EXCLUSIVE: Condé Nast Entertainment president Agnes Chu brought in industry veteran Helen Estabrook as the head of development and production for feature films and scripted series. The new role is part of Chu’s continued organizational overhaul, prioritizing a global entertainment strategy and developing a film and television business by leveraging the company’s global brand and intellectual property portfolio.
“I am delighted that Helen chose CNE as her first in-house production opportunity. His award-winning track record and exceptional production skills will help define CNE as a key home for talent-driven stories that unleash the power of our intellectual property through Conde Nast’s iconic brands, ”said Chu to whom Estabrook reports. .
Estabrook will be the main programming manager for Condé Nast Entertainment. She will work alongside Teal Newland, SVP, Digital Video (English), and Ezzie Chidi-Ofong SVP, Digital Video (Local Language), who also report to Chu, as well as Director of Content Operations Christiane Mack, who reports at Chu and Global Content Manager Anna Wintour.
Over the past few years, Estabrook has worked independently at his own company, A Thousand Ships, which recently struck a first deal with HBO. Estabrook has a full CV of notable and award-winning projects, including Up In The Air, Jeff, Who Lives Home, Demolition, Young Adult, Tully, The Front Runner and Whiplash. Estabrook started her TV work with the Golden Globe nominated series Occasional, and she was recently executive producer of the limited series Ms. Fletcher for HBO.
In 2020, Condé Nast gained more than 10 million global subscribers on YouTube, which represents a growth of + 25% year on year. Across CN’s 32 global markets, average monthly views and total minutes viewed increased + 41% year-over-year.