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Jerry Seinfeld Covers Latest Wired

The great Jerry Seinfeld is Wired’s newest cover star.

For its “tech etiquette” issue, Seinfeld fielded some questions about the dos and don’t's in the digital age. His answer to someone wanting to know if it’s alright to record a concert on his iPad: “Sure, sure, go ahead. So you won’t enjoy the concert, and you won’t enjoy the video. You’ll have negated everything.” We love that guy.

The latest Wired hits newsstands July 1.

Melissa Ventosa Martin Joins Self

Melissa Ventosa Martin has been named Self’s new fashion director. She comes to the magazine from Glamour, where she served as style director since 2010. Previously, Ventosa Martin served as fashion market director and fashion editor of T, The New York Times Style Magazine.

“Melissa’s styling, even her personal style, embodies Self’s clean, crisp, modern fashion point of view,” said the glossy’s editor-in-chief, Joyce Chang, in a statement. “She is simultaneously thoughtful and effortless in her approach. It’s how a strong, chic woman who expects the best for and from herself wants to dress — in a way that’s aspirational but also understandable and fun.”

Vantosa Martin’s appointment is effective June 30.

Anna Paquin Gets Naked for Entertainment Weekly Cover

True Blood stars Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin grace the cover of the latest Entertainment Weekly, and only one of them is naked. Of course it’s Paquin, because men rule the universe. Kidding!

Moyer and Paquin, who met on the show, have been married since 2010. “Because it has lasted ­seven years and because of the relationships, not just between us but the way they all evolved as a family, it’s been extraordinary to have that experience that is completely life-changing in all of the best possible ways — and with the person you want to spend the rest of your life with,” Paquin told EW.

The final season of True Blood begins this Sunday on HBO. It will likely feature more naked Paquin.

Flawless Lupita Nyong’o is Flawless on Vogue Cover

Lupita Nyong’o has landed what promises to be the first of many Vogue covers. And, of course, she looks amazing. The 31-year-old actress was photographed by Mikael Jansson.

In the accompanying profile, Nyong’o was lavished with plenty of praise. While that’s not surprising, we were taken aback when Nyong’o expressed admiration for Star Wars’ R2-D2 and C-3PO.

“They just resonated with me,” she explained. “Being able to convey emotions with just a few digital sounds — it speaks of good storytelling.” Uh, sure! Whatever. She’s great. She can like Jabba the Hutt for all we care.

Alyssa Mastromonaco Joins Marie Claire

Alyssa Mastromonaco, President Obama’s former White House Deputy Chief of Staff, is joining Marie Claire as a contributing editor. Mastromonaco served under Obama from 2011 until last month. She had worked with the president since 2005.

At Marie Claire, Mastromonaco will contribute columns as well as “consult on story ideas [and] provide insight on trends and women to watch.”

“Alyssa is a phenomenally smart and talented woman, and I couldn’t be more proud to have her join theMarie Claire family,” said Marie Claire’s editor, Anne Fulenwider, in a statement.

Veteran New Yorker Cartoonist Charles Barsotti Dies at 80

Charles Barsotti, who had drawn more than 1,300 cartoons for The New Yorker, has died. He was 80 years old. According to his daughter, Kerry Scott, Barsotti had been diagnosed with brain cancer last year, and died at home in Kansas City.

Barsotti began contributing to The New Yorker in the 1960s, and was added to the magazine’s staff full-time in 1970. His cartoons became known for their simplistic approaches to complicated subjects, such as politics and religion.

“You know, he drew cartoons about philosophy and kings, and I sort of think he was the philosopher king of cartoonists,” Robert Mankoff, The New Yorker’s cartoon editor, said. “Really. He asked the big questions. Why are we here? What should we do? In a very simple way which didn’t come down on any sort of answers, but says part of being human is just not ignoring these questions.”

Forbes U.S. Print Edition Racks Up Record Readership

ForbesCover_0616_2014The mission statement of research behemoth Gfk MRI is “to provide the clearest view of American consumers – who they are, what they buy, how they think – and the best way to reach them.” And certainly, based on their Spring 2014 data, one good way to reach the upper tiers is the print edition of Forbes.

From today’s announcement released by Forbes at the 61st Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity:

According to the recently released GfK MRI data, Forbes magazine has achieved its highest readership ever in the U.S., increasing by over one million readers in the past year to more than six million. Forbes surged in readership from 5,079,000 in Spring 2013 to 6,118,000 in Spring 2014 — a rise of more than 20 percent and the largest figure for Forbes in MRI’s records.

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HGTV Magazine and Food Network Magazine to Increase Rate Bases

hearst-magazine-logo-1Good news for Hearst Magazines’ HGTV Magazine and Food Network Magazine — they’re both getting a rate base increase. The former will increase its rate base twice in 2015; the latter once.

The first bump for HGTV will be to 1.1 million, starting with the January/February issue. The magazine will then up its base to 1.2 million with the July/August issue. Food Network Magazine’s increase to 1.7 million will coincide with its January/February issue.

Dan Fuchs, HGTV’s publisher and CRO, said the increase was a result of staffers “over-delivering from the beginning.” Vicki Wellington, Food Network’s VP, publisher and CRO, credited “Our creative original content, along with access to Food Network talent” for its rate base increase.

Jennifer Hicks Joins Condé Nast Traveler

Jennifer Hicks has been named associate publisher, sales, of Condé Nast Traveler. Hicks comes to the magazine from The New Republic, where she had served as VP of advertising for the past two years. Prior to joining TNR, Hicks served as group publisher of Smithsonian and publisher of Modern Bride. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Jennifer Hicks to Condé Nast Traveler,” said Bill Wackermann, Traveler’s executive VP and publishing director, in a statement. “Her deep understanding of both print and digital, combined with her ingenuity at developing integrated programs that include native content, video, custom content, and events, as well as her years of management experience, make her a great asset to our executive team.”

Hicks’ appointment is effective June 23.

Outside Revamps Website

Outside, the outdoor enthusiast magazine from Mariah Media, has given its website a refresh. The site features responsive design that makes it fluid on all devices.

Outsideonline.com definitely feels slick as you browse. That, according to Outside, was a key goal for the revamp. About 55 percent of the site’s traffic comes from mobile devices, so the team wanted a site that was fast, clean and easy to digest.

“Our audience is always on-the-go, pivoting from one adventure to the next,” Outside’s site director, Todd Hodgson, said in a statement. “We’d be crazy not to provide them a beautiful mobile and tablet experience.”

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