Power Player Breakfast with Dawn Ostroff, President, Condé Nast Entertainment

The Power Player Breakfast Series brings women at the top of their career game to NYWIFT for intimate, inspiring discussions on their current projects, working their ways to the top and other exciting industry insights!

For February, we welcome Dawn Ostroff, President of Condé Nast Entertainment (CNÉ). Condé Nast Entertainment (CNÉ) is an award-winning next generation studio producing projects across film, television, premium digital video and virtual reality based on Condé Nast’s iconic brands.
Since its founding in 2011, CNÉ has 27 active film projects with two films releasing in 2016, The First Monday in May, which had the honor of opening the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, and Army of One, which is currently available in theaters and On Demand.
Additionally, CNÉ has six unscripted and one scripted television series in production and on the air, and multiple pilots sold to various television networks. CNÉ’s digital video network was launched 2013 and produces more than 4,000 videos annually. Over the last year, CNÉ garnered more than 2.8 billion video views, won its first Emmy Award, and received multiple Academy Award nominations for its short-form film digital content. CNÉ also launched The Scene, the first platform dedicated to premium digital video for its channels.

Prior to joining Condé Nast in 2011, Ostroff launched and led the new CW broadcast network, beginning January 2006. As president of entertainment, she was responsible for all aspects of the CW’s creative efforts, including programming, digital, branding, marketing, research and sales, and developed such groundbreaking hit series as Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries and America’s Next Top Model. From 2002 to 2006, Ostroff served as president of UPN Network, where she oversaw all areas of the network’s business—programming, digital, branding, marketing, sales, finance, research, legal and publicity, and more.

Before UPN, Ostroff served as executive vice president of entertainment at Lifetime Television, where she headed up programming and production, scheduling and acquisitions, including Lifetime Original Movies, prime-time series, specials, documentaries and sports, as well as all programming for Lifetime Movie Network and Lifetime Real Women. In the five years that Ostroff led Lifetime Entertainment (1996–2002), the network rose from sixth place to become the #1-rated cable network in prime time.

Earlier in her career Ostroff held senior roles at 20th Century Fox Television, Michael Jacobs Productions (at Disney) and the Kushner-Locke Company. She began her career working at several local channels in news as an on-air reporter and a producer.


Produced by the Power Player Breakfast Committee
Bobbi Alpert, Christina Brown Fisher, Carey Graeber, Eileen Newman,
Julie Poll, Janet Stilson and Susan Wagner

Special Thanks to Power Player Breakfast Sponsor
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz

February 9 @ 8:30am
8:30 am — 10:00 am (1h 30′)

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