Draft Academy | ESPN+

Created for ESPN’s brand new digital streaming content app ESPN+; ‘Draft Academy’ follows 6 of the top prospects on their journey to the 2018 NFL Draft, in a cinematic 8 part, 30 min. episodic series. Evolve Studio produced the entire Original Series in collaboration with ESPN.


Draft Academy profiles six players who hope to hear their names called in the 2018 NFL Draft, including two top quarterbacks – Sam Darnold (USC) and Josh Allen (Wyoming), Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick – a projected top-10 pick, and Central Florida’s Shaquem Griffin, the linebacker who has emerged as one of the biggest names in this year’s draft class. The series chronicles the lead-up to the NFL Draft for each player, giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at their training, the NFL Scouting Combine, Pro Days, home visits with their families, and eventually, the 2018 NFL Draft.

“Draft Academy brings fans closer to some of the biggest names and best stories in the upcoming NFL Draft and serves as a complement to all that ESPN is doing across our linear networks,” said Connor Schell, Executive Vice President, Content, ESPN. “The show is a prime example of the high-quality, relevant original content fans will have access to on demand on ESPN+.”

Produced by ESPN Features

Produced by Evolve Studio

Conor Schell – SVP / Executive Producer
Craig Lazarus – Vice President of Production
Victor Vitarelli – Senior Coordinating Producer
José Morales – Coordinating Producer
Tom Picard – Sr. Production Manager
Gavin Cote – Field Producer
Chris Duzan – Field Producer

For Evolve Studio:
Jesse Edwards – Showrunner / EP
Joel Edwards – Executive Producer
Daniel Kiedis – Sr. Producer
Aaron Seldon – Directer of Photography
Elizabeth Heller – Production Manager
Lindsey Perkins – Writer / Story Producer
Marci Vallario – Production Coordinator
Rachel Leach – Production Coordinator
Michelle Abnet – Clearance Producer

Evolve Post Production:
Zach Prichard – Sr. Editor
Joseph Bastien – Offline Editor
Lauren Pecson – Online Editor
Aaron Wheeler – Assistant Editor
Megan Garner – Assistant Editor
Kendall Rittenour – Colorist
Erica Brechtelsbauer – Assistant Colorist

Field Producers & Camera Dept:
Aaron Seldon
Bobby Marko
Micah Brown
Jason Johnson
T-L Fielder
Dave Ogle
Colin Noel
Justin Fredericks
Paul Williams
Diego Cacho
Eric Rios


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