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Executive Profile - Robert E. Wallace, Vice President, ESPN Content Development

Friday, December 7, 2007 , Posted by Christopher Byrne at 8:32 AM, under , , , ,

Athens, GA (Dec 7, 2007) - This is the profile of Robert Wallace, Vice President, ESPN Content Development, as published by the ESPN Networks.

Robert B. Wallace, an Emmy-award winning producer with ABC News who has more than 30 years experience in the print and television media industries, serves as ESPN’s vice president, content development. Wallace joined the company in December 2005 and is based in New York where he and his team evaluate all potential scripted and unscripted projects for the network and sports content on ABC.

In 2005, Wallace established his own media consulting company, Tumbling Dice Media, where he worked prior to joining ESPN. Among his clients were ESPN (NASCAR documentary), Conde Nast (Portfolio, a new business magazine) and The New York Times (Sunday Magazine special issue).

Wallace worked at ABC News as a senior producer and senior story editor for Diane Sawyer at Prime Time Live from 1993-97. He received an Emmy in 1997 for “Outstanding Informational or Cultural Programming” for a segment he produced on the Ndoki Rain Forest in Africa.

Magazines under Wallace’s editorship have won four National Magazine Awards for General Excellence, Reporting, Photography and Design.

Wallace began his media career at Wenner Media’s Rolling Stone Magazine in 1974 as a researcher and rose to assistant managing editor before he left in 1980. From 1981-82 Wallace served as editor for Rocky Mountain Magazine; under his leadership the publication won a National Magazine Award for General Excellence in 1982.

He worked at the Denver Post from 1982-84 as features editor and Sunday magazine editor; he then moved to Newsweek in New York City where he was senior editor in charge of sports, medicine, science and television from 1984-86.

In 1986, Wallace returned to Wenner Media as editor of Rolling Stone, a position he held until 1993. During that time, Rolling Stone won National Magazine Awards for Reporting in 1986 (first major piece on AIDS), Photography in 1988 and Design in 1989.

Wallace served as editor-in-chief of St. Martin’s Press, the book publisher, from 1997-99. He then worked for Talk Magazine as editorial director from 1999 to 2002. Wallace returned to Wenner Media a third time, serving as editor of Men’s Journal Magazine and editor-in-chief of Wenner Books, both from 2002-05.

He received a bachelor of arts degree in English from Stanford University in 1972.

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