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Boston Magazine Counters Rolling Stone‘s Boston Bomber Cover: ‘This Is The Real Face of Terror’ (TheWrap / MediaAlley)
Boston Magazine published never-before-seen photos of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Thursday in response to Rolling Stone‘s controversial cover that critics felt depicted the accused murderer as a rock star. The photos, supplied by Mass. state police sergeant Sean Murphy, were intended to show the “real face of terror.” In one, a bloodied Tsarnaev emerges from his boat hideout while a sniper rifle trains its laser sight on his head. Boston Magazine Sean Murphy: “As a professional law-enforcement officer of 25 years, I believe that the image that was portrayed by Rolling Stone magazine was an insult to any person who has ever worn a uniform of any color or any police organization or military branch, and the family members who have ever lost a loved one serving in the line of duty. The truth is that glamorizing the face of terror is not just insulting to the family members of those killed in the line of duty, it also could be an incentive to those who may be unstable to do something to get their face on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. The Atlantic Wire While Murphy’s photographs certainly put some distance between Tsarnaev and the audience, both physically and emotionally, they will, like nearly any photograph, depend on the interpretation of the viewer to complete their message. Rolling Stone‘s image’s normalcy is uncomfortable, but its eeriness speaks volumes. The new images depict a man, at a distance, defeated. But in them, he is also seen at his most vulnerable. CNN John Wolfson, Boston Magazine‘s editor-in-chief, said the magazine has hundreds of similar photos and will publish more in its September issue. Boston Globe / MetroDesk A state police spokesman said Thursday night that Murphy had been relieved of duty for one day and will be subject to an internal investigation. “His duty status will be determined at a hearing in the near future,” said spokesman David Procopio. “[Thursday’s] dissemination to Boston Magazine of photographs of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and police activity related to his capture was not authorized by the Massachusetts State Police,” Procopio said in a statement. Boston Magazine Just one day after the curtain was raised on the Rolling Stone cover featuring Tsarnaev, one day before it hit newsstands, there were several copies of the magazine selling on eBay for around $20.
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To quote Kramer, who wants to have some fun??? Because if you really want to have some fun, and you’re not just saying you want to have some fun, we have Condé Nast’s September numbers to share with you. The fun part comes in recognizing that it was a great September for the publishing house.
Five Condé brands — W, Bon Appétit, Allure, Teen Vogue and Glamour — posted their biggest September in five years. Each saw a double digit increase in ad pages compared to last year, with Glamour leading the way with 35 more than 2012; an 18 percent gain. Bon Appétit wasn’t too far behind, with 30 more pages than last Sepetmber, good for a 49 percent jump.
Vogue, of course, was the leader for Condé. Its 665 ad pages is only five more pages than last September, but no matter — the latest Vogue was good enough to be the second biggest issue in its 121-year history.
Townsend has been with Condé since 1994, when he joined as publisher of Glamour. He was named executive VP of the company the next year, and COO in 1999. Townsend has served as Condé’s CEO since 2004.
Prior to his time with Condé, Townsend was with The New York Times Company. From 1986 to 1994 he served as the president and CEO of the Times Company’s Women’s Magazine Publishing Division, which published Family Circle, McCall’s and more.
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.
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Rupert Murdoch Files for Divorce, Won’t Affect News Corp Split (Deadline Hollywood)
News Corp Chairman/CEO Rupert Murdoch filed for divorce from wife Wendi Deng Murdoch Thursday morning in New York State Supreme Court, Deadline learned at 9 a.m. The divorce will not impact Rupert’s mega-media holdings, according to insiders, and was deliberately announced for maximum transparency before News Corp spins off its publishing assets into a separately traded company by June 28. WSJ Nearly all of the Murdoch family’s voting stock — a block of 38.4 percent — is held through the Murdoch Family Trust, whose beneficiaries are Rupert’s six children. It is likely that a prenuptial agreement makes it impossible for Wendi to obtain voting shares in the company in the event of a divorce, an attorney familiar with New York laws said. The attorney added that a New York judge would probably not award her any stock in court, as New York courts generally don’t keep people as partners in business when they can’t stay partners in marriage. TVNewser The couple married in 1999, 17 days after Rupert’s divorce from his second wife was finalized. They have two daughters together: Grace, 11, and Chloe, 9. Wendi, who is the chief of strategy for MySpace in China, famously slapped a man who attempted to attack Rupert during his testimony in front of a British Parliament committee about phone-hacking at his London newspapers. NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer For years, it seemed apparent to Rupert’s lieutenants that he was living a separate life from Wendi and was OK with it. Wendi, for her part, seemed happy, too. Wendi reinvented herself as an alpha mom and Hollywood personality, striking up friendships with a diverse circle that included Sergey Brin and Nicole Kidman. THR A spokesperson for former British prime minister Tony Blair flatly denied media rumors that Wendi was romantically involved with him. FishbowlNY Is a new, future ex-Mrs. Murdoch just around the corner? Read more
Let’s start things off today with a good old fashioned media rumor. Media rumors are different than say, those about celebrities or politics, because media rumors involve just as much speculation, but they’re about someone/something that 97.3 percent of the world doesn’t give a shit about. But hey, we’re a media blog, so here we go: WWD is reporting that Connie Anne Phillips — the former Vogue veteran — might return to Condé Nast.
Apparently Phillips is considering going back because she’s uncertain about the direction of Time Inc., as it prepares to be spun off from Time Warner. The chatter has Phillips, most recently the publisher of InStyle, likely landing at Glamour. In this scenario, Bill Wackermann would be shuffled to some sort of marketing services role.
The main obstacle to Phillips’ return to Condé (if it’s even true that she wants to go back) is her contract with Time Inc., which prohibits her from signing with a competitor for an unknown period. But please, don’t let this stop the rumors.
Jamie Pallot is departing Vanity Fair after two years serving as its executive director of multimedia projects. Pallot had been with Condé Nast for over a decade. During that time he occupied various editorial roles, including editorial director of Condé Nast Digital.
Pallot told WWD that he was leaving because he wanted to begin some new projects. But for now, he said, “There’s a summer house in Sagaponack that’s calling my name.”
Must be nice.
Condé Nast is cutting ties with communications head Patricia Steele. Steele — who had been with the company since late 2011 — was informed the company was letting her go by Patricia Röckenwagner, who joined the company last month.
Steele had served as senior vice president of corporate communications for Condé. According to WWD, her departure is a direct result of a restructuring that was implemented by Jill Bright, the company’s chief administrative officer.
There is no word on if Steele will be replaced, or if Röckenwagner will simply take over her duties.
Condé Nast already has digital video channels for GQ and Glamour, so if you’re a fan of those, we have good news for you: There’s more on their way. WWD reports that channels for Vogue and Wired will launch in the next couple weeks; Vanity Fair’s will debut in June; and by the end of the year, Teen Vogue, epicurious.com and style.com will have their own channels.
The new channels will be much like GQ and Glamour’s, in that they’ll try to emulate TV:
Vogue’s digital channel, to debut shortly after the Costume Institute Gala on Monday, will in all feature ten non-scripted Web series, including behind the scenes footage of events like the Met Ball; a cooking series with the model Elettra Wiedemann; a documentary-style chronicle of designers competing for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund — it is called ‘The Fund’ — and ‘Vogue Jeanius,’ a series on denim trends. Programming on Wired includes ‘Codefellas,’ an animated scripted series and ‘The Window,’ about engineering stories.
Everyone will tell you that the future of the web is video, so this is a smart move by Condé. As with anything though, if the content isn’t good, people won’t care. That’s going to be the challenge: Presenting quality programming. That’s easier said than done, as you can see by checking the cable listings. Lord knows we don’t need another Married to Medicine.
The great Anna Wintour has now been artistic director of Condé Nast for almost a week. When we learned that she was taking on the new role at the publishing house, our first thought was “What the hell does an artistic director even do?” Turns out no one really knows, and that’s unlikely to change anytime soon.
In her first comments to Condé staffers since becoming artistic director, WWD reports that Wintour didn’t shed any light on her new position. She gave boring, brief and general comments about her status, only offering that she would “help editors with their jobs.” The editors surely loved hearing that.
One person who was at the meeting was excited, claiming that ”She’s a good person to have in our corner.” Another, perhaps more accurately, said Wintour’s artistic director title means “She’ll do what she always does, which is what she wants to do.”