Karen Brodkin is an Executive Vice President of Content Strategy & Development at Endeavor.
In this role, Brodkin leads business development and strategy for a range of business areas across the Endeavor portfolio, including partnerships with sports leagues, federations, conferences and teams; content licensing; strategy and development; media strategy and consultation; sports naming rights and venue programming, strategy and development; and eSports partnerships and events. In addition, Brodkin is the co-head of WME Sports, which encompasses WME’s representation of athletes, broadcasters, coaches and front office personnel.
Before joining Endeavor, Brodkin was Executive Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs at FOX Sports Media Group. While at FOX, she oversaw the business and legal affairs team that negotiated professional and collegiate media rights acquisitions with organizations including the NFL, MLB, NBA, NASCAR, NHL, UFC, MLS, Pac-12, Big 10, Big 12, Big East and the ACC, as well as all FOX Sports’ production, programming and talent agreements. Brodkin was part of the team that launched the Big Ten Network in August 2007 and later FOX Sports 1, which launched in August 2013 in over 70 million homes.
Prior to joining FOX, Brodkin spent five years as an entertainment attorney at two Los Angeles-based entertainment firms, where her clients included Garth Brooks, Spike Lee, Warner Brothers and New Line Cinema. She began her career as a corporate attorney specializing in labor and employment matters in the Los Angeles office of Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker.
Brodkin received a B.A. in Political Science/Art History from University of California, Berkeley, and her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she graduated Order of the Coif.
Brodkin is the former Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Sports Council, serves on the Sports and Entertainment Leadership Council for Los Angeles Children’s Hospital and is a member of the Board of Directors for the U.S. Soccer Foundation. She has been a mentor in The Hollywood Reporter’s Young Executives Fellowship Program since 2019. In April 2015, Brodkin was honored by Los Angeles Family Housing for her work in helping families transition out of homelessness and poverty, and in June of the same year, joined their Board of Directors where she continues to serve. Brodkin joined the Board of Directors of Hudson Pacific Properties (HPP) in January 2021.
Brodkin has been recognized by Adweek (The Most Powerful Women in Sports, June 2017); the Alliance for Women in Media (Women in Sports Honoree, October 2015); the WNBA Los Angeles Sparks (#WeAreWomen Honoree, August 2015); Women in Sports and Events-WISE (Los Angeles Woman of Inspiration, December 2011); The Sports Business Journal (Game Changer, October 2011) and Broadcasting and Cable (Women in the Game, July 2011). Brodkin was a featured columnist in the Summer 2015 edition of CSQ: C-Suite Quarterly (“Los Angeles: My Kind of Sports Town”). In June 2016, Brodkin was honored by WISE-National as “Woman of the Year”. In March 2020, Brodkin was named to the Los Angeles Business Journal, LA500: “Most Influential People in Los Angeles” for the third year in a row.
Brodkin resides in Pacific Palisades, CA, with her husband, Chris Watson, their son, Quincy, and a consistent stream of adopted dogs.