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Award for Outstanding Special or Documentary

Libby Geist
Vice President & Executive Producer, ESPN Films & Original Content

Libby Geist, a two-time Peabody Award winning producer, serves as Vice President & Executive Producer, ESPN Films and Original Content overseeing new project development and production for documentaries, series and specials.

Geist’s creative contributions to ESPN Films are many, highlighted most recently by her oversight of the highly acclaimed documentary “O.J.: Made in America.” Geist currently oversees all ESPN Films’ shorts, original series (including “Becoming” for Disney XD) and special projects. She has led development for 30 for 30 and spearheaded the highly-acclaimed Nine for IX series — nine documentaries about women in sports, by female filmmakers.

Geist got her first production job at Shoot the Moon Productions under director Dan Klores, where she worked from 2003 to 2008. She worked on four documentaries under Klores, “Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story” (USA Network), “Viva Baseball” (SpikeTV) and “Crazy Love” which won an Independent Spirit Award. It was her work as a Producer on the four hour, two part documentary “Black Magic” (2008) which won her first Peabody and an introduction to ESPN Films.

As a freelancer in 2008/2009, Geist produced “The Surge: The Whole Story” for PBS and conducted a series of interviews with the E Street Band for HBO’s acclaimed doc “The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town”.

Geist moved to ESPN Films in late 2008 to work on the 30 for 30 series, which brought her a second Peabody. Over the last eight years, Geist has worn many hats at ESPN Films from production to development to Vice President & Executive Producer, and she continues to strive to push the brand into new and exciting arenas.

Geist lives in NYC with her husband and two sons.