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Lucky Kids Magazine Debuts Tomorrow

Because you can never get kids hooked on material goods early enough, tomorrow, Lucky Kids magazine – a spin off of Lucky – hits newsstands everywhere. The magazine, which targets moms with kids ages zero (every fetus needs a Marc Jacobs bag) to 12 years-old, will also be found in the April issue of Lucky.

Amy Wicks at WWD says that the content of Lucky Kids is centered on shopping, with features on where parents can find clothes from designers that also have a kids line. Brandon Holley, Editor-in-Chief of Lucky, adds, “The goal with this first issue is to offer up stylish, inspired ideas that make a mom’s day easier, simpler and a little bit cuter.”

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Jack Griffin Out at MPA

The hits just keep coming for former Time Inc. CEO Jack Griffin: Amy Wicks at WWD is reporting that he’s also been forced out of his position as Chairman at The Association of Magazine Media (MPA).

A Spokesperson for MPA told Wicks:

To be a member of the MPA Board of Directors, one must be a senior executive who holds the primary responsibility for the magazine operations of an MPA-member company. We can speak more definitively about a replacement for Jack Griffin soon.

Our alternate headline for this post was “Everybody Hates Jack Griffin,” but we’re thinking of just making that a category since we might have to keep using it.

Fashion And Lifestyle Magazine First Quarter Progress Reports Are In

As readers prepare for the release of March fashion and lifestyle magazines, now is the time to assess how these titles performed in the first quarter.  Amy Wicks of WWD provided the rundown of which mag’s page counts rose and fell and the numbers go a long way in revealing the current health of each publication.  The winners and losers are outlined below.

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AMI’s David Pecker: $50 Million Ready for Acquisitions

David Pecker, the Chairman and CEO of American Media Inc. (AMI), is king of the tabloids, has an excellent mustache, and apparently, money to burn. He tells WWD’s Amy Wicks that AMI makes about $3 million a year from advertising and digital magazines, and that he has $50 million primed for acquiring new titles (specifically Maxim).

Pecker is painting a very different picture of AMI than what has been in the news lately. The company recently emerged from its debt, and rumor has it Pecker is giving big bonuses to execs. However, just last week he asked staffers to take three unpaid furloughs by the end of March.

Don’t let that mustache fool you. There’s something fishy going on at AMI.

The Hearst Mindset

Amy Wicks and John Koblin at WWD have a great piece this morning that examines how Hearst Corporation’s budget-conscious ways has become the industry standard. Hearst Corp’s CEO Frank Bennack has a long history of preaching sensible spending and a no-frills approach that now has the company poised to pass one of its biggest rivals:

Now that there appear to be some signs of life in the beleaguered publishing world, Bennack’s parsimony has positioned Hearst to make a blockbuster deal. The company is on the verge of spending $700 million to $800 million to pick up the Hachette International portfolio from Lagardère that includes Elle, Elle Decor, Woman’s Day and Car and Driver (Lagardère would keep the French titles). The deal will make Hearst the second-largest magazine company in the U.S. in terms of circulation, audience and advertising, surpassing Condé Nast.

Also worth mentioning is that while Condé Nast has folded six magazines over the last few years, Hearst has shut down only a few.

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InStyle Launches Shopping Site StyleFind Today

Shopping can be overwhelming during the holiday season; fortunately InStyle magazine is in the giving spirit and looking to lend a hand to fashion fans.  Amy Wicks of WWD reports that InStyle rolled out StyleFind this morning and introduced consumers to the first-ever independent shopping site to branch off from a magazine.  In addition to some of the newest clothing styles, StyleFind will feature fashion and beauty accessories from 150 retailers including Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Net-a-porter, Gap, J. Crew, Mulberry, Topshop, and Mango.

InStyle managing editor Ariel Foxman touted the user-friendliness of the magazine’s new companion site:

It will be like shopping with one of our magazine editors.  The experience is edited and the search function actually works. If you search for bags with a chain, you will actually see that, but in different price points and brands.

Time Inc. plans to add complementary shopping sites for their other titles such as Real Simple, People, Essence, Entertainment Weekly, and People Stylewatch.

Reader’s Digest Suffers Big 3Q Losses

In today’s Memo Pad, WWD’s Amy Wicks wrote that The Reader’s Digest Association recently disclosed a third-quarter earnings report that revealed a near-15 percent drop off in revenues.  The loss is being chalked up to the media company’s flagship title, Reader’s Digest.  The New York-based family magazine printed fewer issues last quarter as part of their planned rate base reduction.

RDA’s operating profits for the quarter decreased by 25 percent to $1.5 million — a decline that resulted from reduced revenues and financing for digital projects.

Meredith Melling Burke Is Keeping Her Hands Full At Vogue

In today’s WWD Memo Pad, Amy Wicks reported that Meredith Melling Burke will be expanding her responsibilities at Vogue.  Melling Burke will stay in her role as senior market editor at the magazine and has also been promoted to fashion market director at vogue.com.

Her new position will put Melling Burke in charge of boosting vogue.com’s fashion content.  She has been with Vogue since 1997.

Isaac Mizrahi, Twilight‘s Kellan Lutz & A Manhattan Madri Gras

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— DIANE CLEHANE

I attended a fabulous lunch today for Deb Shriver to celebrate the publication of her first book, Stealing Magnolias, due out any minute. It was a festive afternoon befitting the book which is equal parts love letter, scrapbook and chic guide to Deb’s adopted city of New Orleans. “I not only love New Orleans. I love the idea of it. When I’m away, it is a dream I can always return to. I would come just for the gumbo,” says Deb, an Atlanta native and twelfth-generation Southerner.

Our hostess, Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, welcomed everyone to “New Orleans North” as we all sipped our Pimm’s Cups (‘I never drink at lunch but I’ll make an exception’ was pretty much the consensus) and dined on Louisiana crawfish salad made especially for the occasion. The guest list was a chatty mix of journos and Deb’s nearest and dearest. In attendance: More‘s editor Lesley Jane Seymour, authors Pamela Keogh and Susan Sully, Deb’s husband Jerry Shriver who toils as music critic for USA Today,  Jesse Kornbluth of headbutler.com,  Amy Wicks of WWD and Melissa Coan and Marcia Sherill of 1stdibs.com It’s worth noting that Deb, whose ‘real job’ as Hearst’s chief officer of communications keeps her more than busy, wrote her book ‘on weekends’ over the course of several months. “Pretty humbling for all of us here at the table who do this for a living,” said one guest. Indeed.

Before lunch, we all got a chance to flip through the pages of the sumptuous tome and I was struck by all the beautiful photography of the people, places and cuisine of New Orleans. It’s the work of 17 different photographers, Deb tells me — and she did all the food styling herself! (Some people just multitask a lot better than others, I suppose). Then, just as the main course was about to be served, everyone in the dining room was treated to a surprise solo performance of jazz man Craig Handy to make the Manhattan Mardi Gras complete. Bravo!

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Deb Shriver, Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, Jerry Shriver, Lesley Jane Seymour, Amy Wicks, Pamela Keogh, Jesse Kornbluth, Susan Sully, Marcia Sherrill, Melissa Coan and yours truly.

2. MSNBC’s Chris Licht, Nancy Jacobson and Kevin Sheekey.

3.  The ‘Imber Gang:” Dr. Gerald Imber, Jerry Della Femina, Andy Bergman and Michael Kramer

4. Peter Brown

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Nathalie Kirsheh Leaves W For Details

Amy Wicks of WWD is reporting that longtime art director for W magazine, Nathalie Kirsheh, is making the move from women’s to men’s fashion.  After more than five years at W, Kirsheh has signed on to become design director at Details.

It appears Kirsheh is heading for greener pastures as Details is up 30 percent for the December issue and 14 percent for the fourth quarter.