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Cosmo Launches Subscription-Based Fitness Channel

Cosmopolitan has launched a subscription-based digital fitness channel. CosmoBody will stream exercise, wellness and lifestyle programs for $9.95 per month. There is a 10-day free trail available.

CosmoBody will include workouts from eight trainers plus other specialized content, like Cosmo’s editor Joanna Coles interviewing Kate Upton; week-long fitness challenges; cooking shows that focus on healthy foods; and more. One of the more interesting aspects of CosmoBody is that it allows users to track their progress, and eventually they’ll be able to sync the data with wearable fitness devices.

Coles and Cosmo’s fitness editor, Liz Plosser, played big roles in developing the content for CosmoBody. The questions is: Will it be enough to bring in the subscriptions? Because if the content doesn’t shine, people are not going to pay for this.

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Katy Perry Nabs Cosmo’s First Ever Global Cover

For reasons we do not understand, Katy Perry is extremely popular. Her music is mediocre, her outfits are seemingly chosen by a drunk, blind stylist, and she tweets things like “Make grilled cheese fer you da best,” but no matter! The people of the world have spoken, and they want more Perry, not less. So Cosmopolitan is giving it to them.

Cosmo has announced that Perry will grace the front of the magazine’s first ever global cover. That means Perry will appear on the front of all 62 editions of the glossy. Joanna Coles, Cosmo’s editor, considered Perry the perfect fit.

“Katy’s music and attitude have universal appeal to young women everywhere,” said Coles, in a statement. “She crosses all cultural boundaries. Her music is soulful and empowering in equal measure.”

What does it mean that Perry is a global icon? Well, before we answer that, we’re going to have a drink or 10. We’ll let you know what we come up with later.

Theresa Griggs Named Creative Director of Cosmo

Theresa Griggs has been named the new creative director of Cosmopolitan. Griggs comes to Cosmo from Women’s Health, where she served as design director since 2010. Prior to her time at Women’s Health, Griggs was Glamour’s art director for two years. She also formerly served as Entertainment Weekly’s art director.

“Theresa is a superb magazine designer and I’m thrilled she’s coming on board,” said Joanna Coles, Cosmo’s editor, in a statement. “She’s the final piece of the puzzle to the team I’ve assembled at Cosmo and I look forward to evolving the look of the magazine with her.”

Griggs’ appointment is effective May 12.

Cosmopolitan EIC: We ‘Cannot Win’ the Photoshop Game

Adweek has posted video from its recent event “A Candid Conversation With Five Women Leaders of Advertising and Media.” Among the clips is this fascinating snippet from Cosmopolitan EIC Joanna Coles.

Coles recalls that when she was at Marie Claire, no one believed her when the magazine ran a cover and photo spread of Jessica Simpson with no make-up or retouching. “They accused us of lying,” she said. “The one time we did it [no retouching], no one believed us.”

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‘The Cosmo 100′ With Joanna Coles and the Wednesday Celebrity Scene

LunchAtMichaelsAs devoted as we are to covering the Fellini-esque scene that is Wednesdays at Michael’s, we do occasionally break tradition and report the news from 55th and Fifth on other days of the week when we’re invited to especially dishy lunches with A-listers. Monday’s head-spinning gathering of the “Cosmo 100″ hosted by the hotter-than-hot editrix Joanna Coles more than fit the bill. Boasting one of the year’s most impressive guest lists, the estrogen-fueled confab now in its second year, brilliantly showcased Joanna’s savvy for bringing together her vast network of female overachievers from every conceivable sphere of influence for the dual purpose of some high-profile networking and some serious brand building. “Last year when I came up with the idea for this lunch, people came and didn’t really know what to expect,” Joanna told me as she stood in the lounge accepting air kisses and posing for photos with the growing throng of well-wishers. “This year, we had people calling up asking to come.”

Sarah Jessica Parker and AnnaSophia Robb

Sarah Jessica Parker and AnnaSophia Robb; Photo: Greg Pace

Among those that did make the final cut: actresses Sarah Jessica Parker (“This is my new favorite yearly lunch!” she told me) and The Carrie Diaries star AnnaSophia Robb (The original Carrie and Carrie 2.0 met for the first time in the dining room and posed for their first ever joint photo during cocktails); The Daily Show‘s Samantha Bee; Arianna HuffingtonMika Brzezinski (whose late arrival during Joanna’s opening remarks earned the Morning Joe cohost some cheeky chiding about her tardiness); celebrity fitness guru Tracy Anderson; supermodel Coco Rocha (who sported a chic shorter hairstyle and towered over the crowd); producer Desiree Gruber; designers Georgina Chapman and Stacey Bendet; Jimmy Choo founder Tamara Mellon; A&E Network’s Nancy DubucPolitico‘s Kim Kingsley; Atlantic Record’s chairman Julie Greenwald; lobbyist Heather Podesta (whose striking silver locks, sky high Louboutins and flawless makeup earned her my pick as the best-dressed guest); Harvard Business School professor and TED talker Amy CuddyLauren ZalaznickLeslie SloaneLiz KaplowThe Chew‘s Daphne Oz; attorney Robbie Kaplan (who argued Edie Windsor‘s case before the Supreme Court); director and producer Alexandra Kerry (Dad is Secretary of State John Kerry); Laurie Tisch; and aspiring songstress Sky Ferreira, a frequent subject of lensman Terry Richardson. Read more

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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EXCLUSIVE: Your First Look at Adweek 35th Anniversary Cover

This is pretty iconic. To celebrate Adweek‘s 35th anniversary, the issue hitting newsstands Monday features on the cover industry vet Ron Berger, flanked by sons Cory (left) and Ryan (right).

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The photo was taken at the Berger family home in Bridgehampton by Jeremy Goldberg. Inside the November 11-17 issue is an associated photo portfolio “The Family Business”, showcasing other progeny who’ve assumed the ad industry mantle from mom and-or dad. Among those featured alongside the Bergers are Hugh Hefner with son Cooper and George Schweitzer, president of marketing at CBS, with wunderkind daughter Callie (currently the director of digital innovation at TIME magazine).

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Cosmo Appoints Special Projects Director

Laura Brounstein has been named Cosmopolitan’s special projects director. Brounstein comes to Cosmo from Bauer Publishing, where she most recently served as editorial director for its Teen Group.

According to Cosmo, Brounstein will be responsible for “executing and generating off-the-page ideas for the brand and contributing as an editor and writer to the magazine.”

Brounstein begins November 1. She’ll report to Joanna Coles, Cosmo’s editor.

Joanna Coles, Wendy Williams and the Inside Story on the New JFK Book

LunchAtMichaelsForget about having to dig out a coat for the first time this season to ward off this morning’s chilly temps, the real sign of fall here is that the power lunch scene is back in full swing at Michael’s. Today the dining room was full of famous faces (Al Roker and wife Deborah Roberts at separate tables, Wendy Williams, Star Jones); entertainment bigwigs (Tad Smith, Nick Verbitsky); social swans (Margo Nederlander and pals); and more spinmeisters than there are Kardashian tabloid covers on any given week. You get the picture.

Fall also means the launch of a plethora of “important” titles and made-for-gift-giving books. I was joined today by Steve Koepp, editorial director of Time Home Entertainment, the book publishing division of Time Inc., who gave me the inside story on the company’s impressive and incredibly diverse fall list. He came toting three books to illustrate the point: the just-published Zoom: Surprising Ways to Supercharge Your Career by Daniel Roberts, born out of Fortune‘s compulsively readable “40 Under 40″ annual list and featuring original interviews from headline-making top execs, including Marissa Mayer and Under Armour founder Kevin Plank; LIFE‘s bookazine The Wizard of Oz: 75 Years Along the Yellow Brick Road; and JFK: His Enduring Legacy (published by Time as both a book and bookazine).

Steven Koepp and Diane Clehane

Steven Koepp and Diane Clehane

Between bites of Cobb salad, Steve told me the book business is, in fact, thriving over at Time Inc. thanks to the company’s multi-pronged approach to reaching all different readers with books that often connect them back to those people and eras that “resonate” and seem to grow more iconic over time. This is certainly true with The Day Kennedy Died from Life, which Steve described to me as “magisterial.” Certainly sounds like it. Due out Oct. 15, ahead of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the book is full of fascinating reporting, artifacts and images from Nov. 22, 1963. In fact, there is so much material that has been thoughtfully assembled that the book comes with a magnetic closure to hold a full-size exact replica of the issue of Life published immediately after Kennedy’s assassination as well as a gatefold with the entire Zapruder film — all 486 frames — published for the first time. Reporting includes the “centerpiece” of the book: a narrative by Dick Stolley, then the magazine’s Los Angeles bureau chief who flew into Dallas after the shooting and recounts his experience covering the event that made the world stand still. Read more

David Zaslav, David Zinczenko and the Next Big Name in Fashion

1003_mockup.gifOn any given Wednesday, the Michael’s dining room is chock full of moguls (David Zaslav, David Zinczenko) and mavens largely known to faithful readers of this column, and today was no exception. Yet, every once in a while, I’m lucky enough to meet people who, despite their impressive accomplishments, have managed to keep a relatively low profile.

Today was one of those days thanks to David Thalberg, founder of The Thalberg Group, who introduced me to a fascinating woman. If you’ve never heard of Lisa Sun, founder and CEO of Project Gravitas, trust me, you will. The Taiwanese-born, Ivy League-educated entrepreneur learned the ropes working at McKinsey & Co for 11 years, advising clients in the U.S., Asia, Europe and Latin America on strategic issues for the firm’s global luxury fashion and beauty practice. And, it’s clear in talking to her, that the inspired ideas behind her new business have been percolating for a long, long time.

Armed with degrees in biology and political science from Yale and a lifelong passion for fashion, Lisa rose through the ranks to become McKinsey’s resident expert on the luxury and fashion markets. As such, Lisa gave plenty of keynote addresses at symposiums, including the American Express Luxury Summit. While living all over the world and developing her business acumen as her career progressed, she learned quickly that dressing the part was also a key strategy in building a successful career. Having been a size 22, size 8 and “now a proud size 12,” Lisa was determined to create a line of dresses that gave style-savvy women the fashion they craved and the self-assurance they needed. And that’s how Project Gravitas was born. “We are that dress,” explained Lisa. “The one you wear on the interview where you get that job, the one that inspires you to go to that party, the one that you slip on for that very important day. It’s the one you wear that makes you feel like, ‘Bring it on!’”

Lisa Sun and Diane Clehane

The collection of 10 ‘niche dresses’, available exclusively on Project Gravitas’ website, retail between $195- $295 with free shipping and returns (“By selling online, we can keep the retail price accessible”) and are manufactured exclusively in New York with fabrics from the finest Italian mills. Here’s the real secret ingredient that is sure to attract the attention of Spanx wearers everywhere: each dress is designed with built-in shapewear from high performance moisture-wicking fabric that is breathable and machine washable. Lisa told me, “I wanted to make the ‘treat me’ dress for the young executive who wants to trade up from Zara, the ‘super mom’ who wants to look good for date night. I think of these dresses as beautifully designed safety blankets.”

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