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Revolving Door Newsletter: 02.22.11

Twitter Taps MySpace Exec; LA Times Loses Pop Music Critic

February 22, 2011
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Time Inc., not surprisingly, is in chaos after the ouster of Jack Griffin. The New York Post wants to make an issue out of John Huey's appearance at the top of the company's corporate website, but Time Inc.'s PR staff says that was just a mistake. Huey is head of editorial but was thought to be on his way out after Griffin hired Martha Nelson as Huey's deputy. What's going on now is anyone's guess, but the forced resignation will cost Time Inc. at least $5 million...

The New York Times reorganizes -- a "reinvention" in Bill Keller's parlance -- the Week in Review section. Op-Ed editor Trish Hall will head the new entity... The Los Angeles Times loses pop music critic Ann Powers to NPR. She'll continue to contribute to the paper... Roy Johnson is out as editor-in-chief of Men's Fitness. He's been in the position since May 2007 and will return to consulting for the time being... Spin Media LLC promotes Ian Robinson to design director. He had been art director there...

Engadget suffers a couple losses as editor Paul J. Miller leaves along with Ross Miller. The "AOL Way" had something to do with the departures. They had both been at AOL for at least five years... The Awl adds Carrie Frye as managing editor. She sounds quite lovely from her introductory note... Deadspin hires Luke O'Brien as staff writer, Emma Carmichael as video editor, and two new interns... Sharon Tanenbaum leaves UsMagazine.com where she had been online editor for a senior editor, news position at EverydayHealth.com...

Twitter taps former MySpace executive Rita Garg as director of business development. The move hints that the microblogging service will push ahead with its Promoted Products plan... Spotify, the music service everyone loves in Europe, is in talks to raise $100 million at a $1 billion valuation. Maybe that will help it finally get to America... Modernista! loses creative director Will Uronis as well as co-directors of strategy Ross Cidlowski and Thomas O'Connell. The latter two lasted less than a year at the Boston agency... Saatchi & Saatchi Los Angeles hires Chris Adams and Margaret Keene from Chiat LA... And there are changes at The Royal Promotion Group, Tiffany & Co. and more...

February 22, 2011: Eliot Kaplan has been named executive director, talent acquisition at Hearst. He had been editorial talent director there. (FBNY)

February 22, 2011: Randall Rothenberg has been named president and CEO at Interactive Advertising Bureau. He had been executive vice president and chief digital officer at Time Inc. (release)

February 22, 2011: Emma Carmichael has been named video editor at Deadspin. She had been press officer at NYC Department of Parks & Recreation. (Deadspin)

February 22, 2011: Luke O'Brien has been named staff writer at Deadspin. He had been a freelance writer. (Deadspin)

February 22, 2011: Carrie Frye has been named managing editor at The Awl. She had been writer at artsjournal.com's About Last Night blog. (The Awl)

February 22, 2011: Rita Garg has been named director of business development at Twitter. She had been business development director at MySpace. (AllTwitter)

February 22, 2011: Margaret Keene has been named executive creative director at Saatchi & Saatchi Los Angeles. She had been group creative director at Chiat LA. (AgencySpy)

February 22, 2011: Chris Adams has been named executive creative director at Saatchi & Saatchi Los Angeles. He had been group creative director at Chiat LA. (AgencySpy)

February 22, 2011: Niki Weirich has been named anchor at KXRM in Colorado Springs. She had been co-anchor at WYTV in Youngstown, OH. (TVSpy)

February 22, 2011: Ann Powers has been named pop music critic at NPR Music. She had been pop music critic at Los Angeles Times. (FBLA)

February 20, 2011: Suzanne Ruffa has been named executive sales director at The Royal Promotion Group. She had been advertising director at InStyle. (mb)

February 18, 2011: Carrie Niese has been named director of worldwide promotions & special events at Tiffany & Co. She had been a communications consultant. (mb)

February 18, 2011: Ian Robinson has been named design director at SPIN Media LLC. He had been art director there. (mb)

February 18, 2011: Sharon Tanenbaum has been named senior editor, news at EverydayHealth.com. She had been online editor at UsMagazine.com. (mb)



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