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NY Times Magazine Gets ‘Cleaned Up’

NYT_Twitter_MagazineThe New York Times Magazine’s editor, Jake Silverstein, is “cleaning up the book” ahead of a larger revamp next year. Readers will surely love some of the cleansing — specifically Silverstein’s decision to ditch the “One Page Magazine” feature that seemingly everyone complained about. A short essay will take its place.

Capital New York reports that the photo feature “Look” and the editorial “Who Made That” are also getting swept under the rug. “Riff,” the longform essay on culture will be moved to the front of the book, but it will be shorter and not run every week. “The Ethicist,” the weekly interview feature “Talk,” and the foodie favorite “Eat,” are all staying put.

The goal of all the changes, according to Silverstein, is to have the Times Magazine known for its great feature writing. ”We’re trying to create more spaces in the magazine for writers to have both the forms and the room to do great work, and for us to be able to publish as many forms and types of great writing as we can,” he told Capital New York.

Joan Lunden Appears Bald on People Cover

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Joan Lunden, the former Good Morning America host, graces the cover of the latest People magazine.

In June, Lunden announced that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, and she has since undergone chemotherapy. People’s covers aren’t typically noteworthy, but this one clearly is.

Bill Mulvihill Joins The Atlantic as Associate Publisher

Bill Mulvihill has been named associate publisher of The Atlantic. Mulvihill comes to the company from Vanity Fair, where he most recently served as national advertising director. He had been with Vanity Fair since 2011.

Prior to his time with Vanity Fair, Mulvihill was Entertainment Weekly’s East Coast advertising director for three years.

“Bill is a venerable talent in the business, with a great wealth of experience and strong connections with stellar brands,” said Hayley Romer, The Atlantic’s publisher and VP, in a statement. “We are thrilled to welcome him to The Atlantic.”

Mulvihill will join The Atlantic next month.

Dr. Dre Tops Forbes’ Highest Paid Hip-Hop Acts List

What does it say about hip-hop when its highest paid act hasn’t released an album since 1999? Whatever it is, Dr. Dre likely doesn’t care, because he’s too busy swimming in a giant pool of money.

Forbes has named Dre 2014′s highest paid hip-hop act because he raked in an astonishing $620 million. That was more than the combined earnings of every other act on Forbes’ list combined.

Two other legends of the game — Jay Z and Diddy — tied for second place, pulling in a measly $60 million each. Drake was next with $33 million, followed by purveyors of annoying rap Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, who earned $32 million. Kanye West was ranked number six with $30 million and yes, he’s mad about that.

You can see the complete list of Forbes’ highest paid hip-hop acts here.

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Shape Makes Several Additions to Edit and Publishing Teams

Shape has added several new members to its editorial and publishing teams. Details are below.

    • Elizabeth Goodman Artis has been promoted to chief content director of Shape. She had served as Shape’s executive editor since last year. Goodman Artis previously served as Prevention.com’s deputy editor and executive editor-at-large of Prevention.
    • Isabel Burton has been named executive editor. Burton comes to Shape from Self, where she held the same role. Prior to joining Self, Burton served as Cosmo’s deputy editor. She is succeeding Goodman Artis.
    • Audrey Slater joins as executive fashion director. Slater has been a fashion editor and stylist for more than two decades, working in the fashion departments of Redbook, Glamour, Twist, and Ladies’ Home Journal. She served as Redbook‘s fashion director for 10 years.
    • Jaclyn Emerick has been named fitness director. Emerick is another defector from Self, where she most recently served as fitness editor.
    • Rory Evans has been named deputy editor. Evans has served as a contributing editor at Allure, and her work has appeared in publications such as Elle, GQ, In Style, HGTV Magazine and New York.
    • On the publishing side, Emily Kelton joins as executive beauty director. She comes to Shape from Sports Illustrated, where she served as franchise sales manager.
    • Also on the publishing side, Natalie Mattera has been named executive account director. She joins Shape from People Stylewatch, where she served as executive beauty director.

XXL Magazine Going Digital-Only

xxl-march-2011According to Keith J. Kelly, it’s an all-digital future for a trio of publications acquired by Townsquare Media from Harris Publications. Antenna magazine was relaunched as digital-only in July; XXL will go all-digital after the next bi-monthly print issue hits newsstands; and King-mag.com will be Web relaunched.

From Kelly’s item:

“We incubated something digitally, but the Townsquare people can take it to the next level with their digital expertise,” said Ben Harris, president of Harris Publications, which started XXL in 1997 to rival Vibe.

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The Atlantic Shutters The Wire

The Wire GThe Atlantic is shutting down its spinoff TheWire.com, and folding staffers into the magazine and TheAtlantic.com.

In a memo to staffers, Atlantic Media co-presidents James Bennet and Bob Cohn were blunt — the site just wasn’t successful enough to keep it going:

Important news on the digital front: In a couple of weeks, we will bring the staff of The Wire back into The Atlantic’s fold. We are very proud of what The Wire has accomplished editorially, and we think that joining its aggressive, deft news coverage with The Atlantic’s ideas-driven journalism will provide a richer experience for The Atlantic’s readers, a firmer foundation for our ambitions to cover the news, and greater opportunities for growth for The Wire’s team. This decision is also driven by a recognition that the business strategy behind separating The Wire from The Atlantic simply hasn’t proven out. Experimenting with new revenue streams to support our journalism – like experimenting with new forms of reporting, storytelling, and distribution — has been essential to our progress across the ever-shifting media landscape; so too has moving quickly to face the facts, and to adjust, when an experiment isn’t working as we’d hoped.

The Atlantic Wire was launched in 2009 and rebranded itself as The Wire last year. The decision to rename the site the exact same name as one of the most iconic TV shows of all time was probably the first sign that something was amiss.

You can read Bennet and Cohn’s full note below.

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Vogue Article Inspires Eva Longoria-Produced TV Show

vogue-logo-editEva Longoria’s production company — UnbeliEVAble Entertainment (yes, it’s really called that) — is joining forces with Condé Nast Entertainment to bring a political drama to ABC. The show was inspired by a Jacob Weisberg Vogue article, which profiled twins Julián and Joaquin Castro.

The yet-to-be-named project will follow the lives of Chris and Alex Reyes, two “Latino golden boys” who are best friends, yet political rivals. “The drama explores the American dream and the lies, blackmail and manipulation it takes to rise to the top of power in Texas — and perhaps someday DC,” reports Deadline.

Lies! Blackmail! Manipulation! Golden boys! Please inform your parents about this news.

Adam Sachs Named Editor of Saveur

as1Adam Sachs has been named the editor-in-chief of Saveur. Sachs joins the magazine from Tasting Table, where he served as editorial director. He has also served as a contributing editor to Bon AppétitTravel + Leisure, and Details.

“We had the opportunity to spend time with many excellent candidates during the search,” said Bonnier’s chief content officer, David Ritchie, in a statement. Through it all, Adam set himself apart. His passion for food and travel, his award-winning journalism, his vision for the brand, and his hands-on work in a digitally native business was a potent mix that we’re really excited to bring to this team.”

Sachs will begin his new role October 6.

Scott Stossel Discusses The Atlantic

scott stossel GScott Stossel, editor of The Atlantic, has a lot of interesting things to say in an interview with the Nieman Foundation. For starters, he declared himself “platform agnostic” and openly discussed the benefits of folding the magazine and going digital-only. Like we said, interesting! Below are some highlights from the piece.

On a digital-only Atlantic:

My hope is that we’ll continue to get enough print advertising to invest in the print product. But I’m platform agnostic. In fact, if we could suddenly convert our 500,000 print subscribers—all of them pay, even though all the content is free on the Web—to digital subscribers and scrap the print magazine, our bottom line would be so much better. We could pay writers more because we wouldn’t be paying for printing and mailing.

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