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Archives: March 2010

THR Publisher Eric Mika Is Out


Amidst wild speculation about the future of the trade pub, The Hollywood Reporter has sacked its publisher Eric Mika.

Nikke Finke has the story:

E5 Global Media CEO Richard Beckman just informed the staff about Eric
Mika’s exit. It’s hardly unexpected. Ever since Beckman was hired in
January, he has been telling people outside the trade — but, deliberately, not the staff — that he plans massive firings at The Hollywood Reporter because the company plans to abandon the traditional trade format and formula. Instead it will become a small online showbiz news aggregator, and a glossy magazine, and a cable TV programmer which all depend on whether The Hollywood Reporter brand itself is marketable. On the other hand, there is a real possibility that the new owners may just flip the property or take on outside partners instead of exploit it themselves. So the future of The Hollywood Reporter as we all knew it remains a big question mark right now. Names Alexandra Mack Managing Editor has named Alexandra Mack, former managing editor of Interview, to the newly-created position of managing editor for the Web site. She will report to online editor Caroline Palmer, with Anna Wintour acting at the site’s editor in chief., part of, has been working to become a stand-alone site with additional, Web-exclusive content sometime this year.

According to a spokesperson at Vogue, the site will be staffed “accordingly” as it continues to grow.

Karen Tumulty Leaves Time For The Washington Post

Karen Tumulty will be leaving her 16 year stint at Time magazine to become the Washington Post‘s national political correspondent. While at Time, Tumulty penned cover stories and contributed to the magazine’s “Swampland” blog. She will begin her new position on April 12.

The memo announcing Tumulty’s new position, via Politico, appears after the jump.

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Natural Home Unveils Redesign

naturalhome.pngEarth-friendly bimonthly Natural Home is debuting a new look for the May-June issue. The tree-hugging lifestyle magazine has bumped up its page count from 80 to 100, and readers also get more photos on heavier, 95% recycled paper. Newsstand buyers take note: In conjunction with the redesign, the cover price from $4.99 to $5.99, although the annual subscription rate is unchanged at $21.

“Subscribers are getting a higher-quality product, and we’ve enhanced the magazine in ways that should bring us new newsstand opportunities,” said Bryan Welch, publisher and editorial director, in a statement.

Natural Home is part of the Ogden Publications stable, which also carries Mother Earth News, Utne Reader, Capper’s and Grit.

Pictures of the new look vs. the old one after the jump.

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Marketplace Crushes Health Care Debate Reporting

Marketplace’s Gregory Warner probably offered more context than any other story on health care reform in a six minute radio segment than we’ve seen or heard all year. Yes, This American Life did a two part series on health care – but that wasn’t six minutes. Anyway, the story is fantastic and starts around minute 22 in the broadcast.

Even Former Cond&eacute Nast Editors Who Haven’t Appeared in The New York Times Are Doing Stuff

conde-nast-logo03312010.pngToday we delve deeper, courtesy the New York Observer, into the life of the fallen Cond&eacute Nast big shot.

Thanks to The New York Times, the second half of March has provided a solid documentation of the post-Cond&eacute life. Former Jane editor Brandon Holley got profiled two weeks ago, and last week former House & Garden editor Dominique Browning wrote about the loss of her job for the Times Magazine.

And now, as this rainiest of Marches draws to a close, the Observer’s John Koblin wraps up the ex-Cond&eacute coverage wraps up (hopefully) with with a look at a few more editors:

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Fundraiser for Poor Poor Jaime McCourt

Jamie Fund.jpgFrank Coffey sends us this gem from eTrueSports:

First Annual Jamie Fund Announced by Dodgers

Jimmy Choo Shoes Rushes To Donate

Los Angeles, CA – The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Greater Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce today announced the formation of THE JAMIE FUND to help raise cash or checks for current/former/future Dodger co-owner Jamie McCourt who is currently “down on her luck” according to Fund officials.

Immediate needs for Mrs. McCourt include $25,000 monthly for spa treatments, $2,500 for weekly pedicures, and $10,000 for daily household expenses, including shopping trips to Rodeo Drive.

“Rest very assured that all funds raised will go directly to Jamie McCourt,” said a lawyer for the beleaguered McCourt who requested anonymity to avoid unwanted late night phone calls from his voluble client.

“Jamie is being more than reasonable. She is just asking that her basic living needs be cared for.”

Whole piece is here.

Former BusinessWeek Editor Byrne Previews New-Media Venture

john_byrne03312010.jpgFishbowlNY sister site WebNewser has the latest on C-Change Media, ex-BusinessWeek editor in chief John Byrne‘s forthcoming Internet portal for business professionals.

Speaking at a panel last night in San Francisco, Byrne said C-Change would function like a “HuffPo for business,” with a full-time editor in chief and freelance and contract writers. It will have several satellite sites focusing on specific business interests, he said, along with a more broadly focused “mother ship.” Reports WebNewser:

“The business category [online] is less developed than general news, gossip, entertainment, sports, food, women’s service, health,” Byrne told WebNewser. “So there’s a real open road to make something happen here. Smart people can make it happen very easily. The technology costs are low, so the barrier to entry is very low.”

For more on C-Change, check out WebNewser’s report.

Washington Times Denies Drudge Reports Claims Of Being Sold

watimes_logo_3.31.10.jpgYesterday, the Drudge Report posted an article stating that several unidentified sources had claimed the Washington Times was up for sale.

The paper’s publisher, Jonathan Slevin, is now trying to set the record straight, putting out a statement that, despite recent financial troubles and a 17 percent drop in daily circulation, the newspaper currently has no plans to sell:

The Washington Times has been approached throughout its history with expressions of interest by parties interested in purchasing all or part of the company. Contrary to online reports, however, the Washington Times is not currently negotiating with any party for sale of all or part of the company.

And there you have it.

American Media, New York Media, And Wenner Media Join MPA

mpa_logo_3.31.10.jpgThe Magazine Publishers of America, the chief lobbying group for consumer magazines, has quite a bit to celebrate this week as it gets a crop of new (old) members, as well as a long-time holdout.

American Media, the owner of the National Enquirer, Muscle & Fitness, Star and Shape, has returned to the MPA following a two year absence and New York Media returns after a year away. Additionally, Wenner Media, which owns Rolling Stone, Men’s Journal and Us Weekly, joins the MPA after 20 years being a non-member.

Jenn Wenner, who was said to have needed more than a little convincing before deciding to take the plunge and join, will join other magazine CEOs in a TV PSA about magazines.