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Complex Networks ups Cornell Brown, Damien Scott

Verizon and Hearst-owned digital media company Complex Networks has elevated key executives Cornell Brown, Damien Scott and Jack Erwin as the company continues its expansion into video. Brown (pictured, left) has ...
December 4, 2017

Verizon and Hearst-owned digital media company Complex Networks has elevated key executives Cornell Brown, Damien Scott and Jack Erwin as the company continues its expansion into video.

Brown (pictured, left) has been promoted to general manager of video from GM of video production, while Erwin will become GM of content. The pair will have oversight of the brands Complex, First We Feast, Pigeons & Planes and Sole Collector.

In his expanded role as GM of video, Brown will be responsible for overseeing the creative development of series on the network’s YouTube channels, as well as with linear and digital partners.

He will continue to oversee the in-house production team responsible for a slate of more than 20 daily and weekly series, including Complex News, Hot Ones, Sneaker Shopping and Everyday Struggle.

Since joining Complex from Bad Boy Enterprises in 2013, Brown assisted in the launch of the company’s first channel, Complex News, which has grown to two million-plus subscribers.

Erwin, previously VP of content operations, expands his responsibilities in the creation of original programming for Complex Networks’ key brands. Erwin has helped create such series as Out of Bounds, Everyday Struggle and #Life@Complex.

Both Brown and Erwin will report into Complex Networks CEO Rich Antoniello.

“We have an incredibly talented team that embodies the culture of the company. Both Jack and Cornell have been instrumental in the company’s exponential growth and success in video this past year,” said Antoniello in a statement. “And as we continue to expand our original content, their leadership and continued willingness to experiment with formats and push the boundaries of storytelling is crucial to the development of successful programming at the company.”

Scott (right), meanwhile, has been lifted to the role of editor-in-chief and VP of content and development for Complex. Scott, who rejoined Complex in September as director of content, will  lead the Complex editorial and content teams including signature series Everyday Struggle and Out of Bounds. He will also work closely with Erwin and Brown in developing new programming under the Complex brand.

Reporting into Erwin, Scott played a key role in transitioning Complex to video as a producer for the original series Magnum Opus and executive producer of news series On the Ground in Ferguson.

Prior to joining Complex, Scott served as branded content editor for Hearst Autos producing branded video campaigns for Lexus, Rolex and Genesis, among others. Prior to this, he was senior director of content for BET and held roles at Mass Appeal, Vibe and Time magazine.

The promotions follow the departure of Complex Networks’ chief content officer Noah Callahan-Bever, who will remain part of the company in an advisory role.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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