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Michael Provus Named Rolling Stone Publisher

Rolling-Stone-LOGO-2Michael Provus has been promoted from associate publisher to publisher of Rolling Stone. Provus had served as associate publisher since 2010.

Provus is succeeding Chris McLoughlin, who announced he was leaving amid some chaos at the magazine. The reports were that Gus Wenner forced COO John Gruber to fire an exec over the phone, and that led to Gruber leaving the title as well.

Provus’ appointment is effective immediately.

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Anything But a (Star-Spangled) Banner Week at Wenner Media

WennerMediaLogoHoly cow. According to Lisa Granatstein, managing editor at Mediabistro’s very-soon-to-be sister publication Adweek, this happened at Wenner Media:

[COO John] Gruber was ordered to fire Rolling Stone‘s head of brand and content and marketing solutions over the phone while the exec was on vacation after newly promoted Wenner Media digital chief Gus Wenner was said to have told his father that he didn’t like him, the sources added.

Not surprisingly, Gruber has bolted. Granatstein notes that this is the highest-ranking shuffle at Wenner Media since Gruber took over for Kent Brownridge in 2005. She also got confirmation of another major departure – Rolling Stone publisher Chris McLoughlin.

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Wenner Media Adds Chief Digital Officer

David Kang has been named Chief Digital Officer of Wenner Media. He comes to the company from Hearst Magazines, where he most recently worked as Creative Director of Content Extensions. At Wenner Kang will be responsible for all paid content, ad sales, social media and e-commerce for Wenner’s brands, across all digital platforms.

“David’s deep experience and expertise in digital will be an asset to Wenner Media,” said John Gruber, the company’s Chief Operating Officer. “We look forward to working with David as he develops new ways to connect and engage our audience and further increase our brands’ multiplatform reach.”

Kang’s first day will be January 20.