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Kim Kelleher Named Publisher of Wired [Updated]

The wait to find out who will be Wired’s new publisher is over. Breathe people! According to The New York Post, Condé Nast is expected to give the job to Kim Kelleher, the former Say Media president. Kelleher was president of Say Media from August of 2012 to November of 2013.

Kelleher will be succeeding Howard Mittman, who left the magazine last Friday to join GQ as its new publisher when Chris Mitchell shifted to Vanity Fair.

This will mark a return to Condé for Kelleher, as she previously served as Self’s VP and publisher. Kelleher also served as Sports Illustrated’s publisher and Time’s worldwide publisher. She was named Ad Age’s publisher of the year in 2011.

We’ve reached out to Condé for confirmation on Kelleher’s appointment. We’ll update when we hear back.

Update (7:00 pm):
It’s official, per a Condé release.

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Chuck Todd’s First Meet The Press: ‘This Program Will Continue to Evolve’ (TVNewser)
Chuck Todd opened his first Meet The Press, surrounded by the press. At a new desk, with Todd at its center, NBC’s political director introduced those around him: MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, Nia-Malika Henderson of The Washington Post, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and waiting in the wings, BuzzFeed’s John Stanton and Amy Walter, formerly of ABC News, now with the Cook Political Report. FishbowlDC For his first Sunday as moderator, Todd talked exclusively with President Barack Obama on topics ranging from ISIS to U.S. relations with Russia and Ukraine and the 2014 midterm elections. The interview took place at the White House over the weekend and aired during Sunday’s 10:30 a.m. broadcast of MTP. Deadline Hollywood Things got testy — and Todd showed a tendency to interrupt — when Obama defended his decision to delay executive action on immigration, saying the summer’s surge of unaccompanied children at the Mexican border changed the politics of the issue. He rejected Todd’s notion the postponement is a political tactic intended to help embattled Democrats in the months before midterm elections, saying that the delay will help make new immigration policies “sustainable” when they are announced later this year. HuffPost There were other small tweaks in the show; Todd threaded his big interview with President Obama throughout the show instead of front-loading it at the beginning, turning to the panel after each portion was over. Todd’s real test will be in the weeks and months ahead. Todd has vowed to cut down on the Beltway bloviators and said he won’t book politicians unless they actually have a stake in the issue at hand. And, of course, he has to pull Meet The Press out of its ratings sinkhole. Politico In selecting Todd as moderator, the NBC News brass is gambling on the belief that a Sunday morning public affairs show can still set the national agenda, as it did under the late Tim Russert. The payoff, they hope, is that Todd can once again make Meet The Press a dominant force in American politics and — though they’d never admit it publicly — effectively erase the nightmare that was David Gregory’s final year as moderator.

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Chris Mitchell Named Vanity Fair Publisher, Howard Mittman GQ Publisher

CondeNastLogoVanity Fair has itself a new publisher. Chris Mitchell, previously GQ’s VP and publisher, has been tapped for the same role with Vanity Fair. Mitchell had been GQ’s VP and publisher since 2011. Previously he served in the same role for Condé Nast Traveler.

Mitchell is replacing the void left by Edward Menicheschi, who was named chief marketing officer and president of Condé Nast two weeks ago.

At GQ, Howard Mittman will succeed Mitchell. Mittman had served as Wired’s VP and publisher since 2009. He previously served as Wired’s associate publisher. Mittman’s successor at Wired will be named shortly.

“Many of you know Chris and Howard, and are familiar with their numerous successes at Condé Nast,” wrote Condé’s president, Bob Sauerberg, in a memo to staffers. “I am confident that in their new roles, they will continue to achieve the outstanding results that have defined their accomplished careers with us.”

Condé Searches for Next Details Publisher

Condé Nast is on the hunt for the next publisher of Details, so why not stir the rumor mill? According to WWD, there are a few people being considered to fill the role left by Kevin Martinez earlier this month. Martinez, Details’ publisher since 2011, left to join Maxim.

Here’s the list of possible Martinez replacements:

Of those, Wagenheim is the least likely to take over Details. Why? Because he flat out told WWD “It’s not happening.” Hey, calm down buddy. We’re talking about you getting a new job, not getting fired.

As for the rest of them, feel free to speculate about their future roles at your leisure.

Gearing Up for the GQ Barbershop

GQChris Mitchell, GQ vice president and publisher, calls it “the ideal intersection of style and entertainment.” Not to mention a cool place for NYC Super Bowl visitors to get that pre-VIP party trim.

The GQ Barbershop also has the early 2014 lead for most innovative HQ city elongation of a monthly glossy magazine. It opens Friday at the Barclays Center, in partnership with Fellow Barber:

To celebrate the launch, Brooklyn Nets player Deron Williams and former World Champion boxer Luis Collazo will be getting the inaugural cuts at our grand opening.

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GQ Celebrates Jim Nelson’s 10 Years as Editor

Jim Nelson has been the editor-in-chief of GQ for a decade now, and that honor called for a celebration. So on Saturday, during Milan Fashion Week, the magazine threw a party. A few of the fashion heavyweights who made an appearance include Domenico Dolce and Stefano GabbanaAnna ZegnaGiorgio Armani and John Varvatos.

That’s an impressive list. The closest this FishbowlNY editor has come to having a fashion icon at a birthday party is by wearing Calvin Klein boxer briefs.

And now that we’ve made everyone uncomfortable, below are some photos from Nelson’s shindig. There’s a lot more here. Congrats to Nelson.

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GQ Joins Forces with Nordstrom

GQ is teaming up with Nordstrom to take advantage of a shared consumer demographic. The basics of the partnership: GQ’s editors will select several men’s products which will be featured online at NordstromMen.com under the heading “GQ Selects.” Those products will also be featured in GQ and GQ.com. Additionally, Nordstrom will host in-store events centered on the GQ picks.

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with Nordstrom on the successful editorial franchise GQ Selects, which allows our readers to literally shop from the pages of GQ,” said Chris Mitchell, GQ’s vice president and publisher. “Aligning with such a retail powerhouse takes the program to the next level.”

It all starts with the July issue of GQ and will last for six months.

GQ To Open Pop-Up Store

If you’re a fan of GQ’s product endorsements, you’re in luck: The magazine is teaming up with Park & Bond on a pop-up shop from December 7 through 18. The store will be located in the Meatpacking District (14th between 9th and 10th) and offer items from Park & Bond as well as products from GQ’s “Best of the Year” December issue.

“It poses the question, what would GQ look like if it was a store,” Chris Mitchell, GQ’s publisher, told WWD. “We think it’s a natural way to bring the brand to life in real time.”

At the store you’ll find clothes, accessories and gadgets from designers such as Jack Spade, Oliver Peoples, Paul Smith, Filson and Gant. If you can afford the stuff found in GQ, this is great. If not, well, keep dreaming like the rest of us.

Condé Nast Continues Changes

Who wants some more Condé Nast news? You do! This morning we said that there was nothing on the fate of Carolyn Kremins yet, but that has changed, according to WWD.

Kremins is now Publisher of Traveler, and its Publisher, Chris Mitchell, is now the Publisher of GQ. And that’s not all folks. GQ’s Publisher, Pete Hunsinger, is expected to be moved up at Condé.

We’ll be back in an hour with news that all of the above has changed.

Lunch: Joan Collins Holds Court at Table One, Plus Barbara Walters & Vernon Jordan

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— DIANE CLEHANE

The dining room at Michael’s was buzzing as boldface names settled in to plot their next big move and dish over their Cobb salads. We overhead plenty of chatter about the David Letterman and 48 Hours Mystery producer Robert “Joe” Halderman scandal — sorry, but it’s all off the record. The one thing everyone agrees on is that this tawdry tale is far from over. “There’s got to be a lot more to it,” said one flack. “This is going to be interesting if and when it gets to court.”

I was lunching today with Jason Allen Ashlock, who I first met a while back when he was toiling at The Marianne Strong Literary Agency. In January of this year, Jason struck out on his own and opened Movable Type Literary Group with his partner Meredith Dawson. Things have been going great guns for Jason despite the less than fortuitous timing for launching his business. “It was completely accidental, but because it was counter intuitive, I was able to meet with people and houses that would have otherwise been more difficult to get to, if for no other reason than they wanted to find out what I was doing,” says Jason.

So far, he’s inked 17 deals for his authors this year. Just last week he landed first-time author Adrienne Arieff a deal with Random House to publish her memoir, The Sacred Thread, which chronicles her decision to use a foreign gestational surrogate in India. Arieff decided to move in with the woman who was carrying her child, and the book chronicles their fascinating and unique bond. Jason also got that strangely fascinating husband and wife team of The Real Housewives of New York City, Alex McCord and Simon van Kempen, a deal from Sterling & Ross to pen their upcoming parenting tome, Little Kids, Big City due in March of next year. He brought me a copy of Robert Rave‘s novel Spin, which tells the tale of a wide-eyed publicist who finds himself working for one of Manhattan’s most notorious divas. Robert, by the way, once worked for Lizzie Grubman. We’re sure that’s just a coincidence.

I asked Jason what he thought of the news that Tina Brown will be doing ebooks in association with her website, The Daily Beast. “Tina has said books are the new magazines. I worry about that. Look what’s happening to magazines,” Jason reasoned. “As books become more ‘temporary,’ we lose what they are most useful for: authority. Books that take time, that are well researched, and edited offer a comprehensive point of view on a subject that you can’t get from a magazine article or on the Internet. Publishers can’t just be printers.”

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Producer Francine LeFrak with a bunch of ‘suits’ and surprise guests Joan Collins with her much younger husband Percy Gibson. Our favorite ’80s TV villainess was doing her best Alexis Carrington by sporting a leopard print cowboy hat.

2. Peter Brown with a distinguished looking fellow we didn’t recognize.

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong with Men’s Health honcho David Zinczenko (Long time, no see!). Joe is just back from a humanitarian mission to Cuba where he helped deliver supplies to several orphanages. “These kids really need a lot of help,” says Joe of the heartbreaking poverty he witnessed first-hand. He came brandishing a cane today because of some back trouble as a result of — we’re not kidding — laughing too hard at a fellow Texan’s joke recently. Here’s hoping you’re on the mend soon.

4. We would have loved to have been a fly on the wall for this one: Barbara Walters and Vernon Jordan. I noticed that several times during lunch this intriguing duo had their heads together and seemed to be amused at something or another as they observed the noontime crowd. One can only imagine.

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