Formed to exploit content opportunities from the publisher’s prestige magazine stable, Conde Nast Entertainment has taken a big digital step forward by launching a video network that will be sponsored by P&G, Microsoft and Mondelez International. This comes after GQ rival Esquire moved to take over the G4 network. It’s all about struggling print magazines trying to evolve with the times. Here’s the official word:
Condé Nast Entertainment today launched a new digital video network with slates of original video series inspired by Glamour and GQ. These are the first in a sequence of premium branded programming launches on the network, which will feature the iconic Condé Nast brands. The Glamour and GQ series, and all future series, will be distributed widely across web, IPTV, mobile and tablet experiences, beginning with the newly created video destinations on their official sites, http://video.glamour.com and http://video.gq.com, as well as YouTube channels, http://www.youtube.com/Glamour and http://www.youtube.com/GQ. The creation of this digital network and the distribution of its programming across multiple platforms will extend the reach of the legendary Condé Nast brands to a broader audience. The Glamour and GQ branded series launches are sponsored exclusively by Procter & Gamble, Microsoft and Mondelēz International. The announcement was made by Dawn Ostroff, president, Condé Nast Entertainment.
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EXCLUSIVE: Conde Nast Entertainment Group, which launched under Dawn Ostroff to mine feature and TV properties from the archives of the publisher’s magazine stable, has unearthed two separate projects. Run by former Imagine and Fox Searchlight exec Jeremy Steckler, the feature division has set Fracture scribe Daniel Pyne to script The Camorra Never Sleeps, a drama about the notorious Naples-based criminal underworld that is based on the 2012 Vanity Fair article written by William Langewiesche.
Conde Nast Entertainment Group has separately hired Reservation Road scribe John Burnham Schwartz to script a film based on The Horse Whisperer, a 2002 GQ article written by Robert Draper. The movie will certainly need a new title, but the article is based on the long-shot journey of Wesley Keith Ritchie, who went from a Kentucky prison inmate to being a horse rehabilitation specialist who found salvation through the broken down progeny of Triple Crown winner Affirmed.
There are 60,000 articles in the Conde Nast arsenal.
Fred Santarpia has been named EVP and Chief Digital Officer at Conde Nast Entertainment Group, where he will be responsible for developing and managing the execution of the company’s digital channel business and video distribution strategy across Web-connected platforms and devices. He was GM of music video site Vevo and before that had been at Universal Music Group. CNEG hired former CW chief Dawn Ostroff as president in October to develop, create, produce and distribute TV, film and digital content based on Conde Nast’s portfolio of brands that includes Vogue, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, GQ, Glamour and Architectural Digest. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Condé Nast Entertainment Group president Dawn Ostroff said today that CNEG has named Sahar Elhabashi EVP and Chief Operating Officer. In her new role, she will report to Ostroff. This addition of the former Discovery Networks International and MTV executive comes six months after former CW Entertainment chief Ostroff became president. CNEG is charged with setting up film, TV and digital projects derived primarily from the content of Condé Nast’s 18 consumer magazines that range from GQ to Glamour, Vogue, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Bon Appetit, Condé Nast Traveler, Wired, Details and Architectural Digest. Elhabashi’s appointment also comes just more than two weeks after CNEG hired Imagine and Fox Searchlight exec Jeremy Steckler to be EVP motion pictures, and Sundance Channel exec Michael Klein to be EVP alternative programming. Elhabashi will oversee administrative, financial and strategic planning across all sectors of CNEG, including motion picture, television, digital and distribution. She will also work with others in the division’s senior management team on new business models and growth.
EXCLUSIVE: Some six months after former CW Entertainment chief Dawn Ostroff became Conde Nast Entertainment Group president, she has hired two seasoned executives who’ll be charged with setting up film, TV and digital projects from the content of the Conde Nast stable of magazines. Ostroff has hired former Imagine and Fox Searchlight exec Jeremy Steckler to be executive vice president of motion pictures, and Sundance Channel exec Michael Klein to be executive vice president of alternative programming.
Steckler, who’ll be based in Los Angeles, was most recently an executive vice president at Imagine Entertainment and before that senior vice president at Searchlight, and he had a hand in such films as Black Swan, Juno and (500) Days of Summer. Before that he worked for producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura and for Spyglass Entertainment. Klein, who’ll be based in New York, leaves the Sundance Channel to take the job. He has been senior vice president of programming and development, and launched the network’s most ambitious programming slate, including series Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys, Love/Lust and the upcoming Push Girls. Before that he worked for Travel Channel Media, Discovery Communications and TLC, where he was involved in the series Miami Ink, Little People, Big World, and What Not to Wear.
Ostroff is following a trend in which magazines and newspapers have tried … Read More »