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Condé Nast Launches Lead Contributors Program

conde nast entertainment GCondé Nast Entertainment (CNE) is attempting to build out its digital verticals by partnering with Internet sensations. The company has announced a “lead contributor” program, and it starts with YouTube/Instagram/Twitter darling Kandee Johnson.

Johnson will become lead beauty contributor for CNE, and CNE will help Johnson with content creation, distribution and media sales. Johnson’s videos will now appear on CNE’s video hub The Scene, across CNE brands and more. CNE will also develop potential TV and movie projects with Johnson.

We’re assuming that Condé is compensating Johnson, but we’ve reached out to the company just to confirm.

Johnson is the first of a variety of lead contributors that CNE plans to announce over the next few months.

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Condé Nast Names Digital Development Exec

Condé Nast Entertainment has named Joe Sabia head of digital development for its digital video channels. For almost a decade, Sabia has been creating popular video series — including Vogue’s 73 Questions and Vanity Fair’s Improv Imagination. While at HBO, Sabia created the Seven Minute Sopranos series.

“Joe already has a track record of producing compelling, sharable content for CNE,” said Michael Klein, CNE’s executive VP, programming and content strategy, in a statement. “He is one of the most innovative, creative minds in the business and brings with him an outstanding list of accolades in digital storytelling.  I’m looking forward to seeing where Joe’s creativity and vision take us.”

Sabia’s appointment is effective immediately.

Condé Nast Launches Video Curation Site ‘The Scene’

Condé Nast Entertainment is taking a deep dive into video with the launch of The Scene, a site that will curate programming from Condé brands and a slew of partners. Initial companies producing content for the site — which launches in July — include ABC News, Buzzfeed, Major League Soccer, Variety, Weather Channel Films and more.

Videos from the following Condé brands will also be featured on The Scene by the end of the year: Allure, Bon Appétit, Epicurious, Glamour, Golf Digest, GQ, Self, Style.com, Teen Vogue, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Wired, Lucky and The New Yorker.

Naturally, the Condé execs are singing the praises of The Scene before it even launches. “In just one year, CNÉ has set the industry standard for award-winning original video content that millions of influential millennials are watching and sharing” said Dawn Ostroff, president of Condé Nast Entertainment, in a statement. “The addition of The Scene, which will feature content from all of our powerful branded channels and premium digital videos from leading traditional and digital media companies, will increase our reach to entirely new audiences.”

‘Hair Tyrant’ Ashley Javier Ventures Beyond the S-Crowd

He says things like, “I don’t just do hair, I do careers…” and, “Beauty isn’t an any-day thing, it’s an everyday thing.” And normally, Ashley Javier caters through his exclusive NYC salon to starlets, supermodels and socialites (a.k.a. the S-crowd).

But thanks to Allure magazine’s new digital channel, 16 lucky regular-crowd gals including 27-year-old McCann Erickson account supervisor Vanessa King are receiving Javier makeovers. For the series Hair Tyrant with Ashley Javier.

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Condé Nast Entertainment Names Programming Exec

Conde NastCondé Nast Entertainment has named Joe LaBracio executive vice president, alternative programming. LaBracio comes to the company from United Talent Agency, where he served as co-head of alternative television. He has previously served as an agent in the television department of Creative Artists Agency.

“Joe has worked with the team at UTA to build an impressive alternative television department,” said Dawn Ostroff, president of Condé Nast Entertainment, in a statement. “I am delighted that he will be bringing his keen sense of resonant programming and extensive experience in unscripted television development and production to CNE.”

LaBracio’s appointment is effective January 13.

Lisa Valentino Named Chief Revenue Officer of Condé Nast Entertainment

conde_x200Lisa Valentino has been named chief revenue officer of Condé Nast Entertainment, a new role at the company. Valentino comes to the company from ESPN, where she served as senior VP of multimedia sales.

“Today’s marketers know that the lines have blurred and consumers no longer make a differentiation between television and digital video content,” said Dawn Ostroff, president of Condé Entertainment, in a statement. “Lisa’s experience at a successful traditional media company like ESPN, and her knowledge and understanding of the evolving marketplace, will help keep Condé Nast Entertainment at the forefront as the video market opens up.”

Valentino will report to Fred Santarpia, Condé Entertainment’s executive VP and chief digital officer.

Vanity Fair and Vogue Get TV Deals

Vanity Fair and Vogue are getting into the TV business. According to The Wall Street Journal, the Condé Nast titles have inked deals with Discovery Communications to launch two shows: Vanity Fair Confidential and Fashion Fund.

The crime and mystery show Confidential, based on a series of VF articles, will air on Investigation Discovery channel, and Fashion Fund, based on a design contest sponsored by Vogue, will air on Ovation channel.

Magazine articles serving as the source for TV shows and movies is nothing new, but what is worth noting here is that these two deals are seemingly more friendly to Condé Nast, not writers. Older Condé contracts gave writers royalties if their pieces hit the big screen, but newer contracts do not give out as much. Unsurprisingly, magazine editors and writers aren’t happy with that, which makes sense, since without their ideas the shows wouldn’t exist.

Dawn Ostroff, head of Condé Nast Entertainment — the division of the publishing house that handles TV and movie deals — told the Journal that writers still get “a fair market value” for their work. Let’s hope that’s true.

Condé Nast Officially Launches the Vanity Fair Video Channel

On the heels of GQ, Glamour, Vogue and Wired, Condé Nast Entertainment has today added a fifth video channel for Vanity Fair. There are four series out of the gate including @VFHollywood with Krista Smith, a Tinseltown celebrity Q&A hosted by the publication’s west coast editor.

One of the more striking aspects of Smith’s conversation with actress Diane Kruger is the backdrop. The expansive view that can be seen from Vanity Fair‘s mid-Wilshire west coast offices is impressive, a reminder that this is no Graydon-come-lately Web enterprise.

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Fred Santarpia Named Chief Digital Officer of Condé Nast Entertainment

Fred Santarpia has been named executive vice president, chief digital officer of Condé Nast Entertainment. Santarpia comes to Condé from VEVO, where he served as general manager since 2009. Prior to that he worked at Universal Music Group from 2002 through 2007; most recently as the company’s Global Digital Initiatives head of operations.

“Fred was a key executive and played an instrumental role in building VEVO, one of the most successful and groundbreaking digital businesses,” said Dawn Ostroff, president of Condé Nast Entertainment. “His knowledge and expertise will be extraordinary assets as we build and extend our iconic brands onto various digital platforms.”

Santarpia will begin at Condé July 2 and report to Ostroff.

Condé Nast Entertainment Names Sahar Elhabashi Exec VP/COO

Condé Nast Entertainment has named Sahar Elhabashi its new Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer. Elhabashi most recently was with her own private consultancy firm, and prior to that she was COO of Discovery Networks International. At Condé Nast Entertainment, Elhabashi will be charged with strategic planning for all of the company’s divisions.

“Sahar is a seasoned executive,” said Dawn Ostroff, President of Condé Nast Entertainment. “Her incredible skill set and experience working within large companies coupled with her entrepreneurial spirit will be an invaluable resource as we create new businesses and opportunities that extend our iconic brands.”

Elhabashi’s appointment is effective immediately.