Lori LeBas is a Senior Vice President of Affiliate Partnership Development & Operations at ESPN.
Lori LeBas was named senior vice president, operations for Disney’s Platform Distribution segment in February, 2020. Platform Distribution manages content licensing and marketing for domestic multichannel subscription distribution; global direct-to-consumer platform content distribution; global theatrical distribution; global music distribution and licensing; broadcast licensing for local ABC stations; global syndication of television and studio content; and direct-to-consumer in-home content through digital and physical retail sales. Platform Distribution Operations supports the development and distribution of products and services that create meaningful value for The Walt Disney Company, its partners, and consumers and is focused on the design and implementation of business processes for efficient management and operation of all media distribution including linear networks, SVOD/AVOD/TVOD, transactional, syndication, audio and direct-to-consumer products. Lori leads creation of cross-functional business requirements for new products and all project management efforts and oversight of all post- sales processes for content distribution for all platforms.
Previously, Lori led affiliate marketing and operations for the company’s affiliate sales and marketing division. She was accountable for the marketing impact on the growth and success of the Disney and ESPN Media Networks businesses including cable networks, broadband, video on demand, pay per view and all emerging media businesses plus director to consumer platform partner marketing. She also led technical and operational projects advancing the content distribution business and managing engagement across The Walt Disney Company and with distribution partners on product integration and existing service expansion including adoption and engagement of live streaming products, video on demand and newly developed products.
Prior to her current role in platform distribution, LeBas was senior vice president, strategy and business operations for the company’s sales and marketing division overseeing a global advertising sales operations team responsible for all post-sales processes for television, digital and magazine and oversight of the affiliate operations team responsible for all post-sales processes for content distribution for television and digital platforms. She provided financial support and oversight for affiliate sales and marketing and ad sales and operational support for research and marketing.
LeBas joined ESPN in 2000 as director, affiliate sales development and operations, responsible for, among other things, helping develop, pricing and packaging policies for ESPN’s domestic networks and overseeing ESPN relationships with distribution partners. Prior to joining ESPN, LeBas held a variety of positions at SNET, lastly as President of SNET Personal Vision, Inc., the company’s cable subsidiary. She also held marketing positions at The Connecticut Ballet and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.
LeBas is a graduate of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute and has successfully completed the CTAM Executive Development Program at Harvard University. She is an active mentor in many programs at TWDC and externally. She is a member of the Disney Media Entertainment Distribution Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Executive Council, focused on culture for the DMED segment. She is a member of WICT and acts as Executive Advisor for the WICT New England Chapter. Lori is also a supporter of the T. Howard Foundation and NAMIC. Lori is currently the Executive Champion for ESPN’s Emerging Leaders Resource Group. And has recently been named as the Executive Champion for the newly forming Women@DMED BERG.
In 2012 Lori was named by MultiChannel News as one of the twelve annual recipients of its Wonder Woman Award, recognizing significant contributions to the cable industry. In September 2019 she was named by MultiChannel News as one of twelve recipients of the newly created Wonder Woman in Streaming Award, recognizing significant contributions in the DMVPD and OTT space. She was the first person to receive two Wonder Woman awards.
LeBas received her undergraduate degree in Economics and German from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass. She is an avid traveler, certified yoga teacher and marathon runner. She lives in Connecticut with her husband Sean and looks forward to frequent visits with her son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter in Stockholm, Sweden.