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Billboard Adds Chart-Topping Staffers

BillboardLogoThe sweeping hand of Janice Min is at it again. In a memo to staff, the Guggenheim Media Entertainment Group co-president and chief creative officer announced an impressive roster of Billboard hires.

Starting today, Rob Hewitt is the publication’s new design director. He comes to Billboard after three years with Conde Nast Traveler. Hewitt once worked with Min at InStyle and has also held positions at Premiere, GQ and New York magazine.

Joining Hewitt as Billboard art director is Frank Augugliaro, previously with Esquire, alongside several recognizable new reporter and editor names. It’s great for example to see Frank DiGiacomo back in the front-line entertainment journalism mix.

Full memo after the jump.

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Revamped Condé Nast Traveler Debuts

In the past, anyone could describe a typical Condé Nast Traveler cover. The magazine pretty much always went with a large photograph of some exotic location that you’ll never visit, along with a model enjoying the scenery. That’s why FishbowlNY loves the March issue of Traveler so much — it’s different.

The latest Traveler features a bold, up close shot of Christy Turlington Burns donning sunglasses. The exotic location we’ve all come to expect from the front of Traveler has been reduced to a mere reflection in Turlington Burns’ shades.

The cover of Traveler isn’t the only thing to get an overhaul. Pilar Guzmán, editor-in-chief of the magazine, pointed out that staffers have used the past few months to “poke holes in every section and to question whether what we cover and how we cover it delivers on our twin promises of inspiration and service.”

We haven’t seen the inside of Traveler yet, but we definitely think they nailed the cover.

Report: Condé Nast Traveler Tweaks ‘Truth in Travel’ Guidelines

CondeNastTravelerDec2013Good little scooplet from Jason Clampet at skift.com.

According to Clampet, Condé Nast Traveler has expanded the guidelines for writers and editors who take assignment trips. The guidelines, famously formulated by ex-EIC Klara Glowczewska and publicly spelled out under the banner “Truth in Travel,” will now apparently make room for staffers/contributors who are able to obtain a preferential discount:

Editors at the magazine recently informed contributors that they may request media rates from travel providers while writing stories for the magazine. Representatives of the magazine did not respond to request for comment…

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Traveler Lays Off 17 | NJ Paper Avoids Shutdown | Tribune Co. to Cut $100M


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Traveler Layoffs Reach 17 as Condé Nast Title Adopts A Softer Focus (Capital New York)
Fourteen Condé Nast Traveler employees were laid off Wednesday, bringing the total number of staffers cut under new editor-in-chief Pilar Guzmán to 17, a source familiar with the matter told Capital. NY Post Guzmán is said to have handed walking papers to executive editor Kevin Doyle and senior editors Alison Humes and Dinda Elliott, the daughter of the late famed Newsweek editor Osborne Elliot. Guzmán, raided from Martha Stewart Living, where she was the editor-in-chief, started shaking things up within days of her arrival at Condé. WWD / Memo Pad Since its inception, Traveler’s commitment to serious travel journalism was embodied in the logo coined by founding editor Harry Evans, “Truth in Travel.” The layoffs suggest that credo may too be discarded, or at least, take on a whole new meaning. FishbowlNY Dropping Doyle, Humes and Elliott might help Guzmán shape Traveler to her liking, but anyone who has been following Condé drama lately knows that these moves must’ve been approved by Anna Wintour. Wintour has been overseeing more cuts than a Jo-Ann Fabric scrapbooking class. Bloomberg “This is part of a broader restructuring effort that will shift the focus on more of a lifestyle lens and the growing digital business,” said Sarina Sanandaji, a spokeswoman for the magazine. The magazine is likely to replace some of the positions, she said.

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Cover Battle: Condé Nast Traveler or Elle

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s Cover Battle. This week we have Condé Nast Traveler taking on Elle. We love the splash of red on Traveler’s October cover. We also like to imagine that this pose is standard for most people in Paris. Seems about right.

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Condé Nast Traveler Cuts Exec Editor and Two Senior Editors

Pilar Guzmán continues to remake Condé Nast Traveler to fit her vision. The downside of that is when you don’t suit that new version, you’re shown the door. According to The New York Post the latest staffers to find the exit are executive editor Kevin Doyle and senior editors Alison Humes and Dinda Elliott.

This is the second round of big cuts to hit Traveler. Earlier this month, Guzmán parted ways with managing editor Dee Aldrich, photo editor Kathleen Klech and Mike ConnollyTraveler’s style director.

Dropping Doyle, Humes and Elliott might help Guzmán shape Traveler to her liking, but anyone who has been following Condé drama lately knows that these moves must’ve been approved by Anna Wintour. Wintour has been overseeing more cuts than a Jo-Ann Fabric scrapbooking class.

Pilar Guzmán Brings Changes to Condé Nast Traveler

Pilar Guzmán has only been editor-in-chief of Condé Nast Traveler for a little over a week, but she’s already making her mark on the glossy. On Friday, she dismissed longtime managing editor Dee Aldrich and veteran photo editor Kathleen Klech. The New York Post is reporting that  Guzmán dropped Mike Connolly, Traveler’s style director, as well.

With three staffers gone, Guzmán turned to her old haunt — Martha Stewart Living — for new blood. Guzmán has hired Yolanda Edwards to be Traveler’s creative director.

What can readers expect from Traveler going forward? Guzmán told the Post that “We want to see more joy on the pages.” Traveler subscribers should prepare for whatever the hell that means.

Anna Wintour: Editor Assassin

Editors at underperforming Condé Nast magazines beware: Anna Wintour is coming for you. WWD reports that when Condé Nast Traveler staffers gathered to hear that Klara Glowczewska — the longtime editor of the magazine — had been fired, many noted Wintour’s presence in the room. Glowczewska was the second editor fired since Wintour was named artistic director, signaling that she’s not afraid to pull the trigger when people aren’t getting it done.

Thomas Wallace, Condé’s editorial director, was at the meeting as well. He said Glowczewska was fired because Traveler hadn’t recovered from the recession like other brands had, and that meant “Something needed to change.” Wintour was a pivotal part of that decision. “Anna’s not afraid to make changes,” a source told WWD. “She made [Charles Townsend and Bob Sauerberg] comfortable that it was OK, that she could find the right people to take over.”

Wintour signed off on Pilar Guzmán, who understands Wintour’s quickness with the ax. “Anna in her new role brings her incredible expertise, visual and editorial and incredible sensibility,” Guzmán said. That’s some incredibly smart ass kissing.

Pilar Guzmán Named Editor of Condé Nast Traveler

Pilar Guzmán has been named editor-in-chief of Condé Nast Traveler. Guzmán comes to the magazine from Martha Stewart Living, where she had been VP and editor since 2011.

Prior to her time at Martha Stewart Living, Guzmán was the founding editor of Cookie. She has also worked at Real Simple and One. She began her career at the Daily News.

“We are so excited to welcome Pilar back to Condé Nast to run one of our most iconic brands,” said Bob Sauerberg, president of Condé Nast. “With her charismatic style, digital savvy and exceptional taste, she has a unique sensibility for what resonates with audiences. We look forward to seeing her imprint on Condé Nast Traveler’s prized editorial content.”

Guzmán joins Traveler September 3. She is succeeding Klara Glowczewska, who is leaving Condé.

Nathan Lump Joins Condé Nast Traveler

Nathan Lump has joined Condé Nast Traveler as brand development director, a new role at the magazine. Lump comes to Traveler from JWT, where he served as director of content strategy.

Prior to his time at JWT, Lump was an editor at T: The New York Times Style Magazine. This is Lump’s second stint with Traveler, as he worked for the magazine years ago.

“I am pleased to welcome Nathan back to Condé Nast Traveler,” said Klara Glowczewska, Traveler’s editor-in-chief, in a statement. “His passion for travel, digital savvy, and expertise with creative brand development makes him an ideal fit for this new role.”

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