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CONDÉ NAST ENTERTAINMENT APPOINTS JOANNA MASSEY HEAD OF CNÉ COMMUNICATIONS

NEW YORK — May 9, 2017 — Condé Nast Entertainment (CNÉ) — a next generation studio developing and producing projects across film, television, social and premium digital video, and virtual reality — today announced it has named Joanna Massey to the newly created position of head of CNÉ communications. In this role, Massey will be responsible for developing and executing the division’s external and internal communications strategies, including overseeing media relations and executive communications.

"I worked with Joanna for many years at both UPN and The CW and she is an excellent strategist and innovative thinker whose experience in film, television and corporate communications are a perfect fit to help grow CNÉ’s presence in the community,” said Dawn Ostroff, president of CNÉ, to whom Massey will report.

In just five years, CNÉ has gone from startup to full-fledged, award-winning studio with content offerings across film, television, digital and VR, and reached profitability before forecast. CNÉ produces more than 5,000 pieces of original digital content per year and now reaches more viewers in key demos than many popular TV series. In March, CNÉ’s digital video network was ranked No. 23 overall in comScore for unique viewers and viewers watched a total of 510 million minutes of CNÉ content, more than doubling from last year.*

Prior to joining CNÉ, Massey was senior vice president, corporate communications at Lionsgate, where she served as a corporate spokesperson and helped handle communications for quarterly reporting, M&A activities and announcements involving the company’s film, television, games, location-based entertainment, streaming and home entertainment businesses worldwide.

Prior to Lionsgate, Massey held numerous senior level communications positions, including senior vice president, corporate communications and publicity at the Hub Network; senior vice president, communications/west coast for CBS Corporation, where she was the lead media relations executive for CBS’s digital media ventures, CBS Mobile and CBS.com; and senior vice president, media relations at UPN. Massey began her career in public relations at Fleishman-Hillard, but quickly transitioned to the entertainment industry to work at the CBS Television Network and then at LMNO Productions, an independent television production company, where she was vice president of public relations, marketing and new business development.

A long-time resident of Los Angeles, Massey will be based at CNÉ’s New York headquarters. She has an MBA from the University of Southern California (USC) and holds a Ph.D. in Psychology.

*Source: comScore Media Metrix, March 2017

About Condé Nast Entertainment:
Condé Nast Entertainment (CNÉ) is an award-winning next generation studio developing and producing projects across film, television, social and premium digital video, and virtual reality. CNÉ produces more than 5,000 pieces of original digital content per year, spanning all genres – documentaries, animation, comedy, celebrity and how-to, and is distributed across over 50 platforms including web, mobile and OTT. CNÉ content delivered more than 4.5 billion video views in the past year, won its first Emmy Award in 2015, received multiple Academy Award nominations for its short-form film digital content, and was nominated for a Peabody Award.

In addition to its growing digital video network, CNÉ also has five unscripted television series in production or on-air including the critically acclaimed “Last Chance U,” “The New Yorker Presents” and “Vanity Fair Confidential,” and multiple television projects set up with various networks. The company recently wrapped production on the feature film “Granite Mountain,” starring Josh Brolin and Miles Teller, and is in production on “The Old Man and the Gun,” starring Casey Affleck and Robert Redford.

Media Contact:

Joe Libonati
SVP, Corporate Communications

joe_libonati@condenast.com

 

Date: 
Tuesday, May 9, 2017