Condé Nast announced this week that Oren Katzeff was tapped as the new president of the company’s video production and distribution studio Condé Nast Entertainment, starting Dec. 17.
Reporting to CEO Bob Sauerberg, he will be based in New York and will be tasked with overseeing all of the 5,000 annually produced videos on the company’s digital, social, virtual reality, and OTT channels, in addition to growing its film and television production slate.
Most recently, Katzeff served as global head of programming for Tastemade, a food and travel related video network, where he worked to establish an active monthly viewership of over 250 million, grew the company’s video views to more than three billion UVs, and launched the brand’s first 24/7 linear channel on YouTube TV. Prior to this, Katzeff has also held senior and executive roles at ZEFR, Demand Entertainment, and Yahoo! Media.
Katzeff fills a role vacated by Dawn Ostroff, who left Condé Nast in June to become chief content officer at Spotify.
Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move…
Meredith Corp. has added two directors to its Luxury Group in an effort to bolster its sales team this week. Melissa Strome was appointed as the automotive and finance director, and Maria Eliason is the new fashion director, both effective immediately.
Strome joins the company from Active Interest Media where she served as the publisher of Yoga Journal and was tasked with leading sales and marketing initiatives across all of the brand’s platforms. She also was responsible for the launch of several brand extensions, including the Live Be Yoga Tour.
Eliason was most recently with the New York Times where she was tasked with growing the fashion, luxury, and retail digital advertising categories as the advertising director, and prior to that held senior roles at Vanity Fair, InStyle and the Daily Beast.
The Atlantic has promoted senior editor Gillian B. White to deputy editor of TheAtlantic.com. White will share that role with Swati Sharma, who arrived from the Washington Post in January, with both reporting to TheAtlantic.com editor Adrienne LaFrance. White, who has been with The Atlantic since 2014, will also continue to serve as a moderator at the brand’s live events.
Hanley Wood’s Metrostudy, a database for market information in the housing and residential construction industry, hired Matt Brown as its director of business development to support the Southern California market. Brown will be tasked with working collaboratively with director of business development Catherine LaFemina and regional director John Mulville to optimize growth opportunities. He joins Hanley Wood from Meyers Research where he served as regional sales director.
Shalini Sharma was tapped as the first head of video for Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global. Sharma comes from Fast Company where she spent five years leading video and partnerships, and prior to that, she worked at ABC News and at NBC’s the “Today” show. “We are expanding our video business and we are very lucky to have Shalini, who is a kind of triple threat in video having worked in TV for networks and cable and now in digital-first,” Huffington said in a statement reported by The Wrap.
Following shortly after last month’s appointment of Jim Kirk to publisher and executive editor of Crain’s Chicago Business, editor Michael Arndt announced his resignation from the company, effective Nov. 30, after six years in his current role and eight years overall at Crain’s. “I do have a real job plan, but I can’t share it with you just yet,” Arndt said in an email to his staff.
Arndt had been promoted by Kirk in 2012 during Kirk’s first run at the company when he served as the chief of editorial operations. According to Chicago media reporter Robert Feder’s blog, it isn’t certain at this time if the editor role will be filled, but in the meantime, Kirk and managing editor Ann Dwyer will have oversight of the newsroom.
Kevin Riley was tapped as Climbing Magazine’s associate publisher, returning to Active Interest Media and the Climbing brand after five years. He most recently co-founded the Denver-based nonprofit First Ascenders, but prior to that, Riley served as associate publisher for both the Climbing and Urban Climbing titles at Skram Media since 2007, until it was acquired by AIM in 2010, and then served in the same capacity with the publishing company until leaving in 2013.
As associate publisher, Riley will be tasked with applying his dozen-plus years of experience in ad sales to bolster the magazine’s place in the climbing enthusiast space, as well as use his talents as a podcast host to work on the newly launched Climbing brand’s “Basecamp” podcast. He began this role on Nov. 14.
CEO and founder of Mashable Pete Cashmore announced that he is stepping down from his leadership roles and will depart the company at the end of the year. According to his Twitter and LinkedIn bios, he will be “taking some time off and working on something new.”
“We’re grateful for his vision and thank him for the critical role he played during a time of transition. The Mashable brand is thriving under SVP and editor-in-chief Jessica Coen, and I’m confident in our continued success,” said Mike Finnerty, general manager of Ziff Davis Tech—which acquired the website at the end of 2017—in a statement reported by The Drum.
Alexa Weibel is leaving her post as senior food editor at Rachael Ray Every Day to take on the role of senior staff editor at the New York Times’ NYT Cooking. While at the magazine, she was responsible for writing and editing stories, assigning and developing recipes, working closely with the test kitchen, and producing content about cooking for the magazine’s social media channels.
In her new role, Weibel will be tasked with assigning and editing recipes, assisting with the creation of cooking guides, working on special projects, and helping to grow the site and the app by working with recipe developers to generate new and better recipes. She begins her new role on Nov. 26 and will report directly to deputy food editor Emily Weinstein.
Kevin Loria is joining Consumer Reports as a senior writer tasked with covering health topics. Loria was most recently at Business Insider where he served as a reporter for Tech Insider and as a health and science writer covering a wide range of topics from climate change to infectious disease.
NextGov’s senior cybersecurity reporter Joseph Marks is joining the Washington Post. In his current position, Marks is tasked with covering issues including privacy, government cyber authorities, Russian hacking battles, and encryption and will use this experience to to lead Post’s newsletter, The Cybersecurity 202. He begins this new role on Dec. 3.
Technology reporter Ali Breland is leaving The Hill for Mother Jones where he will serve as a disinformation reporter.