Mark Shapiro, ESPN executive vice president of programming and production, will leave Oct. 1 to become CEO of Red Zone, LLC, a private investment company focused on entertainment properties, founded by Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder.
"Mark has made many significant contributions to ESPN's growth during his 12-year tenure and we have benefited greatly from his talent and creativity," said George Bodenheimer, president of ESPN and ABC Sports, and co-chairman of Disney Media Networks.
Shapiro joined ESPN as a production assistant in 1993 for ESPN2's Talk2. He served as coordinating producer for ESPN's Peabody-Award winning SportsCentury from 1997-99 and then, as general manager, led ESPN Classic through an expansive growth period.
In 2001, he became senior vice president and general manager, programming for all of ESPN and was named to his current position in 2002. Since then, he has played a pivotal role in establishing ESPN Original Entertainment, achieving consistent ratings growth and helping to lead several successful rights negotiations.