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Revolving Door Newsletter: 07.21.09

Boston Globe Union Ratifies Cuts; Conde Hires McKinsey to 'Realign'

July 21, 2009
September advertising pages are down across the industry, although the decline isn't as bad as some media watchers thought it would be. Welcome to the world of magazines in 2009, where a 20-plus percent slip in advertising is cause for minor celebration. Vogue reportedly sees the worst drop-off, with rumors of a 33 percent decrease from last year's issue. This is likely part of the reason Condé Nast called upon consulting firm McKinsey & Co., notorious for its layoff-loving reputation. Will the Devil wear Loehmann's now? One move Condé didn't hesitate to make was to do away with the Men.Style.com portal and give GQ and Details their own Web sites...

Editor-in-chief Janice Min won't return to Us Weekly: 'Page Six' heard rumors that Min wasn't likely to re-up her contract -- either because she wanted a new challenge or because falling circulation numbers meant she couldn't command another million dollar-plus contract -- and The New York Times confirmed that she's leaving Jann Wenner's stable. Michael Steele, currently executive editor, replaces Min as acting editor-in-chief... The nightmare at Interview turns a new page: Evanly Schindler, founder of Blackbook and current editor-in-chief of Tar, joins as president of parent company Brant Publications, while Stephen Mooallem -- who's been an editor at the Andy Warhol-founded book for six years -- takes the position of editor-in-chief. Karl Templer rejoins as creative director. The latter pair will report to editorial director Fabien Baron, who also recently came back after being ousted earlier this year... Evan Smith, formerly editor of regional powerhouse Texas Monthly, joins a nonprofit news startup called Texas Tribune. The Web site will launch with eight journalists and deal exclusively in the world of Texas politics. Think Politico for the Lone Star State... Trade publisher Cygnus lays off 50... Roll Call acquires Congressional Quarterly under The Economist Group, forming a new merged company, CQ-Roll Call Group. Roll Call Group managing director and EVP Laurie Battaglia will be the executive leader of the new entity, while Mike Mills becomes editorial director. CQ president and editor-in-chief Robert Merry announced his departure, saying, "As in many such instances of two companies coming together, one CEO inevitably becomes extraneous. In this situation, that's me."...

The Boston Globe's Boston Newspaper Guild union, which represents 700 editorial, advertising, and business workers, finally ratifies a new contract that will impose major pay cuts and other concessions. Previously, Guild leadership hashed out a deal with The New York Times Co. brass, but the majority of the union rejected the plan. The Globe will remain in operation as the Times Co. seeks buyers...

Michael J. Kelly, former president of AOL Media Networks, lands as CEO of The Weather Channel. His newest host: Al Roker, who starts an hour-long weekday morning show... Bill Stephen joins AccuWeather as vice president of global advertising sales... ABC gives Shaquille O'Neal his own reality show: The Big Aristotle will compete against the world's best athletes in their chosen sport...

AOL's new CEO Tim Armstrong continues to make massive changes to the Internet company. He appointed Ted Cahall and Kim Partroll as its new CTO and COO, respectively... Dylan Stableford, recently laid off from Folio:, joins The Wrap, where he'll cover New York media... Breaking Media launches another niche blog, Going Concern, targeted to accountants...

Life of Pi author Yann Martel signs a $3 million deal with Random House imprint Spiegel & Grau... Former Miss California Carrie Prejean scores a book deal... Ellah Allfrey is the new deputy editor at turnover-prone Granta... OMD gives its employees in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York the option to take a week off without pay... And there are changes at the Los Angeles Times, Advertising.com, WalletPop.com, and more...

July 21, 2009: Natalie White has been named director of advertising at Simon & Schuster Children's. She had been media buyer and planner at Simon & Schuster. (Publishers Lunch)
July 21, 2009: Megan Halpern has been named publicist at Melville House. She had been associate publicist at Picador. (Publishers Lunch)
July 21, 2009: Mike Mills has been named editorial director at CQ-Roll Call Group. He had been editorial director at Roll Call Group. (FBDC)
July 21, 2009: Laurie Battaglia has been named executive leader at CQ-Roll Call Group. She had been managing director and executive vice president at Roll Call Group. (FBDC)
July 21, 2009: Carol Krol has been named executive editor at DMNews. She had been senior analyst at eMarketer. (mb)
July 21, 2009: Cory Jones has been named online editorial director at Alpha Media Group. He had been managing editor at HolyTaco.com. (mb)
July 21, 2009: Mike James has been named sports editor at the Los Angeles Times. He had been deputy sports editor there. (FBLA)
July 21, 2009: Michael Steele has been named editor-in-chief at US Weekly. He had been executive editor there. (NYT)
July 21, 2009: Tom Williams has been named vice president of client services at Karma Media Labs. He had been vice president of marketing communications at MySpace. (mb)
July 20, 2009: Stephen Mooallem has been named editor-in-chief at Interview. He had been editor there. (FBNY)
July 20, 2009: Evanly Shindler has been named president at Interview. He had been founder at BlackBook. (FBNY)
July 20, 2009: Dylan Stableford has been named reporter at TheWrap.com. He had been senior editor, digital at Folio. (FBNY)
July 20, 2009: Ted Cahall has been named chief technology officer at AOL. He had been president, products and technologies there. (WebNewser)
July 20, 2009: Phil Nelson has been named head of Asia-Pacific at AOL. He had been general manager and senior vice president at AOL India. (WebNewser)
July 20, 2009: Kim Partoll has been named chief operating officer at AOL. She had been executive vice president of marketing there. (WebNewser)
July 20, 2009: John Brod has been named head of AOL Ventures. He had been chief executive officer at Patch. (WebNewser)
July 20, 2009: John Kannapell has been named acting head of local and mapping at AOL. He previously oversaw the search and local initiatives there. (WebNewser)
July 20, 2009: Jeff Levick is now responsible for Advertising.com and the self-service advertising platform at AOL. He had been president, global advertising and strategy there. (WebNewser)
July 20, 2009: Mike Kelly has been named chief executive officer at The Weather Channel Companies. He had been former advertising sales head at AOL. (MediaJobsDaily)
July 20, 2009: Jason Cochran has been named editor-at-large at WalletPop.com. He had been freelancing. (mb)
July 20, 2009: Andrew Rossi has been named creative director at M Booth & Associates. He had been account supervisor there. (release)
July 20, 2009: Nova Halliwell has been named account supervisor, corporate at M Booth & Associates. She had been senior account executive there. (release)
July 20, 2009: Andrea Betts has been named account executive, consumer at M Booth & Associates. She had been assistant account executive there. (release)
July 20, 2009: Kimberly Persad has been named assistant account executive, consumer at M Booth & Associates. She had been account coordinator there. (release)
July 20, 2009: Alyssa Galella has been named assistant account executive, travel/online brands at M Booth & Associates. She had been account coordinator there. (release)
July 20, 2009: Elise Meyer has been named assistant account executive, wine and spirits at M Booth & Associates. She had been account coordinator there. (release)
July 20, 2009: Peter Goldstone has been named president at Hanley Wood. He had been president of the business media unit there. (release)
July 20, 2009: Bill Stephen has been named vice president of global advertising sales at AccuWeather. He had been head of global sales at JumpTV. (release)
July 20, 2009: Elizabeth Thorpe has been named blogger at MomLogic.com. She remains president and chief executive officer at EDT Communications, Inc.. (FBDC)
July 20, 2009: Ellah Allfrey has been named deputy editor at Granta. She had been senior editor at Jonathan Cape. (GalleyCat)
July 19, 2009: Karen Wright has been named senior writer at Intellectual Ventures. She had been contributing editor at Discover. (mb)
July 18, 2009: Eubanks Thomas has been named editor-in-chief at WestView. He had been editor-in-chief at LoftLife. (mb)
July 17, 2009: Leah Klein has been named Boston food mom at Examiner.com. She had been educator at Ecole Bilingue. (mb)
July 17, 2009: Vera Naughton has been named art director at Bnai Zion Foundation. She had been art director at Mayo Studios. (mb)
July 17, 2009: Mark Rosenthal has been named chief executive officer at Current Media. He had been president at MTV Newtworks. (BayNewser)
July 17, 2009: Joseph Galarneau has been named senior vice president of operations and chief information officer at Newsweek. He had been chief technology officer at Thomas Publishing. (mb)
July 17, 2009: Kim Brown has been named vice president at Sterling Innovation. She had been vice president of children's buying at Barnes & Noble. (Publishers Lunch)
July 17, 2009: Antoinette Ercolano has been named regional buying and field merchandising supervisor at Barnes & Noble. She had been vice president of adult trade there. (Publishers Lunch)
July 17, 2009: Joe Gonnella has been named vice president of adult trade at Barnes & Noble. He had been vice president of inventory management and vendor relations there. (Publishers Lunch)
July 17, 2009: Yves Saada has been named vice president of digital media at Disney Publishing Worldwide. He had been vice president of business development at Pokemon USA. (Publishers Lunch)
July 17, 2009: Shannon Flaherty has been named copywriter at Disney. She had been director of communications at Josie Maran Cosmetics. (mb)


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