Episode 033: Erik Rydholm – How To Become ESPN’s Most Powerful Producer

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Episode 033: Erik Rydholm – How To Become ESPN’s Most Powerful Producer

I am always fascinated to learn about how something great gets created… In addition to that, I love to learn about the day to day process on how that same thing continues to be great and improve on a daily basis.  Erik Rydholm shares the details behind how three great TV shows were created and the work it takes on a daily basis in order to continually improve.  This is an incredible episode of The Learning Leader Show.  Erik is extremely intelligent, engaging, and giving.  I love this episode.

Erik Rydholm is Executive Producer of Pardon The Interruption (With Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon), Around The Horn, Dan LeBatard is Highly Questionable.  Erik has pioneered the growth of PTI as the program has increased ratings and viewership each year since its inception, and it earned the 2009 Emmy for Outstanding Studio Show.

Episode 033: Erik Rydholm – How To Become ESPN’s Most Powerful Producer

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“Here’s my only real management philosophy: I turn the org chart upside-down—it’s the responsibility of the boss to set and maintain the foundation from which everyone else in the company builds”

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What is one characteristic all successful people share?
  • What is it like to work with two legends? Tony Kornheiser and Mike Wilbon?
  • Will type of disruption is Netflix causing in the television world?
  • Walk us through a pre-show meeting…  What’s the process for creating a show?
  • What are the most impressive aspects of Bill Simmons that we don’t already know?
  • What are some things about you and your work that would surprise us?
  • Which individual leader has had the most influence on you?

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Why curiosity is so vitally important in successful leaders
  • About the 10 laugh out loud moments a day he has with Tony Kornheiser and Mike Wilbon
  • Erik’s thoughts on Steve Jobs’ leadership and how he’s different
  • The tools Erik and his team use to create the show and share ideas
  • The importance of a leader setting the foundation
  • The elements that define a quality life

 “Leadership is a decision making job”

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This was a jam packed episode full of great content.  Erik Rydholm is a thoughtful leader who brought huge value to The Learning leader Show.  Who do you know that needs to hear this?  Send them to The Learning Leader Show!

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

Bio: Erik Rydholm

Erik Rydholm is Executive Producer of Pardon The Interruption (With Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon), Around The Horn, Dan LeBatard is Highly Questionable.  Erik has pioneered the growth of PTI as the program has increased ratings and viewership each year since its inception, and it earned the 2009 Emmy for Outstanding Studio Show.

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