Meredith Corporation has named Jennifer Marder associate publisher, sales, of Meredith Weddings Group. The group includes Martha Stewart Weddings, its site and mywedding.com.
Marder comes to the company from More, where she served as managing director.
“We are delighted to welcome Jennifer to the Meredith Weddings Group,” said Meredith Weddings Group VP and publisher, Patti Follo, in a statement. “She is passionate about the bridal category and she will be a valuable asset to the continued growth and success of our brands.”
Newspaperman-turned-author Gerry Boyle is wrapping up promotional activities for Once Burned, the 10th book in his series featuring a print reporter protagonist by the name of Jack McMorrow. In both cases, these guys do their writing off the beaten Maine path.
Boyle recently hooked up with local book columnist Peter Bollen. The latter is new to the McMorrow series but describes himself as an instant fan, relishing the thought over the coming winter of catching up with more of the series. When Bollen asked Boyle who might be a good choice to play McMorrow on the big screen, the author had this answer:
I had to ask Boyle whom he would envision an actor to play McMorrow. Patrick Dempsey came immediately to mind (great choice!) Boyle’s favorite authors include John D. McDonald of the Travis McGee series along with Robert B. Parker. Both authors had feature films of their characters. I wouldn’t be surprised if some Hollywood agent picked up an option for Boyle’s books and characters.
Bollen might be right. While Truth bombed at the box office, Spotlight seems poised for a very successful critical and audience run beginning Nov. 6. Perhaps someone will soon be putting in an offer to Boyle’s agent for some film rights.
[Jacket covers via: gerryboyle.com]
Atlantic Media is revamping its politics coverage, and as a result, cutting staff at National Journal by 25 percent.
Changes include National Journal adopting a subscription model and The Atlantic expanding its politics content. The Atlantic’s politics editor, Yoni Applebaum, will transition to Washington bureau chief. He’ll report to TheAtlantic.com’s editor John Gould.
In a memo to staffers, Atlantic Media chairman and CEO David Bradley said the changes were necessary and will ultimately benefit both brands.
“For the last five years, The Atlantic and National Journal have been in gentle competition, with two event staffs and two advertising staffs competing in this same Washington space,” wrote Bradley. “Separating the businesses, giving one free rein with its public website and events, the other dedicated to a premium audience with premium product, is a strategic decision that could be made only at my level.”
It’s always cause for celebration when a new cookbook by Madhur Jaffrey arrives. New in bookstores today, Vegetarian India features more than 200 recipes as well as photos from the 82-year-old author’s personal travels.
It was 50 years ago that Jaffrey, faced with an impending divorce and the charge of three young children, turned to writing to make money. As she recently explained to AP contributor Michele Kayal, the New York Times was instrumental in launching her towards those seven James Beard awards:
“I started writing about any subject that they [editors] wanted. Then one day, Holiday Magazine, which was a big magazine at that time, hired me to do a story about what I ate as a child in India. I did the story.”
“I had just done the [Merchant-Ivory] film Shakespeare Wallah, so my name was about. Then [New York Times food editor] Craig Claiborne did an article about me. That was Ismail [Merchant]’s doing. He had the ability to get to know anybody he wanted. He must have walked up to him at some point and said, ‘You must do an article about this woman who appears in my wonderful film.’ After that story things took off.”
The official launch for Jaffrey’s latest book was held last Thursday at New York’s Hunter College. She was also in attendance at the beginning of the month when her publisher, Knopf, festively marked 100 years.
[Jacket cover courtesy: Knopf]
Lena Dunham has joined forces with Hearst Magazines to monetize Lenny Letter, her weekly newsletter.
The partnership means ads are coming to newsletter, and Lenny Letter is coming to Hearst.
For Hearst, teaming up with Dunham was a no-brainer.
“Hearst has the most vibrant digital portfolio of young women’s and fashion brands, and Lenny’s unique perspective speaks directly to the spirit of our audience,” said Troy Young, president of Hearst Magazines Digital Media, in an announcement. “Adding Lenny into the mix strengthens our connection to the reader and creates new opportunities for marketers to reach a generation of young women who stand up for what they believe in.”
Time has announced its annual ranking of the most influential teens, and surprise, your 16-year-old son who won’t shut up about borrowing the car didn’t make the cut, despite making you consider murder.
Those making the list include Ahmed Mohammed, Jaden Smith (pictured), Malia Obama, Malala Yousafzai, Kylie and Kendall Jenner and more.
If you’d like to feel old, click through to view the entire list.
The Pulitzer Prizes have opened things up a bit. There are now three new categories open to online and print magazines — International Reporting, Criticism and Editorial Cartooning.
The addition of the three categories means there are a total of five that a majority of magazines can enter. Last year, the Pulitzers opened Investigative Reporting and Feature Writing.
“Magazines are adapting to the digital age and accelerating their publication schedules to report on a timely basis consistent with what newspapers do,” said Mike Pride, administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes, in an announcement. “The board is attuned to this media convergence and is opening our competition in light of it.”
Is there anything Serena Williams can’t do? She’s the number one ranked tennis player in the world, and holds the most major singles, doubles, and mixed doubles titles combined among active players. Yes, male or female. Williams’s latest area of domination? Editor of a major magazine.
The new, special issue of Wired is guest-edited by Williams and takes on race, gender and equality in the digital age. Helping Williams are 10 “trailblazers,” who were picked by Williams and Wired. They include DeRay McKesson, Common, Geena Rocero, Kimberly Bryan, Tristan Walker, Mary Meeker, Billie Jean King, Mahalia Jackson, Jen Welter and Ronda Rousey.
In an essay, Williams explained why she wanted to guest edit Wired. “I’m a black woman, and I am in a sport that wasn’t really meant for black people. I want young people to look at the trailblazers that we have assembled [in this issue] and be inspired.”
Time Inc. began the holiday shopping season a little early this year. According to The Wall Street Journal, the publisher has acquired xoJane.com and xoVain.com, two women’s lifestyle sites founded by Jane Pratt.
The acquisition is the second in as many weeks for Time Inc. Last Tuesday the company purchased HelloGiggles.com, a women’s lifestyle site founded by Zooey Deschanel, Sophia Rivka Rossi and Molly McAleer.
Pratt and the xoJane/xoVain team are expected to move into Time Inc.’s headquarters by the end of the year.
Elizabeth Borné’s association with the literary quarterly Oxford American dates back a decade. As an intern, in 2006, she met her future husband there. John C. Williams, also an intern at the time, is now an assistant federal public defender in Little Rock, Ark.
Borné returned to the magazine in 2013 as associate editor, rose to managing editor a year later and has been serving as interim editor since Roger D. Hodge departed this summer for The Intercept. Today, she was officially announced as the magazine’s new editor:
“This is wonderful news,” said Hodge, who recruited Borné in 2013. “Eliza is a brilliant editor and wonderful person — the Oxford American could not have made a better choice. I look forward to reading her magazine for many years.”
Added Borné: “I am incredibly proud of the work we have done under Roger’s leadership for the past three years. We have published great stories that transcend genre and give our readers new perspectives on the South. With every issue, I am astounded again by the brilliance of our amazing writers, artists and contributors. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead our talented editorial staff as we continue creating this vital and spirited magazine that I have loved since I was a teenager.”
The magazine was founded in Oxford, Miss. in 1992 by Marc Smirnoff. In the early 2000s, the publication relocated to Arkansas.
The nominees for Adweek’s 2015 Hot List Reader’s Choice Awards have been narrowed to five finalists per category. For Hottest Magazine Cover of the Year, the nominees are:
– Ana Juan’s powerful tribute to the principles of French publication Charlie Hebdo [The New Yorker, January 19 issue]
– Rihanna photographed in the mouth of a shark [Harper’s Bazaar, March]
– Caitlyn Jenner’s official coming out, as photographed by Annie Leibovitz [Vanity Fair, July]
– Miley Cyrus and her pet pig, Bubba Sue [Paper, Summer Issue]
– Cyrus again, in a stylish metallic dress [Marie Claire, September]
It’s hard to imagine anyone beating Jenner for this particular prize. Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and Harper’s Bazaar are also among the finalists for Readers’ Choice Hottest Magazine of the Year. Voting is open until Nov. 23. Vote now!
It may look like a typo, but it’s not.
Thing 2 really is Leslie Merinoff’s job title of choice at a Brooklyn rum distillery. The explanation for this most unusual moniker was part of a fun Oct. 25 New York Times column by Contently VP of content Sam Slaughter:
“My boss was having a hard time figuring out what the titles should be, so she told me to come up with one that would encompass everything I’m doing,” Ms. Merinoff explained. “And Dr. Seuss had a really big influence on my life.”
The Noble Experiment NYC was founded in 2012, which may help explain the laissez-faire attitude. Startups often bear the brunt of the blame for the sheer range of bizarre jobs, and often for good reason. They start small, with little to no structure and roles that shift week to week as the company evolves.
In the 2013 Hollywood adaptation of Cat in the Hat, Brittany Oaks played the part of Thing Two. A year later, in an episode of Parks and Recreation, she would trump that by guesting as Ssassandra Ssassnorp.
Yahoo has added two to Yahoo Finance team. Details are below.Nicole Sinclair has been named markets correspondent. She comes to the company from Bloomberg TV, where she served as a senior producer. Sinclair previously served as research director of CNBC’s Mad Money with Jim Cramer. Alexis Christoforous has joined as an anchor and reporter for Yahoo Finance’s two daily business shows, Market Movers and Midday Movers. She previously worked for CBS News and Bloomberg TV.