Condé Nast appointments: Michelle Lee named Editor-In-Chief at Allure
Condé Nast Entertainment appoints Jonathan Koa, Senior Vice President, Scripted Programming; Koa previously served as a comedy executive at ABC
NEW YORK, NY — November 11, 2015 —— Condé Nast president Bob Sauerberg today named Michelle Lee editor-in-chief of Allure. Her appointment takes effect immediately.
Most recently, Lee was editor-in-chief and chief marketing officer of Nylon Media, where she oversaw all editorial content, native advertising and marketing for Nylon, Nylon Guys and Nylon.com. During her tenure, Lee helped launch Nylon Studio, the company’s in-house creative agency, and led the overall strategic direction for the Nylon brand. Previously, Lee was the chief content and strategy officer at Magnified Media, a full-service branded content and custom publishing agency.
“When Linda Wells launched Allure, it broke new ground and redefined the beauty category, and she leaves us with that rich heritage to build upon,” said Sauerberg. “Today we begin a new phase of innovation for the brand, with Michelle paving the way for the next wave of consumers who crave interactive beauty content that’s both inspiring and approachable.”
“Beauty is incredibly popular among millennial audiences and is more accessible than ever before,” said Lee. “Allure is a brand unlike any other, and I’m looking forward to expanding our unique ability to inspire and empower through beauty to all platforms.”
Lee has led a storied career in media, and was part of the launch teams for Us Weekly, The Daily Front Row and CosmoGIRL. She served as the editor-in-chief of In Touch Weekly for two years, and has held senior staff positions at Hollywood.com, Beyond the Row, Mademoiselle and Glamour. Lee has written for Marie Claire, Paper, Elle, Real Simple, Maxim, Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health and Self, among others.
Lee succeeds Linda Wells, who founded Allure in 1991 and will be transitioning to an advisory role at Condé Nast. In recognition of her extraordinary contributions to the brand and the industry, Wells will be noted as founding editor on Allure’s masthead.
NEW YORK, NY — November 12, 2015 —— Condé Nast Entertainment (CNÉ) has appointed Jonathan Koa senior vice president, scripted programming, effective November 16th. In his new role, Koa will be responsible for developing and producing scripted television projects for CNÉ. The announcement was made by Dawn Ostroff, president of CNÉ, to whom Koa will report.
Koa previously served as a comedy executive at ABC, where he oversaw the production and development of the network’s comedy series and worked with the industry’s top comedy talent. Prior to ABC, Koa worked at NBCUniversal Television Studios, where he sold projects to all major broadcast and cable networks.
“Jon’s broad experience working at both a network and a studio gives him a unique perspective of a very dynamic marketplace,” said Ostroff. “His extensive relationships with top talent, along with his creative instincts, will be a tremendous advantage for us in developing scripted programming from the wealth of material that comes from our magazines, digital platforms and archives.”
“CNÉ has quickly become a source for unique and compelling television projects,” said Koa. “I’m looking forward to jumping into the vast archives of content and working with the iconic Condé Nast brands to develop series that really stand out.”
While at ABC, Koa worked with award-winning comedy talent including Amy Poehler, Greg Daniels, Bill Lawrence, James Burrows and Emily Kapnek, among many others. At NBCU, Koa was responsible for overseeing the production of the Emmy and Golden Globe award winning and nominated series “House,” “Monk” and “Parenthood.”
A graduate of The George Washington University, Koa came to the entertainment industry having worked in politics for Senators Paul Simon and Dianne Feinstein as well as the Democratic National Committee.
CNÉ has a first-look deal for scripted television programming for both broadcast and cable at Twentieth Century Fox Television and currently has numerous scripted projects set up at several networks including ABC, FOX, HBO and AMC, among others. CNÉ also has four unscripted television shows in production or on the air—“Vanity Fair Confidential” (Investigation Discovery), “The Fashion Fund” (Amazon), “The New Yorker Presents” (Amazon) and “Geeks Who Drink” (Syfy). Additionally, CNÉ has two feature films in production, “Army of One” starring Nicolas Cage and Russell Brand, and “China: Through the Looking Glass” which follows the creation of the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute’s annual Gala and exhibition.
CNÉ’s digital video network includes 19 brand channels with full programming lineups and the industry’s first platform dedicated to premium digital video, THE SCENE. To date, CNÉ has produced more than 4,000 videos—more premium content than any other company—delivering more than 2.7 billion views annually since the digital channels launched in 2013. CNÉ’s digital content has been widely recognized for its quality by the industry including being honored with the company’s first Producers Guild of America Award, an Emmy win, first Television Academy Honor and dozens of Webby nominations.