Submit Now: ESPN’s 30 for 30 Podcasts Story Workshop

Along with our colleagues at the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), we are thrilled to announce today a new strategic partnership with ESPN on a podcast pitching program, entitled the 30 for 30 Podcasts Story Workshop, for the popular sports storytelling series 30 for 30 Podcasts.  

We are now accepting submissions for original audio story pitches, for the chance to have their project fully funded and produced! Podcast submissions should center around focused, historical, sports-related events, or sports as a setting to explore off-the-field themes. For more information, and to apply…

A subset of projects that are submitted will be invited to participate in a private pitch session with 30 for 30 Podcasts and ESPN producers and development executives, at the Made in NY Media Center on July 24. One or more of the most compelling podcast ideas may be chosen for further development with 30 for 30 Podcasts in a production and financing deal with ESPN.

Important Dates (subject to change):

  • Submissions Open: June 11
  • Submissions Close: July 15
  • Notifications Sent: July 16
  • Pitch Session Date: July 24

Submission Form Includes:

  • A project/story summary. Two versions please:
    • Short summary (100 words max — required)
    • Long summary (500 words max — encouraged)
  • Creative/professional background and experience of submitter and other team members (if applicable).
  • A signed copy of a pitch submission waiver.

Questions may be sent to

About 30 for 30 Podcasts:

30 for 30 Podcasts is ESPN’s premium series of original sports audio documentaries. A spin-off of the Oscar and Peabody award-winning 30 for 30 documentary film series, the podcast utilizes original interviews, archival sound, and the textured intimacy of the audio medium to explore compelling characters, teams, incidents, and stories across the sports landscape.

About ESPN Films:

ESPN Films has been an industry leader in documentary filmmaking since its inception in March 2008, producing more than 100 documentaries that have showcased some of the most compelling stories in sports. The high quality of storytelling, highlighted by the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning 30 for 30 series and the Academy-Award winning documentary “O.J.: Made in America,” has led to record viewership as well as multiple honors and critical acclaim. Additional projects from ESPN Films over the years have included 30 for 30 ShortsNine for IX and the SEC Storied series.

About IFP:
The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) champions the future of storytelling by connecting artists with essential resources at all stages of development and distribution. The organization fosters a vibrant and sustainable independent storytelling community through its year-round programs, which include IFP Week, IFP Labs (Film, Series & Audio Storytelling), IFP Expanded, Filmmaker Magazine, IFP Gotham Awards and the Made in NY Media Center by IFP, a tech and media incubator space developed with the New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.

Media Contacts:

ESPN Media Contact: Jennifer Christie (

IFP Media Contact: Bill Curran (