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Revolving Door Newsletter: 07.10.09

NYT Considers Charging for Web Access; Sept. Mag Issues Shrink

July 10, 2009
At long last, the U.S. Olympic Committee launches a channel devoted exclusively to Olympic sports. The network is scheduled to debut after next winter's Games in Vancouver. The International Olympic Committee isn't happy with the deal, charging that the U.S.O.C. acted before they "had a chance to consider together the ramifications" (despite the fact that negotiations had been underway for two years). The competition's governing body is worried the new channel will alter the relationship between the I.O.C. and NBC, which pays through the teeth to broadcast the Games...

The New York Times is considering charging for access to its Web site: The NYT Co. asked its print subscribers if they'd be willing to pay $5 a month for access to NYTimes.com. Gawker's Hamilton Nolan ran the numbers, noting that if the NYT's 650,000 subscribers forked over that amount, the company would gross $39 million a year, though the site would undoubtedly lose some revenue in ad sales. Of course, with roughly 14 million unique visitors a month, there's a good chance more than 650,000 people would pay for access... John McCormick leaves the Chicago Tribune for Bloomberg News... The Onion's CEO sent a memo to staffers saying the company is in dire straits and needs to be more advertiser-friendly... Karyn Gruenberg replaces Brian Bauman as marketing director at The Washington Times. Bauman recently received a promotion and is now handling events and partnerships... The Los Angeles Metro needs a blogger... The Albany Times-Union lays off 18...

Remember how the September issues -- traditionally a magazine's biggest of the year -- were going to save 2009 for publishers? WWD hears it's not looking good, reporting that most magazines should expect their books to be about a third lighter than in previous years. Put away the scales; more budget-trimming is on the way... Conde Nast makes GQ its first title targeted to men (and fourth overall) that will debut in the Chinese market. The book will begin publishing in October in conjunction with the China News Service... Former Portfolio Wall Street editor Jesse Eisinger joins ProPublica as a senior reporter... One of the major sources of Lenny Dykstra's financial trouble stemmed from his attempt to launch a magazine, The Player's Club...

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest is negotiating a new deal that would make him one of the highest-paid reality hosts on television... Comedy Central signs up Gary Sanchez Productions, the production company of Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, to create a sitcom starring Napoleon Dynamite's Jon Heder as a computer IT specialist. Ferrell, McKay, and Chris Henchy will pen the show, scheduled to air in 2010... Jeff Zucker promotes Allison Gollust to executive vice president of corporate communications...

Gawker Media's revenues are up 35 percent over last year, and Nick Denton is bringing back the page-view bonus system... Sony hires screenwriter Aaron Sorkin to save the script of Moneyball. Last month, the production studio cancelled filming just days before it was scheduled to begin after deciding that director Steven Soderbergh's draft was "too arty."... Justin Timberlake shops a golfing memoir... Rachel Polish becomes vice president of digital strategy at Ogilvy's 360-degree Digital Influence Group... Lorne M. Buchman steps in as the president and CEO of the Art Center College of Design... And there are changes at the Washington Post, Hodder & Stoughton, Zondervan, and more...

July 10, 2009: Joshua Baldwin has been named account supervisor at Makovsky + Company. He had been senior account executive there. (PRNewser)
July 10, 2009: Michael Goodwin has been named group vice president at Makovsky + Company. He had been vice president there. (PRNewser)
July 10, 2009: Kate Coyne has been named group vice prsident at Makovsky + Company. She had been vice president there. (PRNewser)
July 10, 2009: Janet Yoo has been named assitant account executive at Makovsky + Company. She had been account coordinator there. (PRNewser)
July 10, 2009: Liz Pierce has been named account executive at Makovsky + Company. She had been assistant account executive there. (PRNewser)
July 10, 2009: Travis Ferber has been named account executive at Makovsky + Company. He had been assistant account executive there. (PRNewser)
July 10, 2009: Olga Oksman has been named account executive at Makovsky + Company. She had been assistant account executive there. (PRNewser)
July 10, 2009: Kristin D'Ambrosio has been named account executive at Makovsky + Company. She had been assistant account executive there. (PRNewser)
July 10, 2009: David Rosen has been named group vice president at Makovsky + Company. He had been vice president there. (PRNewser)
July 9, 2009: Allison Gollust has been named executive vice president of corporate communications at NBC Universal. She had been NBC News division head of communications there. (PRNewser)
July 9, 2009: Mark Booth has been named head of a new imprint at Hodder & Stoughton. He had been former publishing director at Century. (Publishers Lunch)
July 9, 2009: Jason Vines has been named vice president of public relations and communications at Zondervan. He had held top communications posts at Nissan, Ford, and Chrysler. (Publishers Lunch)
July 9, 2009: Lorne M. Buchman has been named president and CEO at Art Center College of Design. He had been president at California College of Arts and Crafts. (UnBeige)
July 9, 2009: Nitin Bhandari has been named chief product officer at Skyfire. He had been chief executive officer there. (WebNewser)
July 9, 2009: Jeffrey Glueck has been named chief executive officer at Skyfire. He had been chief marketing officer at Travelocity. (WebNewser)
July 9, 2009: Lee Hammer has been named interim general manager at KNBR. He remains program director there. (BayNewser)
July 9, 2009: Sydney Trent has been named narrative editor, Style section, at The Washington Post. She had been deputy editor at The Washington Post Magazine. (FBDC)
July 9, 2009: Scott Vogel has been named arts editor, Style section, at The Washington Post. He had been Travel staff writer there. (FBDC)
July 9, 2009: Rich Leiby has been named Sunday and pop culture editor, Style section, at The Washington Post. He had been staff writer there. (FBDC)
July 9, 2009: Rachel Polish has been named vice president of digital strategy at Ogilvy. She had been senior public relations manager at SanDisk. (PRNewser)
July 9, 2009: John D. McCormick has been named political reporter at Bloomberg News. He had been political reporter and Metro writer at Chicago Tribune. (FBDC)
July 9, 2009: Larry Roberts has been named executive editor at The Huffington Post Investigative Fund. He had been editor at The Washington Post. (AJR)
July 9, 2009: Jesse Eisinger has been named senior reporter at ProPublica. He had been Wall Street editor at Portfolio. (ProPublica)
July 8, 2009: Karyn Gruenberg has been named marketing director at The Washington Times. She had been vice president of marketing and communications at Meet Minneapolis. (FBDC)
July 8, 2009: Jeffrey Glueck has been named chief executive officer at Skyfire. He had been former chief marketing officer at Travelocity. (WebNewser)
July 8, 2009: Susan Kowal Lynch has been named production director at The Daily Group, IMG's publishing division. She had been print consultant at Louise Blouin Media. (mb)
July 8, 2009: Abby Anderson has been named sales and subrights manager at PublishingWorks, Inc.. She had been former subrights coordinator at the Perseus Books Group. (mb)
July 8, 2009: Susanna Nicklin has been named acting chief executive officer at The Marsh Agency. She had been director of literature at the British Council. (Publishers Lunch)
July 8, 2009: Leis Pederson has been named associate editor at Berkley. She had been assistant editor there. (Publishers Lunch)
July 8, 2009: Anne Marie Tallberg has been named associate publisher of paperbacks at St. Martin's. She had been marketing director/paperbacks there. (Publishers Lunch)
July 8, 2009: Matt Baldacci has been named associate publisher of hardcover at St. Martin's. He had been director of marketing and publishing operations/hardcover there. (Publishers Lunch)
July 8, 2009: Jeff Nolan has been named to the board of directors at SpectrumDNA. He had been vice president of corporate development at NewsGator Technologies. (mb)
July 8, 2009: Kate Burns will lead European ad sales at AOL. She had been European vice president and managing director at Bebo. (WebNewser)
July 7, 2009: Stephen Schatz has been named director of media relations at National Association of Chain Drug Stores. He had been communications director at Darren White for Congress (NM-01). (mb)
July 7, 2009: Isabel Ontoso has been named chairman and chief executive officer at Leo Burnett Spain. She had been chief executive officer at Publicis Spain. (AgencySpy)


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