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Cindi Leive Loves Reading The NY Times, Has Love-Hate Relationship with Instagram

In the latest edition of The Atlantic Wire’s “Media Diet” series, Cindi Leive — the editor-in-chief of Glamour for the past 12 years — discusses what she reads, and The New York Times emerges as the clear favorite. Leive says she peruses the Times first thing in the morning, and that having the paper delivered is “one of those things that tells me I’m a grownup with a real home,” which is endearing.

Leive also checks Twitter a lot (she follows The Cut, The Atlantic, WWD and many more) and subscribes to The New Yorker and New York. Other titles she mentions include National Geographic, 10, EW, People and Harvard Business Review.

Aside from Twitter, Leive’s other online obsession is Instagram. She describes the social network as good and bad. “I think it’s completely addictive and if you spend a lot of time on Instagram you’re very aware of the self-conscious way people portray themselves,” Leive tells The Atlantic Wire. “In general it’s 80 percent love, 20 percent hate. There’s that eye-roll reaction that kicks in sometimes. We all dress ourselves up for Instagram a little bit.”

Cindi Leive Walks Fashionista.com Through a September Issue

Leah Chernikoff has put together a fun breakdown about what goes into to the critical annual September issue of Glamour.

EIC Cindi Leive tells the Fashionista editorial director that work begins on the issue pretty much right after September of the previous year. Discussions to get proven cover girl Jennifer Aniston on the front of September 2013 began a little later, in January. Leive says that reality TV, social media and even things like the 2009 documentary The September Issue have all helped raise the PR profile of Month #9:

“I think the average woman, the average magazine reader understands that the September issue is a big deal,” Leive says. “The fact that people are tweeting at me, ‘Who’s going to be on the cover of your September issue?’ That level of hunger would not have existed five years ago.”

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Connie Anne Phillips Returns to Condé as VP, Publisher of Glamour

Well what do you know, the rumors were true: Connie Anne Phillips is indeed returning to Condé Nast. Phillips has been named vice president and publisher of Glamour. Phillips was InStyle’s publisher for four years, but spent 14 years at Vogue.

Phillips will replace Bill Wackermann, who is headed to Condé Nast Traveler, where he’ll serve as executive vice president and publishing director. That’s a reunion as well, as Wackerman once served as Traveler’s associate publisher.

Charles Townsend, CEO of Condé, was excited about Phillips’ return to the company. In a statement, he said “With Connie Anne and editor-in-chief Cindi Leive at the helm, Glamour will be unstoppable.” Well damn.

Phillips and Wackermann’s appointments are both effective July 8.

Condé Nast Launches Digital Video Network

Condé Nast doesn’t want you to just read GQ and Glamour; it wants you to watch them too. To accomplish that goal, the publisher has launched a customizable digital video network, featuring mini-movies from the two brands. At GQ’s site, visitors will find behind-the-scenes moments from “the women of GQ” photo shoots, a video featuring Rocco Dispirito and much more. Glamour’s site provides editorially-influenced videos as well.

GQ and Glamour are the first of many Condé magazines to get the video treatment. It’s a smart move by Condé, because if the fact that everyone alive has made a Harlem Shake video proves anything, it proves that people love watching video. No matter what it is.

And now for statements from the editors.

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Glamour Adds Four to its Editorial Team

Cindi Leive has added four new members to Glamour’s features department. Below are the highlights.

  • Sophia Banay Moura has been named deputy editor, articles. Moura comes to Glamour from Marie Claire, where she most recently served as features editor.
  • Genevieve Roth has joined Glamour as its special projects director. Roth was previously a Glamour articles editor, and has held roles at GQ and Esquire.
  • Andrea Bartz, co-author of the blog and book, Stuff Hipsters Hate, comes to Glamour as a senior editor. Bartz will contribute to Glamour’s health coverage.
  • Jason Sheeler joins as an articles editor. Sheeler has worked at Marc Jacobs, and most recently contributed to Texas Monthly.

 

Glamour Adds Exec Beauty Director

Glamour has named Ying Chu its executive beauty director. Chu comes to the magazine from Marie Claire, where she served as beauty and health director. Prior to her time there, she worked at Seventeen and Vogue.

At Glamour, Chu will work closely with Cindi Leive, the magazine’s editor-in-chief, on expanding both print and digital beauty coverage.

Chu will join Glamour at the end of the month.

Katie Couric, Star Jones & the Fashion Week Flock

1003_mockup.gifThe media A-list has decided that winter is over (did it ever start?) and came out of hibernation in a major way at Michael’s today. Every square inch of the dining room was occupied by boldface names of every description from social swans (Amy Fine Collins) to talking heads (Star Jones, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Jeff Greenfield).  The joint was really jumping by the time Katie Couric arrived for a late lunch and stopped by our table to say hello. Since it’s Fashion Week, we just had to ask her about the killer shoes she was rocking. “I got them at the Manolo Blahnik sample sale,” she told me. “They had way too many shoes in size 6 1/2!” From the ‘I’ll have what she’s having’ department: We couldn’t help but notice that Katie, who was sporting a glowing tan and an LBD accessorized with just the right amount of gold bling, looks better than ever. What’s your secret?

I was joined today by a fascinating trio of women. Psychic medium Char Margolis, her literary agent Corinda Carfora (who just happens to sing backup for Bruce Springsteen – I’m not kidding) and my good friend, psychotherapist Dr. Robi Ludwig, who is the go-to therapist for the Today show and jewelry designer behind Gems en Vogue II, available on shopnbc.com. We got together to celebrate the publication of Char’s new book, Love Karma: Use Your Intuition to Find, Create, and Nurture Love in Your Life (Sterling Ethos). Char’s been busy taping segments on the book for The Doctors, Dr. Phil, Extra and Dr. Oz (whose segment will air during sweeps this month). She’s filming a segment for Dr. Steve tonight and then she’s off to more appearances in Amsterdam, where she had her own prime time television show for a decade, before going to South Africa for book signings and a speaking tour. (She’s also squeezing in a safari in her spare time). Char, who famously told Kelly Ripa she was pregnant during an appearance on Live with Reigs & Kelly, tells me that the most rewarding aspect of  her work is “connecting people with their loved ones in the spirit world” through private readings and small group sessions.  Not surprisingly, she said the hardest thing is working with someone who has lost a child.

Corinda Carfora, Char Margolis, Diane Clehane and Dr. Robi Ludwig
L to R: Corinda Carfora, Char Margolis, Diane Clehane and Dr. Robi Ludwig

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Us Weekly Exec Editor Fills Newly-Created Role at Glamour

Catherine Romano has been named Senior Executive Editor — a new position — at Glamour. Romano most recently worked as Executive Editor of Us Weekly, where she had been since 2006. Before that she was Reader’s Digest’s Deputy Editor for four years. Romano also previously held editor positions at Cosmopolitan and Details.

“I’m thrilled to return to Condé Nast and join Cindi and her team at this exciting moment in Glamour’s evolution,” said Romano. “I’m grateful for my time at Us Weekly, where I learned an enormous amount, and I’m also happy to return to women’s magazines.”

Romano’s first day is January 3. She’ll report to Cindi Leive, Editor-in-Chief of Glamour.

Ringing in the Holidays With Harold Ford Jr., Star Jones & Donny Deutsch

1003_mockup.gifThe holiday revelry was in high gear today at Michael’s. Those miracle workers at reception — the amazing Loreal Sherman and Joana Andrade were working overtime to keep the high maintenance crowd happy. (Trust me, doing the seating chart here is an art form!) A little lunch for 13 hosted by Michael McCarty’s wife Kim McCarty was keeping things hopping at table one while a heaping helping of talking heads (Harold Ford Jr., Star Jones, Donny Deutsch), socialites (Becca Thrash, Muffy Potter Aston) and media mavens (Cindi Leive) were toasting the season with plenty of wine and good cheer. Don’t you just love those one percenters?

Diane Clehane & Joan Gelman

I was lunching today with producer Joan Gelman who I met in this very dining room when I first began doing the column. Joan and I have had plenty of great conversations over the years about television (Joan’s amazing resume includes producing stints at CBS and ABC in news and as David Letterman’s producer who remains “a god” to her — “He’s so talented” ) and politics. These days Joan is busier than ever working on a television show she’s got in development in Canada. (The details are top secret at the moment) Shuttling back and forth between here and there is nothing new for her since she produced the hit Triple Sensation there a while back.  Joan is also a passionate Democrat who cares deeply about the issues consuming the country right now — especially the financial inequities that have ignited protests around the country. “We have to do more to even things out,” she told me. Just this morning Joan attended a gathering where U.S. Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren spoke. “She is such an amazing woman,” marvels Joan. “She’s smart, she cares and she wants to restore the spirit of the country.” Joan told me Ms. Warren’s message was a “positive” one and that she believes fervently in healing “the great divide” that has consumed the country and seeped into national politics. We both agreed that she’s facing a tough battle against incumbent Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown because female candidates are held to a different standard than their male counterparts. “She’s a brave woman.” Indeed.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

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Fading Glamour To Get Overhauled

Glamour hasn’t been all that glamorous this year. Newsstand sales have been down 17 percent and the recent Publisher shake up showed just how dire the situation has become. So what does a popular magazine do when things stop going its way? It changes everything. According to WWD, Glamour is about to get one hell of a makeover.

Cindi Leive, Glamour’s Editor-in-Chief, said that a new-look magazine and website will be premiering in March, along with new contributors and fresh content. Leive thought that Glamour needed to change to keep up with today’s woman. “The format of many women’s magazines — Glamour included! — hasn’t changed much for a decade, but young women are consuming media in totally different ways now,” said Leive.

Glamour has hired two design firms headquartered here to lead the revamp, and a big change will likely mean larger numbers at first, but will those be sustainable? Or — much like jeggings for men — will only a select few (read: Wrong, horrible people) think it’s a good look? We’ll have to wait until spring 2012 to find out.

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