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Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia to Cut 70 Staffers, Reduce Magazines

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia is cutting about 70 staffers and reducing its magazine publishing. According to The New York Times, the company just started notifying employees this afternoon, which will make an already hellish week even worse for them.

Additionally, Everyday Food will no longer be a stand-alone publication. It will only be published five times a year, and sent as a supplement to Martha Stewart Living subscribers. MSLO is also selling Whole Living. While the company says it is already in talks with someone to buy the title, MSLO will fold the title and its content into Marta Stewart Living if no deal is made by the end of the year. Lisa Gersh, MSLO’s president, tried to put a positive spin on it by telling the Times, “We’re taking it really from four separate magazines down to two.”

In related news, Gael Towey, who has been at MSLO for 21 years, is leaving the company. According to a spokesperson, Towey is leaving to start a new project.

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Martha Stewart Living Names New Editor-in-Chief

Min is reporting that Pilar Guzmán has been named the new Editor-in-Chief of Martha Stewart Living. Guzman was the Editor-in-Chief of Cookie when it was still around, and since then has co-founded a parenting website and co-written a cookbook.

Guzmán’s first day will be the 14th, and she will report directly to Chief Creative and Editorial Director Gael Towey.


Martha Stewart Weddings Editor Vanessa Holden Promoted To Top Spot At Flagship Mag

livingcover.jpgMartha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSLO) has reached from within its ranks to fill the top slot at its flagship magazine, Martha Stewart Living.

On Friday, the company announced that Vanessa Holden, the editor-in-chief of Martha Stewart Weddings, had been promoted to the same position at Living. Katie Hatch, Weddings‘ style director, will replace Holden at the bridal title. Meanwhile, Gael Towey, who was working as acting editor of Living was named editorial director at MSLO. Towey MSLO’s former chief creative officer, stepped into the role in February when Michael Boodro left the company.

Holden joined MSLO as Weddings‘ editor-in-chief in August 2008 from her own consulting business. She previously worked as creative director at Real Simple magazine and co-founded food and lifestyle magazine Donna Hay. She has also worked at the Australian versions of Marie Claire and Marie Claire Lifestyle as well as Vogue Entertaining and Travel and Vogue Living.

New Weddings editor Hatch is a former lawyer and freelancer who has worked at Living and the now-defunct MSLO title Blueprint. She was named associate style editor at Weddings in 2000.

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min Honors Magazines, Editors At First Editorial & Design Awards

dining in america.jpgEven as the media industry is seeming falling apart all around us, the industry still insists on honoring its members. There’s no better time than the present to look on the bright side, we suppose.

This morning, min announced the winners of its first Editorial & Design Awards, awarding prizes in 27 different editorial and design categories. The award breakfast also celebrated the induction of several notable magazine industry movers and shakers into min’s Hall of Fame, including keynote speaker Jackie Leo, formerly of Reader’s Digest, Ladies’ Home Journal‘s Sally Lee, Ellen Levine of Hearst, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia chief creative officer Gael Towey and John Rasmus of National Geographic Adventure, as well as Vogue editrix Anna Wintour and former Variety editor Peter Bart.

Other top winners of the day included Food Network Magazine‘s win for Best Launch and Fortune, which nabbed the Best Feature award for its “Three Days that Shook the World” piece on the economic collapse of last fall. BusinessWeek won for Best Investigative & News Coverage for its cover story on subprime mortgages (and snagged a prize for best use of social media), while epicurean pub Saveur was honored for best design for a single issue for its Dining in America issue.

Entertainment Weekly, which recently cut staffers as part of Time Inc.‘s budget slashing, took home a number of awards including best photojournalism for its special Photo Issue, the best blog award for its PopWatch blog, best online column for Ken Tucker‘s “Watching TV” column and the top profile or Q&A prize for a feature story on Cheeta the chimp’s life after Hollywood. Self magazine, a Conde Nast title also recently plagued by staff cuts, took home two prizes.

See a full list of the winners here.

min Announces Editorial & Design Award Winners –min Online