Sean Bratches

Title: EVP, Sales & Marketing, ESPN
Years in Cable: 26
Education: BA, Business Administration, Rochester Institute of Technology
Best Advice: Be yourself, everyone else is taken.

Christine Driessen

Title: EVP/CFO, ESPN
Years in Cable: 29
Education: Bachelor of science degree in accounting, Fordham University
Best Advice: Communicate with honesty and conciseness.

David Preschlack

Title: EVP, Affiliate Sales & Marketing, Disney & ESPN Media Networks Group
Years in Cable: 19
Education: BA, Economics, Denison University
Best Advice: Enjoy the process.

These three team players stretched the ESPN footprint even further this past year, negotiating, securing and managing new long-term agreements with AT&T U-verse and NRTC. The comprehensive agreements include more than 70 Disney networks and services—including many of ESPN’s linear and digital platforms. Bratches and Preschlack also helped ESPN continue to grow its WatchESPN TVE product, now available to 55 million homes, and negotiated new deals to service available to the next-generation Xbox One console, Roku devices and via Apple TV. With Driessen overseeing all of the company’s financial operations worldwide, you can be sure every “i” was dotted and “t” crossed when the deals went down.

Bratches

Favorite Restaurant: Peter Lugar

Beach or mountains? YES

Desert island album: Zeppelin Four

Dish I can make and that would impress a celebrity chef: Peanut butter and jelly sandwich

The day we get multiplatform measurement is the day I… We have it: Project Blueprint

Driessen

TV show I’d most like to have a cameo in? “College GameDay”

One thing I would do all the time if I could: Mentoring young women

Favorite restaurant: My kitchen

Favorite vacation spot: Adirondacks

The last time I had a good laugh: Five minutes ago

Preschlack

TV show I’d most like to have a cameo in: “Better Call Saul”

My favorite newfound hobby: Negotiating TV Everywhere terms

One thing I would do all the time if I could: Spend time with my family

The last time I had a good laugh: Today. I make sure I have a good laugh every day.

Dish I can make and that would impress a celebrity chef: Chili

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