Stephen Colvin, ex-Dennis CEO, Lands at CNET

Will Oversee Entertainment, Lifestyle Brands

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NEW YORK ( -- Stephen Colvin, the former president-CEO of Dennis Publishing, has been named exec VP at CNET Networks. In his new role, Mr. Colvin will oversee CNET's entertainment and lifestyle properties, including GameSpot, CHOW, UrbanBaby,, and FilmSpot.
Stephen Colvin
Stephen Colvin

Mr. Colvin was highest-level executive displaced when Quadrangle Capital Partners bought Dennis last August and installed Kent Brownridge as CEO. Mr. Colvin was integral in building Dennis in the U.S.; he arrived here in 1995 to investigate whether Dennis, which was spun out of the mothership in London, could find a niche. Flagship title Maxim's stateside arrival turned out to be a runaway success in print and eventually in digital media and licensing.

At his new employer, Mr. Colvin will draw on his experience at Dennis working across platforms, he said.

"I was looking really for a company that was a good fit for what I wanted, that I thought was a good fit for me in terms of the executive team, a dynamic company, vision and ambition for future growth," he said. "That was more important than the platform I worked on."

Mr. Colvin, who starts his new job Oct. 29, is only the latest magazine veteran to join a company rooted on the web. At CNET, he joins Jack Haire, the longtime Time Inc. executive who was named special advisor to CEO Neil Ashe last June. And Eileen Naughton, the former president of Time magazine, is now director of media platforms at Google.
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