Jed Drake has worked with ESPN since its first year of operation, producing a range of programs and overseeing sportscasts on several stations. In his current role as Senior Vice President and Executive Producer of Event Production, Jed Drake is responsible for over 6,000 hours of sports programming each year on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC. While with ESPN, Jed Drake has played a key role in numerous broadcasting innovations that have won Sports Emmy Awards, including the 1st & 10 graphical first-down marker in football, as well as the K Zone pitch-tracking graphic for baseball telecasts. Recently, Jed Drake has been committed to expanding soccer’s popularity in America, primarily by promoting ESPN’s coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament in South Africa. For the network’s coverage of the event, Jed Drake assigned over 300 staff members to go on site in South Africa. In his time with ESPN, Jed Drake has worked with production staffs around the world, including a six-month stay in Australia during the production of the 1987 America’s Cup sailing regatta. Having occupied a number of positions in the production department, Jed Drake has also had the opportunity to be involved with virtually every sport the ESPN family of networks airs. When ESPN began broadcasting Major League Baseball games in 1990, Jed Drake played an integral role in facilitating a smooth transition with the network. Jed Drake has also been instrumental in growing the X Games franchise and introducing ESPN HD, which provides a high-definition simulcast of the network’s programming. Upon graduation from Boston University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Film and Broadcasting, Jed Drake immediately entered the sports journalism field as a Freelance Production Assistant with NBC Sports. This job with NBC led Jed Drake to a spot as a sports anchor with WPTZ-TV, an NBC affiliate located in Plattsburgh, New York. After a two-year stint with WPTZ-TV, Jed Drake was hired on to the production team at ESPN in 1980.