Erik Rydholm

Executive Producer, Around the Horn, Pardon the Interruption and Highly Questionable

Erik Rydholm is executive producer of Pardon the Interruption and Around the Horn, two of ESPN’s most popular programs. He helped create both shows for ESPN and has overseen them since the early 2000s.

PTI (M-F, 5:30-6 p.m. ET) debuted September 22, 2001 with co-hosts and then Washington Post sports columnists Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon. Highlighted by the type of contentious but good-natured verbal sparring that the two engaged in for years, the program has increased ratings and viewership each year since its inception, and it earned the 2009 Emmy for Outstanding Studio Show.

Rydholm pioneered PTI’s unique, fast-paced and humorous discussion of the day’s most important and interesting news in sports, as well as the show’s innovative topic rundown which so many ESPN programs and other networks now regularly employ.

On Around the Horn (M-F, 5 p.m.), which debuted in the fall of 2002, host Tony Reali scores the arguments – and mutes – a daily panel of three popular sportswriters in this debate and discussion program that continues to grow ratings and viewership in its lead-in timeslot to PTI. Both shows originate from the ABC News Bureau in Washington, D.C.

Rydholm works on a contract basis for ESPN to produce Around the Horn and PTI. His production company, Rydholm Projects, Inc., also produces The Fast Fix political daily for Yahoo! and the Washington Post. Rydholm is also a co-founder of the popular multimedia financial services company The Motley Fool, which launched in 1993 as a monthly 16-page investment newsletter. He won a number of Webby Awards including 1999 when was named Best Finance Site – and he remains a company co-owner.

Prior to The Motley Fool, Rydholm produced the 9 p.m. Fox News Chicago and was a Chicago-based bureau producer for ESPN. Born and raised in the Windy City, Rydholm graduated from Brown University in 1989 with a degree in Political Science.

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