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Condé Nast Continues To Shuffle Agenda And Execs

Another day, another big announcement from Condé Nast headquarters.  CEO Charles H. Townsend said today that his company will undergo a major overhaul in the sales and marketing departments.  A company press release indicated that Condé will task its individual titles to “focus on brand centricity and drive growth and innovation” by  adding digital sales and marketing to content management.  Publishers will now be responsible for branding initiatives across all platforms as the media giant continues to push their digital agenda.

CMO Lou Cona, who will oversee this transition, shared his enthusiasm for the endeavor:

“Condé Nast Digital brings tremendous power to the portfolio of assets we are able to offer the marketplace.  By integrating its sales and marketing expertise into the Media Group, we are positioned for maximum growth and are better aligned with the industry.”

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Vanity Fair Announces Its Oscar App


We used to experience the Oscars the old fashion way, our lab partner would give us the recap the next day at school. Now? Now it’s just glamour all over the place…

Entire press release:

Vanity Fair announces its Vanity Fair Hollywood App for iPhone and iPod touch. It’s now available for free on the App Store via

Voting pools have always been a big part of Oscar night, but this app allows you to make your picks (and get real-time results) using your iPhone or iPod touch. Invite your friends in the weeks and days leading up to Hollywood’s big night, vote for the people you think have the best chance of winning, compare your selections to those of friends and V.F. editors, and don’t forget to brag about your powers of prediction using the Facebook-connected chat feature. Things get even more interesting on awards night, when you’ll be able to see who’s winning in your group as the envelopes are opened. (Non-iPhone or iPod touch users can access the voting and sharing features from

“It’s a good first app for us,” says Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter. “Terrific Hollywood slideshows and articles, the glamour and dazzle of what we like to think is the greatest annual party in the world, and best of all, the ideal way to do your voting pool on Oscar night. I’ve used a pencil and paper for the last 35 years, and I’ve never gotten anything right-not anymore!”

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UPDATE: Condé Nast Statement On Jane‘s Demise to fold, too

Just in from Condé Nast corporate:

Jane magazine will cease publication with its August issue, it was announced today by Charles H. Townsend, President & CEO of Condé Nast Publications. The website,, will also be shut down.

“This was a very difficult decision for us,” Mr. Townsend said. “We worked diligently to make Jane a success. However, we have come to believe that the magazine and website will not fulfill our long-term business expectations.”

That the Jane site will also be shuttered is a shift in strategy from other recent high profile magazine closings. Hachette’s and Time Inc.’s were spared in their respective print killings.


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