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Atlantic Media just announced four executive promotions. Below are the details.
- Tim Hartman has been promoted from president of the company’s Government Executive Media Group to CEO of Atlantic Media’s Washington divisions. Hartman will now lead the National Journal Group and the Government Executive Group. Hartman has been with Atlantic Media since 2001.
- Poppy McDonald has been upped to publisher and co-president of National Journal. McDonald came to Atlantic Media from Politico in 2011.
- Tim Grieve, editor of National Journal, is adding co-president to his title. Grieve also came to Atlantic Media from Politico. He has served as editor of National Journal for the past 10 months.
- Aretae Wyler has been promoted from deputy general counsel to general counsel of Atlantic Media. Wyler joined Atlantic Media last year.
In an interview with Bloomberg Television, Brown was asked what would happen if Newsweek’s story was proven wrong. “That would be rough,” replied Brown. “All I can think of is I’m so glad I’m not the editor.”
Brown also commented on the challenges Newsweek faces, which have been echoed by many:
IBT Media’s Zombie Newsweek debuted only yesterday, and already there’s a problem. A big one. Newsweek’s cover story claimed that Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto, a 65 year old engineer, created Bitcoin. The media freaked out, with some proclaiming the piece “brilliant journalism.” The problem? Nakamoto has denied any involvement with the digital currency.
In a two hour interview with the AP, Nakamoto denied having any involvement in Bitcoin, and the only reason he had ever heard of it was because a Newsweek reporter contacted his son three weeks ago. Nakamoto also said that during during a brief interview at his home, the Newsweek reporter — Leah McGrath Goodman — misunderstood him (English isn’t Nakamoto’s first language).
Goodman claimed Nakamoto said ”I am no longer involved in that [Bitcoin] and I cannot discuss it.” However, Nakamoto insisted he meant he was no longer involved in engineering, and was referring to security protocol as it pertained to his former work with a defense contractor.
The shuffling at Time Inc. continues. The New York Post reports that Leslie Picard — president of Time Inc. Branded Solutions — is the latest to leave the company. Picard had been with Time Inc. since 2008.
Picard is rumored to be leaving because new hires by Time Inc. haven’t played nice:
Picard is said to have been ‘big footed’ by the arrival of Mark Ford, an executive vice president ad sales, so much so that Ford actually wanted to move into the large office she occupied.
No one likes being big footed. Or Yeti’d, for that matter.
Picard isn’t the only big change. Eric Danetz, currently the chief revenue officer at Defy Media, is rumored to be named Fortune’s new publisher today.
TVSpy: A Seattle reporter, unaware of a live mic, reveals that he’s sort of boring.
GalleyCat: Kickstarter has reached $1 billion in pledges. $998,000,000 of that was dedicated to projects involving cats.
AllTwitter: Researchers behind a gigantic Twitter linguistic study hope to find the next terrible hashtag.
Lefevre’s @GSElevator account supposedly detailed the absurd conversations overheard in the firm’s elevators, but it was eventually discovered that wasn’t true. Lefevre even admitted to stealing the idea from another parody account.
It was only last week that Lefevre’s identity was revealed, but it seems that’s all the time it took for Simon & Shuster to realize that publishing a book which bases its humor on something that didn’t happen was a bad call.
Lefevre told Business Insider that the decision to cancel the book was a “comical mystery” to him. We pointed it out when his identity was revealed, but once again, just for Lefevre’s sake: The authenticity of the Twitter account was the only thing that made it funny. Without that, it was just random thoughts from some dude. Not exactly book worthy material.
Despite the sad news, Lefevre said he’s got great things ahead:
Jack Griffin, the former CEO of Time Inc., has been named the new CEO of Tribune Publishing, the newspaper spinoff of Tribune Company. Griffin spent the last three years serving as CEO of Empirical Media, a consulting firm.
Tribune Publishing will include the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Sun Sentinel, Orlando Sentinel, Hartford Courant, The Morning Call and Daily Press. The spinoff is expected to be completed within the next few months.
“Tribune Publishing is home to some of the country’s most iconic print and digital brands and I’m honored to be able to help guide the evolution of the company to an independent business,” said Griffin, in a statement.
Execs at Tribune Publishing are surely hoping Griffin’s stint as CEO goes over better than his tenure at Time. Griffin joined the publishing house in August of 2010, and by February 2011 he was forced out.
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