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Time Inc. Vet Cyd Wilson Branches Out with Her Own Firm

It’s been a great run for Cyd Wilson at Time Inc. But after 17 years as west coast based director of creative development for the Style and Entertainment Group, the 54-year-old has decided it’s time to continue working her awards season and branding magic for a different boss – herself.

As a testament to how pleased Time Inc. has been with Wilson’s efforts, they will become a client of Cyd Wilson Entertainment Marketing. The CSUN graduate, who began her career far from the glamour of Hollywood working in psychiatric hospital administration, started on her current path when she volunteered for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. That led to the position of development director and her eventual recruitment by then People publisher Ann Moore.

From this morning’s announcement:

“As an ambassador for our brands in Los Angeles and in the entertainment industry, she has been nothing less than extraordinary, representing us with intelligence, integrity and creative flair,” stated Tim Inc. editor-in-chief Martha Nelson.” She has advanced our name and our business and we all owe her a debt of gratitude for her many efforts.”

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Ann Moore Not Coming Back to Time Inc.

Media types love a good rumor, so when Ann Moore, the ex-Time Inc. CEO was spotted in the Time’s hallways recently, there was talk that she was being brought back to the company.

While juicy, this rumor actually ends up being rather dry. According to Ad Age, Moore was at Time Inc. to say hello to old colleagues:

A Time Inc. spokeswoman said Ms. Moore has no office, no assistant and no role at Time Inc.

‘She’s definitely not consulting,’ she said. ‘Just here saying hi to friends.’

Ms. Moore was also getting her BlackBerry fixed, the spokseswoman said.

Oh well.

But wait! Who was she saying hello to? And how did her BlackBerry break? Also – and perhaps most importantly – what is Moore’s high score on BrickBreaker???

 

Lunch: Happy Birthday Donna Hanover & Paula Zahn

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— DIANE CLEHANE

If it’s Wednesday, it’s party time at Michael’s. We’re still recovering from the head spinning spectacle of last week’s A-list lunch for James Cameron. This week, the celebration was a tad more low-key at Table One as public relations maven Joannie Danielides hosted her annual birthday luncheon for her good pal and long time client, Donna Hanover, whose actual birthday was February 15. Joannie, who is busier than ever these days with a full roster of clients in health care and education, told me it was actually a double celebration since it was guest Paula Zahn‘s birthday as well.

I caught up with Paula before she joined the party to chat about her new show, On the Case with Paula Zahn, on Discovery ID. “We’ve just been renewed for a second season,” said Paula, who looked better than ever in a chic leopard print top and some killer stiletto boots. “It’s been great. I’m getting to do some amazing stories. Right after this, I’m getting on a plane and heading to an Alabama prison.” Some people have all the fun.

I had lunch with two of my favorite people today: producer Joan Gelman and Robert Zimmerman, partner of the Long Island based marketing firm, Zimmerman/Edelson. Joan arrived first and told me about her recent trip to Vietnam with her husband, Don Aronson. Both Joan and Don were anti-war activists back in the day and are still true believers. On this trip, the couple spent some time visiting orphanages and were “shocked and appalled” to see the awful effects that Agent Orange has wrought on the country. “It was horrifying to see the stark reality of what war can do to a people — and what we did to these people,” Joan told me.

Things lightened up a bit when Robert arrived. Between the two of them, they know just about everyone in New York and, trust me, the conversation is never dull. (Most of the juiciest stuff is, of course, off the record.) Since Joan is a die-hard Democrat and Robert is an in-demand political commentator for all the cable channels, we had plenty to talk about. When Evan Bayh‘s surprise resignation from Congress came up, Robert offered this assessment: “Saying he’s fallen out of love with Congress is something a 14 year-old adolescent would say. There’s a lot more to it than being in love; it’s about getting the job done.” Robert had these words of advice for jump-starting the stalled government: “The challenge for the Democrats is to come out of group therapy and get things started again. The ball is in our court. Success depends on us acting on our message.”

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Birthday girls Donna Hanover and Paula Zahn, Joannie Danielides, Gayle King, Time Inc’s Ann Moore, Linda Stacey, Karen Scott, Sue Leibman and Matilda Cuomo. A little birdie told me the girls dug into two birthday cakes: one carrot cake and one chocolate. It seems like the group couldn’t get enough sweet treats. We spied doggie bags stuffed with cookies being packed into a few purses.

2. Most of ‘The Imber Gang:’ Dr. Gerald Imber, Jerry Della Femina and Jeff Greenfield

3. Gerry Byrne, who just launched Fidelis Global Enterprises LLC. New clients of his advertising media consultancy agency include Adgenesis and Beezag. I caught up with Jerry until his guest, Jane Hanson, arrived. I told Jane I loved the stuff she’s been doing on LX New York, showing the fledgling talking heads how it’s done.

4. A bespectacled Mike Ovitz and a fellow we didn’t recognize

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Gawker, The Business Insider Join Forces

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This morning we noticed something strange: a Gawker post written by someone named The Business Insider. Some digging revealed the exact same post written by Nicholas Carlson, a former Gawker employee, on Business Insider’s Silicon Alley Insider.

Carlson confirmed to FishbowlNY that this article — which cites an anonymous source claiming AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and Time Inc. CEO Ann Moore met recently to discuss a join spin-off of Time Warner — was part of a new partnership between the two Web companies. The article’s subject matter and tone make it a perfect pick up for Gawker, and we’re told this is the first time the site has republished a Business Insider story, although TBI has been picking up Gawker pieces since last month.

Now the question remains, beyond clicks, is there any other benefit to either side in sharing content?

Related: Gawker Launches Open Forums

Fortune Recognizes Media Mavens On 50 Most Powerful Women List

ann_moore.jpgIt’s no surprise that some media movers and shakers made their way onto Fortune‘s 50 Most Powerful Women List.

Oprah Winfrey, who topped ForbesWoman‘s list of of the most influential women in the media earlier this summer, was the top media leader on Fortune‘s list as well. The Harpo chair ranked sixth after just five other powerful businesswomen including PepsiCo’s Indra Nooyi (number 1) and Avon’s Andrea Jung (number 5).

Other female media and entertainment leaders to make the list include Anne Sweeney of Disney (number 16); MTV Networks‘ chairman and CEO Judy McGrath (number 20); Time Inc. chair and CEO Ann Moore (number 21 — pictured right); Hearst Magazines president Cathie Black (number 46); Bonnie Hammer and Lauren Zalaznick of NBC Universal (numbers 47 and 48, respectively) and Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal (number 49).

“In 1998 when we premiered our list of the Most Powerful Women in Business, just two of our honorees ran Fortune 500 companies. This year, 13 do,” Fortune said in the introduction to the list. “When it comes to milestones, we say, Keep ‘em coming!”

Fortune‘s 50 Most Powerful Women

Related: Oprah Tops ForbesWoman‘s List Of Media’s Most Powerful Women

Conde Taps Time Exec to Head Parade

Minonline is reporting that Conde head Si Newhouse has tapped former Time Inc. executive Jack Haire.

From min: Haire’s 1978-2006 Time Inc. career included 1993-1998 and 1998-2005 stints as Time publisher and Fortune/Money Group president, respectively, and he was Time Inc. executive vp/corporate sales when he left the company in January 2006 following a restructuring by president/ceo Ann Moore.

People, Time to Charge for Online Content?

peoplecover_205x273.jpgLet the paid content games begin. In an interview in today’s Telegraph Time Inc.’s CEO Ann Moore says “I think it is time for Time Inc to sit down and seriously think, what is the model? We are going to have to figure out a way to have paid content in the future…Who started this rumor that all information should be free and why didn’t we challenge this when it first came out? I say this in college classrooms and they start to throw their shoes at me. I say, ‘Kids, your food is not free and your cars are not free, your clothes are not free. Good information costs money. Someone has to pay for the Baghdad bureau’.”

Moore adds that Time Inc. is considering whether or not to make Time.com and People.com subscription-based. It will be interesting to see what happens if they do decide to pursue a pay model especially since, even though People is Time Inc.’s top seller and drives huge amounts on traffic only, there is not shortage of free celebrity news. That said, someone will have to start paying, and shortly, and even if online subscriptions are not the answer, they may be enough to stem the ad slump till someone comes up with a more viable solution.

Time Inc. Hits Top 20 Online, CEO Doesn’t Foresee Further Layoffs

timeincges.jpgIn an interview running over at MediaWeek Time Inc., chairman/CEO Ann Moore talks a bit about the “uncharted waters” the company finds itself in these days and whether employees should expect more layoffs.

We’re expecting 2009 to be a rough year. It’s pretty gloomy in the first quarter. It’s very hard to see visibility. But I still believe after 30 years we’re in a wonderful business. Editing and packaging of information in a world of too much information is a core competency that’s going to be needed more, not less.

As for for future shutterings and layoffs, they don’t seem to be in the cards

No. We shut down Cottage Living, but the Time Inc. magazines are profitable. There was a little dustup over that. That’s not on my agenda….As hard as it’s been on everyone, you do layoffs, and I don’t think you’re ever done. I believe in continuous improvement. But there are no major layoffs planned.

Meanwhile the has some good news to celebrate. According the Nielsen’s December 2008 figures the company is one of the 20 largest online media properties as well as ranking among top 20 for user engagement. Full release after the jump.

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Worldwide Editions of Time to Consolidate

time_logo.pngWe’ve been hearing about the Time Europe layoffs for a couple of weeks now — they are part of the larger bloodbath going on at Time Inc. that’s being overseen by MPA lifetime achievement recipient Ann Moore. Today Keith Kelly is reporting that they were part of a larger (previously rumored) plan to consolidate the international editions of Time so that they will be primarily edited out of New York.

When it’s over, the various overseas editions of Time will be edited largely out of New York, and to a lesser extent, out of Hong Kong, insiders said. The move effectively ends a decades-old tradition of major editing taking place in London. The South Pacific edition that’s edited out of Sydney, Australia, will cease at year-end, and will get the same editorial content as the Asian edition. The edition that goes to Europe, the Middle East and Africa — called Time Atlo — will begin looking a lot more like the Time Asia edition, sources said… Tsunami survivor Michael Elliott, already editor of Time International, will continue to oversee the international editions from New York

Ann Moore and Martha Stewart to Receive Magazine Industry Lifetime Achievement Awards

martha_stewart_ann_moore.jpgIt’s the year of the woman! At least as far as the Magazine Publishers of America (MPA)is concerned. The MPA and the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) have just announced that they will be honoring Time Inc.’s Ann Moore and Martha Stewart with Lifetime Achievement Awards. Per the release:

Ann Moore has been named recipient of MPA’s Henry Johnson Fisher Award, in honor of Henry Johnson Fisher, founding publisher of Popular Science, which is now published by Bonnier Corp. Martha Stewart, founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, will be inducted into the ASME Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame.

Ann Moore is the innovative leader of the largest magazine company in the United States…Throughout her career, Ann has shown extraordinary management skills and entrepreneurial drive in developing new magazines and expanding the footprint of many of the industry’s flagship brands.

Martha Stewart created an entirely new magazine category…The influence of Stewart’s editorial vision can be seen at newsstands — and in homes — throughout the United States. Her

Full release after the jump.

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