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Bonnier just bought a bunch of motorcycle brands, so now it needs someone to oversee them all. Andrew Leisner is their man. Leisner, most recently the publisher of Cycle World, has been promoted to vice president, group publisher of the new Bonnier Motorcycle Group.
In his new role, Leisner will be responsible for Cycle World, Motorcyclist, Sport Rider, Dirt Rider, Motorcycle Cruiser, Hot Bike, Baggers, Super Streetbike, Street Chopper and ATV Rider.
“Andy is an energetic and inspirational leader who empowers his people — all qualities that make him the perfect choice to lead our new group,” said Eric Zinczenko, Bonnier’s executive VP, in a statement. “His passion for motorcycles, his knowledge of the market, his competitiveness and his ‘need to win’ are the perfect formula for leading this important business unit for Bonnier Corp.”
Below are some quotes from Jann’s interview with Adweek, along with some FishbowlNY analysis. In the talk, Jann explains why he hired his son without mentioning that he hired his son. Nice work.
On Gus’ age:
“He’s worked at Rollingstone.com for the past six or seven months. He’s reporting to people who are really smart. And he’s not doing any reckless things.” Checklist for becoming a top editor of one of the most iconic magazines ever published: 1) Work there for six or seven months. 2) Avoid f*cking up for six or seven months. You’re hired!
ESPN is making some serious cuts. A source told Deadspin that about 400 staffers are being let go. Some of those being laid off have been told they can stay until the end of the week if they want.
One anonymous ESPN staffer who got the axe had been with the company for almost a decade. That person considered the move “Completely out of the blue.” The staffer added, “I was told it was 10 percent across the board, which would be roughly 400. I was told the reason was they needed to make their profit margin and they chose to do that via layoff of staff.”
We’ve reached out to ESPN for comment, and we’ll update when we hear back.
Update (12:53 pm):
ESPN sent the following statement: ”We are implementing changes across the company to enhance our continued growth while smartly managing costs. While difficult, we are confident that it will make us more competitive, innovative and productive.”
Update (3:00 pm):
An ESPN spokesperson emailed to tell us that they hadn’t cut 400 staffers. When we asked how many were let go, “We’re not getting into particulars but it is fewer than 400″ was all we got back. So there’s that.
Yahoo! buying Tumblr is a big deal, so The New York Times went all out with its coverage today. There’s a piece about Yahoo! moving into the old Times building on 43rd Street, but the most noticeable piece is in the Business section. There Times readers can find a giant replica of a Tumblr dashboard, complete with headlines and articles about the acquisition. It’s a cool and creative way to discuss the news.
There’s also a photo in the dashboard of Marissa Mayer laughing with David Karp (Tumblr’s founder and really, really rich dude). Oh, and on A1, the Times ran a piece about how Karp dropped out of school.
He was still home schooled though! So you know, do your homework, kids.
[Image: Tumblr, duh]
The New York Daily News and The New York Post both used the same photo to illustrate the devastation left by the tornado that hit Oklahoma yesterday. Ironically, though the captured moment is extremely sad, the woman carrying the child conveys hope.
If you’re wondering how you can help the tornado victims, here’s a nice roundup.
Jann Wenner, the owner of Rolling Stone’s publisher, Wenner Media, has a son named Gus Wenner. The former Wenner has named the latter Wenner — all 22 years of him— the new editor of RollingStone.com. Seems fair.
We’re sure the staff at Rolling Stone is excited as well.
AppNewser: Bang With Friends has been removed from the Apple app store because too many guys actually thought it would work.
AllTwitter: Michael Ian Black is tweeting ads and people are mad, proving that people need more things to get angry about.
TVNewser: Fox News is going to “unequivocally defend” James Rosen against the DOJ.
Bonnier Corporation is making moves again. The publishing house has purchased nine motorcycle magazines from Source Interlink Media. In case you didn’t even know there were nine motorcycle magazines, included in the deal are Motorcyclist, Sport Rider, Dirt Rider, Motorcycle Cruiser, Hot Bike, Baggers, Super Streetbike, Street Chopper and ATV Rider.
In addition to this purchase, Bonnier is selling some of its brands to Source Interlink. Sound + Vision, TransWorld SNOWboarding, TransWorld Motocross, TransWorld SKATEboarding, TransWorldSURF, TransWorld RIDEbmx and TransWorld Business are all now part of Source Interlink’s portfolio.
Below is the full note from Freygang.
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