In the never-ending effort to reduce costs, Condé Nast is rumored to be considering restructuring its titles into groups. If that happens, there will almost certainly be cuts among the company’s publisher ranks.
WWD reports that Condé could cut the amount of publishers it employs from 13 or so to just six. Grouping the company’s titles into categories like luxury, fashion, food and men’s. The luxury group, for example, would include W, Condé Nast Traveler and Architectural Digest.
The cuts could be coming between now and October, so we’ll keep you posted.
From 1964 to 1969, Warren Hinckle was the editor of Ramparts magazine. He then launched his own publication, Scanlan’s, which famously sent Hunter S. Thompson to the Kentucky Derby. After that enterprise’s short-lived run, he became a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, Examiner and Independent.
This morning, the man indelibly associated with an eye patch and basset hound named Bentley passed away from complications due to penumonia. He was 77. From the Chronicle obituary:
“Warren was the godfather of California — and you could say, national —progressive journalism,” said David Talbot, whose book Season of the Witch details the tumultuous history of San Francisco from the 1960s to the early ’80s. “As a newsman, he just loved the ’60s as a story, with all its weirdness, from the Black Panthers to hippies in the Haight to the Kennedy assassination. No publication caught it better than Ramparts — it led directly to publications like Rolling Stone, Mother Jones and Salon,” the web magazine Talbot co-founded in 1995.
For Beyond Chron, editor Randy Shaw, a longftime friend, shares his own reminiscences of Hinckle:
Herb Caen was the greatest San Francisco columnist over the past fifty years, and Warren Hinckle might well deserve to be viewed as the city’s most influential reporter…. No San Francisco newspaper reporter over the past fifty years catalyzed San Francisco readers like Warren Hinckle. He was our version of the legendary San Francisco muckraker Fremont Older, and his flamboyance matched the spirit of former Chronicle editor Scott Newhall. Warren Hinckle would have been right at home in the dizzying world of deadline journalism portrayed in His Girl Friday or The Front Page.
Up unto his death, the journalist, who also published intermittently from 1992 to 2012 election newspaper The Argonaut, was working on the biography Who Killed Hunter S. Thompson? The book will be released posthumously.
Photo via: sfgate.com
Time Inc.’s Sports Illustrated has struck a deal with Fox Sports to share ad teams, sales and editorial content. The partnership is an attempt to press their main competition: ESPN.
As part of the deal, ad teams at SI and Fox will be able to sell ads across either brand, and the companies will share the revenue. The Wall Street Journal reports that articles penned by SI writers will get published on Fox Sports’ site, and Fox Sports video segments will be shown on SI.com.
For SI, the Fox Sports readership is a big boost. In July, Fox Sports was the third most-popular sports site, while SI was the 10th.
As for Fox Sports, adding SI’s journalism will bring some credibility to a network and site that has dedicated itself to the “one guy yells at another guy about sports” kind of programming.
Women’s Health has hired Marnie Braverman and Lindsay Nickens as associate publisher and national digital sales director, respectively.
Braverman most recently served as Brides’ associate publisher, marketing. She previously worked for Time Inc.’s Health.
Nickens comes to Women’s Health from Bloomberg, where she served as senior account manager. She previously worked for Self, The Atlantic and Wired.
Since Puja Patel tweeted that she would be joining Spin magazine in September as editor in chief, several things have happened.
According to Keith J. Kelly, parent company SpinMedia, which he says is losing at least $5 million a year, has engaged investment bank Pensky Prunier to explore a sale of all its properties. Other sites include The Frisky, Idolator and Go Fugg Yourself. And this afternoon, Billboard, picking up on Kelly’s reporting, revealed that a number of layoffs have been made at Spin magazine to help pave the way for the “new vision” Patel has been entrusted with.
Patel was most recently a senior editor at Deadspin. And from Dec. 2013 through Sept. 2014, she was an associate editor with Spin, so this is a property she is well-familiar with.
Patel has also contributed to MTV, Pitchfork Media and Stereogum, another SpinMedia site. It will be interesting to see where she takes the property.
That’s how Questlove, a.k.a. Ahmir Johnson, describes the vision he has for Questlove Supreme, a new weekly three-hour music and interview program set to debut on streaming service Pandora Sept. 7, with Maya Rudolph as his first guest.
Last fall, Questlove visited Pandora Media’s headquarters in Oakland, Calif., for what he assumed would be a perfunctory outreach meeting. Pandora, the internet radio giant, was one of several digital music outlets then trying to curry favor with him, Questlove said.
But the meeting turned surprisingly productive once Tim Westergren, Pandora’s co-founder, showed him the company’s Music Genome Project, its system for categorizing songs by hundreds of precise musical attributes. Intrigued by a technology company that was as obsessive about the fundamentals of music as he was, Questlove immediately began discussing new projects with Mr. Westergren, who later brought him on as a strategic adviser and Pandora’s first artist ambassador.
Questlove has also been named Pandora’s first Artist Ambassador. Another funny NYT quote from Questlove, besides the one in our headline, is how he frames the research he has committed to for each Pandora episode. “This is a commitment deeper than any girlfriend I’ve ever had, or any diet I’ve tried to stick to.”
Today is Nick Denton’s 50th birthday. As you know, Denton hasn’t had the best few months. He was forced to sell Gawker Media, saw Gawker.com get shut down and had to file for bankruptcy, all because a rich man was sad.
Even today, the day of his birth, Politico reports that Denton was in bankruptcy court to see if a judge would allow him to rent his SoHo apartment for $12,500 a month.
With all this going on, we thought Denton could use some reasons to be happy today, so we’ve collected a few below. Happy birthday, Nick. Turn that frown upside-down.
REASONS TO BE HAPPYThe weather should start getting a little cooler soon. Univision is paying you $16,666 a month for the next two years in exchange for not working for any competitors. Kristaps Porzingis. 50 years young! Mr. Robot is a pretty good show. Ice cream. Hulk Hogan is still a moron.
In his Twitter bio, AP photographer Massoud Hossaini wryly states that he was born in the wrong place (Afghanistan), raised in the wrong place (Iran) and lives in the wrong place (Kabul). Today, in Kabul, the very real underpinning of those sentiments came to the fore.
As Hossaini initially revealed via Twitter, he was in class at the American University when a Taliban militant attack against the school was launched. From a just-posted AP report:
“I went to the window to see what was going on, and I saw a person in normal clothes outside. He shot at me and shattered the glass,” Hossaini said, adding that he fell on the glass and cut his hands.
The students then barricaded themselves into the classroom, pushing chairs and desks against the door, and staying on the floor.
Hossaini and nine fellow students were eventually able to escape and take refuge in a nearby home. He won the Breaking News Photography Pulitzer Prize in 2012 for a harrowing shot of a 12-year-old girl reacting to the devastation caused by a suicide bombing in Kabul.
Meredith Corporation has named Andrew Amill publisher of EatingWell. Amill most recently served as vp, media sales for Weight Watchers Media Group.
“Andy brings a wealth of magazine and digital media experience to the EatingWell brand, including more than a decade of leading one of the industry’s top health and wellness brands,” said Meredith National Media Group president Jon Werther, in a statement. “We believe his background and success across media channels will enable us to continue to build on the great growth of the EatingWell brand.”
Amill succeeds Deidre Finnegan, who has been named associate publisher of Better Homes and Gardens.
Bloomberg Media has named Michelle Lynn global head of data science and insights, a new role at the company.
Lynn comes to Bloomberg from Dentsu Aegis Network, where she served as chief insights officer. She previously worked for Carat.
“Bloomberg’s heritage is rooted in data, and as we continue to build the leading global business and financial media company while achieving double digit revenue growth, the next step of our mission is to fully harness the resources of this organization to deliver exceptional solutions for our partners,” said Bloomberg Media COO Jacki Kelley, in a statement. “Michelle’s significant experience in data strategy and her agency perspective will bridge this gap, allowing us to infuse a new level of intelligence for our clients.”
Lynn’s appointment is effective September 6.
Hearst has tapped Seventeen executive editor Joey Bartolomeo to oversee the title while the company searches for Michelle Tan’s replacement.
Tan, who had served as Seventeen’s editor in chief since 2014, was unceremoniously let go while on maternity leave. The move has brought Cosmo editorial director Joanna Coles—who has Seventeen under her purview—some criticism.
According to The New York Post, Coles’ reasoning behind the timing was basically “Better sooner than later.”
The good news for Tan is that she will be paid through December 31, when her contract expires.
In the spring of 2015, “dry as a dead dingo’s donger” was among the expressions that helped the Twitter hashtag #AussieSayings trend. A year later, it’s part of the second edition of the Australian National Dictionary.
The Oxford University Press Australia and New Zealand released the tome on Tuesday, 28 years after it first cataloged the origins and history of expressions like trackie daks, marn grook and mugachino. To mark the occasion, The New York Times has put together an interactive quiz. Here’s the question that has stumped readers the most thus far:
3. If something goes “straight to the pool room,” it is:
Inflatable and floats
The dictionary adds more than 6,000 new words to the original edition’s 10,000, including Canberran, for someone from the capital city of Canberra. Australian minister Andrew Barr told the Canberra Times he has written to Apple and Microsoft to ask that they add “Canberran” to their spellchecks, so Aussies can finally see that red, squiggly line disappear.
On July 5, in support of its annual Body Issue, ESPN.com posted a photo of UFC fighter Conor McGregor’s butt on its homepage. Here’s the butt:
Not a bad butt, right ladies (and men)? Perhaps even a good butt! However, this butt was just too much for ESPN.com readers, many of whom emailed ESPN’s public editor Jim Brady to complain.
Jonathan Ling said the photo was “not appropriate fare for the opening page of a respectable website.” Eugene Moseley noted that “showing a nude picture that shows body parts that wouldn’t be acceptable to show in public” is “going well over the line.” And poor Bill Gilman, well, Bill Gilman simply said the butt was “unacceptable.”
Notice anything about those names? They’re all dudes. Weird. We wonder, would they have been so angry and disappointed in this respectable website if the butt had belonged to say, Lindsey Vonn? Sadly, we may never know the answer.[Image: Mark Seliger for ESPN]