August 12, 2019

COMPLEX NETWORKS MAKES KEY EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENTS TO PRODUCTION, MARKETING, AND BRANDED CONTENT TEAMS

COMPLEX NETWORKS MAKES KEY EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENTS TO PRODUCTION, MARKETING, AND BRANDED CONTENT TEAMS

Jonathan Hunt Named EVP of Marketing & Audience Development, Katina Lee to Serve as Head of Branded Content, and David Weinstein Appointed VP of Production

New York, NY (August 12, 2019) – Complex Networks, the global lifestyle brand and media company and one of the most influential voices in popular culture today and formed from the acquisition of Complex Media Inc. through a joint venture by Verizon and Hearst, is pleased to announce key appointments to the executive team. Jonathan Hunt, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Audience Development; Katina Lee, Head of Branded Content; and David Weinstein, Vice President of Production, recently joined the company and will work across Complex, ComplexCon, First We Feast, Pigeons and Planes and Sole Collector.

“Complex Networks has become a global leader in youth culture that spans across web, social, digital video, linear, OTT, events and commerce,” said Christian Baesler, President of Complex Networks. “As we gear up for our next phase of growth, I’m thrilled to have Jonathan, Katina and David join our team. They are proven industry leaders with incredible experience and will make a huge impact in moving our business forward.”

In his role as EVP, Marketing and Audience Development, Jonathan Hunt will lead the brand and consumer marketing, PR, business intelligence and paid media teams, focusing on scaling business and consumer awareness, engagement with Complex Networks' brands, IP, sales projects and other big corporate priorities. Prior to Complex Networks, Hunt was the Senior Vice President of Digital Strategy and Audience Development for National Geographic Partners where he led the company's digital growth strategy across platforms. Hunt led marketing for Vox Media and Vice Media before joining National Geographic Partners. He will report to President Christian Baesler.

As Head of Branded Content, Katina Lee will conceive and design original and first to market campaigns that align with Complex's diverse audiences and brands’ initiatives. A multi-award winner, before joining Complex Networks, Lee developed & produced numerous branded content series, social takeovers, influencer engagement and experiential programs for clients like Lexus, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Toyota, The Home Depot, Walmart, and more as Executive Producer/Vice President of Branded Content and Activations at ONE X Studios. Prior to ONEX, Lee worked at Alloy Media & Marketing, VIBE and Essence. She will report to CRO, Edgar Hernandez.

As VP of Production, David Weinstein will oversee Brand Partnership Studio Production, Editorial, Studio & Post Production Operations and the Talent Relations Department. Weinstein, a multiple award-winner, joins from iCrossing where as Head of Production he managed top tier campaigns for Hearst-owned agencies’ client roster, including Bayer, Microsoft, L’Oreal. Prior to iCrossing, he was Head of Production at Laundry Service and Partner & Executive Producer at East Pleasant, a bi-coastal Emmy Award winning Production Company. He will report to Justin Killion, EVP, Development, Production, Distribution for Complex Networks.

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’ digital channels, which include Complex, ComplexCon, First We Feast, Pigeons & Planes, Sole Collector and more, is a Top 10 publisher in the U.S. for social engagement on channels like Facebook and YouTube. A diversified and profitable media business with premium distribution partners such as Netflix, Hulu, Pluto TV, Roku, and iFlix, Complex Networks’ original content exemplifies convergence culture, exploring topics that span across popular culture from music to movies, sports to video games, fashion to food.

Complex Networks develops and distributes original programming for its channels and through output deals with premium distributors. 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 2016, the company launched ComplexCon in Long Beach, California, to bring the “Internet to life.” The annual event attracts over 200 culture-shifting brands and over 60,000 digitally savvy attendees to the two-day cultural festival.

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