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First On FBNY: Parade Editor Janice Kaplan Out

Screen shot 2010-02-03 at 11.23.12 AM.pngFishbowlNY has learned that Parade‘s editor-in-chief, Janice Kaplan has left the magazine.

Although a good-bye memo to staff seemed to suggest that Kaplan is leaving the weekly magazine on good terms, we have heard that she was asked to leave. The change at the top of the masthead comes after Parade‘s owner Condé Nast appointed a new CEO, Jack Haire, back in April. Since then, the magazine has lost its president, Randy Siegel, who left to run local digital strategy for parent company Advance Publications last month and got a new publisher, Brett Wilson this fall.

Kaplan, an author and former deputy editor at TV Guide magazine, joined Parade four years ago as executive editor and took over the role of editor-in-chief two years ago.

In her letter to her staff, Kaplan praised Parade‘s growth in the years since she’s been in charge, highlighting its celebrity coverage, increase medical coverage, and high profile guest writers. She also talked about the magazine’s expansion into other platforms, including TV and the Web. “Leaving now, I extend my warm thanks to everyone who contributed to our many triumphs,” she said, adding: “I’m disappointed not to have the opportunity to continue this great run. But I wish all of you — and Parade — continued success.”

Read all of Kaplan’s note, after the jump

We have reached out to Parade for comment but have not yet heard back. We’ll keep you posted as the story develops.

Previously: Parade Names New Publisher

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Condé Nast Creates Fraud Hotline

4 times square.jpgThings seem to be looking up for Condé Nast in the New Year, and Si Newhouse wants to keep it that way.

In order to avoid an embarrassing computer hacking like the one that hit GQ and other titles last year, or some similar fraud, the magazine publisher has set up a 24-hour fraud tip hotline, Keith Kelly reports today.

In a memo sent to staff yesterday, CFO John Bellando explained that the hotline was intended to allow employees to report instances of any “release of proprietary information, accounting/audit irregularities, falsification of company records, theft of goods/services/cash,” and even “unauthorized discounts/payoffs.”

From the outside, it would seem like this sort of thing is rampant at Condé. If that’s the case, will this move help stem the tide? We’re also wondering if releasing Bellando’s memo to Kelly would be cause to call the hotline. In any case, don’t stop sending those tips our way!

Read more: Fraud crackdown shocks Condé NastiesNew York Post

Previously: Conde Nast Promotes Execs, Awards Top Publishers

What Is The Future Of Magazines On The iPad?

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Before Apple’s big tablet computer unveiling yesterday, all people in the magazine industry seemed to be talking about was “the tablet” and all the promises its full color touchscreen held for in store for declining newsstand sales and waning advertiser interest.

But, we were surprised to see that not one magazine was included in Steve Jobs‘ presentation yesterday. While publishers like Time Inc. and Bonnier had developed tablet concepts for what they thought Apple’s product was going to look like, it seems like no one was willing (or asked?) to make an iPad-ready app in three weeks like The New York Times did.

So today, we wonder, will there be magazine apps ready when iPad is ready for purchase later this year? What issues will publishers be facing as they rush to put out something in the coming months?

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Wall Street Journal Launches Travel Service

356008.jpgWe wonder how the Bancroft family would be feeling about this (if they weren’t too busy enjoying their $60 per share right now): News Corp.‘s Wall Street Journal has launched a travel service called WSJtravel, which will offer over 50 “premiere” travel packages to such exotic locations as Vietnam (for a study in local food), Tuscany (to stay in 1,0000-year-old castle and take seminars on books), and Napa Valley (to get wasted with class).

While we’ve been talking about Condé Nast possibly lending out its name for product licensing, it almost seems ingenious for The Wall Street Journal to pair with a travel agency and do it first. We’re happy to see media companies trying out new sources of revenue. And if it works, so much the better.

Full press release after the jump.

Previously: How To Lose Your Brand Identity And Influence Consumers: A Conde Story

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Condé Nast Promotes Execs, Awards Top Publishers

lou cona.jpgJust over three months after a massive restructuring, Condé Nast seems to be well on the way to recovery — if the announcement of three executive promotions and publishers’ awards doled out last night at an annual Florida meeting are any indication.

mittman.jpgToday, we learned of three promotions within the company. Lou Cona (pictured at right), senior VP of the Condé Nast Media Group, has been promoted to executive vice president of the group, while publishers Laura McEwan of Teen Vogue and Howard Mittman of Wired (at right) have been given the additional titles of vice president.

laura headshot[1].jpgWhat’s more CEO Charles Townsend also presented awards at an event last night during the company’s annual publishers’ trip to Key Largo, Fla. (The trip itself is proof of more optimistic times; last year’s publishers’ meeting took place in NYC.) Reports WWD:

“And in perhaps an indication, if not a wholehearted endorsement, of where the publishing world’s future lies, Townsend looked beyond the usual suspects for Publisher of the Year, giving the honor to Drew Schutte, chief revenue officer of Condé Nast Digital, who oversees such digital properties as newyorker.com, luckymag.com and glamour.com, which saw significant revenue growth over 2008. The Corporate Executive of the Year prize went to Robert Sauerberg, president of Condé Nast Consumer Marketing.”

Sauerberg has been working on the digital publishing consortium between several magazine publishers, including Condé, Hearst, Time Inc., Meredith and News Corp., and has been seeking other forms of revenue for the company, including licensing agreements.

After the jump, the official announcement from Condé Nast about the three promotions.

Conde Awards ReturnWWD

Previously: Condé Nast’s Dead Titles May See New Life In Licensing Deals, New Publisher Consortium Gets A Name

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Condé Nast’s Dead Titles May See New Life In Licensing Deals

gourmet2.jpgWhether its digital versions of its magazines or partnerships with e-commerce sites it’s clear Condé Nast is on the hunt for new sources of revenue.

Today’s report in Mediaweek adds that Condé may be taking it one step further in seeking a new life for its now-defunct titles, Cookie, Domino and Gourmet, in the form of things like branded kitchen appliances. In this respect, execs have been reportedly telling staffers to look to rival publisher Meredith Corp. for inspiration; the Midwestern company has been pumping out Better Homes & Gardens-branded products for years.

But, of course, don’t expect any products connected to Condé Nast brands to cheapen its namesake –that’s a fear Si Newhouse has always had, which has kept the publisher out of licensing deals before. Thoughtfully chosen, high-end partnerships are probably where this company will end up, much like last month’s tie-in with Vogue and e-commerce site Gilt Groupe. But even if Condé can squeeze some money out of its dead titles’ brand names, those products can’t make up for the magazines we miss so much.

Condé Nast’s Cultural ShiftMediaweek

Previously: Conde Keeps Gourmet Alive In App Form

Marie Claire Publisher Proves Dreams Do Come True

prar01_cardone212-1.jpgWhen Gourmet folded nearly four months ago, its staff, including publisher Nancy Berger Cardone, found themselves adrift among a sea of unemployed media workers.

Not long after, Cardone sat down for lunch with Hearst Magazine’s chief marketing officer, Michael Clinton. Although he had no job to offer her, Clinton asked Cardone which Hearst title she would work for if she had her pick. Her answer: Marie Claire.

“Maybe it was wishful thinking,” Cardone said last night, as Clinton and Hearst president Cathie Black celebrated Cardone’s appointment as the latest publisher of the fashion magazine in a small gathering on the 44th floor of the Hearst building. As luck would have it, not long after her lunch date with Clinton, Marie Claire‘s publisher Susan Plagemann departed for Vogue, joining the very company, Condé Nast, that had just cast Cardone aside. Clinton acted fast, and Cardone was installed as publisher there by December 7.

Still, Cardone had to suffer through a few weeks of unemployment, and she confessed to us that she frequently trolled the job boards at mediabistro.com. To paraphrase Us Weekly: publishers, they’re just like us!

Also last night, after a heartfelt welcome of Cardone to the Hearst family, Black, wearing a black shift dress with a fur wrapped around her shoulders, said, “If it seems like I’m overdressed, I am. I’m going to Lady Gaga!”

Previously: Gourmet Publisher Finds A Home At Marie Claire

Condé Nast Apps Premiere To High Numbers

condd2.jpgMaybe Si Newhouse won’t have to start licensing his magazine brand names’ to fashion lines after all: the results from the first sales of Condé Nast‘s digital applications are in, and they aren’t half bad.

GQ‘s “Man Of The Year” iPhone app has already made close to $20,000 since mid-November, and the entire January issue has been downloaded 12,000 times as of this writing. Considering that each issue/download goes for $2.99, that’s a promising amount of cash and a hint of the money to be made in digital downloads in the future.

Although, if you look at magazine applications as providing the same service as a full subscription (like the one you could buy on an e-reader), the question still remains if the consumers purchasing the product are the same people who would buy a physical GQ subscription anyway. In which case the company is actually losing money from their monthly newsstand costs. However, magazines never really survived on their newsstand sales anyway, relying mostly on advertising revenues, and it’s nice to see at least one revenue number on the rise.

“We threw a great idea at a new medium and it is sticking,” Condé Nast CEO Charles Townsend said.

Condé said they are now planning more content for the iPhone, and, although the single download price of a digital GQ will remain $2.99, repeat customers will be able to get it for $1.99, as “subscription offerings are being evaluated.”

Condé Nast is slowly but keenly tapping into the digital market, as evidenced by November’s launch of the late Gourmet magazine application. Condé’s actually found a way to isolate the market for the dead title’s new digital life. Now if only they could shutter all their magazines so people would have no choice but to by the application. Wait, what?

Press release after the jump.

Previously: Condé Keeps Gourmet Alive In App Form, How To Lose Your Brand Identity And Influence Consumers: A Condé Story, Condé Keeps Gourmet Alive In App Form

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Lucky Publisher Gina Sanders Picked To Lead Fairchild

PHOTO of Gina.jpgIt didn’t take long for Condé Nast to find a replacement for Richard Beckman. The magazine publisher has dipped into its own pool of publishers and picked Lucky publisher Gina Sanders to lead the Fairchild Fashion Group, which publishes Women’s Wear Daily.

Sanders joined Lucky in 2008 from Teen Vogue, where she was also publisher, during a major restructuring at Condé. She started her career at the publishing house more than 20 years ago, at House & Garden and went on to work at Details and Gourmet before Teen Vogue.

Sanders is replacing Beckman, who left the company last week to join newly formed media company e5 Global Media, starting on February 1.

Full release after the jump.

Previously: Breaking: Beckman Leaves Conde Nast

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New Sports Mag Caters to Professional Athletes

Mayweather_aq_200.jpgWhen we think about advertisers in today’s magazine climate, it’s usually with a cringe and a shake of the head. Times just aren’t what they used to be, and the revenue from ads is depleted with little hope of recovery in 2010.

Yet there is one way that publishers can still hope to finagle big dollars from advertisers, and that’s by catering their product to a niche market. At least that’s what Athlete’s Quarterly — a new sports magazine written by and for the people who actually play professional sports — is hoping.

Though the source of funding for AQ remains a mystery, former Condé Nast editor Michael Dolan has been tapped as the magazine’s editor, the premiere issue of which was sent to the homes of 22,000 pro athletes. Even with only three advertisers, Dolan claims the magazine is already in the black.

According to CNBC, “With a reader averaging in the $2 million salary range…there’s no shortage of high-end products to pitch in his magazine.” And with everyone else in the industry running in the opposite direction (towards a reader-based revenue model), AQ‘s reliance on its small, elite audience to bring in more advertisers almost seems like a novel idea. Let’s see if it works.

Read More: New Athletes Magazine Debuts –CNBC

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