Press Release: Condé Nast Entertainment Forms Unscripted TV Production Unit, CNE Studios
NEW YORK, NY – February 1, 2016 – Award-winning production company Condé Nast Entertainment (CNE), today announced the formation of CNE Studios, a new division which will produce unscripted television series developed by CNE. Emmy-winning television producer and director Al Edgington will head the new group, serving as executive vice president. CNE currently has five unscripted television series in production or on the air, and the formation of CNE Studios, which will produce many of CNE’s future unscripted television projects, will build upon the division’s success and expand CNE into a full-service, next-generation production company, developing and producing projects in film, television and digital video. The announcement was made by Dawn Ostroff, president of CNE, to whom Edgington will report.
“With the explosive demand for television programming, CNE Studios is the natural progression of taking our success in developing and selling unscripted series to the next level,” said Ostroff. “Al’s expertise and keen production abilities will be a tremendous asset as he and Joe LaBracio work closely on building the next phase of our unscripted television business.”
“The opportunity to produce such a wide variety of projects, both from Condé Nast as well as outside sources, is an incredibly exciting prospect,” added Edgington.
Edgington has served as a producer on the multiple Emmy-winning “The Amazing Race,” as a co-executive producer on “Last Comic Standing” and as an executive producer on “Who Do You Think You Are?.” He also worked as a producer of the Academy Awards, oversaw several projects for Sky Television in the UK and has extensive live-programming experience. Edgington has been nominated for three Emmys and won one for his work on “The Amazing Race.”
Since its founding in 2011, CNE has 24 film projects in development and two of which will be released later this year (“The First Monday in May” and “Army of One”). The company also has five unscripted television series in production and on the air (“Fashion Fund” and “The New Yorker Presents” on Amazon, and “Vanity Fair Confidential” on Investigation Discovery among others), a first-look deal at 20th Century Fox Television for scripted series, a scripted series sold to NBCUniversal’s Seeso, and multiple pilots sold to networks ranging from HBO to FOX to AMC. CNE's digital video network is comprised of 19 fully programmed brand channels with vast distribution across our owned and operated sites and partners YouTube, AOL, MSN, Yahoo and beyond as well as the industry's first platform dedicated to premium digital video, The Scene, which is widely available on devices such as AppleTV, Xbox, Roku and others. CNE has been awarded an Emmy, a Producers Guild Award and nine Tellys, and has received multiple award nominations from the Television Academy, The Webbys and other esteemed industry organizations for its digital video content.
About Condé Nast:
Condé Nast is a premier media company renowned for producing the highest quality content for the world's most influential audiences. Attracting 131 million consumers across its industry-leading print, digital and video brands, the company’s portfolio includes some of the most iconic titles in media: Vogue, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Brides, Self, GQ, The New Yorker, Condé Nast Traveler, Allure, Architectural Digest, Bon Appétit, Epicurious, Wired, W, Golf Digest, Golf World, Teen Vogue, Ars Technica, The Scene and Pitchfork.
The company’s newest division, Condé Nast Entertainment, was launched in 2011 to develop film, television and premium digital video programming.
Over the past 20 years, Condé Nast has reached record profits, tripling its topline growth and exponentially expanding its content distribution. During the same period, the company earned more editorial, design, digital, advertising, video and business awards than any competitor in the industry. In 2014, the corporation was recognized as one of the fastest-growing companies in the digital video business and was one of LinkedIn’s Top 25 Most In-Demand Employers. The company has recently relocated to its new global headquarters at 1 World Trade Center, where it plays a leading role in the resurgence of Lower Manhattan.