James Oliver Cury is an award-winning writer, editor and media strategist with extensive experience in digital and print publishing. He's helped build and revitalize brands with pioneering work in content creation, audience development, social media, community/influencer networks, and video—with a data-based approach that drives traffic, boosts engagement, garners press, and reveals new revenue streams.
As VP/Content at travel site ThePointsGuy.com, Cury created the brand's tentpole "TPG Reports," oversaw a soup-to-nuts redesign, built a 24/7 newsroom team, and doubled traffic from 2.5 to 5 million uniques. Prior to that, he was the digital director at Details.com (Condé Nast) where he oversaw digital, mobile, and editorial strategy across all platforms. While there, he increased traffic tenfold, quadrupled the pace of content creation, and expanded syndication with third-party companies like Buzzfeed, Liquor.com, and Equinox. He also created dozens of new video series and launched the Style Syndicate, a wholly independent influencer network/community hosting content from the world's top men's style bloggers—which provided a platform for all kinds of sponsored content.
Before Details, Cury was the shelter-sites web director at Hearst Digital, where he guided the transformation of GoodHousekeeping.com, HouseBeautiful.com, and CountryLiving.com. Before Hearst, he was executive editor of Epicurious.com and led the editorial team to numerous awards, including a James Beard, Webby, MIN, NY Emmy, OMMA, and MPA. He also helped launch the “Epi-Log” blog and contributed to the development of the site's iPhone app, which has been downloaded more than 10 million times. Cury was the food/restaurant editor at Time Out New York and senior editor at Playboy.com.
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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 and websites including Travel & Leisure, 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). He is currently a judge for both the James Beard journalism awards and the restaurant and chef awards.
News, reviews, features, cover stories, and other writing from print and online magazines.
Travel Biometrics: Speedy Security at Your Fingertips
Video produced: March Fashion Cover Story / Behind the Scenes
Travel: Exotic Vacations
Travel: America's Best Bartenders
Travel: America's Best Hotel Bars
Travel: America's Best Sushi Restaurants
The Best Energy Drinks: Taste Test Results
Top 5 Royal Sex Scandals
The Best Sandwiches in the USA
How the MPAA Polices Hollywood Movie Sites
Cury on camera as a guest expert.
On the savory ice cream trend
The topic: secret restaurants with Leslie Price and Kelly Choi
Discussing the challenges of owning restaurants with Anthony Bourdain, Donatella Arpaia, and Dana Cowin
SEO: Tech & Edit
Setting KPIs & OKRs
Social Media Templates
Boost Conversion Rates
Interviews with Cury
Fashion Week Daily
Television & Radio Appearances
NBC Today Fox 5 News
WB-11ABC Eyewitness News
Food Network's What's Hot, What's Cool
Nippon TV Good Day New York (channel 5)
Judging & Committees
James Beard Chefs & Restaurants
James Beard Journalism Awards
National Magazine Awards (Digital Media)
Iron Chef America (Flay vs. Bernstein)
Jack Daniels BBQ Championship
Culinary Institute of America
The Webby Awards
jamescury at gmail.com