Joe Sabia

My name is Joe Sabia - digital artist, celebrity interviewer, TED speaker, international pun champion, and VP Creative Development at Conde Nast Entertainment.

You can email me here and please do not confuse me with this nursery rhyme author.


Work @ Conde Nast [2014-Now]

Selected Pre-Conde Nast Work

Bio / Press / Speaking

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Currently: Vice President/Head of Development at Conde Nast Entertainment, aka that guy from 73 questions

Director/Editor: 8 years of video projects from concept to finish, for self, direct-to-client, ad agencies, and non-profits. [Commercial rep: Big Block Live].

Primary Video Style: Storytelling through exhaustive compilation, conceptual aesthetics.

Development: Years of working extensively with YouTube NextLab, Conde Nast, HLN, and Comcast, developing and concepting video strategy.

Speaker: Keynote speaking on topic of personal experiences with digital, for all types of audiences. Gave a TED Talk on the topic of storytelling.

Storytelling: Joined The Moth's Programming board in 2015.

Show runner: Co-founder, lead conceptor and video director of popular YouTube music collective CDZA, which received one of the first ever Content Innovation Program grants from YouTube.

On Camera: For four years has co-curated and co-hosted Boing Boing TV on Virgin America (Channel 10) with Xeni Jardin.

 
 
Click this picture for the TED talk I gave a while ago

Click this picture for the TED talk I gave a while ago

 

 

STORIES/FEATURES

VOGUE 73 QUESTION SERIES (Daily Dot)

CONDE NAST EMULATES YOUTUBE WITH 73 QUESTIONS (Wall Street Journal)

THIS AMAZING SUPERCUT OF CULTURAL REFERENCES ON THE OFFICE (FAST COMPANY)

CULTURE ENRICHES EVERYTHING: THE OFFICE TIME MACHINE (EFF)

CDZA DOESN'T JUST PLAY MUSIC, THEY PLAY WITH IT (NPR)

THE SPOT: FISH OUT OF WATER (Adweek Print Edition)

GOTTA MINUTE? SO THERE'S THIS GUY TONY... (New York Times Print Edition)

SOAP AND THE CAMPUS: A WEB-SITE SPOOF SUCCEEDS (New York Times Print Edition)

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH CDZA, THE YOUTUBE MUSICAL-COMEDY STARS (Mother Jones Magazine)

HOW CDZA COMBINES HIGH BROW MUSIC SKILLS AND WEB MARKETING SAVVY TO CREATE YOUTUBE HITS (Fast Company)

 

INTERVIEWS

LIFE OF A FREELANCER (Marketplace on NPR)

HOBBIES TURN INTO CAREER(Dan Feld's Prologue Profiles)

EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT 73 QUESTIONS(HuffingtonPost Live)

Q&A: HARNESSING THE POWER OF VIRAL VIDEOS (CBS Smart Planet)

ON IDEAS, VIRAL VIDEOS (The Atlantic)

GOING VIRAL: THE ART OF THE VIDEO REMIX (Dos Equis "Most Interesting Academy")

ON TED, STORY OF SUSHI, CREATIVE PROCESS (Skona Ad Agency)

CDZA: THE ROAD TO BUILDING A BRAND AND GOING VIRAL WITH MUSICAL VIDEO EXPERIMENTS (National Arts Marketing)

INTERVIEW FOR SEVEN MINUTE SOPRANOS (CHUD)

ON LIFE, IDEAS (Adverve)

DIGITAL MEDIA EAST PANEL (Washington DC, June 2011)

GOOGLE WAVE CINEMA/PULP WAVE FICTION (Viral Blog)

 

WRITING

GREAT ADVERTISING IS ART (Say Media) 

 

HONORS

2015 CLIO IMAGE WINNER (73 Questions)

2015 WEBBY NOMINEE, VARIETY (Improv Imagination)

2015 WEBBY HONOREE, VARIETY (73 Questions)

2015 WEBBY HONOREE, WEIRD (Office Stare Machine)

2014 MOST INTRIGUING PEOPLE IN MEDIA (MIN'S)

CDZA PRESENTS: AN ABRIDGED HISTORY OF MUSIC ON YOUTUBE (YOUTUBE MUSIC AWARDS)

VIMEO STAFF PICK (Ruth Finley's Fashion Calendar)

VIMEO STAFF PICK (The Story of Sushi)

2013 WEBBY NOMINEE, EXPERIMENTAL AND WEIRD (Fresh Prince, Google Translated)

USA TODAY BEST OF WEB TV 2012 (CDZA)

2012 WEBBY HONOREE, PUBLIC SERVICE & ACTIVISM (Alex Presents Commando)

#4 ON TRAILER SPY'S BEST TRAILER REMIXES OF ALL TIME (Good Will Hunted)

TOP TEN INTERACTIVE GAMES ON YOUTUBE (Super Mario Slots & Interactive Spelling Bee) 

 

TELEVISION FEATURES

ANNA WINTOUR, 73 QUESTIONS (TODAY SHOW) 

EVERY CULTURAL REFERENCE IN THE OFFICE (HLN) 

THE LAUNCH OF CDZA (CNN JEANNE MOOS) 

AFRICAN MEN, HOLLYWOOD STEREOTYPES (CNN)

THE STORY OF "THE BC" (CBS Evening News)

 

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Joe Sabia's Video Reel

Narrated by Joe Sabia's Dad

Skills / Hobbies

 

I am the 2007 International Pun Champion, and a three-year participant in the Austin, TX-based competition.

 

I drove 10,000 miles from England to Mongolia in a tiny car painted like a Rubik's Cube for charity. (click here for full story)

 

I've been playing piano since 14, always trying to tackle really difficult compositions.

I love to travel, and I'm in the stupidest competition with my friend Ryan.

 

I am a major geography-phile, having traveled the world and learning how to write in multiple alphabets and how to say "I want to make love to a clown" in 15 languages. 

My favorite country for travel is Georgia, where I co-own an Italian Restaurant named "Piano".

My favorite country for travel is Georgia, where I co-own an Italian Restaurant named "Piano".

I never learned how to type with more than two fingers. As a result, I type 110 WPM with two fingers.

When I was living in California, this was my vanity plate

When I was living in California, this was my vanity plate

 

I once grabbed the mike and rapped at an Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes concert. (skip to 4:20 in the video)

I once serenaded Kim Kardashian with an acoustic guitar on Telemundo

 
 

I ran the Boston Marathon without training back in college, and I enjoy cheek whistling and solving rubik's cubes to the theme of "Perfect Stranger"s.

And I currently live in NYC in a buzzerless building, where I lower the key down to visitors from a fishing pole attached to a hat from Uzbekistsan.

 

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