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Revolving Door Newsletter: 06.10.08

LAT Editorial Loses Another Battle

June 10, 2008
Things keep going from bad to worse at the Los Angeles Times. The latest body blow? The publishing side has staged a coup at the paper's monthly magazine, replacing the entire editorial staff with new editors and designers answering to publisher David Hiller, not editor Russ Stanton. Stanton's bold countermove? He asked Hiller to change the magazine's name, so it wouldn't reflect badly on the actual newsgathering side of the operation. The new editor is Annie Gilbar, a Home Shopping Network host who worked for InStyle and has written advice books like Wedding Sanity Savers. The new creative director is Rip Georges, who held the same post at InStyle. (See where this is going?) Meanwhile, former LA Times op-ed chief and perennial gadfly Michael Kinsley weighs in on Tribune's insane plans to boost the productivity (and therefore profitability) of the paper: "If the average Los Angeles Times journalist produces 51 pages a year, as Michaels has calculated, this means that a 50-50 ratio will allow him to lay off 500 Los Angeles Times journalists, which is more than half of the current staff. Then, if he can persuade the remaining Los Angeles Times journalists to raise their productivity from 50 pages to 300 pages a year, he can dismiss five-sixths of the rest. That would leave something like 50 journalists to put out the Los Angeles Times every day. For now."

Boston Globe stalwart and multimedia experimentalist John Yemma has been appointed editor of The Christian Science Monitor, replacing Richard Bergenheim, who's ascending to a higher position in the church of Christian Science itself. Yemma spent 10 years at the CSM in the 1980s before heading to the Globe, where he spent the last few years trying to drag the newsroom into the 21st century... The Associated Press continues to bulk up its celebrity reporting operations, this time on the video side, by naming Nick Moore its manager of entertainment operations and appointing Antonia Ball and Alicia Quarles to handle international and national video, respectively... Nancy Johnson takes over as editor-in-chief of Cadalyst, while Kenneth Wong is executive editor... Prevention has hired a quartet of new online sales managers from the likes of Travel + Leisure, Forbes.com, Lifetime, and Women's Day... And there are more changes at Avenue A | Razorfish, Story Worldwide, ALS-New York, Waterfront Media, and Essence.com...

June 10, 2008: Annie Gilbar has been named editor of the Los Angeles Times Magazine. She had been a host at the Home Shopping Network. (NYT)
June 10, 2008: Amy Prince has been named managing editor of Surface. (mb)
June 10, 2008: Donna Levine has been named managing editor at Garden & Gun. She had been copy production chief at Vogue. (release)
June 10, 2008: Marshall McKinney has been named art director at Garden & Gun. He had been with Outside's Go. (release)
June 10, 2008: Byron Echeverria has been named director of academic marketing at Macmillan. (Publisher's Lunch)
June 10, 2008: Julia Cheiffetz has been named senior editor at Harper Studio. She had been with Random House. (Publisher's Lunch)
June 10, 2008: Debbie Stier has been named SVP, associate publisher at Harper Studio. She had been with Morrow Avon. (Publisher's Lunch)
June 10, 2008: Meredith Hall Vaughn has been named president of Vladimir Jones. She had been director of account planning and executive vice president insight there. (release)
June 10, 2008: Durkin Guthrie has been named western region advertising director at Transworld Media. He had been west coast sales manager there. (release)
June 10, 2008: James Owens has been named publisher of Construction Distribution. (release)
June 10, 2008: Herb Thornby has been named a partner at Think Studio. He had been associate art director at Penguin. (mb)
June 10, 2008: Henry Brier has been named executive editor at the Washington Continent. He had been with The Washington Times. (FBDC)
June 10, 2008: Carrie Ross Welch has been named senior vice president, external relations at the International Rescue Committee. She had been executive vice president, global communications at Lowe & Partners Worldwide. (mb)
June 9, 2008: Richard Martin has been named editor-in-chief of Manhattan. He had been editor-in-chief of Miami, which he will continue to oversee. (mb)
June 9, 2008: Nick Moore has been named manager of entertainment operations and output at the Associated Press. He had been online video manager at there. (release)
June 9, 2008: Antonia Ball has been named editor for international entertainment video at the Associated Press. She had been senior producer for AP Television. (release)
June 9, 2008: Alicia Quarles has been named editor for national entertainment video at the Associated Press. She had been entertainment broadcast producer there. (release)
June 9, 2008: Kenneth Wong has been named executive editor of Cadalyst. (release)
June 9, 2008: Nancy Johnson has been named editor-in-chief of Cadalyst. She had been senior digital media editor there. (release)
June 9, 2008: Chris Tuleya has been named associate search director at Avenue A | Razorfish. He had been search strategist there. (mb)
June 9, 2008: Mark Hunter has been named delivery discipline lead at Avenue A | Razorfish. He had been program director there. (mb)
June 9, 2008: Bill Horan has been named senior art director at Avenue A | Razorfish. He had been art director there. (mb)
June 9, 2008: John Yemma has been named editor at the Christian Science Monitor. He had been deputy managing editor/multimedia at the Boston Globe. (Romenesko)
June 9, 2008: Marc Lucas has been named group creative director for digital marketing programs at Avenue A | Razorfish. He had been vice president, creative director at SS+K. (mb)
June 9, 2008: Hans Neubert has been named executive creative director at Avenue A | Razorfish. He had been managing director and creative leader at VSA Partners. (mb)
June 9, 2008: Richard Johnson has been named director, project management at Story Worldwide. (mb)
June 9, 2008: Joelle Bourjolly has been named direct mail writer at Story Worldwide. She had been senior integrated copywriter at Digitas. (mb)
June 9, 2008: Kristin O'Hara has been named online sales manager at Prevention. She had been online sales manager at travelandleisure.com. (release)
June 9, 2008: Cheryl O'Donnell has been named online sales manager at Prevention. She had been sales manager, western region at Forbes.com. (release)
June 9, 2008: Kelly Mullen has been named online sales manager at Prevention. She had been manager of partnerships at Lifetime Networks. (release)
June 9, 2008: Olivia Gushin has been named online sales manager at Prevention. She had been online sales manager at womensday.com. (release)
June 9, 2008: Kristin Vaughan has been named senior editor at Waterfront Media. She had been online editor at Essence.com. (mb)
June 9, 2008: Lon Cohen has been named director of communications at ALS-New York. He had been Web 2.0 Manager at New York Film Academy. (mb)
June 9, 2008: Rip Georges has been named creative director at the Los Angeles Times Magazine. He had been design director at Esquire/Mirabella/InStyle . (mb)


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