Publishing Veteran Richard Beckman Leaving Vice Media (Exclusive)

Richard Beckman

The former Conde Nast executive joined Vice last May as it prepped cable network Viceland.

Richard Beckman is moving on from Vice less than a year after he joined the youth media company.

The publishing veteran, who spent more than two decades at Conde Nast, is stepping down from the role of chief revenue officer as he pursues the opportunity to run a business of his own.

"It's been a remarkable year," Beckman said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "We've built out one of the strongest sales divisions in the business and partnered with a roster of blue-chip brands, especially around the launch of Viceland."

Beckman joined Vice last May as the male-focused millennial media brand began prepping its push into cable television with Viceland. The veteran dealmaker hired a team that was able to bring on a roster of advertisers — including Unilever, Bank of America, Samsung and Toyota — for Viceland's February launch, even as it plans not to release Nielsen ratings data for its first six months post-launch.

Beckman spent the majority of his career at Conde Nast Media Group, most recently running its Fairchild Fashion Group as CEO and president. He left Conde in 2010 to oversee Prometheus Global Media, the former parent company of The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard, departing in 2012 to form Fashion Rocks-producer Three Lions Entertainment.

A senior team will continue to handle brand partnerships at Vice, which has taken a new approach to advertising on Viceland, running native advertising alongside a smaller load of traditional ads than what typically airs on cable.

In addition to its cable network and online brands, Vice, which is backed by 21st Century Fox, A+E Networks and Disney, currently is prepping the launch of a daily news show for HBO.

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