Power Player Breakfast: Libby Geist, Vice President & Executive Producer, ESPN Films and 30 for 30.
Here is your chance, in the intimate setting of NYWIFT’s Power Player Breakfast, to meet a producer and executive whose documentaries have won Emmys, Peabodys, an Independent Spirit Award, and even an Oscar!
Libby Geist serves as Vice President and Executive Producer, ESPN Films and 30 for 30, overseeing development, production, distribution, branding and strategy for the documentaries produced by ESPN Films. These projects include the acclaimed 30 for 30 series, 30 for 30 Shorts, 30 for 30 Podcasts, and specials, along with content partnerships with Disney, FiveThirtyEight and The ESPYS. Geist, a two-time Peabody Award winner, has spent her entire career in documentary film, and continues to push ESPN Films to new heights as a leader in long-form storytelling with projects such as O.J.: Made in America, the 2017 Oscar Winner for Best Documentary Feature, and the highly-acclaimed Nine for IX series – nine documentaries made by female filmmakers about women in sports.
Geist has been honored as one of Broadcasting & Cable’s “2017 Women in the Game” and Sports Business Journal’s “Game Changers,” and was featured in Variety’s “2017 Women’s Impact Report.”
Prior to joining ESPN, Geist’s first production job was at Shoot the Moon Productions under director Dan Klores, where she worked on four documentaries, including Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story (USA Network), Viva Baseball (SpikeTV) and Crazy Love which won an Independent Spirit Award. Her work as a producer on the four hour documentary Black Magic(2008) won her first Peabody and an introduction to ESPN Films.
As a freelancer in 2008/2009, Geist produced The Surge: The Whole Story for PBS and conducted a series of interviews with the E Street Band for HBO’s acclaimed doc The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town. Geist moved to ESPN Films in late 2008 to work on the 30 for 30 series, which brought her a second Peabody.
Geist lives in New York with her husband and two little boys.
Produced by the Power Player Breakfast Committee
Barbara Alpert, Christina Brown Fisher, Nicole Franklin,
Carey Graeber, Julie Poll, Janet Stilson, and Susan Wagner
Special Thanks to Power Player Breakfast Sponsor
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
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