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Hollywood Reporter Lists 35 ‘Most Powerful People in New York Media’

It’s list time! The Hollywood Reporter’s annual “most powerful people in New York media” list is out, and it features some staples (Roger Ailes) and some newcomers (Nick Denton). The list, now in its fourth year, honors “The men and women who shape the media message and interpret the sweep of the culture,” according to THR.

People love lists like this. It doesn’t really mean anything, yet everyone will be sure to humblebrag about being included. Media people love patting themselves on the back, and THR is giving them an open invitation to do so.

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Bloomberg Media’s CEO Talks Business

Justin Smith GJustin Smith, CEO of Bloomberg Media since late last summer, is speaking up about the company. In an interview with Ad Age, Smith discussed Businessweek, why Bloomberg TV is worth watching, and more. Below are a few highlights.

On Businessweek’s role at Bloomberg:

When we look at the financial performance of Businessweek, we don’t look at it in a silo; we look at in the broader role it plays in Bloomberg L.P. The same is true for a lot of our media assets. It’s a much broader perspective on the role of the Businessweek brand.

On the impact of Josh Tyrangiel, Businessweek’s editor, on Bloomberg TV:

Josh began taking on the TV responsibility, plus Businessweek, one month ago, beginning in January, so we’re sort of in the top of the first inning here. But the answer is yes. We’re looking to bring that kind of storytelling to the TV platform.

On how much he sees of Michael Bloomberg:

It is true that we’re working very near each other and he’s very interested in the media business, as he is his entire business.

Bloomberg Media Adds GE Exec Paul Marcum

bloomberg_logoBloomberg Media has named Paul Marcum its head of global digital innovation, a new role at the company. Marcum comes to Bloomberg Media from GE, where he has served as director of digital marketing and programming for the past three years.

In a memo to staffers that was obtained by Digiday, Justin Smith — Bloomberg Media’s CEO — said Marcum will “devise and implement digital product and commerce strategies across all platforms.”

Marcum joins Bloomberg January 13.

Josh Tyrangiel Taking Temporary Break from Businessweek

Josh Tyrangiel GJosh Tyrangiel, editor of Businessweek since 2009, is good at his job. And that’s why he’s being moved. According to a memo obtained by Daily Intel, Tyrangiel is taking a temporary break from Businessweek to help expand Bloomberg TV.

“I’ve asked Josh Tyrangiel to detach from Bloomberg Businessweek and join me and Andy full-time through the end of the year,” wrote Justin Smith, Bloomberg Media’s CEO. “Josh will help with all aspects of the strategy process, with a special focus on thinking through our plans for television.”

Tyrangiel is expected to miss about six issues.

Justin Smith Named Bloomberg Media CEO

Justin Smith, often credited with saving The Atlantic, is departing the company to become the new CEO of Bloomberg Media Group. Smith had been with Atlantic Media since 2007; serving as president since 2010.

In a lengthy “Letter of Appreciation,” sent to staffers, David Bradley, chairman of Atlantic Media, heaped praise upon Smith:

In my frame, Atlantic Media was earning its doctoral degree in modern media from one of modern media’s master practitioners. What Justin believed, he taught, and, as with Michael again, Justin’s beliefs were fierce: That the revolution underway in media is more radical than we—the industry—appreciate. That the contest between legacy and insurgent players is mortal, with advantage to the insurgents. That surviving legacy properties will have had to learn the disciplines of the insurgents—and that they can. That velocity is first among the virtues. That the speed of change is unprecedented. That ideas have their season but not more. From search to social media to native advertising to the next advantage. And, that Atlantic Media could and would and has leapt to the frontier.

At Bloomberg, Smith will be succeeding Andrew Lack, who had served as Bloomberg Media’s CEO since 2008. Lack will become chairman of Bloomberg Media Group.

Below is Bradley’s full note.

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Linda Douglass Reduces Role at Atlantic Media

Linda Douglass is reducing her role at Atlantic Media. Douglass had been with the company since 2010, serving as senior VP, global communications. According to a memo, she is shifting to a part-time, consulting position, because she wants to “experiment with the concept of more free time.”

Succeeding Douglass is Emily Lenzner, who comes to Altantic Media from her own consulting firm. She also served as executive director of communications for ABC News’ Washington DC bureau.

Below is the note announcing the change, from Atlantic Media’s president, Justin Smith.

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Atlantic Media Launches ‘Defense One,’ Covering Defense, National Security

Atlantic Media is expanding its brand with Defense One, a site that will cover United States defense and national security news. This doesn’t exactly get us excited, although we’d be interested in checking out a “The 27 Coolest Top Gun Call Signs” piece.

However, if you consider yourself among the “influentials in the national security community,” maybe Defense One is the site for you. Here’s how Justin Smith, president of Atlantic Media, sells the site:

Defense One will bring to this important market the disruptive combination of intelligent, indispensable journalism and leading edge digital expertise that is the hallmark of all of Atlantic Media’s properties. We see Defense One as a major growth venture and a core Atlantic Media brand.

Alright! Anyway, Defense One will launch late this summer if you’re curious.

Atlantic Media Revamps Site, Changes Logo

Out with the old, in with the new. Atlantic Media has revamped its website and updated its clunky old logo (pictured, right), in an effort to show that the company is “digital first.” The company behind The Atlantic, The Atlantic Wire, National Journal, Quartz and more, updated both the site and the logo with an eye toward minimalism, and it they definitely pulled it off.

The site uses HTML5, so that it appears the same across all platforms. It’s sleek and fast, and easy to navigate. The logo? Well, as you can see — the new logo is a much nicer look than the old one.

Justin Smith, Atlantic Media’s president, is obviously a big fan of the changes too. ”During a time of profound technological change, we have embraced the historic disruption facing our industry and assembled a stable of digital-first brands that reach leaders across all sectors — consumer, business, media, and government,” said Smith, in a statement. “We engage these audiences by producing high-quality journalism that is delivered through a range of formats consistent with shifting media consumption habits. Our new logo and website reflect the spirit of innovation that is at the heart of everything we do.”

Elizabeth Baker Keffer Promoted, Expands Duties at Atlantic Media

Elizabeth Baker Keffer, president of Atlantic Media’s Atlantic Live  — the events arm of the magazine — has been promoted. She will now take on the additional role of president of Quartz Live and senior vice president/group publisher of live events. Baker Keffer will now be responsible for expanding events for the recently launched business site, Quartz. She will also oversee best practices for any live event programs across the company.

“Elizabeth is a superb leader and represents the gold standard when it comes to conceptualizing and executing content-rich events aimed at influential audiences,” said Atlantic Media’s president, Justin Smith, in a statement. “She and her extremely talented team will bring enormous value to Quartz Live. And the entire company will benefit from her expertise in applying the highest standards of editorial quality, organization, and production to events across all divisions.”

Prior to serving as president of Atlantic Live, Baker Keffer was publisher of The Atlantic and executive vice president of Atlantic Media Group.

M. Scott Havens Named President of The Atlantic

M. Scott Havens has been named president of The Atlantic. Havens most recently served as Atlantic Media Company’s senior vice president of finance and digital preparations.

“Scott is the right person at the right time to take the helm of The Atlantic, our company’s flagship brand,” said Justin Smith, president of Atlantic Media Company, in a statement. “For the past few years, he has been Atlantic Media’s digital business brain, implementing a ‘digital first’ strategy within each of our companies. The Atlantic requires bold, innovative leadership to continue its phenomenal track record of success. Scott’s skills, temperament, and understanding of The Atlantic’s mission are just three of many reasons that he is uniquely equipped to rise to this challenge.”

Havens has been with Atlantic Media since 2009.

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