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Revolving Door Newsletter: 10.21.05

Can Valeria Latona get Shape in shape?

October 21, 2005

Shape magazine found its new editor hiding in the beauty closet after American Media's editorial director (and de facto Star editor) Bonnie Fuller offered the job to everyone in town and found no takers. The lucky (and probably slightly mortified) winner is Valerie Latona, Shape's beauty editor for the last five years. Not coincidentally, she's one of the few employees based in New York (the rest are in Los Angeles), which no doubt provided invaluable opportunities for managing up. Her new number two is Denise Brodey, a former deputy editor at Glamour...

Hearst is shutting down its stand-alone custom publishing operation and folding it within the company's integrated sales and marketing division instead. Publisher Michael Hurley is leaving and at least a few layoffs are expected...

Not that we needed to remind you, but: Whatever you do, don't apply to work at The Source. The former editor-in-chief is suing, claiming sexual harassment; two employees are still facing attempted murder charges; management has stopped saying how many people actually read the magazine; and now it seems the company has defaulted on a $20 million loan...

AmNewYork has a new editor-in-chief, and, as expected, she's a Tribune employee. Previous editor Alex Storozynski quit in June under duress after Tribune execs at Newsday tried to frame him for an ethical breach. He has since publicly claimed that Tribune would attempt to take control of the free daily newspaper (it's an investor), and it doesn't hurt his argument that new editor Vera Haller hails from

Associate publisher Steve Weinstein is leaving New York Press, and his position leaves with him. The company called the elimination part of its "ongoing cost-reduction program." What's left to reduce? Maybe printing the paper...

There were more hires and departures this week at Sirius Satellite Radio, American Media, Bloomberg News, the Los Angeles Business Journal, Clarkson Potter, Maletzky Media, and New York Spaces...


October 21, 2005: Denise Brodey has been named executive editor of Shape. She was most recently deputy editor of Glamour. (release)
October 21, 2005: Valerie Latona has been named editor-in-chief of Shape. She has been with the magazine for five years, most recently as beauty director. (release)
October 21, 2005: Rachel Kempster has been named publicity manager at DK Publishing. She had been a senior publicist at Scholastic since March 2005.
October 20, 2005: Martin Lee joins Sirius Satellite Radio as senior vice president of marketing. He was previously vice president of marketing at Olympus. (release)
October 20, 2005: Vera Haller has been named editor-in-chief at . She had been editor at since April 2005. (mb)
October 19, 2005: Steve Weinstein's role as associate publisher of New York Press has been eliminated. (mb)
October 19, 2005: Anne Riley-Katz is the new media reporter for the Los Angeles Business Journal. She was a reporter at the North County Times in suburban San Diego. (L.A. Observed)
October 19, 2005: Tony Palazzo joins Bloomberg News as an editor in the Los Angeles Bureau. He was previously managing editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal. (L.A. Observed)
October 19, 2005: David Forier has been promoted to vice president, corporate research, at American Media Inc.. He joined the company as corporate research director in 2003 and was previously a sales development director for Popular Science. (release)
October 19, 2005: Elissa Altman has been named senior editor at Clarkson Potter. She had been editorial director at The Taunton Press since December 13, 2000. (mb)
October 19, 2005: Jaime Scher has been named senior account executive at Maletzky Media. She has been freelancing for the company since June 2005. (mb)
October 19, 2005: Loren Arethas has been named director of home furnishings at New York Spaces magazine. She had been an account manager at New York Home since December 6, 2004. (mb)

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