Big magazine publishers are now video producers, and the traditional TV world is starting to take notice. Twentieth Century Fox Television and Condé Nast Entertainment have entered into a
“first-look” agreement for Condé Nast to develop and produce broadcast and cable TV projects for Fox.
Under the terms of the deal, CNE will produce broadcast TV
shows for Twentieth Century Fox Television, and cable shows for Fox 21, the broadcaster’s cable production arm.
The first collaborations between CNE and Fox are set to air this year.
It’s the first such studio deal for CNE, whose video offerings have been gaining traction in the broadcast and cable space over the last year.
CNE’s productions for other
networks include “Vanity Fair Confidential,” airing on Investigation Discovery, which consists of documentary-type features that further explore some of the magazine’s famous
investigative journalism. A second show -- “The Fashion Fund,” airing on Ovation -- has Vogue
’s legendary Editor in Chief Anna Wintour presiding over a competition between
10 designers, with a $300,000 prize waiting for the winner. A third show -- “Geeks Who Drink,” on SyFy -- is a trivia quiz show with a self-explanatory premise.
scripted arena, CNE is working with The CW to produce “The Avenger,” a “biopunk” thriller and crime series based loosely on a 1939 pulp magazine of the same name published by
Street & Smith, a now-defunct publisher whose assets were purchased by Condé Nast in 1959.
Condé Nast continues to push ahead with new digital video channels featuring
original content from its magazines. In April the high-end publisher unveiled a new digital video channel for Allure
, features new original series devoted to makeovers, expert beauty advice
and celebrity beauty, among other things. Condé Nast, which previously unveiled digital video channels for Vogue, Teen Vogue, GQ, Glamour