ATLANTA, April 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- NewsON, a venture dedicated to distributing local news nationwide across multiple platforms, today announced a key addition to its leadership team with the hiring of Derek Van Nostran as its head of marketing. Van Nostran brings over fifteen years of digital marketing experience in category-leading news and information media companies.
"Derek is a media powerhouse and he was our team's unanimous first choice for this key role at NewsON," said Louis Gump, CEO of NewsON. "Derek's knowledge and background in brand strategy, consumer marketing, and social engagement will enable a huge advance for NewsON. NewsON is growing rapidly and Derek will bring immediate leadership and focus to a variety of marketing initiatives that support our ambitious plans in the local news market on mobile and connected TV platforms."
Previously, Van Nostran served as the vice president of digital marketing for CNN and vice president of brand strategy for The Weather Channel. In those roles, he successfully led marketing efforts to dramatically grow the app user bases of both The Weather Channel and CNN while strengthening the underlying company brands.
"Over the past decade, we have witnessed dramatic change in the news and information categories, especially on mobile and connected TV devices. NewsON is a true strategic opportunity for marketers and local media companies to reach new audiences with both live and video on-demand content," Van Nostran said. "I look forward to working alongside our partners and with the NewsON team as we continue to deliver groundbreaking products that strengthen the connection between broadcasters and viewers anytime, anywhere."
Van Nostran is a co-founder and past president of the Atlanta Interactive Marketing Association and served as the new media chair for the American Marketing Association – Atlanta. His work has been recognized through a number of prestigious industry awards, including the CTAM (Cable and Telecommunications Association for Marketing) iTV Idol Awards, CableFAX Best of Web Awards, MMA (Mobile Marketing Association) Smartie Awards, and Telly Awards. Van Nostran's passion lies around working with small, nimble teams to build brands in digital media. He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Vermont. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and two daughters.
NewsON provides a nationwide lineup of local news from trusted, credible TV stations, giving consumers access to live and on-demand local newscasts and local news clips. NewsON is available for Apple iPhone and iPad, Android phone and tablet, and Roku devices, and offers a free, ad-supported app which features instant access to broadcast-quality video. The NewsON ownership group includes the ABC Owned Television Station Group, Cox Media Group, Hearst Television, Hubbard Broadcasting, Media General, Raycom Media and Sinclair Broadcast Group, and also includes additional station groups that are dedicated to serving customers across platforms in their communities and beyond.
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