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Spin Launches Licensing Store

image001spin.jpgLast week it was widely reported that Condé Nast was considering lending its name to branding, which would allow some designers to slap the name Vogue on their purses and handbags. A quick way to make cash, sure, but how good is it for the integrity of your magazine?

Spin, the 25-year old music mag, doesn’t have such moral dilemmas: today it announced the launch of an official Spin Licensing store, which will sell over 3,000 images from its archives. Looking forward, Spin hopes to do the same to their video content as well, including private performances in the Spin studios. Hey, it’s better than coming out with a Guitar Hero: Spin edition.

Full press release after the jump.

Previously: Conde Titles Launch Partnerships With E-Commerce Sites

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Condé Nast Promises $10K A Quarter For Innovative Ideas

4 times square.jpgIt’s a sign of the times when a once-juggernaut media company becomes desperate enough to start handing out lottery-winning sums for whatever ideas can get them out of this rut. Well, it’s better than just throwing what little money you have left into a giant bonfire at least.

Condé Nast, which took some tough hits in 2009 (along with most other magazine publishers), is now trying to raise employee morale — and trying to find its golden goose — by offering $10,000 every quarter to the staff member who comes up with the best idea for improving the company, The New York Observer reports. We’d suggest that $40K a year could pay for an outside consultant, but that’s so 2009.

The new Si Newhouse is all about being warm and accepting, as evidenced by last week’s Observer profile of the nicer, humbler, Chuck Townsend, Condé’s CEO. So get to work, Condé employees; there’s $10,000 up for grabs.

Read more: The $10K Contest at Conde Nast: Help the Company!New York Observer

Previously: Condé Nast Hires Consulting Co. For “Realignment”, Conde Nast’s Positive Outlook

Former WWD Publisher To Launch Specialty Retailer Trade

specialty insider.jpgOn the day that we learn that Richard Beckman, the CEO of Women’s Wear Daily publisher Fairchild Publications, is stepping down, comes news that former WWD group publisher Ralph Erardy has started his own media company and is preparing to launch a retailer trade magazine of his own by the end of the month.

Just over a year since Erardy was let go from Fairchild in a shake-up at the Condé Nast-owned trade publisher, he has launched Insider Communications Group and plans to debut his new pub, Specialty Insider magazine, on January 25.

Erardy said he’s drawing on the talent of people he worked with previously at WWD, whose jobs were also eliminated in the past year, to launch the quarterly. But why now?

“Launching a new magazine that fills a critical gap in the market fulfills a long-standing goal to provide a much-needed guide that responds directly to my ongoing conversations with specialty retailers and advertisers,” Erardy says in an open letter. “Specialty Insider is a unique publication that empowers both buyers and sellers to improve their businesses.”

And just in case you thought Erardy could use the opportunity of Beckman’s departure to target his former pub’s audience, he told Folio that Specialty Insider would not be directly competing with WWD: “It wouldn’t be wise to compete with WWD. No one does retail news better so we’re not going in that direction. Specialty Insider will focus on retailers surviving the fashion industry at retail.”

Read more: Former WWD Group Publisher To Launch Retailer Trade TitleFolio

Erardy’s Open Letter

Breaking: Beckman Leaves Condé Nast

beckman.jpgIt’s official: Richard Beckman, chief executive of Women’s Wear Daily publisher Fairchild Fashion Group resigned this morning. He is leaving the Condé Nast division to become CEO of e5 Global Media, a recently created media company that purchased The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, MediaWeek and AdWeek from Nielsen last month, in a move first reported by The New York Post.

Beckman moved from his position as president of the Condé Nast Media Group to Fairchild last March, a move that was seen by many in the industry as a demotion. Condé Nast has yet to name a replacement.

Update: The Hollywood Reporter writes today about the new CEO of its parent company: “Beckman said his career and passion have focused on music, entertainment and media, ‘making this collection of brands particularly alluring to me.’ He added: ‘I look forward to developing these valuable brands and improving and extending them in the years to come.’”

Read more: Beckman Resigns as Fairchild CEOWWD

Conde rainmaker Richard Beckman eyes exitNew York Post

Previously: Richard Beckman Named President, CEO of Fairchild, Investor Group Buys Eight Nielsen Brands

Self Hires Digital Director

selfmag.jpgThis week being the first week of the New Year, the hiring news sets the stage for things to come. And so far this year, we’ve seen publications’ Web sites Newsweek.com and RealSimple.com create new positions to head up their digital efforts. Could this be a trend for 2010?

Today, we have news of yet another digital appointment: Self has named Kristen Schultz Dollard digital director of the magazine, where she’ll oversee the Self.com team and any integrated digital and online editorial partnerships and promotions.

Dollard joins the Condé Nast fitness title from Rodale, where she served as digital editorial director for Rodale International. She has previously works as the editor of iyogalife.com and YogaLife magazine, and helped launch Womens’ Health magazine. She’s also a certified yoga instructor and co-authored the upcoming book The Yoga Body Diet.

Full release after the jump

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Glamour Continues In Plus-Sized Trend

crystal2.jpgWhile Glamour may have come out with several plus-sized spreads, it also incited some controversy over not having their bigger models wearing any clothes. (>Update: the November shoot was a reenactment of the famed Herb Ritts photo of naked supermodels.) It was really V magazine‘s recent plus-sized issue that garnered praise for utilizing its models to the fullest extent, even when yes…a lot of their larger babes weren’t wearing shirts either.

Today Glamour tries to take back their title continues its trend as the most size-friendly fashion magazine by scooping a little of V‘s glory: the Condé Nast title’s newest issue features a spread with plus-size model Crystal Renn, most recently seen in V‘s “Who Wears It Better” spread, where she was photographed by Vice photographer Terry Richardson.

While we applaud Glamour‘s consistent use of a plus-sized woman in its pages, we’d love to see more of the other models out there besides Renn. We’re sure there’s plenty.

More pics from the shoot, below.

Read More: You’d Look Even Better Naked: Crystal Renn Shows Us How To Wear The New NudesGlamour

Previously: V Magazine Navigates Minefield Of Plus-Sized Models, V Magazine Saves Its Plus-Sized Issue With Actual Plus-Sized Models

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

vogue222.jpgAccording to an unnamed source at Condé Nast, today’s New York Observer reports, head-honcho Si Newhouse is “against anything that he feels takes the focus away from the printed magazine brand. That’s why he used to be so against digital.”

But today’s story wasn’t about how Newhouse has mended his ways to incorporate Condé Nast Digital into his magazines’ 10-year plan. Instead, the quote serves to reinforce how anti-Newhouse the idea of marketing the Condé brand for licensing purposes is. But it’s been a tough two years for the company and a lot of concessions have had to be made: we may not be so far off from a reality where Gourmet gets a second life in the form of cookbooks and baking supplies.

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Annie Leibovitz Unloads Debt With Tiger Woods Pic

222tiger.jpgYesterday we made mention of Vanity Fair‘s shirtless Tiger Woods cover, with the photo taken by famed VF photographer Annie Leibovitz.

Besides shooting Miley Cyrus without a shirt on, Leibovitz’s biggest scandal last year was the news of her mounting debt, some of which has been apparently relieved by selling seven of these pre-scandal pics of the golf star to the Condé Nast title. Tiger’s camp still has yet to issue a statement on the sexy pics, or the accompanying article by Friday Night Lights author Buzz Bissinger, who didn’t hesitate in re-structuring his interview with Woods to include the star’s off-color jokes like, “He rubbed the tips of his shoes together and then asked the women, ‘What’s this?’ They were stumped. ‘It’s a black guy taking off his condom.’”

Read More: Tiger Shoots Green For Annie –Page Six

Previously: Sexy Tiger Photos Grace Vanity Fair Cover

Dow Jones Combines Journal, Newswire Operations

dowjones.jpgDow Jones & Co., the News Corp.-owned publisher of The Wall Street Journal, yesterday announced plans to merge its two biggest business units: its consumer and enterprise operations.

The restructuring combines the company’s consumer arm — which includes the Journal, MarketWatch and Barron’s — with its newswire and Factiva businesses. The move also includes an executive shakeup, with CFO Stephen Daintith taking on the role of chief operating officer of the company and Todd Larsen, COO of the Consumer Media Group, becoming president. Clare Hart, president of the Enterprise Media Group, is leaving the company where she has worked for more than 25 years.

Dow Jones CEO Les Hinton said the move was all about streamlining operations. “This structure will provide the focus to make us faster and better than our rivals at identifying and meeting customer needs,” he said in a statement.

Dow Jones also has a third business unit, the Local Media Group, which will continue to operate independently after the combination of the other two groups is completed.

Although the Journal had a banner year in 2009, becoming the number one paper in the U.S. based on circulation, it has not been immune from cuts, including the closure of its Boston bureau. In November, news surfaced that Dow Jones had hired consultancy McKinsey & Co., known for its brutal slashing of media companies like Condé Nast. Could this restructuring be a result of McKinsey’s influence?

Update: Our sister blog PRNewser reports that a Dow Jones spokesperson said the reorganization will have “no effect” on editorial staffing at the company.

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Previously: Dow Jones Taps McKinsey & Co.

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Condé Nast Plans Men’s Wear Trade

dnr cover.jpgAs we mentioned last week, on New Year’s Eve Mediaweek reported on rumors that Condé Nast‘s Fairchild Fashion Group, which publishes Women’s Wear Daily, is working on a trade publication that will focus on the men’s wear market.

This report adds intel that the publication is set to launch in June, and it will be led by WWD‘s editor Ed Nardoza and publisher Marc Berger, the former Men’s Vogue publisher who was brought on as publisher of Footwear News, another Fairchild trade pub, in June.

Mediaweek was also unclear how the new magazine would differ from DNR, which Condé folded into WWD just over a year ago. If it turns out to be a weekly, the new pub will likely be the same as the shuttered 115-year-old trade magazine, but if it turns out to be a monthly, it will look more like Menswear, DNR‘s sister pub that also closed up shop in 2008.

Read more: Condé Nast to Launch Fashion Trade PubMediaweek

Previously: Year-end Condé Nast News

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