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Bill Shapiro Dials Back at Time Inc.

Bill Shapiro is changing roles at Time Inc., cutting back from development editor to editor-at-large, digital, so he can concentrate on his new spot at the e-book site, Zola Books.

Shapiro has been with Time since 2000, and he served as the managing editor of Life and Life.com when it was changed to its all digital format. Shapiro had been Time Inc.’s development editor since 2007.

The New York Post is reporting that Shapiro will be director of innovation and strategy for Zola Books. The company was co-founded by Joe Regal and Michael Strong.

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Coastal Living Adds New Editor-in-Chief

Coastal Living has added Antonia van der Meer as its new Editor-in-Chief, effective March 7th. Van der Meer will report directly to Martha Nelson, Editorial Director at Time Inc.

Van der Meer is a vetaren in the business, previously having worked at Conde Nast titles Modern Bride, Elegant Bride, and Your Prom.

Nelson had this to say about the addition of van der Meer:

Antonia is the perfect choice to lead the editorial side of Coastal Living. She has a clear vision for the brand, a history of editorial excellence, and a keen sense of style, which is so integral to the magazine.  Bill Shapiro, Coastal Living’s Editorial Adviser, and I are looking forward to working collaboratively with her to continue to make Coastal Living the authority on all things coastal.

Time Inc. to Layoff 600

29mag-inline3-190.jpgWe told you last week about major layoffs at Time Inc.’s Southern Progress Magazines and it looks like they may have been an early warning sign for larger cuts to follow. The NYT is reporting that Time Inc. has plans to cut 6% of its workforce, the equivalent of 600 positions and “revamp the organization in a way that could radically alter the culture at the company.” Apparently none of the titles are being cut, however an already planned overhaul by Ann S. Moore, Time Inc.’s chairman and chief executive had to be sped up to cope with the fast-changing media environment. Says Moore:

This is a challenge, unlike any we’ve seen before…And after much careful study and consultation with many of you who run our businesses, I have concluded that it is no longer possible to operate our company with the same decentralized management structure that served us so well during our many years of sustained growth.

As Gawker’s Ryan Tate points out perhaps this shouldn’t come as such a shock considering the big cuts the magazine has had to make in the last few years, though in the current media environment it’s hard not to perceive it as the latest, loudest death knell to the end of print magazines. Further details regarding the changes and reorganization to come, after the jump.

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Death To Life

life_death.jpgJust in: Time Inc. announced today that is is shuttering Life, the weekend magazine newspaper insert that trades in ultra-thin paper stock and celebrity interviews. According to a Time Inc. spokesperson, 42 lost their jobs — 15 on the edit side. Spared: Managing editor Bill Shapiro, executive editor Maggie Murphy, president Andy Blau and publisher Peter Bauer, who will all stay with Time Inc. in yet to be determined positions.

It was not doing well, down 9.2% in advertising revenue and 21.3% in ad pages through February, according to the Publishers Information Bureau. The April 20 issue will be the magazine’s last. It was the third incarnation, having first launched as a weekly in 1936 (until ’72) and again in 1978 as a monthly (until 2000). The current Life was relaunched in October 2004.

In what’s becoming a familiar spin for magazine company’s in announcing shuttering titles, Time Inc. says it will shift what’s left of Life online, with plans to launch “a major portal to put its entire collection of 10 million images online … made available to the public for personal use at no cost.”

Time Inc. CEO Ann Moore‘s statement: “Life magazine was a truly innovative publishing venture. It was developed, edited and published by some of the best talent in the business and we can remain proud of its many achievements. But sometimes we have to make tough calls, and this was one. Growth requires taking risks and the potential upside was huge, but unfortunately the timing worked against us. The market has moved dramatically since October 2004 and it is no longer appropriate to continue publication of Life as a newspaper supplement.”