By Sahil Patel
Ahead of its 2014 Newfront presentation, we already knew that Conde Nast Entertainment had renewed 21 original series from its 2013 programming slate. But that’s just a fraction of what Conde Nast’s video division is planning for the coming year.
CNE — on a “mission to develop television, film, and digital video content with the same exceptional quality our [magazine] brands are known for,” per CNE president Dawn Ostroff — plans to launch more than 100 shows across a video network that will expand to 14 channels by year-end.
Ostroff made this announcement at CNE’s Newfront presentation in New York, which was attended by advertisers and, interestingly, a crop of top YouTube talent — Taryn Southern, Bethany Mota, Erica Domesek, Jordan Reed, and Laura Vitale. Since launching its network last year, CNE has been active about working with the YouTube community, and has worked on video and series projects some of the creators on that list.
The coming year is supposed to be a big one for CNE. “This year we’ll generate over 1 billion views,” Ostroff predicted. (CNE is currently on track to surpass its first billion in May.)
To make it happen, the division is planning to add to its distribution portfolio to more than 25 outlets. The network currently spans AOL, Yahoo, Dailymotion, YouTube, and over 20 other video outlets.
New channels coming to the video network this year include those for Bon Appetit, Lucky, and The New Yorker.
For a selection of shows that will be available on those channels, as well as the 11 that already exist, the list is below.
On top of all this, CNE is also looking to create a new online video hub for “digital-first” content, whether that’s produced by CNE or third-party content partners. The hub is called The Scene, and it will launch in July.
“As it turns out, a home for CNE [programming] addresses a need in the marketplace and answers a simple question: where do you go for premium video content?” said CNE chief digital officer Fred Santarpia.
Digital series will get first billing, added Santarpia, and won’t get lost in the noise of TV clips, sports highlights, and an “avalanche” of other content that crowed other video platforms like YouTube.
Outside of original content produced for CNE brands, the division will also create content specifically for The Scene.
Third-party content partners include ABC News, BuzzFeed, Major League Soccer, Weather Channel Films, Variety, and YouTube comedy network Jash. “When combined with our brands, these partners will give The Scene the scope and depth of the best digital storytelling in a single unified experience,” said Santarpia.
Here are some of the shows unveiled by CNE at its Newfront:
Cassandra To The Rescue — YouTube sensation Cassandra Bankson helps women tackle their insecurities and skin problems with makeup secrets and lessons in confidence.
Beauty Evolution — Top beauty insiders reveal the best moments — and not-so-best moments — of the most glamorous celebs on their journeys to becoming beauty icons.
I Effed It Up — Bon Appétit’s senior food editor, Dawn Perry, shares cooking techniques that will keep viewers from messing up their favorite dishes.
Cook Like A Pro — The country’s best chefs reveal the secrets to their most famous dishes.
Big Fat Weekend — Bon Appétit’s inimitable Andrew Knowlton bursts onto the scene of a new town in each episode and revels in the local food, drink and culinary indulgences.
1 Item 3 Ways — Viewers will learn how to take the seasonal food item of the moment and reinvent it in three unique and delicious recipes.
What’s In Your Bag? — Comedian Mike Kenton plays the most comically intrusive and revealing game with the residents of New York City — what’s in their grocery bags.
Epicuriousity — This visually lush and compelling docu-series explores the trends and personalities at the forefront of the artisanal food and wine movement in America.
30 Things — From executive producers Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, this series presents the must-haves and must-knows for women on the cusp of, and beyond, the age of 30.
Glamour Documentaries — The next installment in the award-winning documentary series that brought viewers Screw You Cancer.
Shanked — Outrageous and hilarious pranks have finally made their way onto the golf course in this new hidden-camera comedy series.
Hungover Caddy — An animated series that follows the antics and shenanigans of an unruly caddy at the fanciest of country clubs.
45 Second Man — GQ’s new animated series demonstrates how to do everything — in style — with invaluable insight and expertise.
Most Expensivest Sh*t — Whether in good taste or totally over the top, this series looks at the most outrageously decadent toys of the rich and famous — the most expensivest sh*t known to man.
Rachel’s Rules — Nutrition expert Rachel Beller dissects the shocking reality behind the foods people think are healthy, and how to truly eat smart.
Treat Yourself — This series shows viewers how to enjoy a delicious indulgence without going up in jean size — the ultimate treat for every healthy food lover.
In The Mood For — With her unrivaled style sensibility and hilarious irreverence, fashion blogger Leandra Medine (aka Man Repeller) demonstrates how to wear the hottest looks of the moment.
Beauty Icons — Celebrity makeup artist Kayleen McAdams transforms herself from glam squad team member to Hollywood icon, making every glamorous feature accessible and easy to achieve for viewers.
Bryanboy Goes To College — On a cross-country college tour, popular fashion blogger Bryanboy meets chic and stylish college students in this series that celebrates street style at the top of its class.
Strictly Ballet — This series presents an unprecedented, never-before-seen look inside the School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center.
Get The Look — Teen Vogue’s Elaine Welteroth gives viewers the scoop on their favorite celebrities’ most iconic makeup moments straight from the source — speaking with their very own makeup artists who demonstrate how to achieve each look.
@VF Scandal — No one does scandal quite like Vanity Fair; this documentary series reveals the most salacious, scandalous and intriguing tales that exist, proving that when it comes to storytelling, it’s either Vanity Fair or it’s not.
Red Carpet Conversations — Red carpet footage like you’ve never seen it before — with irreverent lip reading that suggests a conversation between celebrities that you would never imagine.
73 Questions — From director Joe Sabia comes a totally unique interview that takes us inside a celebrity’s home, where they’ll answer 73 very personal questions — on the spot.
Born Free — This gripping documentary series brings together top fashion designers with iconic photographer Annie Leibovitz as they embark on a quest to minimize the spread of HIV to children from infected mothers.
Retro Grade — A gadget lab for antiquated and obsolete technology, this comic series offers tech demonstrations that viewers won’t believe were once possible.
Teen Technorati — Hundreds of thousands of dollars and a Thiel Fellowship await a select few teen inventors who are competing for the chance to develop their inventions.
Popular CNÉ series being renewed for 2014 include:
Dressed to Kill, Elevator Makeover, The Single Life, Why Do Guys?, My Glamour Do
Girl vs. Sweat, Which is Worse?
Besties, Breakfast with Bevan, Get the Look, My Room Makeover: College Edition, Outfit of the Day
Vogue Weddings: The Dress, The Fashion Fund
Angry Nerd, Codefellas, Design FX, The Window, What’s Inside