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Chuck Todd’s First Meet The Press: ‘This Program Will Continue to Evolve’ (TVNewser)
Chuck Todd opened his first Meet The Press, surrounded by the press. At a new desk, with Todd at its center, NBC’s political director introduced those around him: MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, Nia-Malika Henderson of The Washington Post, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and waiting in the wings, BuzzFeed’s John Stanton and Amy Walter, formerly of ABC News, now with the Cook Political Report. FishbowlDC For his first Sunday as moderator, Todd talked exclusively with President Barack Obama on topics ranging from ISIS to U.S. relations with Russia and Ukraine and the 2014 midterm elections. The interview took place at the White House over the weekend and aired during Sunday’s 10:30 a.m. broadcast of MTP. Deadline Hollywood Things got testy — and Todd showed a tendency to interrupt — when Obama defended his decision to delay executive action on immigration, saying the summer’s surge of unaccompanied children at the Mexican border changed the politics of the issue. He rejected Todd’s notion the postponement is a political tactic intended to help embattled Democrats in the months before midterm elections, saying that the delay will help make new immigration policies “sustainable” when they are announced later this year. HuffPost There were other small tweaks in the show; Todd threaded his big interview with President Obama throughout the show instead of front-loading it at the beginning, turning to the panel after each portion was over. Todd’s real test will be in the weeks and months ahead. Todd has vowed to cut down on the Beltway bloviators and said he won’t book politicians unless they actually have a stake in the issue at hand. And, of course, he has to pull Meet The Press out of its ratings sinkhole. Politico In selecting Todd as moderator, the NBC News brass is gambling on the belief that a Sunday morning public affairs show can still set the national agenda, as it did under the late Tim Russert. The payoff, they hope, is that Todd can once again make Meet The Press a dominant force in American politics and — though they’d never admit it publicly — effectively erase the nightmare that was David Gregory’s final year as moderator.

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Chris Mitchell Named Vanity Fair Publisher, Howard Mittman GQ Publisher

CondeNastLogoVanity Fair has itself a new publisher. Chris Mitchell, previously GQ’s VP and publisher, has been tapped for the same role with Vanity Fair. Mitchell had been GQ’s VP and publisher since 2011. Previously he served in the same role for Condé Nast Traveler.

Mitchell is replacing the void left by Edward Menicheschi, who was named chief marketing officer and president of Condé Nast two weeks ago.

At GQ, Howard Mittman will succeed Mitchell. Mittman had served as Wired’s VP and publisher since 2009. He previously served as Wired’s associate publisher. Mittman’s successor at Wired will be named shortly.

“Many of you know Chris and Howard, and are familiar with their numerous successes at Condé Nast,” wrote Condé’s president, Bob Sauerberg, in a memo to staffers. “I am confident that in their new roles, they will continue to achieve the outstanding results that have defined their accomplished careers with us.”

Adweek Names Cosmo Magazine of The Year

The staffers of Cosmopolitan should be feeling great today. That is, if they’e not too hungover from celebrating their Adweek Hot List accolades. Last night Adweek announced its annual winners, and Cosmo was named Magazine of The Year; its editor, Joanna Coles, was named Editor of The Year.

Granted, Adweek’s Hot List includes an award for just about every single thing you can imagine. So if your magazine didn’t find a way to win something — Best Magazine to Read on The Toilet, Best Magazine to use When Killing a Fly, etc. — that’s sort of sad. However, everyone at Cosmo should be proud of themselves.

Below are some of the more notable Hot Week print honorees. For the full list, click here.

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Wired Makes Two Moves

Wired has made two changes today. Stefanie Rapp has been named executive director, integrated sales; and Andrew Maiorana has been named general manager, advertising, for Wired.com.

Rapp comes to Wired from Town & Country, where she most recently served as associate publisher, since 2009. Maiorana has been Wired’s integrated advertising director since 2011.

“With Digital Revenue quickly approaching nearly 50 percent of Wired’s revenue, it is important that we continue to evolve our organization to meet the needs of our brand and that of our clients,” said Wired’s vice president and publisher, Howard Mittman, in a statement. “Both of these announcements are significant as we close out Wired’s highest-revenue-producing year in the brand’s history and continue to build on that momentum for 2013.”

Wired Publishing its First Issue for Free on iPad

Wired began all the way back in January of 1993. For fans of the magazine, tomorrow is a chance to go back in time. According to WWD, Wired will publish its premiere issue for free on the iPad as part of a 20th anniversary celebration.

The articles have been revamped for the tablet and it also comes packed with a 12,000 word story on the team who started it all.

“The only thing more exciting than looking back at that issue and seeing how relevant it is today is being able to share it with the Wired community,” Howard Mittman, Wired’s Publisher, told WWD.

Wired and GQ Add iPad Subscriptions

Starting with the June issues, Wired and GQ are now offering subscriptions via the Apple system for $1.99 per month or $19.99 per year.

Howard Mittman, Publisher and Vice President for Wired, applauded the move, explaining, “When the app launched last year it was the first to show how interactive and innovative the medium could be. Now, by offering our readers a subscription on iPad, Wired is poised to lead the digital publishing conversation and reach a wider audience.”

Wired and GQ were expected to get subscriptions ever since Conde Nast announced that the New Yorker would be the first title to add the service earlier this month.

Now fans of the magazines can mess with gadgets and gaze upon fantastic clothes without having to worry about downloading a new issue, which is always a good thing.

Longtime Wired Manager Gets Promoted, Moves to New York

Maya Draisin has been with technology magazine Wired for seven years. Draisin has been promoted to associate publisher, marketing, and with it comes a move from San Francisco to New York.

Draisin previously served as the promotions director, special projects director, and most recently the brand & strategy director.

She founded tent pole extensions like Wired’s Business Conference “Disruptive by Design,” which will kick off its third year with a keynote from Bill Gates. In her new role, Maya will pursue and oversee new business and revenue opportunities for Wired while ensuring that all extensions reflect the publication’s ethos and aesthetic.

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Wired Magazine and TED Come to Long Beach

Wired magazine was in town last week, hosting a tech-centric TED gathering in Long Beach last Thursday at the 555 East American Steakhouse. Most of the Wired bigwigs, including publisher Howard Mittman, EIC Chris Anderson, and super-awesome contributing editor Clive Thompson (pictured above on the left with Conde Nast‘s Scott Dadich; NBC Universal International’s Roma Khanna; and Wired managing editor Jacob Young) were there. The Daily Show‘s Jon Hodgman and Boing Boing‘s Mark Frauenfelder also made appearances, among others. No video, unfortunately. But we do have plenty of glamor shots!

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Condé Nast Honors Top Executives

Last evening at Florida’s Ocean Reef Club Condé Nast CEO Charles Townsend hosted an award ceremony to honor the company’s outstanding performers.  Townsend handed out a lot of hardware Condé’s magazine’s had reason to celebrate.

Wired’s Howard Mittman was named Publisher of the Year and the magazine’s entire business staff was lauded for 24 percent ad page growth.

Vogue publisher Susan Plagemann and her sales team won the Peak Performance Award for a 16 percent rise in ad pages.

Rick Levine, Condé Nast’s SVP of editorial operations, took home the Corporate Executive of the Year Award for his work in the digital arena.

Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Graydon Carter and publisher Edward Menicheschi were recognized for spearheading the company’s largest profit gain by any magazine last year

Does Sopranos Creator David Chase Ever Smile?

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— DIANE CLEHANE

We missed Michael Douglas by a day. Oh well, there was enough going on with the usual suspects in the Michael’s dining room that we barely had time to eat. After making the rounds to check in with the regulars, I saw that Sopranos creator David Chase had slipped in practically unnoticed. What really caught my eye was the downright miserable expression on Chase’s face. Does this guy ever smile? Apparently not. One insider told me, “Chase is a guy that has a pretty dark view of life. How else could he have come up with Tony Soprano?” We’ve heard of method acting, but method living? Whatever works, I guess.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. The ‘Gang’ is all here: Dr. Gerald Imber, Jerry Della Femina, Jeff Greenfield, Andy Bergman and Michael Kramer.

2. Kris Fuchs and Joan Tisch

3. Gerry Byrne (who treated me to the latest pics of his new granddaughter on his iPhone) with The Ito Partnership’s president and CEO David Melancon and partner Joseph Sutherland.

4. Kathy Lacey — making the scene two days in a row!

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