Mark Shapiro Leaves ESPN To Join Red Zone

  • August 18, 2005
Mark Shapiro, executive vice president of programming and production at ESPN, will leave Oct. 1 to become CEO of private investment firm Red Zone, which has entertainment holdings such as Six Flags Amusement Parks. Washington Redskins' owner Daniel Snyder owns Red Zone. Shapiro's move to Snyder's company has been rumored for weeks. Shapiro's accomplishments include launching the ESPN Original Entertainment [EOE] division, which houses ESPN feature films and original programming. Early this year Shapiro was a key negotiator in dealing with the NFL in the ground-breaking move of "Monday Night Football" from ABC to ESPN. -- Wayne Friedman
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