When Beckman joined the Brooklyn-based firm as chief revenue officer, the news was met with wagers on how long he would last by sources who had worked with the colorful former Condé executive. Many whispered that his management style would likely clash with Vice’s culture.
At Condé, Beckman held the roles of publisher of Vogue, then president of Condé Nast Media Group, the publisher’s group sales operation, and later served as chief executive officer of WWD parent company Fairchild Fashion Media, which he left in 2010 after a year. Penske Media Corp. acquired Fairchild from Condé Nast in 2014.
Prior to Vice, Beckman served as ceo of branded production firm Three Lions Entertainment, which was in the headlines in the fall due to a buzzy lawsuit waged by CBS. In the suit, CBS sued “Fashion Rocks,” a show produced by Three Lions, for breach of contract. CBS claimed that Three Lions never paid the network the $2.5 million it owed after it aired the fashion/music show, which was a concept Beckman developed for Vogue when he was at Condé Nast. According to reports, Three Lions was facing liquidation at the time.
The case, which was filed in November 2014 in New York Supreme Court, was disposed in September 2015.
Before Three Lions, Beckman served as ceo of Prometheus, owner of The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard. He exited that company after a stormy tenure, however.
At Vice, Beckman oversaw advertising sales, and he reported to company copresident Andrew Creighton.