Veteran media executive Deanna Brown was named president of Valence’s Billboard–Hollywood Reporter Media Group on Wednesday (April 10), nine months after she joined Valence Media as managing director.
“I’m thrilled at the opportunity to help steward these iconic brands and their talented teams,” Brown said in a statement. “This is a unique and exciting challenge.” Brown has more than three decades of experience as a media executive, entrepreneur and Fortune 500 executive, joining Valence last year from TYT Network, where she served as the digital news and pop-culture outlet’s president and coo.
Before that, she helped Broadway Video Ventures launch Sanctuary Ventures Inc. after holding senior executive positions at Federated Media, Yahoo, and AOL and serving as president of Scripps Networks Digital, where she led the charge to bring Scripps more fully into the digital space.
Earlier in her career, Brown was an advocate for digital media, launching CondeNet for Conde Nast, and holding leadership roles at Entertainment Weekly and Premier Magazine.
“Deanna is uniquely qualified to head this powerful group,” said Valence co-ceos Asif Satchu and Modi Wiczyk. “She’s strategic, tactical, and has the experience and values to lead and define thesebrands for the future.”
In addition to Billboard magazine and The Hollywood Reporter and a number of their brand extensions, the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group includes SpinMedia and its music assets, which include Spin, Vibe and Stereogum. As president of the group, Brown will oversee all aspects of the various brands, including editorial, sales, technology, and growth marketing, reporting directly to the Valence co-ceos.
Billboard will continue to be led by editorial director Hannah Karp and THR continues to be led by editorial director Matt Belloni. Lynne Segall remains the executive vp and publisher of both Billboard and THR.