Ron Wechsler, vice president, series development & production, in the ESPN Content Development unit, is responsible for the development, acquisition and production of scripted films, scripted series, non-scripted series, feature length documentaries and digital media.
In 2008, Wechsler conceived of and implemented the ESPN’s Original Digital brand. In addition to The Rookie: Michael Beasley and ESPN Road Trip, the largest success for the Original Digital brand has been Mayne Street. The series has been critically well received by both the traditional and digital media.
From 2003-2008, Wechsler was the primary on-set production executive for the ESPN Original Entertainment films 3 (2003 SAG & Emmy nominee), Four Minutes (2006 Emmy nominee, ACE Winner), Through The Fire (2005 AFI Festival winner), Ruffian (2008 SAG Nominee) and Code Breakers. Wechsler also served as ESPN’s on-set production executive of both scripted and unscripted Original Entertainment series. He was the primary production and acquisition executive for The Contender (2006 Emmy Nominee) and Tilt, and was a member of the core development and production team for Playmakers (2004 AFI “Top-10 TV Programs for 2005” Winner, GLAAD Award) and The Bronx Is Burning (2008 SAG, DGA, and PGA Nominee).
During his ESPN career, Wechsler has used his considerable production and development expertise to a variety of priority projects. He served as the key supervisor to The ESPY AWARDS, The World Series Of Poker, and E:60, and was a member of the core team that conceived and implemented the successful 2007 inaugural Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival.
Before joining ESPN, Wechsler held top positions at several film production businesses including Vice President, production and development of Jersey Films in Los Angeles, from May 2002-July 2003, and president of Panoptic Pictures from 1999-2000. At Panoptic Pictures, Wechsler served as producer of the film Just One Night by First Look Pictures, and discovered the script for the feature film Akeelah and the Bee.
Wechsler broke into the film industry as an independent producer from 1997-1999. During this time he produced Little City and The House of Yes, both by Miramax Films. The House of Yes was nominated for best film at the Deauville, Chicago, and Sundance Film Festivals, and was the winner of the special Grand Jury Prize for acting at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival.
Wechsler attended graduate school at Syracuse University, where he received a Master’s Degree in radio, television and film in 1993. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Albany, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in English in 1992.