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Scott Havens Departs The Atlantic for Time Inc.

Scott Havens, president of The Atlantic, is leaving to join Time Inc. as senior vice president of digital. Havens had been with The Atlantic since 2009; he was named president of the magazine in 2012.

In memo to staffers, Atlantic Media’s CEO David Bradley said that the move came as a surprise, but Havens was more than qualified to take on the Time Inc. role. “He [Havens] is a remarkable media talent and a deeply fine man,” wrote Bradley. “Further, he leaves The Atlantic in what we believe to be, at least financially, the publication’s high water mark in 157 years… Scott is a gifted man, cut from that very cloth Henry Luce intended for his legendary organization.”

Todd Larsen, Time Inc’s executive VP, agreed with Bradley’s sentiment. Larsen proclaimed that Havens was the “ideal executive for this role” in a note to Time Inc. staffers.

Havens starts at Time Inc. on March 31.

You can read both Bradley and Larsen’s full notes below.

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Justin Smith Named Bloomberg Media CEO

Justin Smith, often credited with saving The Atlantic, is departing the company to become the new CEO of Bloomberg Media Group. Smith had been with Atlantic Media since 2007; serving as president since 2010.

In a lengthy “Letter of Appreciation,” sent to staffers, David Bradley, chairman of Atlantic Media, heaped praise upon Smith:

In my frame, Atlantic Media was earning its doctoral degree in modern media from one of modern media’s master practitioners. What Justin believed, he taught, and, as with Michael again, Justin’s beliefs were fierce: That the revolution underway in media is more radical than we—the industry—appreciate. That the contest between legacy and insurgent players is mortal, with advantage to the insurgents. That surviving legacy properties will have had to learn the disciplines of the insurgents—and that they can. That velocity is first among the virtues. That the speed of change is unprecedented. That ideas have their season but not more. From search to social media to native advertising to the next advantage. And, that Atlantic Media could and would and has leapt to the frontier.

At Bloomberg, Smith will be succeeding Andrew Lack, who had served as Bloomberg Media’s CEO since 2008. Lack will become chairman of Bloomberg Media Group.

Below is Bradley’s full note.

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Changes At Atlantic Media: Research Co. Sold, Justin Smith Named President

SmithJustin.jpgDavid Bradley, the chairman of Atlantic Media Co., announced some big changes to his Washington, D.C.-based company today.

Emphasizing his focus on media, Bradley announced that he is selling his stake in the investor research firm he founded in 2008, Potomac Research Group. Bradley is passing PRG to Suzanne Clark, who has been serving as president of Atlantic Media’s National Journal for three years. Clark, who founded PRG with Bradley, will become the company’s CEO next month.

“Only the chance to grow my own company could influence me to leave my exceptional colleagues at Atlantic Media,” Clark said. “I am exceedingly grateful to David for providing this unique entrepreneurial opportunity.”

Justin Smith, previously the president of Atlantic Consumer Media overseeing The Atlantic and its related entities, will now be taking on Clark’s responsibilities as well as president of Atlantic Media. Explained the company:

“Smith will now add to his responsibilities oversight of the National Journal and Government Executive Groups — including the industry-leading National Journal, CongressDaily, The Hotline and Government Executive publications.”

Full release announcing Smith’s promotion, after the jump

Previously: Atlantic Media Scoops Up Reuters.com Editor For Digital Project

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Atlantic Wire Launches With (Media) Star-Studded Fete

atlantic wire 1.jpgAll of the (op-ed) stars were out last night to celebrate the launch of Atlantic Wire, the opinion aggregating sister site to TheAtlantic.com.

Writers for The Atlantic and TheAtlantic.com like Corby Kummer, Marc Ambinder, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Megan McArdle sipped champagne or checked out the incredible view from the balcony at The Glass Houses on the top floor of the Chelsea Arts Tower, as slides of the Atlantic 50 streamed above the bar.

Atlantic Consumer Media chair David Bradley, president Justin Smith and editor James Bennet later said a few words for the crowd, which included The New York Times‘s Frank Rich and David Carr, Rachel Sklar and Glynnis MacNicol from Mediaite.com and AOL DailyFinance‘s Jeff Bercovici.

“We like to fight with each other,” Bennet said of the impetus behind launching Atlantic Wire, which gathers some of the best opinions on the biggest topics of the day in one place.

Bradley, who leads arguably one of the few media companies that is growing despite the recession, offered some advice to would-be media moguls. “Before you own a media company, you should own a company that does well,” he said, noting how his previous experience in business allowed him to effectively operate Atlantic Consumer Media.

Well he certainly knows how to put on a party.

More photos after the jump

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Michael Kelly Award Finalists Announced

mkaward09.pngThe Atlantic Media company has announced the finalists for the 2009 Michael Kelly award. The award was created by Atlantic chairman David Bradley in honor Michael Kelly who had held positions as editor of both The Atlantic and National Journal and was killed in 2003 while covering the war in Iraq.

The prize awards “a journalist whose work exemplifies the fearless pursuit and expression of truth that animated Kelly’s own career.” The finalists this year include reporters from the Seattle Times, The New York Times, Fast Company, and Vanity Fair. Full release and further details after the jump.

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The Atlantic Celebrates Gwen Ifill’s The Breakthrough

100_3615.JPGLast night at his home Atlantic publisher David Bradley hosted a well-attended party to celebrate the publication of Gwen Ifill‘s new book The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the age of Obama. Spotted among the D.C. heavy-hitters in attendence were David Brooks, Jim Lehrer, David Broder, Judy Woodruff, Tom Brokaw, and (time-less) Maureen Dowd.

Ifill, whose brother, sister, and pastor were all in attendance, remarked that when it came to the book “timing was everything.” When she had first taken the idea to her publishers their first reaction was “‘A black president? Yeah, whatever…’” And with regards to the controversy that surrounded her book after it was announced she would moderate the Vice_Presidential debate: “Of course, there was the moment when everyone decided they knew what the book was about before I had even finished writing it. I thought, ‘Well that’s fine. Truth will out. I will just survive it.’ And I did.”

Little bit of trivia: The Bradley’s home is located on Embassy Row and despite rumors floating around that it had once belonged to the Cuban Embassy, however host Katherine Bradley told us that its former occupant was in fact the last U.S. ambassador to Cuba. More pics after the jump.

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Justin Smith Leaves Week For Atlantic

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Smith, left, with cyberhostess Laurel, right

Just in: the guy who once bought us a $60 burger is leaving our favorite newsweekly, The Week, for David Bradley‘s Atlantic Media ship:

David Bradley, chairman of Atlantic Media Company, announced today the appointment of Justin B. Smith as President of Consumer Media. Smith, former president of Dennis Publishing’s The Week, will join Atlantic Media’s executive team in September. As President of Consumer Media, Smith will oversee all aspects of Atlantic Media’s existing consumer properties, which include The Atlantic magazine, TheAtlantic.com, Atlantic Live, and the company’s investment in 02138 magazine, and 02318mag.com.

And Dennis’ counter:

Justin Smith, President of The Week, announced his departure this week. General Manager and seasoned Dennis Publishing executive Steven Kotok will take the helm.

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