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Richard Tomko Named amNewYork Publisher

Newsday Media Group has named Richard Tomko publisher of amNewYork. Tomko joins the newspaper from Boost Digital, where he served as a consultant. He previously served as CEO of Snooth Media, and worked for Time Warner for 14 years. Tomko also served as Time Inc. Digital’s general manager and VP of business development.

“Richard is a proven leader with demonstrated abilities to grow contemporary publishing brands,” said Gordon McLeod, publisher of Newsday Media Group, in a statement. “I am confident that Richard’s strong leadership and management skills will best position amNewYork for continued success.”

Tomko’s appointment is effective immediately.

Hearst Magazines Makes Business Leadership Changes

hearst-magazine-logo-1Hearst Magazine has made several major changes to its business team. Details are below.

  • Jayne Jamison has been named senior VP, publisher of O, The Oprah Magazine. Jamison was most recently vice president, publishing director of Redbook and Seventeen. She was named publisher and chief revenue officer of Seventeen in 2003, and took on the publishing director role at Redbook last year.
  • Jamison is succeeding Jill Seelig, who has been named senior VP, corporate development of magazine publishing. Seelig had been senior VP, publisher of O for the past 13 years.
  • Sue Katzen has been named publisher of Redbook. She had been associate publisher, advertising, of Cosmopolitan since 2005.
  • Donna Kalajian Lagani, the senior VP, publishing director of Cosmopolitan and Cosmo For Latinas, will also oversee Seventeen.

Larry David Navigates Birthday, Relationship Wishes

AceHotelLALogoHa ha. Among those in attendance last night at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles for a special Citi cardholders event featuring David Steinberg interviewing Larry David was LA Weekly EIC Sarah Fenske. She notes that although David overall seemed to greatly enjoy the fan adulation, there was no shortage of embarrassing audience-member behavior:

David, a lovable curmudgeon playing a grudging good sport for the evening, gives three hugs. He accepts a letter from someone’s dad. He even says happy birthday to someone called Henry at the request of a young woman wielding the video function on her phone.

“What am I saying?” he asks. “Who’s Henry?” Told it’s the woman’s father, he yells, “Happy birthday Henry! Your daughter’s obnoxious!” The audience roars.

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Variety Shuffles Its EICs

Moving from editor-in-chief, television to managing editor, television is not exactly a promotion. So, reading between the lines of today’s Variety announcement, we’re assuming this shift was something Cynthia Littleton was willing to accept in exchange for relocating (earlier this year) from LA to New York.

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The PMC publication is still very much a west coast-driven concern. The move means Variety now has two rather than three EICs – Claudia Eller and Andrew Wallenstein.(pictured). A couple of other portions of today’s announcement caught our eye.

1) The PMC PR folks might have been a tad too effusive when they dropped this sentence in:

Variety continues to be the leading provider of entertainment news around the world.

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Latest The New Yorker Cover is a Gif

“Rainy Day,” an illustration by Christoph Niemann — is The New Yorker’s first ever animated cover. Of course it’s not animated in real life, but the raindrops do move when viewing the cover online.

We’re telling you this now so you’ll have adequate time to figure out how to explain gifs to your grandparents. Please, if nothing else, make sure they know to pronounce it with a hard “g,” like “gift.”

Neil Diamond Announces Surprise Brooklyn Concert

If you’re not doing anything this afternoon and have a special place in your musical heart for Neil Diamond, you might want to head on down to Flatbush.

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Per a couple of tweets earlier today, in this the new social age of music promotion, Diamond announced a surprise 6 p.m. concert tonight in Brooklyn at Erasmus Hall High School, where he was a student from 1954 to 1956. The performer is asking people not to line up before 3 p.m. for free tickets.

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People Dominates MPA’s New Brand Audience Report

People magazine officially dominated the MPA’s new metric Media 360°, which seeks to quantify how much consumers desire a specific glossy’s content across multiple platforms. People’s total score was 71,395. The next closest magazine was Better Homes and Gardens, with 47,871.

The MPA launched Media 360° because the previous way of measuring a magazine’s success — via circulation and/or ad pages — was extremely dated.

“With Magazine Media 360, we finally have a comprehensive accounting of consumer demand for our brands, an imperative for the industry since, with the growth of new, rapidly evolving digital platforms, consumer demand is today’s media currency,” said the MPA’s CEO and president, Mary Berner, in a statement. “In fact, given the success of many magazine brands on those new platforms, continuing to rely on print circulation and ad paging counts in isolation to determine demand for magazine media would be like measuring the viewership of the Super Bowl exclusively based on the people who watched it in the stadium.”

Rounding out the Media 360° top five was Time (with 44,288), Allrecipes (40,338) and National Geographic (38,947).

AP Editor Reminds: Prince is Still Cooler Than You

ARTOFFICIALAGECoverTo go along with a Paisely Park exclusive, AP global entertainment and lifestyles editor Nekesa Mumbi Moody has shared a journalist’s what-we-learned sidebar. She notes that Prince is an excellent ping pong player, no fan of plastic utensils and also – at age 56 – a guy who can still pull this off:

Prince is still cooler than you: He’s the only person who can pull off wearing a shirt with his image — and look epic doing it.

Moody hung out at the entertainer’s Chanhassen compound ahead of tomorrow’s release of Art Official Age and Plectrumelectrum (with 3rdeyegirl). Prince is definitely now partying like it’s 2014, back with Warner Bros. and in full ownership of his music catalog.

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Bill Gates is (Once Again) Forbes’ Richest Person in America

unnamedForbes has released its annual Richest Americans list, and for the 21st straight time, Bill Gates claims the number one spot with a net worth of $81 billion. Gates is followed by a bunch of other obscenely wealthy old white dudes (Warren Buffett, $67 billion; Larry Ellison, $50 billion; David and Charles Koch, $42 billion each).

There are some women on the Forbes 400 list — 47, to be exact. That’s down from 48 last year. The youngest woman on the list is Elizabeth Holmes (#110), founder of the medical technology company Theranos. The youngest male is Mark Zuckerberg (#11).

If you’re in the mood to applaud the .03 percent, check out the entire list.

AOL Expands Partnership with Publicis

AOL logo GThere’s a lot of money in video advertising, and so AOL has decided to expand its advertising partnership with Publicis. The deal will give VivaKi — part of Publicis — more access to premium video ad space across AOL’s brands.

According to a release, eMarketer reports digital video ad spending is increasing by a whopping 30 to 40 percent a year. EMarketer expects spending to hit $7.77 billion next year, up from $5.96 billion this year. Those kind of numbers were enough to convince AOL’s CEO, Tim Armstong, to go big.

“Video is fundamentally changing the Internet into sight, sound, and motion and the Publicis Groupe/AOL partnership is the start of enabling global video advertising to scale to global consumers — offline or online,” said Armstrong, in a statement. “AOL is transforming as a company and as a partner into a programmatic advertising platform, and today’s announcement is another big step in our strategy.”

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