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Revolving Door Newsletter: 10.19.10

Editor & Publisher Fires Editors; NYT Launching Texas Edition

October 19, 2010
The Daily Beast-Newsweek merger is dead in the water. (Was it Jack Welch's fault? Keith Kelly thinks so.) In the end, it's probably best the three massive egos didn't join forces and attempt to turn around the fortunes of two money-hemorrhaging publications. Barry Diller, Tina Brown, and Sidney Harman will have enough trouble fixing what ails their individual obsessions. Brown's memo to her staff says it all: "The engagement was fun but the pre-nup got too complex." In other news, Newsweek's Russian version is no more as publisher Axel Springer AG kills the magazine...

Wired needs a new creative director as Scott Dadich quits to focus full-time on developing Condé Nast's digital-magazine department. Sales of the Wired app have fallen by almost 75 percent from a high of 100,000 copies, but CN brass continues to stay positive about the success... Phil Ewing leaves Navy Times for Politico...

The New York Times, which saw revenue drop almost three percent in the third quarter of 2010, continues its foray into the regional editions game. The paper plans to launch a Texas-based version that features two pages of statewide news in its Friday and Sunday papers. The plan is to partner with the Texas Tribune to help content creation... Editor & Publisher fires editor Mark Fitzgerald, along with Shawn Moynihan and Jim Rosenberg. Parent company Duncan McIntosh Co. wants to move in some "other direction editorially." So, lots of freelancers...

The board of the Tribune Company asks for chief executive officer Randy Michaels to resign. Among other transgressions, he created a toxic environment within the company. Michaels said Tuesday, "I work here today and I'm still working." Meanwhile, his former cohort Lee Abrams, who was suspended from Tribune Co. for sending a racy memo, takes the hint and resigns, but not without sending a missive defending his actions... Neil Collins leaves his gig as a columnist at Reuters Breakingviews after it came to light he had failed to disclose that he owned shares in companies he covered. An investigation revealed that he didn't use "his position for financial gain." Neil Unmack and Margaret Doyle, two of his colleagues, will have disclaimers added to their columns... The Huffington Post merges its Investigative Fund into the Center for Public Integrity. The resulting entity will boast 50 employees, and CPI executive director William E. Buzenberg says his organization plans to file 500 reports this year... JWT promotes Richie Glickman to executive creative director of its New York office... McCann NY signs on Matt Donovan as managing partner... And there are changes at, Simon & Schuster, and more...

October 19, 2010: Ronen Shapiro has been named director of spirits and automotive, Northeast Territory, at Complex Media Network. He had been director of luxury and retail at Condé Nast Digital. (release)

October 19, 2010: Orlando Lima has been named managing editor at Complex and He is owner at Limachips Digital Development. (release)

October 19, 2010: Zeke Turner has been named real estate writer at The New York Observer. He had been media writer there. (FBNY)

October 19, 2010: Alexandra Lippin has been named senior vice president at The Lippin Group. She had been vice president there. (release)

October 19, 2010: Mark Russell has been named editor at Orlando Sentinel. He had been print news manager at Cleveland Plain Dealer. (MIJE)

October 19, 2010: John Hamilton has been named media director at VinkMedia. He had been media and marketing manager there. (mb)

October 18, 2010: Richie Glickman has been named executive creative director at JWT. He had been creative director there. (AgencySpy)

October 18, 2010: Mark Fallows has been named director of creative technology at McCann New York. He had been head of digital content at McCann London. (AgencySpy)

October 18, 2010: Matt Donovan has been named executive vice president and managing partner at McCann New York. He had been chief strategy officer, North America, at Euro RSCG. (AgencySpy)

October 18, 2010: Kelly Bruce has been named sales planner at AdWeek Media. She had been sales coordinator at BlackBook. (mb)

October 18, 2010: Leah Wasielewski has been named marketing director at HarperCollins. She had been senior publishing manager at Simon & Schuster. (Publishers Lunch)

October 18, 2010: Caitlin McCaskey has been named assistant manager at HarperCollins Speakers Bureau. She had been coordinator at Penguin Speakers Bureau. (Publishers Lunch)

October 18, 2010: Kate Ankofski has been named associate editor at Simon & Schuster. She had been assistant editor there. (Publishers Lunch)

October 18, 2010: Ryan Doherty has been named trade paperbacks editor at Random House. He had been editor at Ballantine. (Publishers Lunch)

October 18, 2010: Gene DeFelice has been named vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, at Barnes & Noble. He had been general counsel at Savvis. (Publishers Lunch)

October 18, 2010: Scott Henry has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer at Borders. He had been president at S.D. Henry Strategic Services. (Publishers Lunch)

October 15, 2010: Josh Stewart has been named community editor at He had been Syosset, Long Island editor at (mb)

October 15, 2010: Christopher Schulz has been named group publisher at Firebrand Media. He had been president at Gulfshore Media / CurtCo Robb. (mb)

October 15, 2010: Mercedes Sanchez has been named media relations assistant, office of communications and marketing, at Baruch College. She had been segment producer at LATV. (mb)

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