Fans of ESPN’s hugely popular and successful Nine for IX series have even more reason to be excited today. ESPN President John Skipper announced today that espnW and ESPN Films will continue the collaboration that they started with this Summer’s Nine for IX series into the future. The two organizations will continue their partnership with an annual digital short film series. Skipper shared his thoughts on what led to the decision in a prepared statement. “The Nine for IX brand has become a beacon for stories that matter to the modern sports fan,” said Skipper. “We are proud to continue this critically acclaimed series, providing fans a fresh, unique, and relevant point of view on the evolving landscape of women in sports.”
The first five films in the annual digital short film series will air during Summer 2014. They and all shorts to follow will be made available on a variety of digital ESPN platforms. They will also eventually be aired on the ESPN family of networks and on mobile devices and applications. They will also be available online at espnW and ESPN.com. It will continue to be executive produced by Robin Roberts of ABC’s Good Morning America and Jane Rosenthal, co-founder of Tribeca Productions.
Along with the announcement of this new digital shorts series, the announcement was also made that espnW will now have a new annual power ranking list—the espnW Impact 10—that will recognize the ten female athletes who have made a significant impact on and off the field during the past year. The annual power ranking list will highlight the stories and biggest moments from 2013 through videos, columns and articles, photo galleries and athlete profiles. Each year’s list will be judged by an industry panel of judges. Fans will also have the chance to debate and vote on the list online at http://www.espnW.com and via twitter. The Impact 10 will debut on espnW and on ESPN’s SportsCenter. More information on this and more is available online at http://www.espnW.com and http://www.facebook.com/espnW. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.