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Archives: March 2012

Hearst Buys a Piece of Stylus Media

Stylus Media, a London-based consumer trends data intelligence firm with offices in New York and El Segundo, has a major new backer. This week, it was announced that Hearst Corporation has purchased a 20% share of the company.

Launched in September 2010, Stylus has quickly grown to over 100 staff and 200 major corporate subscribers. Their very slick website features client testimonials like this one from HGTV:

“We’ve only been using Stylus for a few months and have already tapped into it as an excellent resource for researching design trends and creative inspiration. It’s a great way to stay connected and see what great creative minds are up to around the world.”

Stylus was founded by Marc Worth. In the late 1990s, he created a similar fashion industry trends forecasting service, the Worth Global Style Network (WGSN), with his brother. That company was sold in 2005 to Emap.

Snow White, Still a Journalist at Heart

Reuters reporter-editor Zorianna Kit has a nice junket interview profile of Lily Collins, the first of this year’s pair of Hollywood studio Snow Whites.

The British born 23-year-old star of Mirror, Mirror (and daughter of pop superstar Phil Collins) told Kit that back in 2008, she was well on her way to becoming a journalist. In addition to getting published in Elle Girl and Seventeen magazines, she covered the U.S. presidential election for Nickelodeon. Collins enrolled in broadcast journalism and communications at USC, only to have a role in The Blind Side thwart those plans:

Collins had to decide between school and acting when she found herself shooting The Blind Side in Atlanta and flying back to LA for exams. She has since deferred her schooling but plans on returning… No matter what happens with school, Collins said she’ll always be a journalist even as her acting career grows.

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Cubes: Take a Behind-the-Scenes Tour of The Knot

In this episode of “Cubes,” we tour the offices of XO Group Inc., the media company best known for every bride-to-be’s favorite site, The Knot.

The XO Group’s brand-new space in lower Manhattan boasts a fashion runway, a bar with a kegerator, a giant projection screen for playing Xbox Kinect, and a staircase inspired by the ones found in Apple stores. Oh, and it has really good feng shui.

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Men’s Health Promotes Fashion Director

Men’s Health has promoted Randi Siegel from Fashion & Retail Director to Executive Fashion Director. Siegel has held various fashion-cenrtic positions throughout her career.

“Randi is one of the most passionate, resourceful and tenacious sales professionals that I have had the pleasure of working with,” said Ronan Gardiner, Men’s Health’s Publisher. “She has been instrumental in establishing new and cementing existing partnerships with some of the most prestigious names in fashion, footwear and watches.”

Siegel begins her new post immediately and she continues to report to Associate Publisher Tim Koorbusch.

Magazines See Digital Circulation Jump

Ad Age is reporting some good news for magazines: Digital subscriptions jumped a whopping 125 percent in the second half of 2011 compared to the first half of the year. The Audit Bureau of Circulations said that digital circulations were at 3.9 million for the final six months, compared to just 1.46 million for the first six months.

Despite that huge increase, however, digital still only accounts for one percent of magazine circulation. That’s bound to change in the future though, as more people purchase tablets and venture further into the digital world.

Former WPIX Anchor Jim Watkins Leaves Door Wide Open for TV Return

It was an ugly end to a glorious chapter for Jim Watkins. The affable anchor completed a 13-year run at Tribune-owned WPIX/Channel 11 in October. Watkins, who teamed with Kaity Tong for a dozen of those years. was reduced to weekend anchor for the final 12 months of his tenure.

For the first time since his departure from WPIX, Watkins talks about his time leaving the station.

“It got a little complicated there at the end,” Watkins says. “The vast majority of my years at Channel 11 were terrific years, and that’s what I take away from it.”

News director Bill Carey wasted little time in his new role, hiring market veteran Jodi Applegate, late of News 12 Long Island as solo, weeknight anchor in October 2010.

“As the main face of the station, you have to …say, ‘I did my best, I got my skills and my connection with the audience, and my dedication to my craft,’” Watkins says. “The other things that happened, they just happened.”

Now, the accomplished anchor who also spent four years at WNBC, has his sights on future plans. Watkins is executive producer of a huge undertaking, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Army/Navy Game. The project includes a documentary in which Watkins is heavily involved, a book to coincide with the release in late 2013, and a feature film or miniseries.

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Dancing Eclipses Idol Atop the Weekly Ratings

ABC welcomed Dancing With The Stars back for its new season, and in return the popular celebrity competition arrived at number one.

The show had an estimated 1.27 million WABC viewers for the two-hour opener, according to Nielsen, and a 6.5 rating.

American Idol‘s performance night fell short of the top spot, with 1.2 million tuned to WNYW. The telecast yielded a 6.2 rating. Results night had a third-place finish with 1 million viewers and a 5.3 rating.

Venerable newsmagazine 60 Minutes was fourth for the week (1 million/5.2).

Also on WCBS, NCIS landed in fifth place (868,000/4.4).

There’s more from the Top 10 after the jump.

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WXRK/NOW FM Names Veteran Programmer Rick Gillette PD

Rick Gillette is the new program director at Top 40 station WXRK/ 92.3 NOW.

The appointment, effective immediately, was announced yesterday by Don Bouloukos, SVP/Market Manager for CBS Radio, New York.

Gillette makes his New York debut after successful stints at CBS owned and operated stations in Phoenix where he served as program director since August 2010. He was responsible for KZON’s rise to number 1 in cume, according to the most recent Arbitron ratings. Gillette was instrumental in growing KOOL to one of the top performers in the market.

“What a great city and awesome opportunity,” Gillette says. “I am thrilled for the chance to work with the entire team at 92.3 NOW, striving for greatness and focusing on creating unique and memorable lifestyle experiences for the people of New York.”

Prior to joining CBS, Gillette held various programming positions at KSFM in Sacramento, WHYT and WKQI in Detroit and WKSC in Chicago.

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WaPo Names John Temple New Managing Editor

The Washington Post has named John Temple its new Managing Editor. Temple was most recently the founding editor of Honolulu Civil Beat, an online news site. Prior to that he was the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Rocky Mountain News, which folded in 2009. Marcus Brauchli, the Executive Editor of WaPo, said Temple was the perfect candidate for the job.

“As a managing editor for The Post, John will ensure that the coverage we provide to our print and digital audiences is smart, original and acutely attentive to our audience,” said Brauchli. “He’ll help us to build on the rapid growth we’ve enjoyed recently with readers who come to us through our website, on mobile devices, or through new platforms like the incredibly successful Washington Post Social Reader on Facebook.”

Temple’s first day is April 30.

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