It looks like Condé Nast’s new Entertainment Group is taking shape. Today, its president Dawn Ostroff, the former CW and UPN head who was hired in October to help the company develop new revenue sources via films, TV series and digital content based on its brands like Vanity Fair and Vogue, tapped its first programming executives.
Jeremy Steckler joins as evp of motion pictures, from roles at Imagine Entertainment and before that, Fox Searchlight. The other is Michael Klein, formerly of the Sundance Channel and Travel Channel Media, who becomes evp of alternative programming, which could include reality TV, documentaries and nonfiction programming. Both will report to Ostroff.
Ostroff, who has been spending part of her first few months on the job meeting the company's editors and hearing their ideas for brand extensions, is expected to make more senior hires in the next few weeks.
Along with the new hires, Condé Nast's in-house production department, which creates video content for the company's websites and advertising clients, is moving out of chief technology officer Joe Simon's group and into Ostroff's.
The new hires news follows yesterday’s announcement that longtime Condé spokeswoman Maurie Perl would become the group’s new rep. Earlier this year, Jeffrey Thompson, a Disney vet, was named vp of business development.