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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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Esquire Adds Style Editor, BuzzFeed Names Data Editor

Esquire and BuzzFeed have made additions to their teams. Below are the details.

  • Andrew Luecke has been named Esquire.com’s style editor. Luecke joins the magazine from Stylesight.com, where he analyzed the men’s apparel market for clients including Ralph Lauren and Prada.
  • Jeremy Singer-Vine has been named BuzzFeed’s data editor. Singer-Vine comes to the site from The Wall Street Journal, where he worked as a reporter and programmer. “His role at BuzzFeed will be to dig into similarly dense data sets to find the kinds of stories that would otherwise go untold,” reported Digiday.

Men’s Titles Ad Pages Surge in 2013

magazine stack GThough print ad pages for magazines were down four percent in 2013 compared to 2012, that’s actually good news. PIB’s data showed that the loss was less of one than in 2012, when ad pages declined by eight percent. Not only that, but most men’s titles showed strong numbers for the year.

Men’s Fitness led the way with a 27 percent jump in ad pages compared to 2012, followed closely by Men’s Health, which increased its pages by 25 percent. Esquire (up 17 percent), Details (+15 percent) and GQ (+10 percent) also did well. The outlier was Maxim, which saw ad pages plummet by 16 percent.

A few other magazines that had good print ad page showings for 2012 are below.

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Cover Battle: 2013 Cover of The Year Poll

You had to know you wouldn’t be escaping 2013 without one final award. As you know from FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle, we’re big fans of magazine covers. Below are some of our favorites from the past year.

We know you’re doing the least amount of work possible before the holiday break (no, ordering a DVD of Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style doesn’t count as work). Why not take a minute to vote for your favorite? Just in case you were wondering, The Atlantic won last year’s contest.

The Cover of The Year winner will be announced next Monday, December 30.

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Esquire Names Scarlett Johansson Sexiest Woman Alive

Esquire has named Scarlett Johansson the sexiest woman alive. Again.

Johansson was the magazine’s sexiest woman alive in 2006, but she became un-sexy from then until now. It happens to the best of us.

David Granger Discusses Changing Male Reader

David Granger has been editor-in-chief of Esquire since 1997. That’s one hell of a tenure. In 1997, people still cared about Marilyn Manson. That’s how long ago 1997 was. Because Granger has overseen the title for so long, he has insights into the magazine world that others don’t. Granger shared a few with Adweek, but below are our favorites.

How Esquire dealt with the post 9/11 environment:

Esquire’s role in that time has been to explore all of the issues, trivial and massively important. We’ve also been optimistic and forward-looking. Even though I worry about everything and am motivated principally by fear, I’m also deep down deeply optimistic.

On men caring about fashion and style:

If you look back to the beginning of the 20th century, men were deeply concerned [about their looks]. Look at fashion coverage in the 1930s. It was expected that a man was a little bit of a dandy. Throughout history, men have many times been really concerned with their outward appearance. So this isn’t an anomaly.

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Cover Battle: New York or Esquire

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s critically acclaimed (thanks mom!) weekly Cover Battle. Today we have New York versus Esquire. New York’s cover features Michael Bloomberg. Pretty sure we spot some mayoral (for now!) ear hair, but hey, no one’s perfect.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Tina Brown Out at IAC | Esquire‘s 9/11 Fiasco | NR Sues Cory Booker


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IAC And Daily Beast Editor Tina Brown to Part Ways (BuzzFeed / Business)
Tina Brown, who sought to reinvent buzzy magazine journalism on the Internet in the form of The Daily Beast, and IAC have agreed to part ways. According to a source with direct knowledge of the situation, The Daily Beast parent company IAC, owned by media mogul Barry Diller, does not plan to renew Brown’s contract when it expires in January. The decision has been made for the two sides to part ways, said the source, but precise details of the separation are still being worked out. Brown confirmed her departure in both a meeting with staff and in an email sent to friends and contacts after BuzzFeed broke the news on Wednesday. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Brown will split with parent-company IAC next year and launch her own company, Tina Brown Live Media, according to sources with knowledge of her plans. The contract negotiations have been going on for the last few months, according to a source familiar with the discussions, and the split has been a “long time coming.” Daily Beast Brown is optimistic about the future of The Daily Beast. “The great thing about change is that you get influxes of new energy and you get different ideas,” she said. “I will be one click away from you every morning,” she told staffers, and added, “I will continue to see you grow.” Capital New York Brown, who was once editor of The New Yorker and Vanity Fair, told Daily Beast staff she will take her successful Women in the World Conference, and its staff, with her, according to a source who was present at the newsroom gathering. Rhona Murphy, The Daily Beast’s CEO, said during the meeting that there are currently no plans to close the site, which is still in the process of extricating itself from Newsweek, and that a budget was being planned through 2014, the source said. Mashable A source claiming to be close to the negotiations emphasized that Brown — not IAC — “ultimately made the decision to walk away from The Daily Beast” and that it’s “more of a mutual separating of ways.” The source added that Brown’s relationship with IAC Chairman Barry Diller is “not strained” and she continues to have “a ton of respect” for him. FishbowlNY Brown’s departure will surely kick “The Daily Beast is dead” rumors into high gear. The site is on pace to lose $12 million this year, so don’t be shocked if IAC decides to sell or completely shut it down.

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J.D. Salinger Scavenger Hunt Features Two Famous Magazine Covers

In the summer of 1961, 25 cents at the newsstand got readers a TIME cover illustration of reclusive author J.D. Salinger under the slanted headline “A Private World of Love and Death.” Sixteen years later, Esquire subscribers were treated to an issue teasing the Ron Rosenbaum story “The Haunted Life of J.D. Salinger” with the photo of a Salinger lookalike on the cover shielding his face behind an open book.

These respective September 1961 and June 1997 covers are stealth-featured on the new website launched today by The Weinstein Company for their upcoming documentary Salinger. Stealth in the sense that the materials are not linked on the main navigation menu but rather require some cursor scavenging.

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Esquire Network to Debut September 23

Esquire Network, the much anticipated rebranding of G4, will launch September 23. The new network aimed at “the full, multi-faceted lives of today’s modern men,” starts things off with a two-hour, original show about…. Esquire. Hey, what the hell did you expect? “The Esquire Anniversary Special” is exactly what it sounds like: a look back at the magazine’s 80 year history.

The network also announced two new series: Brew Dogs and Horse Players. Beer Dogs follows the adventures of two Scottish beer experts as they travel around America, sampling the best craft beers. Horse Players is an inside look at horse race handicapping.

Other shows for Esquire Network include Risky Listing, about the “competitive world of New York nightlife real estate” that we had no idea existed; and How I Rock It, a style show hosted by Baron Davis, who had a fantastic career with the Knicks.

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