Founder & CEO, The Shadow League
Keith Clinkscales is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Shadow League, a multi-platform sports news organization dedicated to presenting journalistically sound sports coverage with an honest cultural perspective that insightfully informs sports fans worldwide. The sports hub was launched in 2012, in partnership with ESPN, but today is run independently.
Clinkscales’ passion for quality journalism has earned him over 40 credits as an executive producer of films and documentaries, many of which were earned during his 8 years as a Senior Vice President at ESPN. During his time at ESPN, he created the award winning and critically acclaimed sports documentary series “30 for 30”, launched ESPN Films, and supervised the creative production of properties including The ESPYs and X Games. He also managed and cultivated ESPN the Magazine, and led the ESPN Books team, which published a number of New York Times Best Sellers.
He parlayed this experience at ESPN into launching the Shadow League Films (SLF), a media production company focused on the power of cultural perspective. SLF produces projects in television, documentary film, digital and editorial space covering sports, pop and urban culture, music, and news realms.
Emmy Award Nominated and two-time Peabody Award Winner, Clinkscales’ list of accolades is extensive. He has earned top executive honors from Crain Communications, Advertising Age, CableWorld Magazine, Black Enterprise and the American Advertising Federation Hall of Fame. He is also a two-time recipient of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Excellence in Journalism Award, has been listed among the 2014 and 2016 CableFAX 100 as an industry power player and is a proud member of the Producers Guild of America.
Clinkscales earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he recently received the “Professional Achievement Award” from the business school’s African-American Alumni Association. He earned a BS in accounting and finance from Florida A&M University, where he serves on the school’s Foundation Board. Clinkscales currently serves on advisory boards for Howard University School of Communications, MillerCoors and PepsiCo.