Rich Antoniello

Founder & CEO

Rich Antoniello serves as CEO of Complex Networks, a global media company and one of the most influential voices in popular culture today.

In 2016, Rich Antoniello oversaw the acquisition of Complex Media by Verizon and Hearst to become Complex Networks. The joint venture, led by Antoniello, develops and distributes original programming for its channels – Complex, First We Feast, Pigeons and Planes and Sole Collector – and through output deals with distributors including Netflix, Facebook, Fuse, MSG, Verizon and more. The company cultivates content that spans across popular culture and reaches the coveted 18-24-year-old male audience, from music to movies, sports to video games and fashion to food.

Antoniello joined the company as CEO in 2003 and has transformed Complex from an influential print publication, known for delivering a sharp editorial blend of pop-culture and style trends, into a 360-degree media company reaching millions of hyper-engaged millennials every month. From the launch of and the acquisition and growth of like-minded sites, Antoniello has led the company to become the leading lifestyle brand.

Prior to joining Complex, Antoniello spent four years at National Geographic Adventure magazine, National Geographic Adventure Gorge Games (in association with NBC) and Wenner Media’s Men’s Journal. He began his career at Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide, where he handled media planning for Proctor & Gamble, Sauza and Paddington Brands. Antoniello is a graduate of the School of Management at SUNY’s Binghamton University. He lives in New York City with his wife and two girls.


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New Media

Connecting to Youth Culture with Rich Antoniello of Complex Media

Called the MTV of this generation, Complex Media has become the definitive voice of youth culture around the world. With over 810 million videos views a month, and almost 200 million followers, their millennial-driven authentic voice strives to defy the stale conversations of the past and shift the world’s attention to the movements within convergence culture.

Before being acquired as a joint-venture by Verizon and Hearst Media, Complex was named by Business Insider as one of the Most Valuable Startups in New York, one of the most Valuable Private Companies in the World, and Antoniello was named among the Silicon Alley 100.

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