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Revolving Door Newsletter: 03.25.11

McKinsey & Co. Returns To Conde Nast; Google Launches Mag

March 25, 2011
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A 26-year-old lands a book deal. This wouldn't be huge news, except that the woman involved happens to be Amanda Hocking, who sold over a million copies of her self-published books. Several major publishers lined up, and St. Martin's Press won after bidding rose beyond $2 million for English rights alone. The series will be called Watersong. Hocking explained her decision: "I want to be a writer. I do not want to spend 40 hours a week handling emails, formatting covers, finding editors, etc. Right now, being me is a full-time corporation."...

Uh oh. McKinsey & Co. returns to Conde Nast. Last time the consultants showed up, Gourmet, Cookie, Modern Bride, and Elegant Bride all ended up shuttered. Here's to hoping this latest bloodletting isn't so dramatic... Google, of all places, launches a magazine in the UK called Think Quarterly. The first issue, not surprisingly, is dedicated to data but only appeared in extremely limited numbers... Cooking Light promotes Cindy Hatcher from associate editor to senior editor... Kate Rockwood gets bumped up at Fast Company, moving from staff editor to senior editor...

The Huffington Post is planning to launch a UK edition in the summer. Arianna was educated across the pond, so it only makes sense... The Daily recruits Zach Baron from the Village Voice. Out of the frying pan into the (better-funded) fire?...

Is Glenn Beck getting his own channel? That seems to be the rumor, although he would face a massive number of problems if he went that route. (If Oprah's network is struggling to find viewership, could Beck stand a chance?) Odds are this is a very public negotiation/game of chicken with Fox News brass...

Farrar, Straus and Giroux names Rodrigo Corral creative director. He previously worked in the company's art department from 1996 through 2000. His firm, Rodrigo Corral Design, is responsible for covers including A Million Little Pieces and Decoded... Twitter wants to bring creator and co-founder Jack Dorsey back into the fold as chief product officer. He might even come onboard as CEO, but the current head Dick Costolo will stay on regardless to help the site monetize... Chuck Cordray leaves Hearst Corp. to join Volly as president. His new company bills itself as a "cloud-based digital mail communications platform."... And there are changes at The Glue Network, AkzoNobel and more...

March 25, 2011: Jennifer Steck has been named general assignment reporter at WUPW in Toldedo. She had been reporter at KCAU in Sioux City, IA. (TVSpy)

March 25, 2011: Renee Passal has been named anchor at WDIO in Wisconsin. She had been reporter there. (TVSpy)

March 25, 2011: Jason Nichols has been named creative director at CP+B. He had been creative director at Saatchi & Saatchi LA. (AgencySpy)

March 25, 2011: Shayne Millington has been named creative director at JWT NY. He had been senior copywriter and senior art director at Wieden+Kennedy. (AgencySpy)

March 25, 2011: Craig Love has been named creative director at JWT NY. He had been senior copywriter and senior art director at Wieden+Kennedy. (AgencySpy)

March 25, 2011: Mandy Jenkins has been named head of social media at Huffington Post Politics. She had been social media producer at (FBDC)

March 25, 2011: Keith White has been named executive vice president & managing director at CQ/Capitol Advantage. He had been general manager there. (FBDC)

March 25, 2011: Lauren Pratapas has been named new media director for Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). She had been blogger at CNN's Political Ticker. (FBDC)

March 25, 2011: Molly Young has been named writer at New York. She had been culture reporter at The Daily. (FBNY)

March 25, 2011: James Cury has been named online editorial director at Maxim. He had been Web director at Hearst Digital Media Group. (mb)

March 25, 2011: Jose Valle has been named president at Univision Radio. He had been vice president and general manager at Univision Radio Los Angeles. (release)

March 25, 2011: Waldo Tibbetts has been named VP of sales and business development at TPM Media. He had been chief revenue officer and VP of business development at Vote iQ. (mb)

March 25, 2011: Dan Rosenfeld has been named director of research and insights at Zoom Media and Marketing. He had been manager, program and market research for the History Channel at A&E Television Networks. (release)

March 25, 2011: Josh Mattes has been named VP and account director at The Halo Group. He had been account director at TBWA\Chiat\Day. (release)

March 24, 2011: Chuck Cordray has been named president at Pitney Bowes' Volly. He had been senior vice president and general manager at Hearst Digital Media. (FBNY)

March 24, 2011: Chris Burrous has been named anchor at KTLA in Los Angeles. He had been anchor at WPIX in New York. (FBNY)

March 24, 2011: Emily Smith has been named general assignment reporter at WCBS-TV in New York. She had been business reporter there. (FBNY)

March 24, 2011: Zach Baron has been named culture writer at The Daily. He had been writer and editor at Village Voice. (FBNY)

March 24, 2011: Kathy Fieweger has been named EVP, corporate reputation at MWW Group. She had been SVP at Edelman. (PRNewser)

March 24, 2011: Carol Ballock has been named executive vice president of corporate practice at Weber Shandwick. She had been managing director of the corporate and financial communications practice at Burson-Marsteller. (PRNewser)

March 24, 2011: Tony Cervone has been named EVP of group communications at Volkswagen. He had been SVP and chief communications officer at United Airlines. (PRNewser)

March 24, 2011: Maria Elena Fernandez has been named senior entertainment reporter at The Newsweek Daily Beast Company. She had been entertainment reporter at Los Angeles Times. (FBLA)

March 24, 2011: Callie Schweitzer has been named assistant to the publisher at Talking Points Memo. She had been editor-in-chief at Neon Tommy. (FBLA)

March 24, 2011: Joanna Lombard has been named Midwest manager at SHAPE. She had been Midwest advertising coordinator there. (mb)

March 23, 2011: Matt Harris has been named director of sales at The Glue Network. He had been Northwest manager at Conde Nast. (mb)

March 23, 2011: George Nolan has been named North American communications manager at AkzoNobel. He had been account group supervisor at GolinHarris. (mb)

March 22, 2011: Cindy Hatcher has been named senior editor at Cooking Light. She had been associate editor there. (mb)

March 22, 2011: Kate Rockwood has been named senior editor at Fast Company. She had been staff editor there. (mb)

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