Shannon "Shae" Fontana is the manager of post production for ESPN with 20 years of experience and demonstrated success in achieving revenue growth, cost control, productivity, customer service, and delivery of goals. Shae has strong experience managing all aspect of video, editorial, social media, podcasting, and team building with clients. She has a dynamic career with strong, strategic leadership, communication, problem-solving, planning, project management, and business development skills. A respectful, reliable, team-oriented, open-minded, and award-winning individual with proven ability to multi-task and perform well in a fast-paced environment across portfolio of projects. Excellent business acumen, capable of driving performance improvement, planning, analysis, and forecasting. Demonstrated success in leading cross-functional teams in financial and media industry.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, the hustle and bustle of the city has been a driving force in Shae's way of thinking and working. From a very young age, creating, and working in the arts has been her goal. Music and cinema filled those early days so much that going to The School of Visual Arts was a no brainer for her.
Learning the film trade in the heart of the most iconic city shaped Shae's passion and drive. Artist and creators filled the streets of New York fostering ideas and growth. Her formative years saw her crafting her editing skills at HealthCare Dialog. There she learned how a in-house agency works and how to develop a rapport with clients, sales, and marketing. While working there, she also worked part-time as a Script Reader, at Tribeca Productions during the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival.
Shae got the opportunity to forward her editing career at ESPN, the leading sports network. It was on this 11 year journey that she made her way from video editor to producer/editor, to lead producer/editor. Working on such awarding winning shows as SportsCenter, Mike and Mike, Golic and Wingo. Get Up!, E:60, 30 for 30, along with live sport events, and social media. It was a think and react fast environment that helped form an understanding of working under tight deadlines and staying up to date on news.
In 2019 Shae joined Prudential, a Fortune 500 company, as a Senior Producer/Editor. She helped build and structure their in-house creative and video production departments. Here, her love of producing media had benefited from her long career of creativity, innovation, and client relations. In 2020 Shae also founded an online jazz music publication, Bleu Bop. Since its conception, Bleu Bop has gained notoriety among the jazz scene and has a huge social following. The websites growth has led to a podcast featuring top name jazz artist.
In 2021 Shae returned to ESPN as manager of post production. Here she oversees the post production processes of in house and acquired video content to meet deadlines, budgets, technical issues, and personnel concerns.
Shae continues to grow her knowledge not only creatively but also by keeping up with industry trends. She looks to make meaningful connections with people through her art. Shae believes in great storytelling to reach and engage diverse and global audiences in a impactful way.
2020 - Present
Manager, Post Production
School of Visual Arts
BFA, Film and Video