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Cosmo Bringing Comedy to NBC

Cosmopolitan and its editor, Joanna Coles, are bringing a single-camera comedy to NBC. According to Deadline, Coles will serve as an executive producer, along with Leslye Headland (who is also writing and directing), Ruben Fleischer and David Bernad.

The show center on a down-on-her-luck political blogger who restarts her life as a sex editor for a progressive women’s magazine. That’s where Cosmo comes in.

Cosmo was a must read for me growing up,” Headland told Deadline. “Under Joanna’s influence, the magazine embodies topics for every modern female, which makes this a perfect union.”

Women’s Health Names Exec Editor and Creative Director

The team around relatively new — and official — Women’s Health editor-in-chief Amy Keller Laird is starting to take shape. Keller Laird has named Theresa O’Rourke executive editor and has promoted Jacqueline Azria to creative director.

O’Rourke comes to Women’s Health from Victoria’s Secret, where she served as editorial director. She has previously served as executive editor of Every Day With Rachael Ray and Whole Living. O’Rourke joins Women’s Health October 27.

Azria was most recently fashion director, a role she had held since joining Women’s Health in 2011. She previously served as creative director of CosmoGIRL.

“I am excited to work with Theresa and Jacqueline to move the brand forward and add new franchises to the content our readers love,” says Keller Laird, in a statement.

Taylor Swift Covers People’s 40th Anniversary Issue

In honor of its 40th anniversary, People recreated its first cover — featuring Mia Farrow — with Taylor Swift. We have to say, the art department at People did a solid job. Though we do think Farrow was better at conveying the “I’m so hungry I’ll even eat my necklace” look than Swift.

Highlights from the 40th anniversary issue include editors selecting their favorite People covers; celebrities (such as Julia Roberts, Angelina Jolie and Matthew McConaughey) dishing out advice to their younger selves; and Memorable Hair Moments from the last 40 years (You get one guess if “The Rachel” is included in that list).

The celebratory issue hits newsstands today.

Travel + Leisure Cuts Five

Nathan Lump has been editor of Travel + Leisure for exactly one month, but he’s already making big changes to its editorial team. According to WWD, five staffers — including a web editor — have been cut by Lump.

A Time Inc. spokesperson wouldn’t confirm the layoffs for WWD. Instead, the spokesperson mentioned “change” twice, “redefining” and “leaving.” So yes, the cuts happened.

While Lump has cut five, he has added one — Jeffries Blackerby began his role as executive editor this past Monday. He joined from Condé Nast Traveler, where he served as deputy editor.


IBT Media Claims Newsweek is Profitable

IBT Media has announced that Newsweek is — for the first time in years — profitable. When IBT bought Newsweek last year, the company said it would relaunch the print edition as a “premium product.” At the time we laughed at this idea, but apparently the plan worked.

The company said that advertising now makes up a third of Newsweek’s overall revenue. And speaking of revenue, it’s up a whopping 400 percent over the last year.

Of course we don’t know how profitable the glossy is, and remember, this is all happening with a drastically reduced staff. Newsweek used to employ hundreds; it now has a total of 50.

But hey, we should applaud IBT Media. Zombie Newsweek’s first issue was pretty embarrassing for them, but they’ve seemed to turn things around.

Rolling Stone Adds Two

Rolling-Stone-LOGO-2Rolling Stone has named Mark Oltarsh associate publisher and Kerri Bergman as head of marketing. Both will report to Michael Provus, the glossy’s publisher.

Oltarsh was most recntly the founder and CEO of TrafficJam, a data management platform. Prior to that, Oltarsh was Thrillist’s chief revenue officer.

Bergman most recently served as Billboard’s executive director of marketing. She had been with the company since 2008.

“As we continue to evolve the Rolling Stone brand, these key hires will help shape the future of our business,” said Provus, in a statement. “I couldn’t be more excited to add Mark and Kerri’s collective talent and experience to the team.”

EatingWell to Increase Rate Base

largeMeredith’s EatingWell is making big plans for 2015. The glossy will increase its rate base twice — first from 750,000 to 850,000 with the January issue; then to one million with the July/August issue.

The jump to one million means that Meredith will have increased EatingWell’s subscriptions by 200 percent since acquiring it in 2011. EatingWell’s publisher, Deirdre Finnegan, was obviously happy with the title’s direction.

“We know that consumers are gravitating to the brand for delicious and easy recipes, nutritional advice and wellness information,” she said, in a statement. “We are extremely pleased and proud they are turning to EatingWell – the pioneer in the healthy food space for over 20 years – as their primary source for trusted and engaging content.”

Jennifer Lawrence Talks Nude Photos with Vanity Fair

Jennifer Lawrence is Vanity Fair’s November cover star, and during her interview with the magazine, she opened up about the nude photos of her that were spread across the web by hackers.

In short — she’s more shocked that we live in a world where this type of thing happens than angry that someone took her photos.

“It is not a scandal,” Lawrence told VF. “It is a sex crime. It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change. That’s why these Web sites are responsible. Just the fact that somebody can be sexually exploited and violated, and the first thought that crosses somebody’s mind is to make a profit from it. It’s so beyond me. I just can’t imagine being that detached from humanity. I can’t imagine being that thoughtless and careless and so empty inside.”

VF’s November issue hits newsstands October 9.

Men’s Health Deletes Article After Online Backlash

The editors at Men’s Health just figured out last night that women can enjoy sports. It’s true! The glossy published a piece titled “The Secret to Talking Sports with Any Woman” which basically said women can’t possibly like sports like men do. Why? Because they’re silly women! Do you really need more of an explanation than that?

The inevitable online backlash was so swift and brutally accurate Men’s Health deleted the piece.

Here’s the entire idiotic article:

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Jeffries Blackerby Joins Travel + Leisure

Jeffries Blackerby is joining Travel + Leisure as its executive editor. He comes to T+L from Condé Nast Traveler, where he served as deputy editor since last November.

Prior to joining Traveler, Blackerby was a digital editor at Vogue. He previously worked at T: The New York Times Style Magazine.

“Jeffries is an editor of uncommon talent with deep knowledge about travel and lifestyle and expertise in the changing needs of modern media brands,” said T+L’s editor, Nathan Lump, in a statement. “His fluency in the diverse range of content we create for our discerning audience across print and digital will be a tremendous asset to T+L. I’m thrilled to welcome him.”

Blackerby’s appointment is effective October 6.