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Condé Nast Has a Rat Problem

For Condé Nast, moving into their new home at One World Trade Center was supposed to be a time for celebration. Instead, it has been a time of extermination. The New York Daily News reports that the Condé offices have been overrun with rats, to the point where Anna Wintour refuses to go inside.

Initially, the furry guys were confined to the Vogue offices. Now they’ve spread. That’s what rats do — whatever the hell they want.

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Graydon Carter: ‘I Used to Revel in my Canadianness’

CraigOffmanTwitterProfilePicWhen Craig Offman (pictured) interviewed lo those many years ago for the position of editorial assistant at Vanity Fair, Canada was a topic of conversation. His interviewer, Graydon Carter, counseled: “Don’t tell people in New York you’re from Canada. They don’t care.”

The Great White North came up once again earlier this month when Offman, now a feature writer with the Toronto Globe & Mail, sat down for lunch with his old boss at Carter’s Monkey Bar. Offman wound up working at VF for four years, ascending to the perch of horoscope editor:

The discussion naturally turns to the ancient homeland. Carter had just talked about the Jian Ghomeshi scandal with his mother over the phone. Justin Trudeau, whom the magazine featured in the December issue, also came up. “He’s not as good-looking as you’d expect,” Carter said. “He’s attractive for a politician.”

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Condé Nast Moves to One World Trade Center

The first wave of Condé Nast staffers are settling into their new digs at 1 World Trade Center this morning. The publishing house will occupy floors 20 through 44. It purchased the space — 1.2 million square feet — in 2012. But enough about that. We know you’re wondering which editor and staff will be on which floor.

According to The New York Times, Graydon Carter and Vanity Fair staffers have won that competition. While Condé’s CEO Chuck Townsend and other execs will be on the 42nd floor, Carter and Vanity Fair will be on the 41st. David Remnick and The New Yorker will take over the 38th floor; Anna Wintour and Vogue will take the 25th. The 44th floor will be occupied by Condé’s law firm.

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Graydon Carter: Weekly Magazines are Doomed

In an interview with Bloomberg TV, Vanity Fair’s longtime editor Graydon Carter took some time out from hosting the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit to talk the future of publishing. While Carter expressed optimism about print in general, he said what what we all are thinking — that weekly magazines are in trouble because “There’s more of an urgency.”

Carter also explained that the biggest threat to magazines isn’t people lack of advertising dollars or even people shifting to a digital format, it’s the lack of distributors.

“There used to be 300 companies distributing magazines,” said Carter. “Now there’s two. And at the same time, the post office under pressure to make a profit. And so those are the only two ways of getting a print magazine, either on newsstand or at – through the post office. And so those are – those are both constricting.”

Daily Front Row Hosts 2nd Annual Fashion Media Awards

On Friday night, the Daily Front Row honored the fashion industry with the second annual Fashion Media Awards. The first event to be held in the new Park Hyatt Onyx Room, there was a lively red carpet and cocktail hour, followed by the awards ceremony, which were sweet, but also short, thanks to everyone’s desire in the room to move onto the next NYFW party.

Model Gigi Hadid and Yahoo Style editor-in-chief Joe Zee hosted the event. Presenters included Claire Danes, Laverne Cox, Kendall Jenner, Andre Leon Talley, among others. W magazine’s Stefano Tonchi took home the award for Fashion Magazine of the Year; Elle’s Kevin O’Malley for Publisher of the Year; Corine Roitfeld of CR Fashion Book and Harper’s Bazaar for Fashion Creative and Vanity Fair‘s Graydon Carter won for Best September Issue.

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Vanity Fair Scouting for New Oscar Party Location

ShutterstockSofiaVergaraVF2012Nice lede from E!’s Marc Malkin. He writes:

Perhaps throwing a party for Hollywood’s biggest stars in a parking lot wasn’t such a good idea after all.

Vanity Fair confirms to Malkin that indeed, after a year in the main parking lot of Sunset Plaza, publication event staff – per Graydon Carter‘s directive – are evaluating new locations for next year’s star-studded bash. However, a spokesperson was equally quick to clarify that despite what Malkin had heard, the embattled Beverly Hills Hotel has not been visited as part of this process.

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People StyleWatch Promotes, Vanity Fair Adds Online Editor

PeopleStyleWatchLogoAn intrepid FishbowlNY tipster alerted us about this last week. Today, it’s official, via the sharing of an internal People memo:

I am happy to announce the promotions of Leah Ginsburg to executive editor and Kristen Maxwell to deputy editor of People StyleWatch.

Since joining StyleWatch, Leah has seamlessly picked up the StyleWatch voice, produced new pages and overseen the monthly closes. In her new role, she will also be responsible for managing the writing and reporting teams, top editing, packaging stories and further developing integration across all sectors of the StyleWatch brand.

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Star Jones, Donny Deutsch and the Skinny on Wacoal’s Sexy New Ad Campaign

LunchAtMichaelsAs Wednesdays at Michael’s go, it was a relatively quiet scene at 55th and Fifth today, but the joint was still jam packed with the usual suspects doing their power lunch thing. You know who they are by now, but your intrepid Lunch columnist is here to serve: Star Jones and Donny Deutsch represented the talking head contingent, while Jeff Greenfield and Jerry Della Femina held court at their usual table (6) with pals Dr. Gerald Imber and Michael Kramer (the boys have been meeting for their weekly lunches for decades!) There was also the requisite representation of PR mavens, including Hearst’s Deb Shriver, Susan Blond and Lisa Linden in attendance. Perhaps all the celebs were saving their strength for tonight’s offerings at The Tribeca Film Festival.

Susan Malinowski, Diane Clehane and Leslie Stevens

Susan Malinowski, Diane Clehane and Leslie Stevens

If you ask me, our table was having the most fun because I was joined by two of my favorite Gotham power gals Leslie Stevens and Susan Malinowski. We’ve known each other since preschool (not really, but you get the picture) and our paths have crossed in interesting ways throughout the years through various jobs and clients. Back in the day, Susan, now vice president of marketing at Wacoal America, was my boss at Danskin-Pennaco Hosiery. Leslie, who helms her own PR firm, LaForce + Stevens, with partner James LaForce, worked with us as a consultant. Today, Susan is shaking things up at Wacoal America and Leslie’s agency is handling spreading all the big news about what’s happening with the brand. Read more

Graydon Carter Named to Magazine Editors Hall of Fame

Graydon Carter, the longtime Vanity Fair editor, has been elected to the American Society of Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame. He’ll be honored at a ceremony at the Marquis on May 1.

Carter has been in the magazine business for many years. He was a staff writer at Time and Life, and co-founded Spy in 1986. Carter served as the editor of The New York Observer before jumping to what would ultimately cement his legacy — editing VF. He has held that spot since 1992. During Carter’s span as VF’s editor, the title has won 14 National Magazine Awards; two for General Excellence.

“Few journalists are as influential — and as well known — as Graydon Carter,” said Sid Holt, ASME’s CEO, in a statement. “All you have to do is look around in print and online to see the lasting influence of Spy, the magazine he co-founded and edited in the 1980s. As the editor of Vanity Fair for the last two decades, he has continued to have an outsize impact not only on magazine journalism but also on American culture.”

Mark Rozzo Joins Vanity Fair

Mark Rozzo is leaving Town & Country to join Vanity Fair as a deputy editor. The New York Post reports that Rozzo isn’t technically filling the void left by Wayne Lawson  who recently retired — but with a space to fill, Graydon Carter considered Rozzo a smart addition.  Lawson had been with Vanity Fair since 1983.

Before coming to T&C as an executive editor in 2011, Rozzo had been a Condé Nast man for many years. From 2005 to 2008, he served as a deputy editor of the now folded Men’s Vogue. Prior to that, Rozzo worked at The New Yorker.

With the addition of Rozzo, Vanity Fair now has four deputy editors — Rozzo, Aimee Bell, Dana Brown and Punch Hutton.

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