ESPN Drafts New Talent


ESPN2 is rounding up its talent roster for its upcoming morning program
Cold Pizza, hiring on-air and production executives, including Brian
Donlon, the former senior producer for CBS’s Early Show and executive
producer of Lifetime Television's sports programming.

As coordinating producer, Donlon will be responsible for day-to-day content
and production, said Jim Cohen, vice president for programming and production at
ESPN and the show's executive producer.

Steve Friedman brings his vast experience--15 years as executive producer at
NBC's Today show and three at CBS' Early Show - will help
develop and sharpen the show's format as consulting producer.

In front of the camera, Fox News correspondent Kit Hoover will serve as host
of the show which aspires to mix sports with heavy doses of pop culture,
entertainment and lifestyle features.

Hoover will be joined by Jay Crawford, sports anchor and director at WFTS-TV
Channel 28 in Tampa, Fla.

Former Olympian and Fox Sports Net anchor Leslie Maxie will supply updates,
while Thea Andrews, host of Canada's WTN Cooking for Love and TSN's
Guys TV, will round out the team as a reporter.

Andrews also plays reporter Samantha Lovett on ESPN’s rookie drama series
Playmakers, which bows on Aug. 26.

She has also hosted programs on Discovery Channel and Animal Planet.