Condé Nast Entertainment Poaches Talent From Disney+

Agnes Chu will lead global growth strategy as president

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Agnes Chu joins Condé Nast from The Walt Disney Company. Getty Images
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Condé Nast Entertainment (CNE) has appointed Agnes Chu as president to lead its global growth strategy focused on supporting and monetizing digital video, television and film projects.

Chu was previously the vice president of content for Disney+,  launching the platform with an original slate of programming that was recognized with 19 Emmy Award nominations in its first year.

“Her leadership was instrumental to the success of one of the largest media launches in the last decade, and we are thrilled for her to join us and help drive the continued growth of our brands and audience through the power of video storytelling,” said Roger Lynch, global CEO of Condé Nast, in a statement.

Chu, who has held various positions at Disney since 2008, is expected to further expand CNE’s content across platforms, according to a statement.

Before she starts in the new role in September, Chu will work with Ricky Strauss, president of content and marketing at Disney+, on a transition plan. In a note to staff, Strauss said Chu would be “greatly missed,” but that her impact would be “felt for many years to come.”

This is another big departure for the streaming service, after its chairman Kevin Mayer stepped down in May to become the CEO of TikTok.

In a statement, Chu said Condé Nast had always inspired her, allowing for “new vantage points and a vision of what is possible,” she said in a statement.

Chu is replacing Oren Katzeff, who will move into a new role elsewhere in the company. He came under fire when old inappropriate social media posts resurfaced earlier this summer.

“As society is changing, Condé Nast is changing,” Lynch said in a statement that did not mention Katzeff. “We need to listen, learn and take quick action to be a positive force in the industry.”

Condé Nast also made headlines when vp of video Matt Duckor left the company after homophobic and racist tweets resurfaced, and Adam Rapoport, former editor in chief of Bon Appétit, resigned after an image of him in brownface surfaced as well as claims of unfair working conditions at the magazine.

—Streaming editor Kelsey Sutton contributed to this report.

Emmy is an Adweek contributor who is completing her journalism degree at The College of New Jersey with minors in Spanish and broadcast journalism.