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Dawn Ostroff Exits Conde Nast to Become Spotify’s Chief Content Officer

Ostroff helped found Conde Nast Entertainment in 2011 after leading The CW

Dawn Ostroff has exited her job as president of Conde Nast Entertainment to become the chief content officer of Spotify, the music- and video-streaming company announced Tuesday.

Ostroff, who will remain based in New York City, will lead all aspects of Spotify’s content partnerships across music, audio and video.

She replaces Stefan Blom, a music industry veteran who exited Spotify in January after a mostly unsuccessful effort to develop original video content such as the Russell Simmons-produced “Traffic Jams.”

In 2011, Ostroff helped to launch Conde Nast Entertainment and served as its president to develop film, TV and premium digital content based on the company’s magazine brands and stories.

Her feature credits include Sony’s 2017 film “Only the Brave,” as well as the upcoming Fox Searchlight drama “The Old Man and the Gun,” starring Robert Redford, Casey Affleck and Sissy Spacek.

She also executive produced “Last Chance U” for Netflix, “Vanity Fair Confidential” on Investigation Discovery, “Gentlemen Lobsters” on Seeso as well as “The Fashion Fund” and “The New Yorker Presents,” both on Amazon.

Under Ostroff’s leadership, CNE garnered critical acclaim for its content across all platforms, including an Oscar nomination for the short documentary “Joe’s Violin”; nominations for a Critics’ Choice Award and for a Peabody Award in the documentary category for the Netflix series “Last Chance U”; a BAFTA for Live Action Short for “Boogaloo and Graham”; an Emmy for Glamour’s “Screw Cancer”; and a Producers Guild Award for Outstanding Digital Series for WIRED’s “What’s Inside.”

Prior to joining Condé Nast, Ostroff served as president of entertainment for The CW broadcast network which she helped launch in January 2006. As president, she developed several groundbreaking hit series, including “Gossip Girl” and “The Vampire Diaries.”

From 2002 to 2006, Ostroff served as president of the 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.

While at UPN, she developed the popular reality series “America’s Next Top Model,” which ran for 23 seasons, and shepherded numerous fan favorite series, including “Veronica Mars” and “Everybody Hates Chris.”