April 12, 2018

Christian Baesler Named President of Complex Networks

Christian Baesler Named President of Complex Networks

Newly Created Role Will Oversee The Day-To-Day Operations For Powerhouse Youth Culture Media Company  

New York, NY (March 29, 2018) -- Complex Networks, the leading multi-platform media company in youth culture, has named Christian Baesler to the newly created role of President. Reporting directly to CEO Rich Antoniello, Baesler is charged with growing the company’s portfolio of brands - Complex, First We Feast, Rated Red, Sole Collector and Pigeons & Planes. The announcement was made today by Antoniello. Baesler will be located in the company’s New York headquarters starting April 2.

Baesler will oversee the day-to-day operations of Complex Networks. His role brings together the core digital business teams that have bolstered Complex Networks to the leading voice of youth culture. Baesler steps into the newly created role from his former position as President of Bauer Xcel Media, Bauer Media Group’s global digital division, where he oversaw its U.K. and U.S. businesses. 

“I’ve been following Complex’s rapid growth for years and am very impressed by what Rich and the exceptionally talented team have built,” said Baesler. “I’m incredibly excited to join at this critical time to help build Complex Networks into the world’s leading force in youth culture.” 

“Complex Networks is at a nexus point having built strong brands and a slate of programming that attracts a massive audience, resulting in strong year over year revenue growth. We’re now poised for our next phase, to be the leading multi-brand, multi-platform media company serving youth culture globally. Christian is an exceptional executive with deep knowledge of the digital landscape and an impressive track record for guiding businesses to achieve their fullest potential. His insight and demonstrated ability to deliver results in the increasingly turbulent digital media industry makes Christian the perfect executive to guide the ship while we build the next iteration of Complex Networks. He’s also a terrific guy, and we’re thrilled to welcome him to the team,” said Antoniello.

Baesler spent nearly a decade at Bauer Media Group initially based at its headquarters in Hamburg, and then relocating to New York to create Bauer Xcel Media, focused on growing its online brands and expanding its global digital portfolio. During his tenure at Bauer Media’s global digital division Xcel, he built the U.S. operation into a team of more than 70 across editorial, technology, marketing and product management. In addition to his U.S. responsibility, Baesler expanded his role to include Bauer Media’s digital business in the U.K., where the company is the largest magazine publisher, as well as Europe’s largest commercial radio operator. He has a degree in Computer Science and Business Administration and studied at Nordakademie Hamburg, Boston University and Harvard Business School.

Complex Networks has established itself as a next-generation media company built around the passion points that fuel pop culture. The company currently produces over 30 daily and weekly series across its award-winning brands, available through YouTube and social channels,along with a growing list of distributors including Verizon, Fuse, Facebook and MSG Network among others. Its flagship shows Sneaker Shopping and Hot Ones each have over 250 million lifetime views, and its newest series The Burger Show captured over 4 million views in its first month of launch.

About Complex Networks

Complex Networks, formed from the acquisition of Complex Media Inc. through a joint venture by Verizon and Hearst, is a global lifestyle brand and media company and one of the most influential voices in popular culture today. Complex Networks generates over 1.2 billion video views a month across its digital channels and is a Top 10 publisher in the U.S. for social engagement on channels like Facebook and YouTube.

Complex Networks develops and distributes original programming for its channels and through output deals with distributors including Facebook, Fuse and go90. The company cultivates content that spans across popular culture from music to movies, sports to video games, fashion to food, reaching the coveted 18-24-year-old male audience. In November, the company successfully hosted its second ComplexCon in Long Beach, California, attracting 200 top brands and over 50,000 attendees to the two-day cultural festival.