Category Archives: Vanity Fair Confidential

Q&AA: Dawn Ostroff Has Some Thoughts for Video Pivoters

In a year when publishers have been talking about the “pivot to video,” Condé Nast has some hard-won lessons to impart—for example, success in video can have less to do with quick-hit food clips than TV and even movie-length fare. Today, Condé Nast Entertainment is garnering a billion monthly views on its digital videos, Emmy and Oscar nods for its expensive efforts in TV and movies and, since last year, actual profits to top it off.

Dawn Ostroff
Dawn Ostroff Credit: Illustration by Jérôme Mireault

To be fair, it’s taken a while to get here: TV veteran Dawn Ostroff was tapped to lead the newly created division as its president six years ago. Only this fall did it achieve wide theatrical release for a feature film, the firefighting movie “Only the Brave.” The division has another 35 films in

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Paramount TV, Anonymous Content Set First-Look Deal With Condé Nast Entertainment

Paramount TV and Anonymous Content have signed a first-look deal with Condé Nast Entertainment (CNE).

Under the deal, the companies will work together to develop and produce scripted series. Effective immediately, Paramount TV and Anonymous Content will be given an opportunity to join CNE in producing the scripted projects.

“Condé Nast is an incredible force with many celebrated brands and we look forward to an exciting, creative partnership together,” said Amy Powell, president of Paramount TV. “We are thrilled to embark on this journey with Dawn and Steve and all the bright minds at CNE and Anonymous Content.”

CNE’s TV division had eight television series sold or renewed in 2017, including “Last Chance U” for Netflix, which is in its third season on the streamer; “Vanity Fair Confidential” on Investigation Discovery; and the GQ digital short, “Most Expensivest” with 2 Chainz, which was picked up by Viceland

Read more at: http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/paramount-tv-anonymous-content-conde-nast-entertainment-1202641260/

Paramout TV, Anonymous Content Set First-Look Deal With Condé …

Paramount TV and Anonymous Content have signed a first-look deal with Condé Nast Entertainment (CNE).

Under the deal, the companies will work together to develop and produce scripted series. Effective immediately, Paramount TV and Anonymous Content will be given an opportunity to join CNE in producing the scripted projects.

“Condé Nast is an incredible force with many celebrated brands and we look forward to an exciting, creative partnership together,” said Amy Powell, president of Paramount TV. “We are thrilled to embark on this journey with Dawn and Steve and all the bright minds at CNE and Anonymous Content.”

CNE’s TV division had eight television series sold or renewed in 2017, including “Last Chance U” for Netflix, which is in its third season on the streamer; “Vanity Fair Confidential” on Investigation Discovery; and the GQ digital short, “Most Expensivest” with 2 Chainz, which was picked up by Viceland

Read more at: http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/paramount-tv-anonymous-content-conde-nast-entertainment-1202641260/

Radhika Jones named new editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair

Jones, who starts at the magazine December 11, had joined The New York Times last November as Editorial Director, Books

NEW YORK, NY  – November 13, 2017 – Condé Nast today announced that Radhika Jones has been named editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair, the fifth person to hold this distinction since its modern revival in 1983. In her new role, Jones will oversee all content development, production and consumer experiences for Vanity Fair’s digital, social, video, print and experiential platforms. Jones will lead Vanity Fair through its 24th annual Oscar Party in March, the fifth annual New Establishment Summit, the brand’s 105th anniversary and the continued digital expansion of The Hive, the title’s newest brand launch. Jones succeeds Graydon Carter, who is stepping down after 25 successful years at the helm. Her appointment takes effect on December 11th.

Jones has a distinguished career

Read more at: http://www.talkingnewmedia.com/2017/11/13/radhika-jones-named-new-editor-chief-vanity-fair/

How Conde Nast is making feature films and TV pay off

On Oct. 20, “Only the Brave,” a film starring Josh Brolin and Jeff Bridges, premiered to rave reviews. The movie, based on a GQ article from 2013 titled “No Exit,” tells the harrowing story of a group of Arizona firefighters who perished battling the Yarnell Hill fire that year. Whereas in the past, film studios would buy the rights to articles in Condé Nast publications from the writers and turn them into hits — the Academy Award-winning “Argo,” adapted from a Wired article, is a famous recent example — Condé Nast is now making money off of such adaptations.

Today, Condé Nast’s 6-year-old entertainment video division has 35 feature film and 30 TV projects in development and production, the company said. This includes upcoming feature films “The Old Man and the Gun,” starring Robert Redford and Casey Affleck; and “King of the Jungle,” starring Johnny Depp; as well as

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Conde Nast’s Dawn Ostroff on Turning Magazine Articles Into Movies and New TV Plans

The media company’s entertainment president (and former CW chief) opens up about developing a GQ feature into ‘Only the Brave,’ hitting theaters Friday, and the promise of digital video.

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In 2011, Dawn Ostroff, who had been president of The CW, entered what she calls “a slightly dysfunctional universe” when publisher Conde Nast tasked her with exploiting its 19 magazine brands — including Vogue, The New Yorker and Vanity Fair, and a trove of 100,000 articles dating back decades — across film, TV and digital under the banner of Conde Nast Entertainment. “We couldn’t utilize a lot of the existing infrastructure because the print side was so different,” she says.

While Ostroff’s background is in TV, six years later, CNE has found more traction in digital video and film. It has 35 movies in development with such A-listers as Alexander Payne (The Judge’s Will) and Frank Marshall (The Longest Night). And

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ABC Developing Comedy Dealing With Mental Illness From ‘My Name Is Earl’ Producer (EXCLUSIVE)

ABC is developing a comedy series with Bobby Bowman based on Bowman’s childhood, Variety has learned exclusively.

The untitled single-camera series looks at the unexpected benefits of growing up in a family with a dad who has mental illness, as Bowman’s father did. Bowman will serve as writer and executive producer. Dawn Ostroff and Jon Koa of Condé Nast Entertainment (CNE) will also executive produce, along with Greg Walter of 3 Arts Entertainment. ABC Studios will produce.

Bowman has frequently collaborated with Greg Garcia, having worked as a writer and/or producer on Garcia’s shows “Raising Hope,” “My Name Is Earl,” “Yes, Dear,” and “The Millers.” His other credits include “Family Guy,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” and “Flaked.”

Bowman is repped by ICM Partners.

The project also marks one of CNE’s first forays into scripted programming. The company has previously produced a number of unscripted and digital properties, including

Read more at: http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/abc-comedy-mental-illness-bobby-bowman-1202589612/

ABC Developing Comedy Dealing With Mental Illness From ‘My …

ABC is developing a comedy series with Bobby Bowman based on Bowman’s childhood, Variety has learned exclusively.

The untitled single-camera series looks at the unexpected benefits of growing up in a family with a dad who has mental illness, as Bowman’s father did. Bowman will serve as writer and executive producer. Dawn Ostroff and Jon Koa of Condé Nast Entertainment (CNE) will also executive produce, along with Greg Walter of 3 Arts Entertainment. ABC Studios will produce.

Bowman has frequently collaborated with Greg Garcia, having worked as a writer and/or producer on Garcia’s shows “Raising Hope,” “My Name Is Earl,” “Yes, Dear,” and “The Millers.” His other credits include “Family Guy,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” and “Flaked.”

Bowman is repped by ICM Partners.

The project also marks one of CNE’s first forays into scripted programming. The company has previously produced a number of unscripted and digital properties, including

Read more at: http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/abc-comedy-mental-illness-bobby-bowman-1202589612/

Netflix Renews ‘Last Chance U’ for Third Season (Exclusive)

Netflix is ready to return to the field.

The streaming giant has renewed college football docuseries Last Chance U for a third season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The upcoming season will see the series move from East Mississippi Community College to Kansas’ Independence Community College. The team, the Independence Pirates, are fresh off their first winning season in a decade, aided by then first-year head coach Jason Brown.

Once again, Last Chance U will follow a group of college football players as they grapple with past failings and try to get to the next level of their pigskin careers. 

“While we now have the opportunity to head to Kansas, we hope to revisit the people we’ve grown to love over the past two seasons of Last Chance U,” said director Greg Whiteley. “We are forever grateful to the talented team at East Mississippi Community College, who dedicated months of their lives

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Vanity Fair Confidential examines the case of Natalee Holloway who went missing on Aruba

Natalee Holloway went missing from the island of Aruba in 2005 and her body has never been found

Natalee Holloway went missing from the island of Aruba in 2005 and her body has never been found

This week Vanity Fair Confidential examines the case of Natalee Holloway, who went missing after a night out on the Caribbean island of Aruba.

Natalee was from Mountain Brook, Alabama and on a high school graduation trip to the Dutch island.

However, when she failed to show up for her flight home on May 30th the alarm bell was sounded.

A poster from the time of her disappearance

A poster from the time of Natalee’s disappearance

She was last seen outside a restaurant and nightclub called Carlos n’ Charlie’s in the island capital, Oranjestad. Witnesses told police they saw the teenager in a car with

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