Award-winning innovative Internet, entertainment and sports media professional, with extensive experience in operations, business development, marketing and strategy at leading companies in the industry. Results driven expert in digital media content development and production, e-commerce, cross platform interactive integration and new business development.
2007 - Present
Marc Appleman Consulting
Provide strategic services to Turner New Products Group (Turner Sports), Sports Illustrated For Kids, UWire.com, IBAF, My Sports Pulse, Kingfish Group and SportStarz USA. Served as Vice President, Editor-in-Chief of Digital Media at WWE.
2005 - 2006
President, Content & Programming
Nobok Sports was a start-up media company specializing in the development of entertaining and informative sports programming involving sports legends for web, TV and emerging technology platforms. Developed Internet, TV, and mobile programming strategy, launched video-based community Web site. Executive Producer of magazine format football TV pilot, "Bobby Robson's World of Football". Hired and managed London programming and technology team; worked with business development group on major deals.
2004 - 2005
Senior Coordinating Editor, Director of SportsNation
ESPN New Media
Successfully re-launched SportsNation in a major initiative across ESPN platforms. SportsNation--The Meeting Place for America's Sports Fans--is the interactive voice for ESPN. Developed a daily talk radio style program on ESPN.com ("The Show"), weekly fan oriented TV series on ESPNEWS ("The Pulse") and introduced avatars that enabled fans to create characters and rant with other fans on hot topics ("Voice of the Fan").
2003 - 2004
Programming and editorial consultant for SportsNation. Editorial consultant for ESPN25: The Season of the Fan project. Instrumental in the launch of the ESPN25.com site.
2000 - 2001
Sr. Strategic Business Advisor
Chief business and programming advisor in relationships with the major media companies, top sports web sites, and the leading portals. Provided strong East Coast presence to represent West Coast interests.
1999 - 2000
Chief Operating Officer
Active.com is the leading online registration site for participatory sports. Launched in 1999, it features the convenience of online registration and e-commerce opportunities, branded content, tools for athletes, and a strong community. As the COO at launch, I helped transform an entrepreneurial idea into an emerging company with a viable business model. Guided business and programming vision and strategy. Managed and structured content, business development, and marketing teams; instrumental in recruiting top talents, building a strong management team, raising capital, and forming key strategic partnerships.
1997 - 1999
Director of Programming--AOL Sports Channel
Turned the AOL Sports Channel into the #1 interactive sports destination. Developed and implemented vision and strategy for the channel and managed AOL Sports team and numerous relationships with AOL's sports partners. Developed structure of redesigned site that launched in spring 1999; introduced dynamic sports coverage as part of a new programming model in 1998 and led major programming and site redesign in 1997. Launched AOL-branded play-by-play scoreboards, attracting unprecedented numbers of users and record-setting revenues. Significantly increased revenue and site usage through "Fan Centrals" with coverage of 20+ annual major sporting evetns. Directed redesign and new programming model for "Grandstand," the top sports community online. Increased revenue by creating and implementing advertising, sponsorship and e-commerce. Implemented and managed deals with major content partners including CBS SportsLine, ABC Sports, NFL, and others.
1996 - 1996
General Manager, Arena 1 Web site
Oversaw programming and business development for major new comprehensive sports site to challenge top online brands.
1995 - 1996
Sports Editor, FoxSports.com/iGuide Web site
Developed and implemented strategy and programming for new Fox Sports web site on iGuide. Directed the daily editorial effort of Fox Sports.com. Led collaborative effort between iGuide in NY, Fox Sports television team in LA, and outside partners and contributors. Managed editorial, production and design teams in NY. Also served as Executive Producer for Fox Sports Online productions.
1990 - 1995
Associate Editor/Director of TV and Radio; Writer/Editor
Sports Illustrated For Kids
In various producer/writer/editor positions, created award nominated TV, radio, multimedia and print productions, including Cable ACE Awards and Sports Emmy nominations. As writer/editor, wrote Sports Illustrated For Kids cover stories, including Ed Press award-winning stories, "A Bat is Born" and "The Hit Man," and the book, Joe Montana (SI For Kids books, 1991).
1983 - 1988
Los Angeles Times
Sports feature and beat writer who covered the San Diego Padres, San Diego Chargers, San Diego State football and basketball, San Diego Sockers, high schools, golf and tennis.