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Revolving Door Newsletter: 03.10.06

The New York Times and Real Simple redecorate their mastheads

March 10, 2006

Change near the top of The New York Times' masthead last week led to change near the top of Real Simple's earlier this week. It started with an internal memo at the Times announcing that Barbara Graustark, who had overseen the paper's Dining, House and Home, and Sunday and Thursday Styles sections for the last five years, had been booted outside as a yet-to-be-determined editor-at-large. In the meantime, Michael Cannell, who had overseen House and Home, was bailing out to head to Real Simple. After a quick reshuffling of editors, Trish Hall was suddenly running Real Estate, House and Home, and Dining, while Trip Gabriel took full control of the combined Sunday and Thursday Styles operation. Cannell landed at Real Simple as home editor, replacing Susan Leaderman, who had slipped away in January independently of Time Inc.'s editorial bloodbath. At the same time, deputy editor Elizabeth Mayhew was promoted to editorial development director, where she'll oversee Real Simple's burgeoning line of editorial spinoffs, and taking her old job is People's Anne-Marie O'Neill... (The Architect's Newspaper, WWD)

Absolute, which shut down unexpectedly late last month, may be starting up again under new management, according to a report in Wednesday's New York Post. But editor Andrew Essex won't be back, as he's just signed a short-term deal with Rodale as a consulting editor on Men's Health and Best Life. And neither will two of his former assistants ǿ they've already landed jobs at Allure and Giant... (NYP, WWD)

In book publishing: executive editor Courtney Hodell leaves HarperCollins for Farrar, Straus; Mark Tavani is now a senior editor at Ballantine; Tim Brazier joins Basic Books as publicity manager, and Julie Marshall was promoted to director of sales at Kaplan... And The New York Times' Motoko Rich should have a field day on her new publishing beat after keeping her finger on the surface tension of the city's real estate bubble for the paper...

Judy Miller (no, not that one; the other one) won't be joining the AP after all as national editor, but will stay in Miami and join the investigative firm Kroll & Associates instead... Trump World magazine has a new creative director, Aaron Sigmond (formerly of Smoke, and Radar, although Maer Roshan would rather forget that stint ever happened) and new senior and managing editors...

The New York Daily News has three new SVPs, whom the Post will no doubt start mocking soon. The Post will probably start with Guy "Doc" Holliday, who will be running advertising, and move to new circ chief Rhonda Novick and operations chief James Brill from there...

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March 10, 2006: Julia Albu joins Giant as an editorial assistant. She had the same position at Absolute. (WWD)
March 10, 2006: Molly Friedman joins Allure as an editorial assistant. She had the same position at Absolute. (WWD)
March 10, 2006: Andrew Essex joins Men's Health and Best Life as a consulting editor. He was the founding editor-in-chief of Absolute and formerly executive editor of Details. (WWD)
March 10, 2006: Aaron Sigmond is the new creative editorial director of Trump World Magazine. He held similar positions at Smoke and Radar. (mb)
March 10, 2006: Kristen Ball has been promoted to managing editor of Trump World Magazine. She was previously associate editor there. (mb)
March 10, 2006: Corynne Corbett has been promoted to executive editor of Real Simple. She was previously the magazine's beauty and wellness director. (WWD)
March 10, 2006: Anne-Marie O'Neill has been named deputy editor of Real Simple. She was previously an editor at People. (WWD)
March 10, 2006: Elizabeth Mayhew has been promoted to editorial development director of Real Simple. She was previously the magazine's deputy editor. (WWD)
March 10, 2006: Michael Cannell joins Real Simple as home editor. He was previously the editor of the House & Home section of The New York Times. (The Architect's Newspaper)
March 10, 2006: Trish Hall has been named editor of the Dining and House & Home sections of The New York Times, in addition to her role as editor of the Real Estate section. (The Architect's Newspaper)
March 10, 2006: Barbara Graustark has been appointed an editor-at-large at The New York Times. She has previously edited the paper's Dining, House and Home, Sunday Styles, and Thursday Styles sections. (The Architect's Newspaper)
March 10, 2006: Michael Duffield has opened Michael Duffield Communications in Chattanooga, Tenn. He was recently a vice president and creative strategist at Waterhouse Public Relations and previously national public relations manager for Whole Foods. (mb)
March 10, 2006: Michele Hatty has been promoted to associate editor at magazine. She had been assistant editor there since May 7, 2003. (mb)
March 10, 2006: Jennifer Wysmuller has been named senior editor at Trump World Magazine. She had been editorial assistant at Good Housekeeping since August 30, 2003. (mb)
March 9, 2006: Julie Marshall has been promoted to director of sales at Kaplan. She was previously the national account manager there. (Pub. Lunch)
March 9, 2006: Courtney Hodell joins Farrar, Straus as executive editor. She had the same title at HarperCollins, where she has worked since 2001. (Pub. Lunch)
March 9, 2006: Tim Brazier joins Basic Books as publicity manager. He has worked at HarperCollins as a senior publicist since 1999. (Pub. Lunch)
March 9, 2006: Mark Tavani has been promoted to senior editor at Ballantine. (Pub. Lunch)
March 8, 2006: Judy Miller joins Kroll & Associates as a managing director. She was slated to join The Associated Press as national editor, but has withdrawn from the position. (Romenesko)
March 8, 2006: Roy Blount Jr. has been elected president of the Authors Guild. (release)
March 8, 2006: Amy Collins founded Cadence Marketing Group. She had been specialty sales director at since August 15, 2004. (mb)
March 8, 2006: James Brill has been promoted to senior vice president of operations at the New York Daily News. He was previously senior vice president of circulation and manufacturing and joined the paper in 1976 as a part-time delivery driver. (release)
March 8, 2006: Rhonda Novick joins the New York Daily News as senior vice president of circulation. She has been with The New York Times since 1998, most recently as vice president of consumer marketing. (release)
March 8, 2006: Guy Holliday (aka "Doc" Holliday) joins the New York Daily News as senior vice president of advertising operations. He has worked at The New York Times since 1996, most recently as vice president of advertising sales. (release)
March 8, 2006: Dan Barton has been named producer, specials at TV Guide Network. He had been writer/producer at GRB Entertainment since March 30, 2004 and was previously a supervising producer at E! Networks. (mb)


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