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Ken Lerer Names Top-Tier Editorial Team for New Video News Venture

6/12/2014 Brent Lang

By Brent Lang
TheWrap

NowThis News, the new digital video network backed by Kenneth Lerer, announced an all-star editorial team filled with veterans of old media titans like CNN and ABC News.

Eason Jordan, former CNN chief news executive, will be the company's general manager; Ed O'Keefe, former ABC News digital executive producer, will be the company's editor-in-chief; and Katharine Zaleski, former Washington Post executive director of digital news will serve as NowThis News' managing editor.

The company also said it will partner with BuzzFeed and will have a dedicated vertical within the social news site's platform.

"We're creating NowThis News to meet straight on the inevitable and rapid changes happening in news consumption: digital, mobile, social and video – that's what NowThis News is about," Lerer, partner of Lerer Ventures and the company's co-founder, said in a statement.

The most prominent of Lerer's previous new-media successes is the Huffington Post, the news site and content aggregator he co-founded with Arianna Huffington in 2005. AOL purchased the Huffington Post for $315 million in February 2011.

NowThis News's leadership team also includes veterans from a wide range of leading news outlets, including: Head of Production Steven Belser, former head of production of VICE Media; Chief Technology Officer Theo Burry, former technical director of The Huffington Post; and Social Editor Drake Martinet, former social/multimedia Editor of AllThingsD.

NowThis News is also backed by Bedrocket Media Ventures and Oak Ventures.

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