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Archives: January 2010

BusinessWeek’s New Hires Include New York Magazine Steal

zooooom.jpgSo the exciting news today is the new Bloomberg LP-owned BusinessWeek, which laid off so many back in October, now officially includes some big-name new hires, the biggest of which may be Hugo Lindgren as executive editor.

Bloomberg BusinessWeek‘s steal of New York magazine’s editorial director is surprising, as Lindgren was Adam Moss‘ right hand man. He’ll begin his new role on March 8.

Also on the Josh Tyrangiel-assembled dream team is Eric Pooley, formerly managing editor of Fortune, who will be taking on the position of deputy editor at Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Ellen Pollock and Ciro Scotti remain the two holdovers from the original magazine to round out the top editorial roster.

Of the staffing announcements made today, Slate‘s James Ledbetter said, “It’s a little like the reuniting of a rock supergroup,” but adds, “it’s not necessarily what the publication truly needs.”

Can’t hurt the image though, after the beating the business magazine took when top editors like John Byrne and Stephen Adler, and president Keith Fox, dropped out of BW once Bloomberg bought it.

Read More: The BusinessWeek Supergroup –Slate

BW names exec editor, deputy editor in first move by new chief — Talking Biz News

Previously: John Byrne BusinessWeek Departure Rumors Turn True, More Employees Fleeing BusinessWeek?

Rodale Integrates Sports Brands, Promotes Two

bicycling.jpgJust over a month after restructuring and promoting its editorial leadership and chief executives, magazine publisher Rodale Inc. said today that it has integrated its running and cycling sales teams under one associate publisher.

Molly O’Keefe, the associate publisher for Runner’s World and Running Times magazines, has been promoted to the associate publisher of the newly integrated sports title team, taking on responsibilities of Bicycling and Mountain Bike as well.

Paul Collins, director of Rodale’s Sports Marketing & Events division, has also been named advertising director of the four sports titles, and he will be reporting to O’Keefe.

The company said the integration “will provide agencies and brand marketers access to two robust audiences, with strong household incomes — and a passion for the healthy and active lifestyle — at a time when running and cycling participation are at an all time high.”

Last month, Rodale implemented a number of changes across many of its titles and divisions, including giving additional responsibilities to David Willey, editor-in-chief of Runner’s World and editorial director of Running Times, who now also serves as editorial director of Bicycling.

Full release after the jump

Previously: Rodale Restructures Management

Related: How To Pitch, How To Pitch Skiing

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SoCal Connected Covers Runaway Production

David Lazarus reports how, why and when production went away from LA and how we can get it back. Apparently in South Carolina when the film crews want to park a truck in front of someone’s house they’re baked a pie. Take note, City Hall.

HuffPo Hires Business Editor

sp000066.jpgThe Huffington Post has recruited MIT business school professor Simon Johnson as contributing business editor for the site. In his new role, Johnson will help craft HuffPo’s business coverage while writing for the site as well.

Johnson, a professor of entrepreneurship at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, is the co-founder of economic Web site, is a weekly contributor to The New York Times‘ Economix blog and has a monthly column that is syndicated globally. He’s also the co-author of the book 13 Bankers, to be published in March.

Said Johnson:

“The Huffington Post has become a major platform for the national conversation, bringing attention to the leading issues of the day — in real-time and in a way that allows everyone to contribute to the discussion. HuffPost is at the forefront of a resurgence in journalism that sees issues beyond the tired frame of ‘right vs. left,’ and provides news and analysis necessary to help guide genuine economic reform.”

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Previously: Huffington Post’s Traffic More Than Doubles Year Over Year

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Jon Stewarts Takes on SOTU Coverage

The Gotham Group to Rep Village Voice Media

306788_gothamlogocopy.jpgGotham Group, Village Voice – could it sound anymore New Yorky?

Here’s the press release in full:

Leading Entertainment Management and Production Firm Will Represent Country’s Largest Group of Alternative Newsweeklies

LOS ANGELES, CA–(Marketwire – January 28, 2010) – The Gotham Group, a leading entertainment management and production firm, announced today its worldwide representation of Village Voice Media, publisher of 14 metropolitan alt-weekly print publications and 20 online properties.

Village Voice Media, anchored by the company’s namesake, Village Voice, in New York City, is the country’s largest group of alternative, metropolitan newsweeklies. It is dedicated to hard-hitting, high-spirited journalism and multimedia storytelling.

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The FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning Glance

CNN Radio|Government Subsidy Study|NBC-Comcast Start FCC Review Process|NYT Gets New Commenting System|More iPad

TVNewser: CNN Radio cuts staff and reorganizes.

New York Times: A new study looks closely at government subsidies for journalism, why they are necessary, and why they are dropping.

Broadcasting & Cable: Comcast, NBC and General Electric have filed a merger application with the FCC, the first step to their deal being approved by the government commission.

E&P In Exile: The New York Times introduced a new commenting system on its Web site, which allows readers to recommend other comments and sort them the way they want.

AdAge: Some hard questions for print publishers to ask about the iPad.

AP Names Jane Seagrave Chief Revenue Officer

JANE_SEAGRAVE.jpgThe Associated Press announced today that Tom Brettington, chief revenue officer, will be retiring on March 1 after two years in the position. Senior vice president Jane Seagrave will be taking his position after the mid-year departure, though Brettington will still assist the company in digital marketing, the company said.

Seagrave began at the AP 31 years ago as a journalist, but left the company for a role as vice president at Lawyers Weekly Publications, rejoining the news wire in 2003. She also has unique qualifications for her new position: Seagrave ran the AP’s digital licensing operation for commercial image use and directed teams on those contracts the company has been negotiating with online aggregators.

So all those recent stories about the AP going after everyone from Banksy to Google News may be attributed to Seagrave’s part in the company’s stricter licensing policies.

Press release after the jump.

Previously: Google Pulls AP Stories From News Page

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Leno Tells Oprah He’s Not Selfish


Today, Jay Leno joined Oprah Winfrey on her daytime talk show, speaking out for the first time about Conan O’Brien and The Tonight Show debacle of this past month.

Leno told Oprah that NBC‘s decision to pull him from late night TV five years ago “broke his heart,” but he blamed ratings for the network’s ultimate decision to boot O’Brien in favor of him. But despite feeling “disrespected,” Leno said he chose to stay with the network as they moved him to 10 p.m. because “going to another network is a lot of work.”

“I’ve been at this network since 1984,” he added. “I’m comfortable here. I’m not someone who jumps around.”

Blaming ratings for the cancellation of his show and NBC’s desire to replace O’Brien, Leno told Oprah he wasn’t being selfish:

“It all comes down to numbers in show business…This is almost the perfect storm of bad things happening. You have two hit shows, Tonight Show, number one, Conan, number one. You move them both to another situation and what are the odds that both would do extremely poorly? If Conan’s numbers had been a little bit higher, it wouldn’t be an issue. But in show business, there’s always someone waiting in the wings.”

Still, Leno said he thought NBC could have handled the entire thing better, using what we think is a pretty macabre joke (although Oprah laughed):

“Anything they did would have been better than this. If they had come in and shot everybody, it would have been,’Oh people have been murdered,’ but at least it would have been a two-day story. NBC could not have handled it worse, from 2004 onward, this thing was a huge mess.”

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