UPDATED: After six years at Condé Nast Entertainment, Joe Sabia is stepping down as the division’s SVP of inventive growth.
Sabia, greatest recognized as the creator and host of Vogue’s “73 Questions” interview collection, informed Selection he’s departing the media and publishing firm on good phrases. He mentioned he’s establishing store as an impartial inventive video producer to “return to my roots as an artist.”
“I simply really feel like I’ve achieved every little thing I need to obtain” at Condé Nast, Sabia mentioned.
A Condé Nast spokesman confirmed Sabia’s resignation, declining to supply additional remark.
Sabia’s exit comes amid a management changeover at Condé Nast Entertainment: Later this month, Agnes Chu, former head of content material for Disney Plus, is ready to take the helm as president of CNE, changing Oren Katzeff, who’s transferring into a brand new, unspecified position. Condé Nast Entertainment in current months has been accused of racial pay disparities, main a number of standard hosts of Bon Appétit’s “Check Kitchen” to refuse to signal new contracts for the collection. (Bon Appétit, in the meantime, final month named e book publishing vet Daybreak Davis as editor-in-chief after the ouster of former EIC Adam Rapoport amid allegations of racial discrimination and after an outdated image of Rapoport in brown face surfaced.)
Sabia mentioned his leaving Condé Nast has nothing to do with the CNE govt shakeup or the corporate’s racial controversies. “I credit score Condé with giving me all this freedom over time,” he mentioned.
Thus far, CNE has amassed 47 million subscribers on YouTube throughout its portfolio of manufacturers, with the channels producing 500 million views per 30 days, Sabia famous: “We constructed one thing massive; we constructed one thing particular.” He mentioned he’ll proceed to work with CNE as the interviewer of “73 Questions,” amongst different purchasers.
Throughout his time at Condé Nast Entertainment, Sabia led the event and creation of a number of talent-led video franchises, together with Wired’s “Google Autocomplete Interviews,” W’s “Movie star ASMR” on W, Glamour’s “You Sang my Music” and Vainness Truthful’s “Lie Detector” and “Tinder Takeover,” and GQ’s “Really Me” (aka “Celebrities Go Undercover”). He’s additionally interviewed singer-songwriter Billie Eilish for Vainness Truthful’s “Identical Interview, One 12 months Aside” collection, beginning in 2017.
Sabia, who will stay based mostly in New York Metropolis, mentioned his consumer roster contains Outlier, a platform providing on-line college programs based by Aaron Rasmussen (co-founder of MasterClass), as effectively as radio and podcast enterprise The Moth. He mentioned he’ll additionally pursue inventive collaborations with celebrities and business work, amongst different initiatives.
In 2007, Sabia grew to become recognized for “Seven Minute Sopranos,” created along with his good friend Paul Gulyas, which edited footage from the primary six “Sopranos” seasons (with out permission from HBO) to summarize the complete collection to that time. In 2011, Sabia delivered a TED Discuss “the expertise of storytelling,” and he mentioned these concepts for the best way to attain audiences in contemporary methods will kind the premise of the brand new enterprise he’s beginning.
Going ahead, Sabia will work on a contract foundation to proceed “73 Questions,” whose friends over time have included Margot Robbie, Alicia Keys, Cardi B, Taylor Swift, Woman Gaga, Zendaya, Selena Gomez and Sarah Jessica Parker. However how did it occur that 73 was the set variety of questions? “It’s an uncommon quantity. It has good web optimization [search engine optimization],” he defined. “And 100 questions is simply too many.”
Condé Nast credit Sabia with creating and launching “73 Questions” together with Vincent Peone. However in line with a Enterprise Insider report in July, filmmaker Shruti Ganguly was “instrumental” in creating the present’s format (and that Sabia initially proposed asking interviewees 100 questions in three minutes). The BI report additionally cited 13 present and former Condé Nast workers who mentioned CNE’s course of for vetting new initiatives “constantly rejected video pitches that might characteristic individuals of shade and matters about nonwhite communities,” together with movies with Megan Thee Stallion and Lizzo.