Penske Media’s WWD has named Arthur Zaczkiewicz executive editor of strategic content development, a new role at the company.
Zaczkiewicz most recently served as WWD’s deputy editor of data and analysis. He previously served as a senior editor for WWD and financial editor for Fairchild Publications.
“The industry is experiencing an incredible evolutionary step, and WWD and Fairchild are responding to these changes by delivering more meaningful and analytical content,” said PMC CEO Jay Penske, in a statement. “This new role will meet the market’s need for deeper data and actionable information.”
A year ago, Channick revealed that the company had decided to sell Ebony magazine’s extensive photo archives. Tonight, he is scooping a much bigger deal. Ebony and Jet magazines, the latter now digital only, were sold last month along with some debt to Clear View Group, an Austin, Texas-based firm:
The new publishing entity, Ebony Media Operations, will maintain the magazine’s Chicago headquarters and its New York editorial office, as well as much of the current staff, according to Michael Gibson, co-founder and chairman of African-American-owned Clear View Group.
“We made this purchase because this is an iconic brand — it’s the most-recognized brand in the African-American community,” said Gibson, 59. “We just think this is a great opportunity for us.”
As part of the deal, COO Cheryl McKissack is being promoted to CEO of Ebony Media Operations. Ebony editor in chief Kierna Mayo is moving on, with Kyra Kyles taking over that position.
Read the rest of Channick’s piece to find out what assets Johnson Publishing is keeping, and where Gibson foresees taking this storied brand.
Pictured: June/July issue
To coincide with its 100 anniversary Transport for London recently tapped Monotype to give the familiar Johnston face an overhaul to help it function better within both contemporary analog and digital environments. Such a requirement sometimes results in a bland echo of the original but happily in this case the reverse is true.
It sounds like Norman Pearlstine could be on his way out at Time Inc. He’s currently chief content officer and also served as editor in chief between 1995 and 2005. A company spokesperson denied the rumor, telling Vanity Fair, “If you wrote that we made a succession decision for Norm Pearlstine, you would be wrong. There is no discussion about Norm leaving the company.” But Sarah Ellison‘s sources say otherwise, naming Fortune editor Alan Murray and Time deputy managing editor Michael Duffy as two of the people most likely to replace Pearlstine, who would remain on as a consultant…
Bill Phillips is out as editor in chief of Men’s Health. He’s been with the publication since 2003, first as executive editor, then editor of Menshealth.com, and most recently as vp and EIC, a position he took on in 2012. Current executive editor Bill Stump will assume the top spot for now while Phillips’ replacement is found. It’s all part of the ongoing chaos as Men’s Health, which has lost executive editor Matt Marion, vice president and editor Peter Moore, senior art director Mike Schnaidt, senior editor Bill Paynter, senior editor Clint Carter, deputy art director Grace Martinez and managing editor John McCarthy since the fall… And there are changes at Salon, Refinery29 and more…
Brilliantly done. A day after informing The New York Times that he was stepping away from his duties as a “Beliefs” columnist, Mark Oppenheimer (pictured) has followed with a clever bit introspection on his blog. A Q&A with Oppenheimer, conducted by Oppenheimer.
What first question would you ask yourself in this situation? Oppenheimer opts for for the very logical ‘Why are you leaving?’ Later, after revealing that the future of his once-a-month NYT religion column was relatively secure, he replies to, ‘So you’re firing them?’:
I’m not firing them, not exactly. Let’s just say I am transitioning them out. I’m helping them move on to new challenges and opportunities.
Ha ha. Oppenheimer has plenty of other things on his professional plate, including the sprouting of live events from a Tablet magazine podcast. The best compliment we can pay Oppenheimer is that his extensive self-dialogue reminded us of Woody Allen’s early long-form published comedy writing. Bravo.
For eight years, John Siniff (pictured) oversaw the op-ed page of USA Today. He left the paper in the fall of 2012 and current works as a vp of content for Washington D.C. communications firm Subject Matter.
In a recent blog post, titled “Confessions of a Former Op-Ed Editor: 5 Things I Wish I’d Known,” he shares some valuable lessons learned in hindsight. These include:
(Fill in the blank) Day is a real thing. OK, so it became amusing to me when someone would pitch a piece that was attached to, oh, let’s say National Umbrella Day. (I was making that up as I wrote this, but turns out National Umbrella Day is February 10.) But op-ed editors shouldn’t give up on a piece just because there happens to be a “Day” attached to it. The fact that it’s National Umbrella Day doesn’t diminish a column illuminating new research on why climate change in some regions will bring longer periods of rain.
Siniff’s new firm has an extremely impressive client list. Among those served by Subject Matter are Ford, the National Football League, Nestle, The American Cancer Society and PBS.
Photo via: teamsubjectmatter.com
Last fall, Booth Moore was among the many eligible Los Angeles Times staffers who elected to accept a Tribune Publishing buyout offer. Today, the next full-time chapter of her career has been formally announced.
Moore is joining our sister publication The Hollywood Reporter as senior fashion editor, where she will oversee content for both THR and the portal Pret-a-Reporter. From today’s announcement:
Moore will report to Jeanie Pyun, deputy editor, and Tom Seeley, senior vice president, digital media. Booth will also work alongside Style editor Carol McColgin in shaping the content of THR’s franchises “25 Most Powerful Stylists,” “Top 25 Red-Carpet Designers” and “25 Best Beauty Moments.”
“Booth brings an incredible breadth of experience and industry-insider perspective,” Seeley said. “Her expertise is essential to amplifying our groundbreaking style coverage in print and across our digital verticals as we deliver entertainment’s smartest and most comprehensive coverage.” Adds Pyun: “Booth’s well-respected and long-cultivated expertise on fashion and beyond in Los Angeles is unparalleled — we’re truly excited to welcome her to the Style team.”
Booth wrote a book in 2014 about Juicy Couture and is currently at work on another tome covering worldwide shopping patterns.
Photo via: boothmoore.com
The third oral history put together by Death and Taxes editor in chief Brian Abrams is a ton of fun. Following similar looks at the NBC years of David Letterman and Gawker Media, the subject this time is beloved 1988 action movie Die Hard.
Abrams spoke with about 40 people. Not participating, unfortunately, is Bruce Willis, as it would have been fascinating to hear his memories. But there’s plenty to enjoy, including this tidbit involving the use of Fox Plaza in Century City as the stand-in for Nakatomi Plaza:
STEVEN E. DE SOUZA [writer]: The room where he [John McClane] loses his shoes, and there’s a giant fight, right? That was the floor that became Ronald Reagan’s office. When they moved into his [34th floor] office, there were bullets and empty cartridges all over the place. The brass was like, “Wait a minute. What’s this?”…
FRANK URIOSTE [editor]: Oh my god, I do remember that day. We neglected to tell the FBI that this was going on. They thought it looked like a terrorist attack. It was pretty serious for about an hour.
We’re talking blank bullets and cartridges, but still. Also in the book are lots of details about Willis’ early days as a Cafe Central bartender in New York and the struggles of convincing Fox to hire him for the lead role. The book is priced at $2.99.
Hearst has acquired a majority stake in the software-as-a-service company MedHok.
Founded in 2010, MedHok provides software that makes it easier for companies to ensure that health plans are compliant with federal and state requirements.
When the deal closes, MedHok will become part of Hearst’s Hearst Health division. Hearst Health is overseen by president Gregory Dorn, MD.
Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.
It’s been a year now since Greenwich Village’s historic Caffe Dante re-opened as, simply, Dante. While some New Yorkers were less than thrilled with the revamp by a quartet of Australian owners, overall the transformation has been a success.
For a piece in the upcoming Food and Wine issue of the Australian Financial Review’s insert magazine, U.S.-based reporter John Kehoe shares a couple of intriguing details. Filmmaker Baz Luhrmann and his wife Catherine Martin, who live across the street from Dante, like to have Friday dinners catered by the restaurant when they are in town. And during the renovation process, there was this:
During the renovations, an old gold Rolex watch and three packets of bullets were discovered in a hole in a wall.
Right out of a Scorsese movie. E.g.: What time is it? Time for a main character to head down to the neighborhood joint and get what he needs to do away with a pesky rival.
Also per Kehoe, previous Dante owner Mario Flotta still drops by every day for coffee.
Photo via: dante-nyc.com
Atlantic Media’s business site Quartz has named Zazie Lucke vp, global marketing and creative services. Lucke most recently served as head of brand solutions for Upworthy Media.
Prior to her time with Upworthy, Lucke worked for Bloomberg Media.
Joining Quartz is a bit of a homecoming for Lucke, as she previously worked for The Atlantic and Atlantic Media from 2008 to 2013.
“Zazie has a talent, experience, and vision for taking sophisticated media brands to the global stage. That’s a rare combination, and makes her a perfect fit for Quartz,” said Quartz president and publisher Jay Lauf, in a statement. “She knows how to deliver for clients, and I could not be more thrilled to be working with her again.”
On the heels of the National Newspaper Association shutting down its national ad sales company comes this — it seems no one trusts newspapers anymore.
According to a Gallup poll, only 20 percent of Americans have confidence in newspapers as an institution. That’s the lowest percentage ever, dating way back to 1973.
This is also the 10th straight year that more Americans said they had “Very little/none” confidence in papers, as opposed to “A great deal/quite a lot.”
The drop can be partly blamed on Democrats, who for the first time in the study’s history just aren’t feeling newspapers’ vibe. Roughly 27 percent of self-described Democrats said they have little or no confidence in papers, compared to 25 percent who said they have a lot of confidence in papers.
Republicans, meanwhile, maintain the party line that all media is evil and wrong. Aside from Fox News.
In what can only be seen as a sign of the times, the National Newspaper Association (NNA) is shutting down its national ad sales company Newspaper National Network (NNN).
According to a memo from the NNA, the NNN is on track to lose about $1 million for the first half of this year, and it’s time to close up shop.
The NNN was founded in 1994 by 25 of the nation’s top newspaper companies as an easy way for advertisers to get ads across multiple newspapers in a single buy.
The void left by the NNN will be filled by Nucleus Marketing Solutions, a company backed by Gannett, Tribune Publishing, Hearst and McClatchy. As Poynter notes, while NNN focused on print, Nucleus is digital-first.
Now that Gawker Media has filed for bankruptcy because a rich guy got his feelings hurt, it’s likely only a matter of time before the company will no longer belong to founder Nick Denton. However, while Denton will lose Gawker as a whole, he might keep a firm grasp on the site that started it all — Gawker.com.
According to Politico, if initial bidder Ziff Davis ends up buying Gawker Media, Denton has agreed to stay on as an advisor for two years following the deal’s close. During that time, Denton is forbidden from working with “any business enterprise that engages in the same or similar business as the Debtors.” With one big caveat: “Excluding Gawker.com.”
Of course if Ziff Davis doesn’t buy Gawker, then this entire scenario is out the window.
All companies looking to bid for Gawker must have their offers in by July 25, as the bankruptcy auction will happen on July 29. Stay tuned.
Time Inc. has named Tim Leong creative director of Entertainment Weekly. He’s the first staffer to occupy that role in EW’s 26-year history.
Leong joined EW in 2014 as design director. He previously worked at Fortune, Wired and Complex.
EW editor in chief Henry Goldblatt said Leong deserved the promotion, citing his “meteoric rise through the industry.”