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Redbook EIC Moves Over to Dr. Oz The Good Life

JillHerzigPicAlison Brower‘s decision to leave the Hearst fold and return to California is good news for Jill Herzig (pictured). Ahead of the full launch of Dr. Oz The Good Life this summer with the arrival of the August/September issue, she has been tapped to replace Brower as editor-in-chief.

From today’s announcement:

Herzig had been editor-in-chief of Redbook since 2010, where she introduced a new look and concept focusing on fun, affordable fashion, beauty and style. Prior to Redbook, Herzig was executive editor of Glamour, and previously, she served as special projects director of Self and executive editor of New Woman. Herzig started her career in women’s magazines at Cosmopolitan under Helen Gurley Brown.

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Hearst Documentary Highlights Life, Legacy of California’s Greatest Media Baron

This weekend, the “H” in William H. Macy will stand for not just “Hall” but also “Hearst.” That’s because the Oscar-nominated actor does a very capable job as narrator of the feature documentary Citizen Hearst, opening Thursday at Laemmle movie theaters in Beverly Hills (Music Hall), Pasadena (Playhouse 7), Encino (Town Center) and Claremont (Claremont 5).

After highlighting the life exploits of William Randolph Hearst, the movie really hits its stride once it gets to the post-World War II era and success of magazines like Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar and Cosmopolitan. It’s fun to hear interview subjects recall how Helen Gurley Brown‘s stewardship hit town “like a thunder clap.” Here for example is a recollection in the film from Kate White, Cosmo editor-in-chief from 1998 to 2012:

“Helen’s first cover is still an inspiration to me, it’s so sexy. The woman, a blonde, buxom. The little hint of Brigitte Bardot… One of my favorite all-time [first cover] lines is, ‘THE NEW PILL THAT PROMISES TO MAKE WOMEN MORE RESPONSIVE.’”

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UCLA Prof Appointed Co-Head of Columbia Journalism School New Media Institute

Major congratulations are due to Mark Hansen (pictured), a statistics professor at UCLA. He just landed one of plummest assignments in U.S. journalism academia.

Hansen has relocated to New York to oversee the east coast half of the David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation, a new joint venture between Columbia’s Journalism School and Stanford University’s School of Engineering. From a report in school newspaper the Columbia Spectator:

As director, Hansen will conduct research, award fellowships and grants, and teach journalism courses that integrate data, algorithms, and computation.

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Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

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  5. Helen Gurley Brown, Iconic Editor, Dead at 90, August 13
  6. Kelly Ripa Gets $20 Million A Year to Act an Idiot, August 9

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Helen Gurley Brown, Iconic Editor, Dead at 90

Helen Gurley Brown, the legendary editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazines, died today at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. She was 90 years old.

From her 1962 bestselling book, Sex and The Single Girl, to urging women to be smart about their finances, to her decades of work behind Cosmo, Gurley Brown will be remembered among the most influential editors of all time.

“It would be hard to overstate the importance to Hearst of her success with Cosmopolitan, or the value of the friendship many of us enjoyed with her,” commented Frank Bannack, CEO of Hearst, in an announcement to colleagues. “Helen was one of the world’s most recognized magazine editors and book authors, and a true pioneer for women in journalism — and beyond.”

“Helen was an inspiration, a true success story. Her energy, enthusiasm and true passion for women’s issues unleashed a platform for women worldwide,” said David Carey, president of Hearst Magazines, in a statement. “She brought the subject that every woman wanted to know about but nobody talked about, to life, literally, in Cosmo’s pages.”

A memorial for Gurley Brown will be announced at a later date.

[Photograph: Santi Visalli/Getty Images]

Helen Gurley Brown, Legendary Cosmo Mag Editor, Dead at 90

Helen Gurley Brown, longtime editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, died today at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia hospital. She was 90.

Brown, a Los Angeles native, became a famed author in 1962 with the publication of her the bestselling self-help book, Sex and the Single Girl. In 1965, Brown became editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, a failing title at Hearst that the new editor swiftly revitalized.

For a younger generation of women, Cosmo may be little more than a guilty pleasure, but the fact is the publication, under the leadership of Brown, revolutionized the industry of women’s magazines. Brown pushed social boundaries by turning Cosmo into a publication for young, single, sexually liberated women at a time when women’s titles were largely written for housewives.

Though the changes were controversial, Cosmopolitan became a huge success under Brown’s guidance. The mag now boasts a circulation of 3 million in the U.S., with 64 international editions. Brown was forced out of her role as editor in 1997, but stayed on as editor of Cosmopolitan‘s international editions.

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Helen Gurley Brown Donates $30 Million to Stanford and Columbia

Helen Gurley Brown, the editor of Cosmopolitan for 31 years, has donated a total of $30 million to Stanford and Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Stanford will get $12 million and Columbia will get $18 million — the largest donation ever received by the journalism school — to establish the David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation.

The organization will be designed with the hopes of promoting media innovation and supporting the marriage of technology and journalism.

“David and I have long supported and encouraged bright young people to follow their passions and to create original content,” said Gurley Brown. “Great content needs useable technology. Sharing a language is where the magic happens. It’s time for two great American institutions on the East and West Coasts to build a bridge.”

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paidContent: News Corp. reported its second quarter earnings this afternoon, reporting a profit for the quarter and increases in most of its divisions, including — amazingly — the newspaper business, which saw a 29.5 percent gain.

Nieman Lab: According to this survey, hybrid media companies are the wave of the future.

MediaJobsDaily A new way for media companies to save money: ditch the office. Inc. magazine is trying a virtual office experiment this month.

MainStreet: Julia Allison says she’s a journalist, compares herself to Bob Woodward.

TMZ: Conan O’Brien plans to pay severance for some of his axed employees out of his own pocket.

Los Angeles Times: David Brown, former journalist, producer and husband of Cosmo editrix Helen Gurley-Brown, has died.

New York Times: Oprah Winfrey will star in a reality show about the end of her talk show once her cable net, OWN, debuts.

Did Helen Gurley Brown’s Mouth Do Her In?

c.jpgBack before the financial crisis gave companies the excuse to let media heads roll with abandon it apparently took Hearst more than ten years to get rid of Cosmopolitan editrix Helen Gurley Brown. According to a new book it was Brown’s sharp tongue (the same sharp tongue, mind you, that give single girls everywhere the backbone to explore there singledom) that did her in. Here’s a taste:

When asked if sexual harassment existed at Cosmo in the wake of Anita Hill’s testimony that Supreme Court pick Clarence Thomas had harassed her for years, Brown cheekily responded: “I certainly hope so. The problem is that we don’t have enough men to go around for harassing.”

She referred to Oregon Sen. Bob Packwood, accused by 10 women of making unwanted sexual advances, as “poor old Senator Packwood,” and scolded one journo, “My darling, would you please remember that he was one of the congressmen who supported legal abortion. He was one of us, so we have to forgive him for being a jerk.”

Brown, 86, points out that she was well compensated for her removal, and over at HuffPo one of her is coming to her defense.

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Atoosa On Why She Quit Seventeen: I Was a ‘Kept’ Woman

atoosa_inc_fine.jpgForbes allows Atoosa Rubenstein to briefly turn its Web site into her own personal MySpace page to explain her departure from the cushy confines of Seventeen:

After hearing the joke “the new ‘up’ is ‘flat’” one too many times at my former company, I decided I wasn’t going to keep dancing to the string quartet as the luxury liner sank. We have a new world to colonize and an audience who is going there with or without us. I didn’t need to look further than my long-time mentor Helen Gurley Brown for inspiration. During the sexual revolution Helen told the world that being a single girl had never been hotter. Well, during the digital revolution, I realized the same could be true.

Speaking of brilliant Helen, if she’d have come up with Cosmopolitan today, do you think she’d want to continue to be a salaried employee? Not a chance. She’d be the most widely read blogger in the world. Just food for thought for frustrated Smarties reading this (men or women, for that matter) stuck at big ships struggling to keep up in the revolution. Take a swim if you think you’re strong enough. A small, well-built boat will grow–just ask our friends at YouTube!

Don’t get me wrong: It was nice being a “kept” woman. My corporate sugar daddy gave me a lot of cool things: a car and driver, a clothing allowance and a sick expense account. But I also had to pretend I was excited making love to an old man every night. It eventually became impossible to do over time–especially with all the fun stuff happening right outside our mansion. And remember that, will you? This is a fun time–have fun with your projects. Otherwise, no one will want to play with you.

At least she didn’t use “tribes.”

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