James Oliver Cury WRITER / EDITOR / WEB DIRECTOR
James Oliver Cury is the online editorial projects manager (web director) at Details.com, a Conde Nast site. He oversees all web content, digital/mobile strategy, social media, and video. Most recently, he launched the Details Style Network (style-network.details.com), a community channel that aggregates content from the world's top men's style bloggers.
He had formerly been web director at Maxim.com and, before that, director of the shelter sites at Hearst Digital, where he oversaw Goodhousekeeping.com, HouseBeautiful.com, TheDailyGreen, and CountryLiving.com. Prior to Hearst, he was executive editor of Epicurious.com, food/restaurant editor of Time Out New York, and senior editor/lifestyle editor of Playboy.com.
Cury has been a judge at the Culinary Institute of America, the Jack Daniels World Barbecue Championship, and the Food Network's "Iron Chef" show. He's written for dozens of magazines including Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, Maxim, Men's Journal, SPIN, PC World, Wired News, and The New York Times. He is also the author of "The Playboy Guide to Bachelor Parties" (Simon & Schuster, 2003). Cury was on the James Beard Chef & Restaurant Awards committee for five years, overseeing 20 NYC judges. He is currently a judge of the ASMEs (National Magazine Awards).
At Details.com, Cury added shoppable experiences (e-commerce), launched a new men's style community channel, pioneered the grooming awards, introduced several notable new franchises (Health Myths, What's on Your Wrist, Ask the Fashion Director), and developed the brand's social media presence on Tumblr, Instagram, Vines, and Google Plus. He also quadrupled Facebook likes in less than a year.
As executive editor for Conde Nast's Epicurious.com, Cury helped the food and lifestyle site win numerous awards including two James Beard Awards, Webby Awards, MIN Awards, a New York Emmy, an OMMA, and MPA Awards. He launched and managed the “Epi-Log” blog and brought on celebrity chefs and writers including Rick Bayless, Traci Des Jardins, Regina Schrambling, and Neal Pollack. And he oversaw the development of the site's iPhone app, which launched in 2009 and took the top spot in the free lifestyle category. The app has been downloaded more than 5,000,000 times.
Cury greatly expanded the food section at Time Out New York magazine during his four-year stint as both "Eat Out" writer and editor. He added restaurant reviews, a dedicated bars section, short book reviews, 3-question interviews with timely chefs, and a "Booze Clues" column (which he eventually wrote). He also raised the profile of the annual Eat Out Awards, which donates money to local food-themed charities, and served as co-host.
In addition to working for print and online magazines, Cury has years of experience in front of the camera. He hosted Time Out New York's restaurant coverage on cable TV (On Demand), starred frequently in Kelly Choi's NYC-TV show "Eat Out NY" (on Channel 25), and appeared as a judge on "Iron Chef America" (with Bobby Flay and Michelle Bernstein). Cury was a frequent guest on news shows: ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, WPIX and many others.
In the late 1990s, Cury was one of the first regular website critics for Entertainment Weekly and Us Magazine. He also wrote one of the first columns about the intersection of music and the Internet for Rollingstone.com. As lifestyle editor/senior editor of Playboy.com, he was the first staffer to bring daily content to Playboy in 2000.
Cury co-created the Webby Awards while working as an editor at the IDG magazine The Web in the mid-1990s. His very first writing gig was at Ziff-Davis's MacWEEK magazine in 1989.
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