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ESPN The Magazine ‘Body Issue’ Features Six Covers

ESPN The Magazine has unveiled its annual Body Issue, which features lots of mostly naked pro athletes with bodies that will make you hate yours. Aside from Prince Fielder. There’s a good chance his body won’t invoke your jealousy.

The following athletes are featured on six different covers: Michael Phelps, Venus Williams, Marshawn Lynch, Prince Fielder, Jamie Anderson and Serge Ibaka.

This year’s collection of exceptional athletes and stunning photography showcases an array of sports and body types,” said Chad Millman, ESPN’s editor-in-chief, in a statement. “It inhabits our mission to pay tribute to these athletes’ bodies and all they are capable of.”

ESPN’s Body Issue hits newsstands July 11.

Time Out New York Responds to Biggest Fan

This is Diane, Time Out New York’s biggest fan. You might enjoy TONY, but Diane cannot be without it. As you can see from her poster board, she was angry because a “dung head” postal employee had (allegedly!) been stealing her magazine.

To TONY’s credit, it heard Diane’s pleas, and responded by hand-delivering her a copy of its latest issue. Well done, America.

New Maxim Owner Makes Changes

Sardar Biglari has only owned Maxim for a little over four months, but he has already made sweeping changes at the magazine. According to The New York Post, president Ben Madden; editor-in-chief Dan Bova; senior VP of digital Bill Shaw; and associate publisher of integrated sales Sean Flanagan have all been cut.

When Biglari purchased the magazine from Alpha Media, he proclaimed that he would be “enthusiastically” revitalizing the brand. We guess those staffers didn’t have the proper level of zeal.

No word on exactly what the future holds for Maxim, but Biglari — a guy who owns the restaurant chains Steak N Shake and Western Sizzlin — did tell the Post that he wanted to make the glossy more upscale. That should be… Interesting.

Correction (7/9):
Madden and Bova both resigned after Biglari bought Maxim in February.

Carol Loomis to Retire from Fortune

loomisCarol Loomis, the legendary business journalist who has worked for Fortune for more than 60 years, has decided to call it quits. Loomis, who has most recently served as an editor-at-large, will (of course) continue to sporadically contribute content to the magazine.

“I have had the privilege of working with Carol for nearly 30 years,” wrote Fortune’s managing editor, Andy Serwer. “Her contributions to Fortune, to journalism, and to business are immense and incalculable. Her retiring from Fortune is the end of an era for all of us.”

“When people ask you why I am retiring and ‘age 85′ does not satisfy them, please suggest that they have the wrong question,” Loomis said, in a note to staffers. “The right one is, ‘Why did Carol work so long?’” She then quoted a paragraph from her 2005 memoir to answer the latter question:

To have had an absorbing, worthwhile job, carried out in the company of talented, likable people bent on creating the best product possible, in a collegial environment that many a person who has come from another journalistic organization finds amazing—all that is not the average working experience. And that’s why I’m still here. This is a hard place to leave.

 

TV Guide to Shrink Size

TVGUIDE-logo111910In just a few months, the TV Guide that so thoroughly pleased Frank Costanza will be back. According to The New York Post, TV Guide is undergoing a massive revamp and returning to its roots as a smaller, pocket-sized publication.

Throughout most of its existence Guide was a digest-sized title, but in 2005, former owners Gemstar International launched a redesign to make Guide the same size as the typical glossy.

The new (old) version, which debuts August 11, will be 7″ by 10″, down from 7 ³/₈ by 10 ¹/₂ inches. Guide is also replacing 14 pages of listings with photos and articles as part of the revamp.

Leading the redesign charge are Doug BrodGuide’s new editor-in-chief, and Michael Schneider, its new executive editor. Both were named to these roles last week.

Gotham Magazine Sitting Pretty with David Muir Interview

Lucky? Genius? Both? That’s one way the question can be posed today about Gotham magazine‘s editorial powers-that-be.

Tomorrow, two days after David Muir was announced as Diane Sawyer‘s successor, the publication’s Summer Issue will arrive at newsstands with a long-lead Muir interview. Sawyer would have been well-timed in this context. But Muir, sub-headlined ‘Ratings Magnet’ and ‘What’s His Next Move?’ That’s out of the editorial-calendar park.

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For the print version of the article by Gotham regular contributor Patrick Pacheco, there’s a shot of Muir on the ABC rooftop in front of satellite dishes, full page-left, across from the headline/sub-headline pictured above. We assume that any perceived echoes of movie characters essayed by Gwyneth Paltrow and William Hurt are strictly coincidental.

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Forbes Japan Launches

forbes_logo_mainForbes has made its way to Japan. The monthly magazine — published under a licensing agreement between Forbes Media and Tokyo’s Atomixmedia — will have an initial circulation of 80,000.

“The launch of Forbes Japan comes at a critical time in Japan,” said Makoto Takano, editor-in-chief of Forbes Japan and CEO of Atomixmedia, in a statement. “The economy is emerging from decades of deflation and regaining confidence. It is getting ready to resume its vital role as a key driver of the global economy. With Forbes being the world’s leading global business brand, and our knowledge of the Japanese market, Forbes Japan will be a great success.”

Forbes Japan is the latest of its brands in the Asia Pacific region. Forbes Media also publishes Forbes Asia, Forbes China, Forbes Korea, Forbes India, Forbes Indonesia, Forbes Thailand and Forbes Vietnam.

Sports Illustrated Revamps Website

Sports Illustrated’s website has received a complete overhaul. The site is cleaner, but also has a distinctly mobile feel with a clickable menu in the upper left hand corner of the page.

How you feel about the new SI.com will likely depend on how you feel about sites made for phones and tablets. In a lot of ways, the new SI.com looks like two other Time Inc. sites — Time.com and Money.com. Those sites were revamped with mobile readers in mind, and clearly, SI.com followed their lead.

We do appreciate how single articles look — they’re given plenty of space for text and a large picture. This update allows you to feel more focused on the article than the previous SI.com did.

Bottom line: SI.com might not be the prettiest update, but it is a step up from the old site.

Meredith Expands Parents Brand

The target demo: Hispanic millennial moms. The targeting company: Meredith. The target launch date: Spring 2015.

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From today’s announcement:

“Our research shows that nine out of 10 second-generation Hispanic moms find the concept of Parents Latina appealing to them, and reflected their cultural values and heritage,” says Dana Points, content director, Meredith Parents Network.

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Artful Storytellers of Memorable Facts Can Earn $1 a Word at Mental Floss

For writers who spend hours at a time online clicking through random Wikipedia pages, or reading about the great history of the cheese-rolling festival and its affects on England or the travels of a great piece of art, Mental Floss might just be the right publication with which to share all that knowledge.

Described by editor-in-chief Jessanne Collins as the magazine for readers “interested in learning things they didn’t even know they were interested in learning,” Mental Floss is all about giving its readers an “academic takeaway” via artful storytelling.

Half of the magazine is freelance written content, with stories on subjects ranging from economics and biology to literature. Balancing the academic information and skillful storytelling is important, but the facts in the story are what really seal the deal.

“We love to have memorable facts — the kind of thing that you can’t wait to tell friends or love to pull out of your back pocket while making small talk,” says Collins. Include a couple of those in your pitch, and you’ll be that much closer to an assignment.

For more information on how to pitch for the magazine and its online counterpart, read: How To Pitch: Mental Floss.

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