Condé Nast Launches Unscripted TV Unit Headed By ‘Amazing Race’ Producer

Condé Nast Entertainment is pushing further into the unscripted arena, announcing the formation of CNE Studios. The new division, headed by Emmy-winning producer/director Al Edgington, will produce unscripted television series developed by CNE.

CNE currently has five unscripted television series in production or on the air, and the formation of CNE Studios will expand CNE into a full-service, next-generation production company, developing and producing projects in film, television and digital video. The announcement was made by Dawn Ostroff, president of CNE, to whom Edgington will report.

“With the explosive demand for television programming, CNE Studios is the natural progression of taking our success in developing and selling unscripted series to the next level,” said Ostroff. “Al’s expertise and keen production abilities will be a tremendous asset as he and Joe LaBracio work closely on building the next phase of our unscripted television business.”

“The opportunity to produce such a wide variety of projects, both from Condé Nast as well as outside sources, is an incredibly exciting prospect,” added Edgington.

Edgington has served as a producer on the multiple Emmy-winning The Amazing Race, as a co-executive producer on Last Comic Standing and as an executive producer on Who Do You Think You Are?. He also worked as a producer of the Academy Awards, oversaw several projects for Sky Television in the UK and has extensive live-programming experience. Edgington has been nominated for three Emmys and won one for his work on The Amazing Race.

CNE has 24 film projects in development and two of which will be released later this year, The First Monday in May and Army of One. The company also has five unscripted television series in production and on the air Fashion Fund and The New Yorker Presents on Amazon, and Vanity Fair Confidential on Investigation Discovery among others. CNE also has  first-look deal at 20th Century Fox TV for scripted series, has sold a scripted series to NBCUniversal’s Seeso, and multiple pilots to networks, including HBO, Fox and AMC.

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