Sports and entertainment giant IMG has hired James Clement as senior vice president for tech and operations at its studios division.
Clement, who joins IMG from UK pay-TV heavyweight Sky, will oversee the operations of IMG’s studio facilities at Stockley Park in London, such as broadcast operations, and engineering and technical services.
Sporting properties that have content produced at Stockley Park include English soccer’s top-tier Premier League, basketball’s EuroLeague, golf’s DP World Tour, and US soccer’s MLS.
Clement will also be responsible for delivering the IMG studios’ range of services to these partners.
He most recently served as director of operations at Sky Sports, working across major sporting properties such as the Premier League, Women’s Super League, UEFA Champions League, motor racing’s Formula 1, top-tier golf tournaments, US Open tennis, American football’s NFL, and basketball’s NBA.
In total, he brings close to 25 years of experience in broadcast engineering and production.
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Clement said: “I’ve long admired IMG and have worked in partnership with its extremely talented teams since I joined the industry, and genuinely believe it is uniquely positioned to provide outstanding content to clients and partners across the sporting world.
“Our industry is under constant change, and I’m looking forward to bringing my commercial and operational experience along with a passion for sustainability and equity to this role.”
Barney Francis, IMG’s studios executive vice president (who also previously worked at Sky for many years), added: “James is an exciting addition to lead the tech and operations team. He brings a global network and proven track record for technical delivery and innovation, and his position will be pivotal in helping us drive technical, operational, and production excellence across the IMG studios business.”
The Stockley Park facilities are home to four studios, nine live galleries, and over 45 edit suites. In total, it covers over 35,000 hours of content each year.
Francis came on board as head of IMG’s global content production business in October 2021.