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Keith Pollock Named EIC of Interview

Keith Pollock has been named the new editor-in-chief of Interview. Pollock comes to the magazine from DuJour, where he served as the magazine’s found editor since 2012. Prior to that, Pollock served as editorial director of Elle.com.

At Interview, Pollock will report to Fabien Baron and Karl Templer, the glossy’s editorial director and creative director, respectively.

Pollock told WWD that he hadn’t thought about leaving DuJour, but after conversations with Baron, Templer and others, he “realized it would be a great and fitting opportunity.”

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Interview Turns 40, Announces New Look

interview.jpgIt’s been a rough couple of years for Brant Publications, which publishes Interview magazine. But that doesn’t seem to have affected the glossy Q&A magazine, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary with its October issue and — according to a report by WWD — launching a new look next year.

Reports WWD:

“Come spring, [new president Evanly Schindler] said new contributors and photographers will be on the masthead but he declined to provide more details, adding it’s too early to describe how the issue will unfold.”

Interview has seen its leadership change a couple times since longtime editor Ingrid Sichy departed last year. The magazine is now being run by editorial director Fabien Baron, editor-in-chief Stephen Mooallem and creative director Karl Templer, WWD said.

The title’s October issue, which commemorates its 40th birthday, features Twilight star Kristen Stewart on the cover.

A Nip And A TuckWWD

Earlier: The Drama At Brant

New Bosses At Interview, Weather Channel & Current TV

interview.pngAlthough they have nothing to do with each other, we noticed that there have been lots of appointments to the top spot at a handful of media organizations over the last few days. Is something in the air?

Interview magazine, which was at the center of some controversy at publisher Brant Publications earlier this year, seems to finally have established a powerful editorial team. The New York Times reports today that BlackBook founder Evanly Schindler has been named president of the magazine, while editor Stephen Mooallem, has been promoted to editor-in-chief. Former creative director Karl Templer, who left Interview earlier this year, is returning, and he will report to Fabien Baron, the editorial director who left and then returned last month.

Earlier today, Broadcasting & Cable reported that the Weather Channel is getting a new CEO. The company, which had been searching for a chief for months, named former AOL Media Networks head Michael Kelly to its top spot.

And on Friday, our colleagues at BayNewser revealed that former MTV Networks president Mark Rosenthal had been picked to lead Current Media, the parent company of Current TV and current.com.

There have been some big changes in the media world, and we can probably expect more to come as companies look for new solutions and fresh blood to tackle problems brought on by the economy. And as more executives and top talent get cut from cost-cutting companies, the pool of available people who can run a media organization is growing.

Related: The Drama At Brant

The Drama At Brant

interview.pngThis week, there has been a flurry of news coming out of Brant Publications, the publisher of Interview magazine.

On Monday, there were reports that editorial director Glenn O’Brien had left the company. O’Brien had been appointed co-editorial director of Interview and Brant’s other publications,Art in America and The Magazine Antiques, last year when longtime editor Ingrid Sischy left the company.

Coming in to replace O’Brien is Fabien Baron, who was originally O’Brien’s co-editorial director but was in the role for a matter of months before being let go.

Of course, this whole shake-up has tongues wagging about the health of the company, with some predicting that the company might be in dire financial straits. As O’Brien told Fashion Week Daily, the publisher simply isn’t able to pay its freelancers.

Brant is now being run by Ryan Brant, a disgraced former CEO of software company Take Two, who pled guilty to stock option backdating. He was appointed by his father, Peter, after publisher Alan Katz departed a few months back.

“Months ago, I wanted to bring in a professional publisher, which might have averted this cash flow situation,” O’Brien told FWD. “Basically, it’s been rudderless [ever since Katz's departure] on the publishing side.”

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