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Radhika Jones is Named an Executive Editor at Time

Radhika Jones has been promoted to executive editor at Time magazine. Jones, who has been with the pub three years today, has edited the last two TIME 100 issues and the Mark Zuckerberg “Person of the Year” issue.

Jones joined Time from the Paris Review, where she was managing editor. She began her journalism career at the Moscow Times, where she started as a copy editor.

Jones joins Time’s two other executive editors, Nancy Gibbs and Jim Frederick, who is also the managing editor of TIME.com.

Memo from Time Inc. EIC John Huey and Time managing editor Rick Stengel, after the jump…

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Joan Collins, Dennis Basso And The Media Mob

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— DIANE CLEHANE

The biblical rain didn’t keep the crowds away from Michael’s today. The media mavens were networking at warp speed (Bonnie Fuller, we mean you) while the social swans and style set enjoyed their usual air-kissed filled leisurely lunches.

Oh, to have a rich husband (or good divorce attorney) and deep-pocketed clients. We can dream, can’t we?

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Fidelis Global’s Gerry Byrne and Hollywoodlife.com‘s Bonnie Fuller jointly hosting what Gerry tells me is the first of a series’ of  lunches with “influencers.” The tastemakers at the table today were HL’s CRO Alyson Racer, Showtime’s main man Matt BlankCosmopolitan’s Donna Lagani, Caroline Hirsch, MediaLink’s Wenda Millard and Marie Claire’s fashion director, Nina Garcia.

2. Alexis Carrington lives! Joan Collins, sporting an ensemble that would have passed muster at the royal wedding, with husband Percy Gibson, producer Terry Allen Kramer and Joyce Rubin.

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong and Men’s Health head honcho David Zinczenko. This was Joe’s second lunch at Michael’s this week. On Monday, he came by with his sister Marilyn Spence and her husband Don who were  in visiting from Plano, Texas. The trio, I’m told, had a grand old time.

4.  Peter Brown and Liz Smith, looking none the worse for wear from a recent hip injury. The indomitable Liz, who got plenty of hugs from her pals in the dining room,  dished with fellow Texan Joe Armstrong until Peter arrived.

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Time Inc. Names New Editor-in-Chief of Essence

John Huey, Editor-in-Chief of Time Inc., has announced that Constance C.R. White is the new Editor-in-Chief of Essence, effective March 21st.

White comes to Essence from eBay, where she served as Style Director, Brand Consultant and Spokesperson. Her responsibilities there – designing content aimed at women – will surely serve her well at Essence. White has also had quite the career in fashion, working as a Style Reporter for The New York Times, Executive Fashion Editor for Elle, and Associate Editor at Women’s Wear Daily.

Michelle Ebanks, President of Essence, said of White joining the team:

As a visionary and consummate communicator, Constance has established an unparalleled connection with women across multiple platforms. She is passionate about the needs of black women and making sure that they have the tools to make their boldest dreams come true.

Dust Begins to Settle at Time Inc.

Time Inc. has divided duties among three top executives to oversee things until the company finds a replacement for Jack Griffin. Dubbed the Three Wise Men (don’t quote us on that) the trio includes Chief Financial Officer Howard Averill, Editor-in-Chief John Huey and General Counsel Maurice Edelson.

Averill’s duties are expanding the most of the three to include U.S. marketing and ad sales, as well as Time Inc. operations based in Mexico and Britain. Huey continues to be in charge of editorial content for such heavy hitters as Sports Illustrated, Time and Fortune. Edelson, meanwhile, sees his responsibilities grow to include managing Time Inc.’s administrative groups.

No word on if the three execs will retain these added duties when a new CEO is found, or where the trio plans on finding gold, frankincense, and myrrh in the city, but we’ll keep you posted.

Lunch: Hoda Kotb, Dan Abrams & George Stephanopoulos Brave the St. Pat’s Crowds

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— DIANE CLEHANE

The hardcore Michael’s regulars weren’t about to let a little thing like the Saint Patrick’s Day parade get in the way of their power lunch today. After a slow start, the dining room filled up nicely with plenty of media mavens and talking heads. The Today show’s Hoda Kotb was among the first to arrive and looked smashing in her emerald floral sheath by Adrienne Papel. “I’m meeting Dan Abrams, but he’s coming from downtown so I hope he makes it,” said Hoda, having made her way through the few thousand extra people clogging up the sidewalks on the East Side.

With Kathie Lee Gifford on vacation this week, Hoda has been enjoying something of a television time warp with her guest co-hosts. On Monday, she was joined by Beverly Hills 90210‘s resident good guy Jason Priestley, Growing Pains‘s Kirk Cameron came by on Tuesday, and his TV dad Alan Thicke was today’s blast from the past. “Tomorrow, Ralph Macchio from The Karate Kid is coming in and Friday it’s Andrew Shue. I’m having a lot of fun.” Turns out Hoda is something of a sitcom aficionado and can easily reel off her TV favorites from days gone by: “I loved Growing Pains, Who’s The Boss, Rhoda, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” We could have talked about iconic TV hits forever, but luckily Dan did make it uptown and lunch went on as planned.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. This year’s “Kelly Gang” contingent: New York Post‘s media man Keith Kelly with a table full of revelers, including Jim Kelly, Tom Kelly, and Kelly Delaney.

2. George Stephanopoulos and David Anton. I caught George on his way to his table to ask who he thought should take his Sunday morning seat. “I don’t know!” he said with a smile and dashed off before I could get in a follow-up.

3. Margo McNabb Nederlander and another stylish blonde gal we didn’t recognize

4. Hoda Kotb and Dan Abrams

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Lunch: Charlie Rose, Dan Abrams & The Rain-Soaked Usual Suspects

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— DIANE CLEHANE

The biblical rain kept most of the moguls and media mavens away today. So, rather than people watch, I passed the time by flipping through the latest issue of Avenue featuring an ultra-glam Katie Couric on the cover. The glossy devotes eight (!) pages to the CBS Evening News anchor and photographed her dripping in diamonds and sporting gowns by red carpet favorites Alberta Ferretti and Monique Lhuiller. Interviewed by Law & Order SVU‘s Mariska Hargitay, Katie says, “Looking sexy is not my goal when I’m at work.” Obviously, it’s a different story when she’s not sitting behind the anchor desk.

I lunched today with my longtime pal Trica Jean-Baptiste, who is the principal of her own public relations firm specializing in the travel and tourism industries. We met years ago through New York Women in Communications (NYWICI) where she served on the board. Trica brought along another NYWICI member, Ross Ellis, who works on the organization’s tireless Matrix committee. We all agreed that Brian Williams will be a fabulous host for next year’s Matrix Awards. Remember Rosie O’Donnell‘s disastrous expletive-fueled turn at hosting a few years back? We’ll never forget it — and we’ve tried. Besides working on Matrix, Ross helms the not-for-profit group, Love Our Children USA, which works to end abuse and educate families about stopping violence against children. The organization has been going strong for eleven years and Ross, who was an abused child herself, has garnered the support of an impressive roster of celebrities including Bette Midler and Elton John. Both have donated great items for the group’s online auction going on right now at charityfolks.com. (Get your bids in soon, because it ends Friday.) These days, Ross is hard at work on next year’s National Love Our Children Day which is scheduled for April 10. Mark your calendars!

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

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

2. Nielsen’s Gerry Byrne and Fox5′s Greg Kelly

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong and HarperCollins’ publisher Jonathan Burnham. I couldn’t wait to get some dish-y morsel about Sarah Palin‘s new book Going Rogue due November 17. “What was the most surprising thing about working with her?” I asked. Jon deferred with a wry smile saying, “My lips are sealed.” I guess we’re going to have to wait for her appearance on Oprah the day before the book is released for the scoop. Here’s hoping the former governor includes a Wednesday lunch at Michael’s on her itinerary for what’s sure to be a whirlwind media tour.

4. Dan Abrams (in jeans!) and John Josephson

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Time, Fortune Put Detroit On The Cover

time detroit.jpgAs if buying a house in Detroit to house a bureau there wasn’t enough, Time Inc. is featuring the Motor City on the upcoming issues of both Time and Fortune.

Time Inc. Editor-in-Chief John Huey explained the move in his letter to readers, featured in both magazines:

“Not all that long ago, Detroit was one of the richest places in the country, the citadel of the auto age, the ‘arsenal of democracy,’ the nexus of technology and innovation. Today it struggles for its life…Our challenge is to bring a sense of surprise, discovery, enlightenment, horror, joy, inspiration and fun to the reality of Detroit. And that reality is that Detroit, like all other cities, is human. Beneath the statistics and the headlines, people live there. They struggle with profound change, they fight to raise and educate their families, they mourn the past, and they hope for a brighter future.”

Time‘s cover story, written by Detroit native Daniel Okrent, focuses on the city’s rich history and its hope for the future.

Fortune, which focuses on General Motors, highlights the impact the auto industry had in the growth of Detroit, and takes a look at GM’s management under new president and CEO Fritz Henderson. There’s also a strange kinship between Fortune and GM:

“General Motors and Fortune have grown up together too. As Time Inc. founder Henry Luce was creating the modern business magazine at the end of the 1920s, GM was passing Ford to become the world’s largest automaker.

In 1930, when — Depression be damned — Luce launched Fortune, GM showed its grit by introducing the first Cadillac with a 16-cylinder engine. When GM’s legendary CEO Alfred P. Sloan published his landmark memoir, ‘My Years With General Motors,’ in 1963, the title page bore the name of his collaborator, a Fortune editor named John McDonald.”

With Time Inc.’s Assignment Detroit well under way, we’re probably going to see many more stories about the city in the future, shining a light on a struggling city in the midst of change. Good journalism and good stories are never a bad thing. As Huey says, “After spending a couple of days there…we found that you could not throw a rock in Detroit without hitting a good story.”

We look forward to reading lots of them.

Earlier: Time Inc. Launches Assignment Detroit

Hachette’s Parent: No Talks With Hearst Over Elle

aug elle.pngAn incendiary story in today’s New York Post has prompted Lagardère Active, the parent company of Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S., to issue a staunch denial.

In today’s “Media Ink” column, the Post‘s Keith Kelly said an unnamed source had told him Lagardère was in talks with Hearst Corp. about possibly taking over the U.S. operations of Hachette’s Elle magazine.

“The most likely scenario would be the creation of a joint venture or long-term licensing deal, similar to how Hearst publishes Marie Claire. That magazine is printed in the U.S. through a licensing deal between Hearst and Marie Claire Album, a Paris-based company that’s owned by Lagardère,” Kelly reported, citing his anonymous source.

But this morning, Lagardère issued a statement saying Kelly’s report was all wrong.

“Following an article published today in the New York Post, Lagardère Active…formally denies being in negotiation with Hearst Corp Group,” the statement said. “There are no ongoing talks on a joint venture or licensing agreement with Hearst Corp Group regarding Elle magazine in the US.”

If that’s the truth, how did Kelly manage to get things so wrong?

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As Business Magazines Stuggle, Fortune Revamps

fortune.pngYes, business magazines are in trouble. This week there’s been news of BusinessWeek going up for sale and Forbes.com‘s CEO stepping down.

Now, The New York Post‘s Keith Kelly says Time Inc. editor-in-chief John Huey has turned his attention towards Fortune. Kelly reports that Huey has put together “a high-level SWAT team of in-house and external experts,” to revamp the magazine, although it’s been a balancing act trying not to alienate managing editor Andy Serwer.

“I’m intimately involved in the process,” Serwer told Kelly. “Times are tough in the category, but this is a commitment to moving ahead into 2010.”

Update: A source with knowledge of the situation told FishbowlNY that Fortune is going through a refresh, but it’s something that every Time Inc. title goes through every now and then. In addition, Serwer has been in charge of the update since the beginning and his relationship with Huey remains strong, our source said.

And speaking of ways to save a business magazine, BusinessWeek‘s own Stephen Baker has some thoughts about the challenges that the new owners might face, and how they can start to make the finished product more attractive to readers.

Cottage Living Magazine and Website Shuttered

memo-pad2.jpgThe fallout from the sweeping Time Inc. layoffs continues with last night’s announcement that the company intends to shutter four-year-old Cottage Living and close down its accompanying website CottageLiving.com. The November/December issue of the shelter magazine will be its last.

In a statement that accompanied the news a Time Inc. spokesperson said: “Since its inception, Cottage Living attracted significant advertiser support and fostered a loyal following among readers…However, the economic downturn has particularly affected the shelter market, and while the brand was genuinely loved by readers and advertisers alike, the economy inhibited its ability to grow.” Cottage Living launched in 2004 quickly becoming “the single-largest, ad-page tally for a Time Inc. launch” it was subsequently named Startup of the Year by Adweek Magazine in 2005. WWD says that the magazine employed 47 staffers, “of which nine will be placed within other Time Inc. publications” and that the company plans to “keep the Cottage Living brand alive in one of its other leading shelter titles.”

And this may just be the beginning of a long day for Time Inc. employees.

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