. In addition, he was responsible for the Ultimate NASCAR documentary-style series leading up to ESPN on ABC’s first of 10 televised NEXTEL Cup races in 2007.
Previously, Dahl was executive producer for ESPN Classic and ESPN25, responsible for overseeing production and personnel for both entities, which garnered a total of eight Sports Emmy nominations (two winners). As coordinating producer for ESPN Original Entertainment (now ESPN Content Development), Dahl’s work that included the 2002 ESPY Awards, winning a Sports Emmy for “Best Long Feature” for a piece on the heroic measures taken on Flight 93 on September 11, 2001. He served as coordinating producer for ESPN Classic from 2000-2001, and was senior producer and producer for ESPN’s Peabody and Emmy Award-winning SportsCentury: 50 Greatest Athletes from 1997-2000.
He originally joined ESPN as the first producer in the Chicago Bureau in 1989 and returned to the company as a coordinating producer for ESPNEWS in 1997. During his time at ESPN, Dahl has earned six Sports Emmys and an additional six nominations as well as one Peabody award.
Before ESPN, Dahl was a supervising producer/producer from 1991-1997 for CNN Sports, where he earned three CableACE awards and one Sports Emmy nomination.
He received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of North Carolina in 1986.
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