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Condé Nast Kicks Lucky to the Curb

Dakota FanningIt appears the reports of Lucky’s demise were not greatly exaggerated. In a major move, Condé Nast has spun off Lucky into a new company, titled The Lucky Group.

The Lucky Group is a joint venture between Lucky and BeachMint, an e-commerce platform. The print version of Lucky will continue, but make no mistake about it — this is a turn toward the digital for the brand.

The Lucky Group will be led by BeachMint’s Josh Berman as CEO, Lucky’s Eva Chen as chief creative officer, and Gillian Gorman Round as president. Even Anna Wintour is staying on as an “advisor,” though we wouldn’t be surprised if that arrangement didn’t last long.

Anyone who has been paying attention probably isn’t that surprised by this news. Lucky has been struggling for awhile, and its dismal September ad page showing might have been the final nail in the coffin. The glossy’s all-important September issue only featured 90 ad pages, a whopping 34 percent decline from last year’s issue.

Please keep all Lucky puns/jokes (Lucky wasn’t so lucky, Lucky was unlucky, Lucky could’ve used more luck, etc.) to yourself.

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How Kate Bolick Ended Up on the Cover of The Atlantic

Kate Bolick set the blogosphere on fire with her popular Atlantic article, “All The Single Ladies.” But it wasn’t just the behemoth nine-page, 12,000-plus-word piece that made headlines. The cover was also a rarity, an occurrence that only took place a handful of times in the magazine’s 154-year history.

“It wasn’t in the original plan at all. I hadn’t finished writing the piece yet when my editor called to say, ‘Now, they’re thinking about putting you on the cover.’ That blew my mind,” she shared in mediabistro.com’s  Hey, How’d You Do That?.

“My understanding on the reason they wanted to illustrate the piece with me is because it was in my voice,  [and the photos] further personalized the material” she said. “I love The Atlantic, but I had been feeling critical of how it has handled so-called ‘female topics.’ Would they have done this if the article had been written by a man? If a woman is writing about being unmarried, the first thing the reader thinks is, ‘How much of this has to do with what she looks like?’ I did have that critique of [my being on the cover], even though it was of myself.”

Read the full interview to find out how Bolick scored a book and TV deal for the article.

Kate Bolick Brings ‘All the Single Ladies’ to TV

Kate Bolick‘s nine-page, 12,000-plus-word Atlantic article on the economics of dating, “All The Single Ladies,” became the talk of the town last November — but the buzz didn’t end there.

When the issue came out, Bolick sent Drop Dead Diva‘s Josh Berman a copy of the piece for feedback.

“It wasn’t to say, ‘Here, can you turn this into a television show?’” she told mediabistro.com for its “Hey, How’d You Do That?“ series. “I had seen Drop Dead Diva and was surprised by the way he delved into women’s issues and comedy. I thought it was smart, contemporary and original. I sent the article to him saying, ‘What do you think? How could this be received in Hollywood? Would there ever be interest in something like this for television?’”

Turns out Berman not only loved the article, but wanted to option it with Sony.

Read the full interview to find out how Bolick did it and to get her tips for freelancing success.