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WWE hires Kevin Dunn’s replacement

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Kevin Dunn, the WWE executive who led the company’s production & television efforts for decades, resigned last month. There’s been plenty of speculation about replacements, and today (Jan. 9) it seems that speculation can end as the company’s announced the hiring of ESPN veteran Lee Fitting.

Fitting’s new title — Head of Media & Production — doesn’t exactly match Dunn’s old one — Executive Producer & Chief, Global Television Distribution. But Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer says Fitting is Dunn’s replacement.

Here’s the presser:

WWE® ANNOUNCES LEE FITTING TO LEAD MEDIA & PRODUCTION

STAMFORD, Conn., January 9, 2024 – WWE®, part of TKO Group Holdings (NYSE: TKO), today announced that media industry veteran Lee Fitting has joined the company this week as Head of Media & Production.

“Lee is a phenomenal leader and executive known for work that generates both critical acclaim and mass appeal,” said WWE President Nick Khan. “Lee will be a tremendous addition to our stellar media and production team and play a key role in helping catapult WWE’s growth.”

Fitting brings more than two decades of production experience to WWE from ESPN, where he oversaw production for tentpole properties including Monday Night Football, College GameDay, the College Football Playoff, and many other properties within the Disney portfolio.

Distributed in 25 languages across 165 countries, WWE delivers new and live programming to fans 52 weeks a year. Its flagship shows, including Monday Night Raw, Friday Night SmackDown and NXT; Premium Live Events including WrestleMania, SummerSlam and Royal Rumble; and award-winning slate of original programs reach more than one billion homes globally.

It’ll be interesting to see how this news is received, and if we see any noticeable changes to the WWE on-screen product.

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