ESPN’s general manager Lance Peatey departs

Lance Peatey, the general manager of Disney’s ESPN for South East Asia, has departed the business after seven years.

Peatey told Mumbrella he was faced with a decision to pivot away from sport and support the global launch of Disney+ or move on to something else.

“Our industry was already facing a lot of change well before COVID-19, and at Disney there is still a lot of change as the business adjusts to the acquisition of 21st Century Fox while also pushing on with the launch of Disney+ around the world.

“Rightly so, the focus for the business globally is launching Disney+, and for me it was a case of pivoting away from sport to be a part of that journey or put my energy towards something else. I went with the latter option, but I’m hugely grateful for a very fulfilling 7.5 years with Disney/ESPN across both the ANZ and SEA businesses,” he said.

Peatey said the job was an honour.

“We have achieved a lot in both territories, and I’m honoured to have worked with some of the best in the business. I have great relationships from top to bottom across the Disney/ESPN organisation, and I’m really looking forward to what lies ahead.”

Lance Peatey is departing ESPN

Peatey joined the ESPN in 2012 in content and commercial strategy. He became director of products and partnerships a year later and was elevated to GM in 2018.

Previously, Peatey was at Nine MSN in Sydney and the BBC in London.

Peatey announced the news on LinkedIn, saying “it is time for pastures new”.

“Massive thank you to my amazing team and colleagues in the Australia/New Zealand business for the 2012-2018 period that saw us take ESPN from a fledgling local media business that just acquired Footytips to an established market leader – with a cohesive, localised multi-platform offering that now runs seamlessly,” he wrote.


Peatey announced the news on LinkedIn (Click to enlarge)

Peatey told Mumbrella that his next professional step is still in the works, but his current focus is his audiobook.

“At this stage I will be remaining in Singapore with my family and enjoying a short break,” he said.

“I have a few side projects I’m keen to tick off, including my book on the history of the Rugby World Cup being converted to an audiobook that includes the 2019 tournament in Japan. That will be released next month, and where I next land professionally should become a bit clearer in a little while.”

Disney, which owns ESPN, declined to comment on the news.


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