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Noted Film Critic Judith Crist Dies at 90

Judith Crist had a rich career as a film critic. Older readers may recall Crist from her days as a Today Show contributor from 1964 to 1973. Others know Crist for her many years dishing out the best and worst at the movies for TV Guide.

Crist died today after a long illness. She was 90.

Crist’s work was featured in numerous publications throughout the decades. The Bronx native attended Morris High School, and began to carve out her career at Hunter College. Subsequently, she was named to the school’s Hall of Fame. Columbia University’s School of Journalism followed, where she got her Master’s degree and had been an adjunct professor since 1958.

Immediately after school, Crist worked for the New York Herald-Tribune. During her 22-year-run, Crist was the “point person” for all things arts and entertainment, including her first job as a film critic.

That led to another 22-year stint, this time at TV Guide.

Crist was the founding film critic for New York magazine, and served as film critic for the New York Post. She also worked on many weekly and monthly publications. She even returned to TV, providing film reviews on WOR/Channel 9.

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Whole Living Names New Executive Editor & Increases Rate Base

Jocelyn Zuckerman, previously articles editor at OnEarth and former deputy editor of Gourmet is joining Whole Living as executive editor where she will oversee food and features.

“The intersection of food and health is at the heart of what we do at Whole Living and bringing Jocelyn onto the team adds to the momentum our brand is gaining,” said editor-in-chief Alanna Stang.

Whole Living is also raising its rate base for the eighth time since 2005 to 750,000.

Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Beginning today, FishbowlNY will list the top stories of the week. This gives you a second chance to see the headlines that got the most buzz.

  1. No Arrests in Death of Former Hot 97 DJ, March 29 (left)
  2. Missing Bronx Zoo Cobra Finds a Home on Twitter, March 29
  3. New Look for Prevention Magazine, March 25
  4. Former Gourmet Editor-in-Chief Ruth Reichl to Run Food Blog, March 30
  5. The New York Times Begins Paywall, March 28
  6. The Atlantic Pulls Unflattering Jay-Z Article, March 23

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New Gig For Ruth Reichl

It’s been almost exactly one year since Gourmet magazine shut its doors, and left editor-in-chief Ruth Reichl unemployed. So her many fans should be pleased to hear that Reichl has taken a position with Random House as an editor-at-large, and has more books on the horizon. From the LA Times blog Daily Dish:

Apparently, Reichl, already a bestselling author, has contracted for three books, two of which will be nonfiction, including “The Tao of Ruth,” which she says was suggested in an Anthony Bourdain story (wonder what Twitter phenomenon “Ruth Bourdain” will have to say about that?). The other will be the latest installment in her memoirs, covering the years at Gourmet. Food gossip fans are already salivating. In addition, there are plans for her first novel, “Delicious.”

Prior to Gourmet, Reichl was a food critic for the NY Times, and a food editor and critic at the LA Times.

Condé Nast’s Dead Titles May See New Life In Licensing Deals

gourmet2.jpgWhether its digital versions of its magazines or partnerships with e-commerce sites it’s clear Condé Nast is on the hunt for new sources of revenue.

Today’s report in Mediaweek adds that Condé may be taking it one step further in seeking a new life for its now-defunct titles, Cookie, Domino and Gourmet, in the form of things like branded kitchen appliances. In this respect, execs have been reportedly telling staffers to look to rival publisher Meredith Corp. for inspiration; the Midwestern company has been pumping out Better Homes & Gardens-branded products for years.

But, of course, don’t expect any products connected to Condé Nast brands to cheapen its namesake –that’s a fear Si Newhouse has always had, which has kept the publisher out of licensing deals before. Thoughtfully chosen, high-end partnerships are probably where this company will end up, much like last month’s tie-in with Vogue and e-commerce site Gilt Groupe. But even if Condé can squeeze some money out of its dead titles’ brand names, those products can’t make up for the magazines we miss so much.

Condé Nast’s Cultural ShiftMediaweek

Previously: Conde Keeps Gourmet Alive In App Form

Marie Claire Publisher Proves Dreams Do Come True

prar01_cardone212-1.jpgWhen Gourmet folded nearly four months ago, its staff, including publisher Nancy Berger Cardone, found themselves adrift among a sea of unemployed media workers.

Not long after, Cardone sat down for lunch with Hearst Magazine’s chief marketing officer, Michael Clinton. Although he had no job to offer her, Clinton asked Cardone which Hearst title she would work for if she had her pick. Her answer: Marie Claire.

“Maybe it was wishful thinking,” Cardone said last night, as Clinton and Hearst president Cathie Black celebrated Cardone’s appointment as the latest publisher of the fashion magazine in a small gathering on the 44th floor of the Hearst building. As luck would have it, not long after her lunch date with Clinton, Marie Claire‘s publisher Susan Plagemann departed for Vogue, joining the very company, Condé Nast, that had just cast Cardone aside. Clinton acted fast, and Cardone was installed as publisher there by December 7.

Still, Cardone had to suffer through a few weeks of unemployment, and she confessed to us that she frequently trolled the job boards at mediabistro.com. To paraphrase Us Weekly: publishers, they’re just like us!

Also last night, after a heartfelt welcome of Cardone to the Hearst family, Black, wearing a black shift dress with a fur wrapped around her shoulders, said, “If it seems like I’m overdressed, I am. I’m going to Lady Gaga!”

Previously: Gourmet Publisher Finds A Home At Marie Claire

Condé Nast Apps Premiere To High Numbers

condd2.jpgMaybe Si Newhouse won’t have to start licensing his magazine brand names’ to fashion lines after all: the results from the first sales of Condé Nast‘s digital applications are in, and they aren’t half bad.

GQ‘s “Man Of The Year” iPhone app has already made close to $20,000 since mid-November, and the entire January issue has been downloaded 12,000 times as of this writing. Considering that each issue/download goes for $2.99, that’s a promising amount of cash and a hint of the money to be made in digital downloads in the future.

Although, if you look at magazine applications as providing the same service as a full subscription (like the one you could buy on an e-reader), the question still remains if the consumers purchasing the product are the same people who would buy a physical GQ subscription anyway. In which case the company is actually losing money from their monthly newsstand costs. However, magazines never really survived on their newsstand sales anyway, relying mostly on advertising revenues, and it’s nice to see at least one revenue number on the rise.

“We threw a great idea at a new medium and it is sticking,” Condé Nast CEO Charles Townsend said.

Condé said they are now planning more content for the iPhone, and, although the single download price of a digital GQ will remain $2.99, repeat customers will be able to get it for $1.99, as “subscription offerings are being evaluated.”

Condé Nast is slowly but keenly tapping into the digital market, as evidenced by November’s launch of the late Gourmet magazine application. Condé’s actually found a way to isolate the market for the dead title’s new digital life. Now if only they could shutter all their magazines so people would have no choice but to by the application. Wait, what?

Press release after the jump.

Previously: Condé Keeps Gourmet Alive In App Form, How To Lose Your Brand Identity And Influence Consumers: A Condé Story, Condé Keeps Gourmet Alive In App Form

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Lucky Publisher Gina Sanders Picked To Lead Fairchild

PHOTO of Gina.jpgIt didn’t take long for Condé Nast to find a replacement for Richard Beckman. The magazine publisher has dipped into its own pool of publishers and picked Lucky publisher Gina Sanders to lead the Fairchild Fashion Group, which publishes Women’s Wear Daily.

Sanders joined Lucky in 2008 from Teen Vogue, where she was also publisher, during a major restructuring at Condé. She started her career at the publishing house more than 20 years ago, at House & Garden and went on to work at Details and Gourmet before Teen Vogue.

Sanders is replacing Beckman, who left the company last week to join newly formed media company e5 Global Media, starting on February 1.

Full release after the jump.

Previously: Breaking: Beckman Leaves Conde Nast

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Variety For Sale|AOL Hires Gourmet Editors|BusinessWeek Pulls Twitter Article|Ruth Reichl

The Wrap: Variety is up for sale after all.

NY Post: Amidst layoffs, AOL is still hiring, picking up a dozen staffers formerly of Conde Nast‘s shuttered Gourmet magazine to work for a food site the company hopes to launch next month.

Talking Biz News: BusinessWeek pulled a story about Twitter from its Web site after some bad math “rendered its premise incorrect.”

Mediaite: Ruth Reichl talks about the shock of Gourmet‘s closing.

How To Lose Your Brand Identity And Influence Consumers: A Condé Story

vogue222.jpgAccording to an unnamed source at Condé Nast, today’s New York Observer reports, head-honcho Si Newhouse is “against anything that he feels takes the focus away from the printed magazine brand. That’s why he used to be so against digital.”

But today’s story wasn’t about how Newhouse has mended his ways to incorporate Condé Nast Digital into his magazines’ 10-year plan. Instead, the quote serves to reinforce how anti-Newhouse the idea of marketing the Condé brand for licensing purposes is. But it’s been a tough two years for the company and a lot of concessions have had to be made: we may not be so far off from a reality where Gourmet gets a second life in the form of cookbooks and baking supplies.

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