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Executive Profile - Keith Clinkscales, Senior Vice President Content Development and Enterprises, ESPN

Friday, December 7, 2007 , Posted by Christopher Byrne at 8:25 AM, under , , , , , ,

Athens, GA (Dec 7, 2007) - This is the profile of Keith Clinkscales, ESPN Senior Vice President Content Development and Enterprises as published by the ESPN Networks.

Keith Clinkscales was named Senior Vice President Content Development and Enterprises, ESPN, in June 2007. In this role, Clinkscales is charged with launching a new ESPN incubator media lab, designed to develop and create new sports driven content for all ESPN media platforms. Clinkscales will head up the creation of this unit, which expands the ESPN Original Entertainment brand, and will make ESPN the place for innovation, experimentation and breakthrough programming and initiatives.

In addition to this role, Clinkscales will continue to oversee ESPN Publishing, responsible for all operations of the award-winning ESPN The Magazine, domestically and internationally; ESPN Books; and all new publishing related business initiatives. Clinkscales will also oversee ESPN’s consumer products division which develops product lines under the ESPN, X Games and BASS brands and includes ESPN Golf Schools, ESPN Home Entertainment, ESPN Interactive and ESPN Zones. Clinkscales served as a consultant on a variety of projects for ESPN ABC Sports' new integrated multimedia sales organization prior to joining the organization in 2005.

In 1999, Clinkscales launched and served as Chairman and CEO of Vanguarde Media, publishing HONEY, Heart & Soul and Savoy magazines until 2003. While heading up Vanguarde, he managed the growth of its publications to reach more than 1.2 million in paid circulation, with a total reach of more than five million.

Clinkscales served as President and CEO of VIBE Magazine from 1993-1999. There, he grew VIBE from a consumer music magazine with a circulation of less than 100,000 to a comprehensive, industry-standard urban lifestyle publication reaching 700,000 readers. He also served as co-founder, publisher and editor in chief for Urban Profile from 1988-1992.

A magna cum laude graduate of Florida A&M University, Clinkscales is a Harvard MBA; serves as Treasurer of the Apollo Theater Foundation Board of Trustees; and is an Academic Director for the Stanford Professional Publishing Course. Clinkscales is also a member of PepsiCo's Multicultural Advisory Board and of the Young Presidents' Organization. In September, 2007, Clinkscales was honored by CableWorld Magazine as one of the “Top 50 Most Influential Minorities in Cable”.

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