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ESPN Ups Chuck Pagano to Executive VP and CTO

ESPN has promoted Chuck Pagano to the new position of executive vice president and chief technical officer.

Pagano, who was hired as hired as a technical director in 1979 and had been executive vice president, technology at ESPN since 2005, will be adding an expanded role for the company's strategic technological planning to his existing duties of overseeing the company's technology and engineering efforts.

In his new role, Pagano will oversee all ESPN's core technical functions and operations ranging from distribution, transmission and engineering to IT, software development, technology innovation and strategic technology forecasting. He will also take on an even more visible role in major technology initiatives across ESPN and the broader Disney enterprise.

Pagano's technology group developed the first 3D network in the United States, ESPN 3D, and his group oversaw the construction of ESPN's Los Angeles Production Center, which was the world's first 1080p HD facility.

His emerging technology team was also recognized in 2009 with a Sports Emmy for its Virtual Playbook application. Other accomplishments include the ESPN's Bristol-based Digital Center and the network's early push into HD services.

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