About StuB23

I am currently the executive in charge of the seven-hour daily morning news block for Fox News in Hartford, Connecticut. Prior to that, I was in the Turner organization at CNN, producing news nightly as part of CNN Tonight with Don Lemon in New York after spending 24-plus years in production at ESPN. I have considerable expertise in running a news/sports organization, managing budgets and personnel, and I am confident that my extensive production experience at ESPN creating, scripting and building distinct recognizable programs and brands across multiple platforms, including SportsCenter, Outside the Lines and College GameDay, as well as making daily content decisions would serve me well in helping shape what you envision the future editorial direction of your branded content, affiliates, sponsorships and partnerships to be. I wrote, edited and approved all scripted material for all of my shows every day and can write for any genre and any length as needed. I have had the honor of working with some of the best writers and on-air talent in the sports and news broadcasting business at various stages of their careers and have no doubt I can transition in and tackle the challenges inherent in developing both your current and new generation of talent, improving the platforms that exist as well as creating new formats well suited to their strengths.
Thank you in advance for your time and consideration and I look forward to speaking with you in the near future.
Best regards - Stuart Barbara
Phone: 860-500-6432
  • Industry Branded EntertainmentComedyDigitalFilmMediaMusicPodcastingTelevision
  • Sector Branded ContentBranded EntertainmentBusiness DevelopmentIntellectual PropertyOriginal ContentSeries Development
  • Preferred Job Title CCO (Chief Content Officer)Editor in ChiefExecutive ProducerHead of Original ProgrammingHead of ProductionProducerSenior ProducerShowrunnerSupervising ProducerWriter
  • Companies ESPN INC., CNN Turner/WarnerMedia

Summary

Emmy award-winning sports and news producer with senior responsibilities in developing content and workflow for multiple SportsCenter series, specials and breaking news coverage. ESPN experience also includes creator and showrunner of Face to Face with Hannah Storm. Led the reinvention of College GameDay from studio show to live remote event. Created format for Outside the Lines as a daily source for sports journalism. Regularly charged with responsibility to produce ESPN breaking news coverage across multiple platforms leading teams of producers, reporters, technical staff, and anchors under high-stress situations both in studio and at major remote events such as Super Bowls, National Championships, Olympics, Final Fours and World Series. News experience now includes pre-2020 election coverage for CNN working nightly on CNN Tonight with Don Lemon.

 

Experience

  • 2019
    Fox News, Hartford CT

    Senior Executive Producer, Morning News

    Head of Content/Showrunner/Executive in charge of 7-hour live morning news block daily. Make all real time decisions on content, reporters and talent and oversee producers and execution of all shows live on air on linear and digital platforms.

  • 2019 - 2019
    CNN - WarnerMedia

    Producer/Writer - CNN Tonight with Don Lemon

    Conceive, create and produce topical news segments for CNN Tonight with Don Lemon including breaking news events as well as politics as part of CNN’s overall coverage toward the 2020 Presidential election. Oversee scripting of selected guest newsmaker interviews and editing of all elements essential to control room execution and presentation of show segments live on air.

  • 2012 - 2017
    ESPN INC.

    Coordinating Producer, SportsCenter

    Served as Coordinating Producer on multiple SportsCenter shows daily in the weekday daytime block (from 9am-3pm) as well as the 6pm SportsCenter consistently creating content and context in a live breaking news environment - differentiating shows of different philosophies depending on day part while developing the chemistry between individual personalities of various talent and experience in delivering productions of consistently high quality across multiple platforms (Sports Emmy nominee for Outstanding Studio Show Daily 2013, 2015) -Created and conceptualized SportsCenter Face to Face with Hannah Storm daily show as well as given primary oversight of Sunday morning SportsCenters during the NFL season and SportsCenter Face to Face primetime specials from 2015 through 2017. Responsible for planning, budget, organization and booking of special guests daily as well as production of the show from various remote events including two Super Bowls, College Football Playoff National Championship and the Olympics. (Hannah Storm nominated for Sports Emmy as Outstanding On-Air Host in 2016)

  • 1997 - 2012
    ESPN INC.

    Senior Producer, Studio Production

    Directed daily operations among team of 40+ staff including technicians, talent, and researchers for daily and weekly shows. Confirmed stories were corroborated and guests were thoroughly vetted; followed legal and ethical guidelines. Collaborated with team on design and flow of each show ensuring main themes remained consistent and clear. Selectedfor ESPN Dimensions program based on high performance and leadership abilities. Won Sports Emmy as producer of SportsCenter for Outstanding Studio Show Daily in 1996, 2003 and 2004; nominated in same category in 2005 and 2007. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CONTENT OF CHARACTER  Conceived, initiated, and executed all show components; composed script, sourced talent, and organized feature honoring 25th anniversary observance of Martin Luther King, Jr Day. Presented initial airing with King Family off-site in Atlanta.  Won 2012 Vision Award from National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) for Outstanding Talk Show/Variety Special for ESPN Town Hall: Image of the Black Athlete during MLK celebration week. OUTSIDE THE LINES  Appointed as Coordinating Producer for show based on exceptional performance and team leadership.  Spearheaded new editorial direction for First Report edition; nominated for Emmy in Outstanding Studio Show Daily across 2004,2006, 2008, and 2009. COLLEGE GAMEDAY  Reinvented from low-profile studio show into cornerstone of ESPN’s college football programming as a weekly roadshow event.  Nominated for Outstanding Studio Show Weekly Emmy in 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, and 2006; won same Emmy in 2007.

Education

  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

    Juris Doctor

    Intellectual Property, Entertainment, Contracts and Corporate Law

  • Binghamton University

    Bachelor’s Degree

    Major - Chemistry Minor - Political Science