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Revolving Door Newsletter: 09.13.11

Arrington's Goodbye; EW's Feminine Touch

September 13, 2011
Our long national nightmare is over as Michael Arrington parts ways with AOL. He left with the old "it's no longer a good situation for me to stay" defense. He'll helm his new venture capital fund - in which (scandal!) The New York Times Co. is an investor - while Erick Schonfeld, make that millionaire Erick Schonfeld, takes over the company Arrington started and sold to AOL...

There's a new big name at Interview: In November, Peter Brant Jr., son of Peter Brant and Stephanie Seymour, will join the publication Andy Warhol founded... The changes keep on coming from the Times' new executive editor -- this time, it's from the dining section. Sam Sifton steps down as the dining critic after two years as the top taster. He will be the new national editor. Jill Abramson praised Sifton's abilities as an editor in an email to the staff. She also named Adam Bryant as senior features editor... And another critic steps down from her post. Nancy Franklin announced that she will no longer be the New Yorker's television critic after 13 years and will no longer be writing -- at least for a little while. She writes in an email, "I wanted to get out of the routine of writing a regular column and to get away from writing itself."...

Entertainment Weekly replaces publisher Jason Wagenheim, who decamps to Glamour, with People StyleWatch's Karin Tracy. She's the first woman to ascend to the top spot on the business side... Oscar De La Hoya fires The Ring's editor-in-chief and managing editor for reasons that no one seems to understand... Jack Laschever rejoins Forbes Media as chief marketing officer...

Charles Pierce leaves the Boston Globe for the fuller pastures of's "The Politics Blog." He will also write for Grantland, an ironic twist seeing as he and the site's editor-in-chief Bill Simmons got into it last December... Scott Rosenberg, who founded and served as's managing editor joins green news site Grist as executive editor... The Atavist hires Alissa Quart as senior editor... Reader's Digest gets its third CEO in five months as RDA board member Robert Guth replaces Tom Williams who took over in April...

Brian Williams' new show gets a name: Rock Center with Brian Williams. So, there's that... Anthony Bourdain is getting a book editor gig. Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins, signs him up...Sugar Inc. snags former AOL senior vice president Jennifer Wong... Patch and the Huffington Post are recruiting teenagers to write... The Hairpin hires Jane Marie away from This American Life as co-editor... And there are changes at Prevention, RightThisMinute and more...

September 13, 2011: Lance Ulanoff has been named editor at Mashable. He had been editor-in-chief and VP content at PC Magazine Network. (FishbowlNY)

September 13, 2011: Bryan Mu has been named vice president of program and primary research at The Style Network. He had been vice president of cable research at Sony Pictures Television. (release)

September 13, 2011: Robert Guth has been named chief executive officer at Reader's Digest Association. He had been board member there. (FishbowlNY)

September 13, 2011: Jason Sutterfield has been named chief operating officer at Campfire. He had been head of production there. (AgencySpy)

September 13, 2011: JiaoJiao Shen has been named morning co-anchor at KSHB-TV in Kansas City. She had been reporter there. (TVSpy)

September 13, 2011: Melanie Hebert has been named morning anchor at WWL-TV in New Orleans. She had been anchor at WDSU-TV in New Orleans. (TVSpy)

September 13, 2011: Lucy Noland has been named noon anchor at KNBC-TV in Los Angeles. She had been news anchor and reporter there. (TVSpy)

September 13, 2011: Kimberly Gill has been named anchor at KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh. She had been anchor at WEWS-TV in Cleveland. (TVSpy)

September 13, 2011: Susan Koeppen has been named anchor at KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh. She had been consumer correspondent at CBS News. (TVSpy)

September 13, 2011: Erika Arias has been named morning anchor at WTIC-TV in Hartford, Conn. She had been evening anchor there. (TVSpy)

September 13, 2011: Alison Morris has been named evening anchor at WTIC-TV in Hartford, Conn. She had been weekend evening anchor there. (TVSpy)

September 13, 2011: Sarah French has been named weekend anchor at WHDH-TV in Boston. She had been morning anchor at WTIC-TV in Hartford, Conn. (TVSpy)

September 13, 2011: Josh Rawitch has been named senior vice president of communications at Arizona Diamondbacks. He had been vice president of communications at Los Angeles Dodgers. (FishbowlLA)

September 13, 2011: Warren Rojas has been named reporter for "Heard on the Hill" at Roll Call. He had been dining editor at Northern Virginia. (FishbowlDC)

September 13, 2011: Jeremy Pink has been named managing director at Hedgeye Risk Management. He had been senior vice president of business news at CNBC. (TVNewser)

September 13, 2011: Chris Grant has been named chief executive officer at Electus. He had been president at Shine International. (release)

September 13, 2011: Anthony Katsur has been named chief operating officer at Maxifier. He had been general manager at MediaMath. (mb)

September 12, 2011: Lisa Hudson has been named executive producer at RightThisMinute. She had been executive producer at TMZ. (release)

September 12, 2011: Laura Knierim has been named Midwest account manager at Prevention. She had been sales and marketing associate at Elle and Elle Decor. (mb)

September 12, 2011: Jack Laschever has been named chief marketing officer at Forbes Media. He had been senior managing director at DPEC Partners. (FishbowlNY)

September 12, 2011: Kevin Aniskovich has been named chief innovation officer at Remedy Health Media. He had been founder and chief executive officer at Intelecare Compliance Solutions, Inc. (release)

September 12, 2011: Jim Curtis has been named chief revenue officer at Remedy Health Media. He had been vice president of sales at Everyday Health. (release)

September 12, 2011: Charles P. Pierce has been named lead writer of "The Politics Blog" at He had been reporter, sports columnist and staff writer at The Boston Globe. (Poynter)

September 12, 2011: Michael Houston has been named managing director at Grey New York. He had been executive vice president and director of marketing there. (AgencySpy)

September 9, 2011: David Sands has been named director of public relations at Hollywood Branded Inc. He had been director of media and client relations at David Sands Media. (mb)

September 9, 2011: Maura Rhodes has been named editor-in-chief at She had been senior editor at (mb)

September 9, 2011: Susan White has been named executive director of editorial at Trunk Archive. She had been photography director at Vanity Fair.

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