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Condé Nast Entertainment (CNÉ) is an award-winning next generation production and distribution studio with entertainment content across film, television, social and premium digital video, and virtual reality.
CNÉ is an award-winning next generation studio and distribution network with entertainment content across film, television, premium digital video, social, and virtual reality. In just six years since inception, CNÉ achieved profitability for its digital business ahead of schedule, reached TV-like scale for many of its digital videos, and has won Emmy and Critics’ Choice Awards, as well as garnered Academy Award and Peabody nominations. Culling from IP across Condé Nast’s iconic publishing brands, including Vogue, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, GQ, and WIRED, CNÉ has produced series for Netflix, Investigation Discovery, Amazon, and more; and currently has feature films with Sony and Fox Searchlight. In addition, the Next Gen Studio produces and distributes over 5,000 pieces of original digital video content a year delivering more than 6.7 billion video views year to date. CNÉ has an extensive digital distribution network of nearly 50 partners across 4,000 websites and ranks #21 in unique viewers in comScore’s Top 100 Properties, ahead of Buzzfeed, ESPN, Vice, Vox, Scripps, Refinery29, The New York Times and Awesomeness.
A Next Generation Studio
Sony Pictures
"Only the Brave"
All men are created equal… then, a few become firefighters. "Only the Brave," based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, is the heroic story of one unit of local firefighters that through hope, determination, sacrifice, and the drive to protect families, communities, and our country become one of the most elite firefighting teams in the country. As most of us run from danger, they run toward it – they watch over our lives, our homes, everything we hold dear, as they forge a unique brotherhood that comes into focus with one fateful fire. "Only the Brave" stars Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, James Badge Dale, with Taylor Kitsch and Jennifer Connelly.
Directed by Joseph Kosinski and written by Ken Nolan and Eric Warren Singer, the film is based on the GQ Article “No Exit” by Sean Flynn. Only the Brave is produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Michael Menchel, Erik Howsam, Molly Smith, Thad Luckinbill, Trent Luckinbill, Dawn Ostroff, and Jeremy Steckler. Ellen H. Schwartz is Executive Producer.
Fox Searchlight
“The Old Man and the Gun”
“The Old Man and the Gun” is based on the true story of Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford), from his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are detective John Hunt (Casey Affleck), who becomes captivated with Forrest’s commitment to his craft, and a woman (Sissy Spacek), who loves him in spite of his chosen profession. 
Written and directed by David Lowery (“Pete’s Dragon”) and based on a short story by David Grann (“The Lost City Of Z”) for The New Yorker, one of Condé Nast’s preeminent titles, the film stars Academy Award® winners Robert Redford (“Ordinary People”), Casey Affleck (“Manchester By The Sea”), and Sissy Spacek (“Coal Miner’s Daughter”), along with Danny Glover (“To Sleep With Anger,” “Dreamgirls”), Tom Waits (“Short Cuts,” “Seven Psychopaths”), and Tika Sumpter (“Southside With You”). “The Old Man and the Gun” is produced by Endgame Entertainment’s James D. Stern, CNÉ's Dawn Ostroff and Jeremy Steckler, Wildwood Enterprises, Identity Films’ Anthony Mastromauro, Sailor Bear’s Toby Halbrooks and James M. Johnston and Bill Holderman. Executive producers on the film are Julie Goldstein, Lucas Smith, Patrick Newall, and Tango Entertainment’s Tim Headington. Fox Searchlight is distributing the film in North America and the UK.
Film in Production
"King of the Jungle"
Three-time Academy Award® nominee Johnny Depp is set to star in “King of the Jungle,” a dark comedy to be directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa from a script by Golden Globe® and Emmy Award® winners Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski that is based on a true story first published in Condé Nast’s WIRED by Joshua Davis. The film tells the wild true story of rogue tech magnate John McAfee, creator of the McAfee Antivirus software, who cashed in his fortune, left civilization, and moved to the jungle in Belize. There, he set up a Colonel Kurtz-like compound of guns, sex, and madness. In the film, a WIRED magazine investigator accepts what he thinks is a run-of-the-mill assignment to interview McAfee, but once he arrives in Belize, he finds himself pulled into McAfee’s escalating paranoia, slippery reality, and murder.
“King of the Jungle” is from CNÉ, Zaftig Films, MadRiver Pictures, and Epic Entertainment. The film will be produced by Condé Nast’s Dawn Ostroff and Jeremy Steckler; Zaftig’s Charlie Gogolak, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, and Epic’s Joshua Davis. MadRiver’s Marc Butan and Epic’s Joshuah Bearman will executive produce.
Magnolia Pictures
"The First Monday in May"
“The First Monday in May” follows the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art's fashion exhibition, China: Through the Looking Glass, an exploration of Chinese-inspired Western fashions by Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton. With unprecedented access, filmmaker Andrew Rossi captures the collision of haute couture and celebrity at the Met Gala, one of the biggest global fashion events chaired every year by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. “The First Monday in May” had the honor of opening the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and was then released nationwide. The film is available now on DVD and Digital HD.
Netflix
"Last Chance U"
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Based on an article in GQ and directed by Greg Whiteley (“Mitt,” “New York Doll,” “Resolved”), “Last Chance U” is a character driven, gut-wrenching behind-the-scenes look at the world of college football. After a successful initial run on Netflix, the streamer released season two of the acclaimed documentary series in July 2017. The show follows a group of young men training to become the future stars of the NFL. The football players are the latest recruits to East Mississippi Community College, a phenomenon in junior college sports, a school that attracts elite athletes, some of whom have been held back by poor academic performance or behavioral issues. In its first season, “Last Chance U” was nominated for a prestigious Peabody Award and a Critics’ Choice Television Award.
Investigation Discovery Vanity Fair Confidential
Amazon The New Yorker Presents
Amazon The Fashion Fund
Seeso Gentlemen Lobsters
Syfy Geeks Who Drink
The Scale of TV and the Relevance of Digital
Visit TheScene.com
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 nearly 50 platforms. CNÉ content delivered more than 4.5 billion video views in the past year, won its first Emmy Award® in 2015 and received multiple Academy Award® nominations for its short-form film digital content. In addition, CNÉ operates The Scene, recently reimagined as a video-lead social brand with a focus on millennial woman. The Scene is now the fastest growing title within the Condé Nast portfolio generating over 100 million views per month.
Invisible
In October 2016, CNÉ brought Condé Nast’s legendary storytelling to virtual reality through a new partnership with Jaunt Studios, the leading producer of cinematic VR experiences. The first project, “Invisible,” is an episodic action-adventure series set in modern day Manhattan. Produced by CNÉ, Jaunt, and Samsung, “Invisible” unravels the secrets of a prominent New York City family blessed with a supernatural gift passed down through generations. As capacity of their extraordinary ability continues to grow in power, the birth of an exceptional new child draws public interest and their family secret teeters on the brink of becoming exposed. “Invisible” is available on Samsung’s VR service, CNÉ’s The Scene, the Jaunt VR app, iOS, Android, Gear VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and 360° viewing on major desktop browsers.
Leadership
President
Dawn Ostroff
Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
Sahar Elhabashi
Executive Vice President, General Manager, Digital Video
Joy Marcus
Senior Vice President, Programming, Digital Video
Croi McNamara
Senior Vice President, Production
Bruce Perlmutter
Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming
Joe LaBracio
Executive Vice President, Motion Pictures
Jeremy Steckler
Senior Vice President, Scripted Programming
Jonathan Koa
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Dawn Ostroff
President
Dawn Ostroff is president of Condé Nast Entertainment (CNÉ), an award-winning next generation studio producing projects across film, television, premium digital video and virtual reality based on Condé Nast’s iconic brands.
Since its founding in 2011, CNÉ has 27 active film projects with two films releasing in 2016, “The First Monday in May,” which had the honor of opening the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and “Army of One,” releasing later this year, one film in production and one more going into production in the fall. Additionally, CNÉ currently has six unscripted and one scripted television series in production and on the air, and multiple pilots sold to various television networks. CNÉ’s digital video network was launched 2013 and produces more than 4,000 videos annually. Over the last year, CNÉ garnered more than 2.8 billion video views, won its first Emmy Award, and received multiple Academy Award nominations for its short form film digital content.
CNÉ also launched The Scene, the first platform dedicated to premium digital video for its channels. The Scene recently released a redesign and has been reimagined as a mobile-first, video social platform with a new mobile app currently available in the iTunes App store. In just three years, CNÉ’s digital video content has been awarded a Producers Guild Award and nine Tellys, and has received multiple award nominations from the Television Academy, The Webbys and other esteemed industry organizations.
Prior to joining Condé Nast in the fall of 2011, Ostroff launched and led the new CW broadcast network, a joint venture of CBS and Warner Bros., beginning January 2006. As president of entertainment, she was responsible for all aspects of the CW’s creative efforts, including programming, digital initiatives, branding, marketing, research and sales, and developed a multitude of groundbreaking hit series—among them, Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries and America’s Next Top Model. In an effort to engage the digital CW generation across multiple platforms, Ostroff and her team developed cutting-edge strategies for streaming in order to leverage content and revenue opportunities.
From 2002 to 2006, Ostroff served as president of UPN Network, a subsidiary of CBS, where she oversaw all areas of the network’s business—programming, digital, branding, marketing, sales, finance, research, legal and publicity, and more.
Before UPN, Ostroff served as executive vice president of entertainment at Lifetime Television, where she headed up programming and production, scheduling and acquisitions, including Lifetime Original Movies, prime-time series, specials, documentaries and sports, as well as all programming for Lifetime Movie Network and Lifetime Real Women. In the five years that Ostroff led Lifetime Entertainment (1996–2002), the network rose from sixth place to become the #1-rated cable network in prime time.
Earlier in her career Ostroff held senior roles at 20th Century Fox Television, Michael Jacobs Productions (at Disney) and the Kushner-Locke Company. She began her career working at several local channels in news as an on-air reporter and a producer.
Ostroff has a BS in journalism from Florida International.
 
Sahar Elhabashi
Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
Sahar Elhabashi is executive vice president, chief operating officer at Condé Nast Entertainment (CNÉ), an award-winning next generation studio and distribution network with entertainment content across film, television, premium digital video, social, and virtual reality. She reports to Dawn Ostroff, president of CNÉ.
As COO, Elhabashi manages all aspects of CNÉ’s business with Ostroff. Her wide-ranging duties comprise overseeing administrative, financial and strategic planning across all sectors of the division, including motion picture, television, digital video, and distribution. She works closely with senior management to drive growth across the division and develop new business opportunities.
Previously, Elhabashi was chief operating officer of Discovery Networks International from 2007 to 2010. She was responsible for the day-to-day operations of Discovery’s international business, which distributed 17 media brands to 877 million television subscribers globally. Prior to Discovery, Elhabashi was executive vice president of strategy and digital media at MTV Networks International. In this role, she oversaw the rapid expansion of MTV Networks’ international digital media business in Europe, Asia, and Latin America, including the launch of branded mobile TV channels and video-based websites around the world.
Elhabashi holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Joy Marcus
Executive Vice President, General Manager, Digital Video
Joy Marcus is executive vice president and general manager, digital video of Condé Nast Entertainment (CNÉ), a division of Condé Nast that develops and distributes premium digital video, television and film worth watching.
As EVP/GM, Marcus is responsible for CNÉ’s digital video business including distribution, business development, technology and product development, revenue operations, marketing, communications, and research.
Marcus has been a trailblazer in digital media for over 20 years, transforming traditional companies into digital leaders as well as developing new businesses. She was named by Crain’s New York as a Woman to Watch in Tech in 2014 and to the Digital Power 50 by The Hollywood Reporter in 2009 and 2010. In 2014, she received a Women of Power and Influence Award from the National Organization for Women (NOW).
Prior to joining CNÉ in 2015, Marcus was the CEO of Bloglovin’ and a Venture Partner at Gotham Ventures where she led the firm’s investment in DailyWorth, a digital media company targeting professional women. Marcus was a James Wei professor of entrepreneurship at Princeton University for the academic year 2014–2015.
Previously, Marcus was U.S. General Manager for video sharing website Dailymotion, which she led from launch through its ~ $200 million acquisition by Orange (France Telecom) in January 2011.
Marcus has held senior executive positions at Time Warner (AOL) and Barnes&Noble.com, which she helped take public at a $2.2 billion valuation in 1999.
She started her career at MTV Networks where, as vice president, international business development, she helped launch the MTV channel in markets including Russia, Brazil, and South Africa.
Marcus currently serves on the board of directors of the Princeton University Center for Jewish Life and MOUSE, which provides technology education in New York City public schools. Marcus is a graduate of Princeton University and the New York University School of Law.
Croi McNamara
Senior Vice President, Programming, Digital Video
Croi McNamara is senior vice president of programming for digital video at Condé Nast Entertainment (CNÉ), a division of Condé Nast that focuses on the development, production, and distribution of original television, feature film and digital video offerings based on the company’s iconic media brands.
Croi McNamara was named senior vice president of programming for digital video at Condé Nast Entertainment (CNÉ) in January 2017. In this role, McNamara oversees the creative development of the company’s popular digital video content, and works with the Condé Nast brand editorial staff to ensure the company’s creative vision is being implemented.
McNamara most recently served as vice president and general manager at Upworthy Media, where she grew monthly video views to more than 300 million. Prior to Upworthy, McNamara served as the global head of design and media for Thomson Reuters IP&S, where she was instrumental in the company’s pivot to digital and video storytelling. Previously, she was a director and executive producer for Discovery Communications’ digital studios and published tens of thousands of pieces of content annually.
McNamara began her career as a producer, writer and line producer, working for National Geographic, Discovery Communications, RTE, NHK and the Food Network, among others.  She received her B.A. from Temple University.
Bruce Perlmutter
Senior Vice President, Production
Joe LaBracio
Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming
Joe LaBracio is executive vice president, alternative programming, at Condé Nast Entertainment (CNÉ), an award-winning next generation studio and distribution network with entertainment content across film, television, premium digital video, social, and virtual reality. He reports to Dawn Ostroff, president of CNÉ.
LaBracio is responsible for developing and producing unscripted programming, much of which is inspired by the iconic Condé Nast brands. Recent series include “Last Chance U” (Netflix), “Vanity Fair Confidential” (Discovery ID), “Most Expensivest” (Viceland), “The Fashion Fund” (Amazon), The New Yorker Presents (Amazon), and “Geeks Who Drink” (Syfy).
Prior to CNÉ, LaBracio was the co-head of the alternative television department at United Talent Agency (UTA) where he played an integral role in building the agency’s international format, broadcast and cable television businesses, and packaged over one hundred television series.
Previously, LaBracio was an agent in the television department of Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Prior to his time as an agent, LaBracio was an executive at CBS where he oversaw series production of “The Amazing Race,” “Big Brother,” and “Rock Star,” among others. LaBracio started his television career working for Ted Koppel at ABC News’ late-night staple, “Nightline.”
LaBracio has a BA in Government from Dartmouth College.
Jeremy Steckler
Executive Vice President, Motion Pictures
Jeremy Steckler is executive vice president, motion pictures at Condé Nast Entertainment (CNÉ), an award-winning next generation studio and distribution network with entertainment content across film, television, premium digital video, social, and virtual reality. He reports to Dawn Ostroff, president of CNÉ.
As the lead motion picture executive at CNÉ since joining the company in 2012, Steckler is responsible for all aspects of acquiring, developing, and overseeing production of film properties for the company, many of which are inspired by stories published by the iconic Condé Nast brands. Steckler, who joined CNÉ in 2012, currently oversees 35 film projects in various stages of development with Hollywood studios and financiers and serves as a producer on all of them, including “Only the Brave,” with Josh Brolin, Miles Teller and Academy Award® winners Jeff Bridges and Laura Connelly, being released nationwide by Sony on October 20, 2017; “The Old Man and the Gun,” starring Academy Award® winners Robert Redford, Casey Affleck and Sissy Spacek with Fox Searchlight distributing; and “King of the Jungle” starring Johnny Depp, which is currently in development. Steckler also served as a producer on CNÉ’s previously released “Army of One” and “The First Monday in May.”
Steckler came to CNÉ from Imagine Entertainment, where he was executive vice president of production and oversaw production and development for major motion picture and television-to-film adaptations. Prior to that, Steckler was senior vice president of production at Fox Searchlight, where he oversaw many award-winning motion pictures, including “Black Swan,” “Juno,” “Crazy Heart” and “(500) Days of Summer.” His work on these and other projects earned Steckler the distinction of being named one of Hollywood’s “Top 35 Executives Under 35” by The Hollywood Reporter.
Prior to Fox Searchlight, Steckler served as vice president at Di Bonaventura Pictures, where he helped build the company’s slate, working with key studios on major film projects, such as “Salt” with Sony and “Four Brothers” with Paramount. Earlier in his career, Steckler was director of development at Spyglass Entertainment where we worked on such films as “The Recruit,” “Reign of Fire,” “Shanghai Knights,” and “The Count of Monte Cristo.”
Steckler has a BA from Duke University.
Jonathan Koa
Senior Vice President, Scripted Programming
Jonathan Koa is senior vice president, scripted programming at Condé Nast Entertainment (CNÉ), an award-winning next generation studio and distribution network with entertainment content across film, television, premium digital video, social, and virtual reality. He reports to Dawn Ostroff, president of CNÉ.
As the lead executive for scripted television at CNÉ, Koa is responsible for all aspects of acquiring, developing, and overseeing production of long-form scripted television series inspired by the Condé Nast brands.
Before CNÉ, Koa was an executive at the ABC Television Network, overseeing the production and development of new comedy series. He has worked with a large list of top comedy talent, including Greg Daniels, Bill Lawrence, James Burrows, David Caspe, Emily Kapnek, Greg Garcia, Lauren Lungerich, Shana Goldberg-Meehan, Jonathan Groff, Jeff and Jackie Filgo, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupinsky, Victor Fresco, John Enbom, Chris Moynihan and Amy Sherman-Palladino. While at ABC, Koa oversaw the successful re-launch of “Scrubs,” as well as the development and launch of the series “Selfie,” “Better with You,” “Malibu Country,” and “Man Up!”
Prior to joining ABC, Koa served as vice president, drama programming and development at Universal Media Studios (UMS; formerly NBC Universal Television Studios) working with top talent, including Jason Katims, David Shore, Spike Lee, Andy Breckman, Ron Moore, John Eisendrath, Liz Heldens, Tommy Schlamme, Cindy Chupack, Jason Smilovic, Gary Scott Thompson, Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts, and Doug Liman. Koa oversaw the production of the award-winning series “House” (Fox), “Monk” (USA), “Parenthood” (NBC), and “Mercy” (NBC).
Prior to UMS, Koa served as director, drama programming, NBC Universal Television Studio, where he oversaw the development and production of such series as “Las Vegas,” “Heist,” “Knight Rider,” “In Plain Sight,” and the international co-production “Crusoe.”
Koa received his undergraduate degree from George Washington University.

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