Marie Donoghue, the prominent sports media executive, is leaving her role as vice-president of global sports video at online retail giant Amazon.
She informed staff of her decision on Thursday with a farewell email and her departure was later confirmed by Amazon.
Donoghue joined Amazon in 2018 and led the company’s entry into live sports, working under Jay Marine, who heads up Amazon’s sports division.
Donoghue departs the company after its Prime Video streaming service recently concluded its second season as the exclusive home of the NFL’s Thursday Night Football package in the US.
In 2022, Prime Video began an exclusive 11-year deal for TNF, its most lucrative sports rights contract worth $1 billion per season.
It has proven to be a valuable property for Amazon as it this week revealed that viewership for its TNF coverage increased by 24% in 2023.
Prime Video has a portfolio of premium sports properties in global markets, including a package for English soccer’s Premier League domestically.
Before joining Amazon, Donoghue spent 17 years at major US cable sports broadcaster ESPN in various positions.
During her time at ESPN, Donoghue managed the broadcaster's global strategy, business affairs, and business development, and was closely involved in negotiating and renewing programming rights deals with major leagues, including the NFL, NBA, and MLB.
She was also a key member in the success of ESPN's '30 For 30' documentary series.