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Time Inc. Buys American Express Publishing

Joe Ripp, Time Inc.’s new CEO, has made his first big move: Purchasing American Express Publishing and its five titles. As part of the deal, AmEx Publishing — the company behind DeparturesTravel + Leisure, Food & Wine, Executive Travel and Black Ink — will become a subsidiary of Time Inc.

As with any large buy, the Time Inc. acquisition was accompanied by a variety of statements that all sound the same. “American Express Publishing is home to the most desirable brands in the luxury space and we’re delighted they will become part of Time Inc.,” said Ripp. Ed Kelly, president and CEO of AmEx Publishing, added “This sale is a formula for success that will allow us to further develop our extraordinary brands, services and traditions.”

The deal is expected to be completed by the end of this year. Financial details weren’t disclosed. But feel free to guess.

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Departures Adds Shelter Supplement

Departures is getting into the shelter game with a new supplement, titled “Home & Design.” According to WWD, the mini-mag will be bagged with next May’s issue and sent to AmEx platinum and centurion card members.

Departures’ Home & Design is just the latest entry into the crowded luxury shelter publication market. There are plenty of them because high-end advertisers bring big bucks to spend on ad space.

If you want proof that Home & Design is going to succeed, here is what AmEx’s senior vice president and publishing director, Steven DeLuca, told WWD about the title:

There are shelter magazines, but no shelter magazines serving readers at our level. Two-thirds of our readers have two homes. A third of our readers have three homes or more.

Well, well, well! Aren’t they fancy? Their readers might have three houses, but we have an apartment so small you can cook your dinner in the kitchen while sitting on the couch in the living room. Top that.

Departures Names Fashion Director

According to WWD, Departures has named Amanda Ross its Fashion Director. Ross most recently worked as Fashion Director for W Hotels. At the chain — where she had been since 2010 — Ross was responsible for styling rooms and common areas, as well as overseeing the design of staff uniforms.

Previously Ross had been a stylist for Town & Country and a consultant for designers such as Dennis Basso and Julien MacDonald.

Departures’ Cover Features Never-Before-Seen Mick Jagger Photo

Departures knows that even though the Rolling Stones haven’t produced something worthwhile since the 1820s, the band still has a large following. Therefore it was an easy call to put a never-before-seen picture of Mick Jagger on the front of its May/June issue, the first time the title has ever featured a celebrity on the cover.

WWD reports that the photo of Jagger was taken in 1963 by Terry O’Neill. “The boys were in the dressing room waiting to go on, and Mick was wearing this fur-hooded parka and lurking around,” O’Neill explains. “I got this one straight portrait out of him before he started sticking his tongue out — I got that one, too. But back then newspapers and magazines wanted clean-cut young men in suits and mop-top haircuts.”

ublisher, Steve DeLuca, said he wasn’t sure if the magazine would do a celebrity cover again, but did admit it was “interesting to have a known person on the cover.”

Even DeLuca is kind of over the Stones.

New EIC at BlackBook

Joshua David Stein is joining BlackBook in February as editor-in-chief. He will assume editorial responsibility for the  BlackBook brand across web, mobile, and print. Formerly, Stein was senior editor at  Departures magazine and has previously worked at Gawker.

The Adweek Hot List Winners: Magazines

(Via Adweek)

On Friday FishbowlNY gave you a preview of a few winners in the Adweek Hot List, but before that we offered up our predictions on which magazines were going to be victorious.

Now that all the Hot List winners have been announced, let’s take a look at who won and who we picked, to see if we can brag or never predict anything, ever again.

General Interest

FishbowlNY Pick: The New Yorker
The Winner: Time

Entertainment/Celebrity

FishbowlNY Pick: People
The Winner: People

Travel

FishbowlNY Pick: Travel + Leisure
The Winner: Departures

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