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Same Size, Different Look: Jet Magazine Unveils Full Makeover

We included a size reference in the headline because evidently that aspect of Jet magazine is a big deal to loyal readers. From a New York Times report by Tanzina Vega:

One thing that won’t change, however, is the magazine’s unusual size — 5⅛ inches by 7⅜ inches. [Johnson Publishing chief executive Desirée] Rogers said the magazine enlisted the opinions of focus groups around the country for ideas on the makeover. “The one thing we kept hearing was, ‘Don’t change my size,’ ” she said.

The revamped August 12 Jet issue (pictured) comes on the heels of a very successful 2012 online revamp of sister publication Ebony. That followed a print redesign and in the wake of those separate changes, traffic at ebony.com has increased six-fold since July of last year.

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All Sections of Ebony are Open to Pitches

Historically, most journalists writing for Ebony have been black, but it’s not a requirement to score a byline. The pub has recently run stories by writers who aren’t black, and also hopes to reach beyond the black community by tackling key issues from a wide variety of viewpoints.

The magazine is enjoying the fruits of a well-executed redesign spearheaded by editor-in-chief Amy DuBois Barnett, who works with CEO Desiree Rogers and Chairman Linda Johnson Rice. Barnett told NPR she’s working to balance fashion, entertainment and news that is empowering “and also still very rooted in the coverage of social issues and political issues that Ebony has always done so well.”

Bonus? Over 50 percent of the pub is written by freelancers. Find out how you can win over the editors in How To Pitch: Ebony. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

All Sections of Ebony are Open to Pitches

Historically, most journalists writing for Ebony have been black, but it’s not a requirement to score a byline. The pub has recently run stories by writers who aren’t black, and also hopes to reach beyond the black community by tackling key issues from a wide variety of viewpoints.

The magazine is enjoying the fruits of a well-executed redesign spearheaded by editor-in-chief Amy DuBois Barnett, who works with CEO Desiree Rogers and Chairman Linda Johnson Rice. Barnett told NPR she’s working to balance fashion, entertainment and news that is empowering “and also still very rooted in the coverage of social issues and political issues that Ebony has always done so well.”

Bonus? Over 50 percent of the pub is written by freelancers. Find out how you can win over the editors in How To Pitch: Ebony. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

Donald Trump, Star Jones, Wendy Williams, Plus Dish on the New Dark Shadows Movie

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Who knew there was a pre-Easter rush? Michael’s dining room was jam packed today with moguls (Donald Trump!), fashion mavens (Rachel Roy, Fern Mallis) and talking heads (Star Jones, Wendy Williams and Joe Kernen) before the town car set jets off to Florida and other more exotic ports of call for the holiday. We arrived early so as not to miss a minute of the mixing and mingling of the power lunch scene and were glad we did. Trump made quite an entrance with his bodyguard in tow. The last time we spotted anyone with protection stationed inside the restaurant was when Elton John met with some bigwigs at Table One several years back. Life can be so complicated when you have money.

I was joined today by Kathryn Leigh Scott, who starred in one of my favorite television shows of all time, Dark Shadows. If you grew up in the 60′s, then you — or someone you knew – probably ran home after school in time to catch the iconic gothic soap opera which aired on WABC at 4 o’clock in the afternoon. Kathryn played Maggie Evans and Josette DuPres who was the ill-fated lady love of Barnabas Collins, one of television’s most famous vampires memorably depicted by Jonathan Frid. She also starred opposite Jonathan in the hit MGM film House of Dark Shadows (soon to be re-released on DVD and BlueRay).

Well, everything old is new again and next month Tim Burton‘s big screen homage to the show, Dark Shadows, starring super fan Johnny Depp hits theaters May 11. Kathryn, Jonathan as well as her former castmates Lara Parker (the original Angelique) and David Selby (Quentin Collins) have cameos in the film. “Lara and I plan to walk the red carpet together at the Los Angeles premiere wearing age-appropriate gowns and have a glass of champagne. This is really something to celebrate,” said Kathryn who has high hopes for the film. “It has all the elements the show had (fantasy, horror, romance and comedy), but it’s their playground with their own spin on things.”

Kathryn Leigh Scott and Diane Clehane
Kathryn Leigh Scott and Diane Clehane

The timing of the film couldn’t be better for Kathryn’s new book, Dark Shadows Return to Collinwood which has just come out to rave reviews. Designed by Cheryl Carrington, the book contains hundreds of rare photos from the show, as well as stunning images from the new film.

Kathryn told me she is “so grateful to Warner Brothers and to Tim Burton and Johnny Depp” for their “huge trust in me.”  The movie studio released the images from the film to her before they’d finished their own trailer or movie poster and did not ask for approval over their usage. The photos of Depp in full Barnabas regalia standing alongside the original cast members is really something to see, and Kathryn’s behind the scenes account of the experience of being in Burton’s film make the book a must-have for fans both old and new.

Over 200 fans turned out last night at Barnes & Noble on 86th Street to meet Kathryn, get their books signed, and talk about the show and the upcoming film.  They also got a surprise gift of posters from the new movie provided by Warner Brothers. “It was wonderful because it was a real mix of people,” she told me. “There were young fans who were excited to learn more about the show, and there were some of the longtime fans who were children when they stood outside the stage door of the show here in New York in the 60s. The legacy of Dark Shadows lives on!”

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

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Stephen Gregory Barr To Serve As Group Publisher/SVP Of Ebony And Jet

Johnson Publishing Company has turned to print industry veteran Stephen Gregory Barr to fill the post of SVP and group publisher at Ebony and Jet magazines.  Barr will oversee development and execution of the publishing department’s editorial agenda and act as a key player in the sale of print, digital, and sponsorship material related to Ebony and Jet.  JPC CEO Desiree Rogers is optimistic that Barr will be a valuable addition to the company.

Bringing Stephen on at this time is part of our overall strategy to continue to build the strength of Ebony and Jet as the most influential titles in the urban market place. Barr’s proven track record of building value for both consumers of and advertisers in print will bolster the team of top-in-class publishing professionals that we have named at JPC in recent months.

Prior to joining JPC, Barr was publisher of OK! magazine and also held publishing titles at VIVmag and InStyle magazine group.  He worked in sales and advertising roles at former Rodale title Backpacker, Esquire, the Elle magazine group, and National Geographic Traveler. Barr will begin work in his new position on Feb. 21 and report to Rogers at JPC’s New York offices.

Mira Lowe Steps Down As Jet Editor-In-Chief

After becoming the magazine’s first female editor-in-chief last April, Mira Lowe has announced her resignation from her post at Jet.  minOnline’s Steve Cohn reports that Lowe spoke to the Maynard Institute and claimed that she will move on to “pursue some personal and professional goals.”  Lowe went on to say that she repositioned Jet’s brand under parent company Johnson Publishing by adding “new voices and presiding over a new website.”

Lowe’s exit follows Johnson CEO Desiree Rogers’s hiring of Amy Dubois Barnett as editor-in-chief of Ebony back in June.  Barnett previously worked at Teen People and represents the youthful influence Rogers is looking to inject into Johnson Publishing’s titles.

Lowe’s final day at Jet will be Jan.3 and she plans to write a farewell column for the magazine’s Jan. 10 issue.

Ebony Celebrates Its 65th Anniversary in Los Angeles

Ebony magazine threw a big party in LA last Thursday in honor of its 65th anniversary. Somehow we missed the invite (ahem, get it together Ebony, ahem) but the mag’s website has details of the event.

Though the cocktail was fabulous and the dinner divine, the party really got started when Ebony’s Editor-in-Chief Amy DuBois Barnett kicked off the Soul Train line.

Tony Award winner Viola Davis, The Event’s Blair Underwood, Tron’s Yaya DaCosta, True Blood’s Rutina Wesley, Desperate Housewives’ Vanessa Williams, Vogue fashion editor Andre Leon Talley (who brought an actual princess with him to the party) and Johnson Publishing Company CEO Desiree Rogers shook and shimmied down the aisle – all to celebrate Ebony’s 65th anniversary.

Wolfgang Puck catered the event (ahem, seriously Ebony, let us know about his stuff, ahem). We’re also told comic Robert Townsend insisted on doing “the butt.” Which we would also have insisted upon too ahem, if we were invited, ahem.

Desiree Rogers, Kathie Lee Gifford & The Millionaire Matchmaker Meltdown

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— DIANE CLEHANE

There were plenty of movers, shakers and deal makers at Michael’s today to keep things interesting, but a little birdie told me the media A-list was also out in force yesterday. So, as a public service to Lunch’s faithful readers, here’s who was there on Tuesday: Matt Lauer with Jack Welch, Page Six’s new editor Emily Smith and publicist Peggy Siegal presiding over one of her legendary lunches with Ed Zwick, Jean Doumanian, Meryl Poster, Jonathan Alter, Jodi Applegate and Lori Singer (Yes, the one from Footloose!).

With that bit of news out of the way, I can tell you that I was intrigued by all the networking I saw today. It was a little more overt than usual — and that’s saying something. However, some folks, like my Greenwich neighbor Kathie Lee Gifford (looking better than ever, by the way), just come to this quiet little spot to relax with friends. I asked Kathie what she thought of co-host Hoda Kotb‘s new book, Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair and Kathie Lee, and she told me, “I’m so happy for her! She has been working so hard. Tonight she finds out if she made it on to the Times‘ best seller list, and these days that takes a lot.” We wouldn’t bet against her.

But not all the action was happening in the dining room. We spotted Patti Stanger of Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker pacing outside of Michael’s front window, screaming into her cellphone, stomping her feet and dropping f-bombs like there was no tomorrow. I have no idea who was on the receiving end of the ear-splitting call, but I can tell you it wasn’t exactly a love connection.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Lord and Lady Rothschild in from across the pond. Tally ho!

2.  Joan Jakobson, Pamela Fiori and Thomas P. Farley, a young curly haired gent we initially didn’t recognize but now know as the host of the web TV show New York Insider. (Nice to meet you, Thomas!)

3. Kathie Lee Gifford, sipping a white wine spritzer with Patricia Kluge and two well-heeled gal pals.

4. Stephen Swid

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