Complex Expands With a Move to Part of Yahoo’s Office in Times Square
Complex Networks, the umbrella company that includes Complex and its sub-brands like First We Feast and Pigeons and Planes, is moving to the old New York Times Building.
The hip-hop-influenced media company subleased 80,000 square feet from Yahoo at Columbia Property Trust’s 229 West 43rd Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, Crain’s New York Business reported. Complex plans to leave its longtime, 64,000-square-foot office space at 1271 Avenue of the Americas between West 50th and West 51st Streets and take over the Yahoo space next week. Yahoo occupies 193,000 square feet in the historic, 482,000-square-foot property.
Rich Antoniello, Complex’s chief executive officer, told Crain’s that Yahoo’s offices appeal to the company because the space features four video production studios. Complex, like many media outlets, is focusing heavily on expanding its short-form videos, and it recently partnered with cable music channel Fuse. Over the past year, it has grown its slate of programs to 33 daily and weekly shows, focused largely on talk shows and reality shows.
Not surprisingly, Yahoo and Complex are both owned by Verizon. The telecom giant acquired Yahoo over the summer and purchased Complex a year ago in a joint venture with Hearst Communications.
Spokespeople for Yahoo and Complex didn’t respond to requests for comment, and the terms of the deal were not disclosed.