Damon Phillips was named vice president of digital direct-to-consumer services in November 2015. In this role, he leads ESPN’s digital and print subscription businesses including ESPN Insider, ESPN The Magazine and live streaming event packages. He reports to John Kosner (executive vice president, ESPN Digital & Print Media) and Russell Wolff (managing director and executive vice president, ESPN International).
Phillips is a seasoned sports media executive and entrepreneur whose experience spans television, digital media and sports properties. Prior to his current role, Phillips served as vice president of ESPN3 and WatchESPN, where he was responsible for the general management and strategic oversight of ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network and product development for WatchESPN across platforms.
He joined ESPN in 2008, after previously serving in various positions with DIRECTV, Disney Regional Entertainment, the NBA and USA Football. Phillips also founded SportsTVInsider.com, a personalized sports television recommendation engine.
Phillips was named to SportsBusiness Journal’s Forty Under 40 List in 2010. He has also been honored as a 2014 Luminary by NAMIC and is consistently recognized by CableFAX as one of the Most Influential Minorities in Cable and named to its Digital Hot List.
He earned a football scholarship to Stanford University and graduated with honors.