Libby Geist serves as Vice President and Executive Producer, ESPN Films and 30 for 30, overseeing all aspects of the department including development, production, distribution, branding and strategy for all ESPN Films documentaries, specials and series. These projects include the acclaimed 30 for 30 series, 30 for 30 Shorts, 30 for 30 Podcasts, and specials including “O.J.: Made in America,” along with content partnerships with Disney, FiveThirtyEight and The ESPYS. Geist, a two-time Peabody Award winner, has spent her entire career in documentary film, from production to development and now as an executive producer, and continues to push ESPN Films to new heights as a leader in long-form storytelling.
Geist’s creative contributions to ESPN Films are many, highlighted most recently by overseeing development, production and strategy for “O.J.: Made in America,” the 2017 Oscar Winner for Best Documentary Feature. Over the years, she has contributed to 30 for 30 as a producer and development executive, and spearheaded spinoffs including the highly-acclaimed Nine for IX series–nine documentaries about women in sports, by female filmmakers.
Geist has been honored as one of Broadcasting & Cable’s “2017 Women in the Game” and Sports Business Journal’s “Game Changers,” and was featured in Variety’s “2017 Women’s Impact Report.”
Prior to joining ESPN, Geist’s first production job was at Shoot the Moon Productions under director Dan Klores, where she worked from 2003 to 2008. She worked on four documentaries there, including “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.
Geist lives in New York with her husband and two little boys.