Bringing a combined 34 years of producing at ESPN, 27 National Sports Emmy Awards and five Edward R. Murrow Awards, Ben Houser and Martin Khodabakhshian will visit Ball State Sports Link Nov. 15-16 for a two-day workshop with students in feature storytelling & production.
The duo will work with students on ESPN features production techniques including concepts/shooting, writing/story structure and editing.
The visit will mark the second time both Houser and Khodabakhshian have visited Ball State Sports Link, but the first time the critically-acclaimed duo have been to campus together.
Houser is a coordinating producer on E:60 and Outside the Lines for ESPN. Now in his 19th year, he oversees feature stories, investigative journalism and documentaries for all of ESPN’s networks.
Houser has won fifteen National Sports Emmy Awards, three Edward R. Murrow awards and three National Headliner Awards.
Khodabakhshian has 15 years of television experience with ESPN and is now a 12-time National Sports Emmy Award-winning senior producer. He has won two Edward R. Murrow Awards for sports reporting, two National Headliner Awards and a Prism Award.
Khodabakhshian recently produced and directed the 2016 Emmy- nominated long feature “Silent Night Lights“, which showcased a 30-minute piece without one spoken word.
The story on a high school football team at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont, Calif., prompted ESPN programming to broadcast the first-ever nationally televised deaf football game on ESPN 2.
In 2015, the duo combined their love of Star Wars into an ESPN documentary, “Star Wars: Evolution of the Lightsaber Duel,” hosted by Mark Hamill.
The documentary focuses on the Japanese martial art of kendo, whose history extends back to 17th century samurai swordplay.
Since 2009, over 25 professionals from ESPN have contributed and conducted workshops with students in Ball State Sports Link and digital sports production.