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Robb Report Acquisition is Good News for Detroit

RockbridgeGrowthEquityLogoBesides the odd billionaire, executive and successful actor, one of the other things linking Malibu to Detroit is of course cars. Vanity Fair recently chronicled the joy Robert Downey Jr. derives from tooling up and down the PCH in a Corvette, he being one of a number of such owner-examples.

Today, thanks to some news involving Malibu luxury publication Robb Report, there will soon be some reverse Malibu/Motor City synergy. As a result of the magazine’s acquisition by private equity firm Rockbridge Growth Equity, a Robb Report office will open in downtown Detroit sometime next year. At a price-per-metropolitan-square-foot we imagine will still be about as low as can be found. From today’s announcement:

“It is always thrilling to provide the needed capital and support to a motivated and smart leadership team who sit at the center of an internationally growing space that is primed for innovation and creativity,” said Rockbridge managing partner Brian Hermelin. “We believe Rockbridge and its family of companies’ operational expertise and infrastructure, particularly in the areas of marketing and technology, will help leverage the opportunity for Robb Report to grow at an accelerated pace.”

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Gwyneth Takes the Goop Gloves Off

Remember that business last month, via Porter magazine, wherein Martha Stewart opined that Gwyneth Paltrow “just needs to be quiet”? Well, Stewart may soon be exclaiming: “She just needs to stay out of the print magazine business!”

LisaGershLinkedInPer Keith J. Kelly’s report, the hiring by Paltrow of former Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia CEO-president Lisa Gersh (pictured) as Goop CEO could be a prelude to the actress expanding her website brand into that Stewart, Oprah USPS territory:

Gersh, 55, who worked at NBC before MSLO and co-founded Oxygen Media, hinted that part of her job at Goop would be to bring new products to market. But she did not say if any of those new products would be a magazine.

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XXL Magazine Going Digital-Only [Updated]

xxl-march-2011According to Keith J. Kelly, it’s an all-digital future for a trio of publications acquired by Townsquare Media from Harris Publications. Antenna magazine was relaunched as digital-only in July; XXL will go all-digital after the next bi-monthly print issue hits newsstands; and King-mag.com will be Web relaunched.

From Kelly’s item:

“We incubated something digitally, but the Townsquare people can take it to the next level with their digital expertise,” said Ben Harris, president of Harris Publications, which started XXL in 1997 to rival Vibe.

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Wenner Media CRO Bolts to Apple University

DavidKangLinkedInLast month, the New York Times offered a rare peek inside Apple’s internal employee training program. Reporter Brian X. Chen didn’t exactly get a mountain of details from the three staffers he spoke to, on the QT. Rather, just some program tidbits and a reminder of Apple U’s cloak:

It is highly secretive and rarely written about, referred to briefly in the biography of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. Apple employees are discouraged from talking about the company in general, and the classes are no exception. No pictures of the classrooms have surfaced publicly. And a spokeswoman for Apple declined to make instructors available for interviews for this article.

Not so top secret, according to intrepid New York Post media reporter Keith J. Kelly, is the identity of Apple University’s newest teacher. Joining the program at the end of the month will be David Kang, recently promoted at Wenner Media to the position of chief revenue officer. From Kelly’s report:

On the Wenner front, the move suggests that Jann Wenner’s succession plan may have hit a speed bump.

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Details Taps New Publisher

You can’t win them all.

DrewSchutteLinkedInAs we reported last month, WWD summarized the rumor mill of names being mentioned for the vacant Details publisher slot. Nowhere in that summary was the individual today disclosed. From Keith J. Kelly‘s report:

Condé Nast on Monday chose a Web-focused executive from its ranks as the new publisher at Details — signalling it wants to jump start the title’s nascent digital efforts.

Drew Schutte, a former publisher of Wired and The New Yorker, who was most recently executive vice president and chief integration officer at the publishing giant, replaces Kevin Martinez, who was lured to Maxim a month ago.

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Louise Blouin Tells Media Reporter to Stop the Harassment

ArtInfoLogoNever a dull moment at Louise Blouin Media. Especially when the New York Post‘s Keith J. Kelly inserts himself into the mix.

Per Kelly’s latest LBM dispatch, he dropped by the company’s offices late last week to inquire about an outage of the outfit’s main website (since fixed). The receptionist informed Kelly that Blouin was in a meeting, so he left his business card:

Later Thurday afternoon, Blouin e-mailed me to say, “We had someone hack in. I will ask you to stop harassing us. And never to email us [or come] to our premises again.”

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Ross Levinsohn Segues to Scout Media

Per Keith J. Kelly, there has been no shortage of high-level activity at Scout Media.

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The company secured backing from the Pilot Group, a venture capital fund headed by former AOL CEO Bob Pittman. It amalgamated North American Hunter, PGA Sports and other media assets from Pittman’s North American Membership Group. And this week, it welcomed a very recognizable executive chairman – former Guggenheim Media CEO Ross Levinsohn:

Levinsohn will once again be teaming up with James Heckman, Scout’s CEO and founder. Heckman had exited as head of global media strategy for Yahoo shortly after new CEO Marissa Mayer nixed his plan to aggressively remake the company.

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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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A Big Mess at Louise Blouin Media

New York Post media reporter Keith J. Kelly has been doing a great job of documenting the ongoing turmoil at Louise Blouin Media.

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His latest dispatch re-affirms payment delays faced by various domestic and foreign freelancers, and highlights two major recent defections:

Art + Auction senior editor Julie Baumgardner was working late one night when water started dripping from the ceiling, sources told Media Ink.

“The next morning the whole office was flooded, and it sat like that for weeks, as Louise would have to pay to have it cleaned,” said a source. “The staff cleaned it up, but it was there so long mold appeared everywhere, and they had to evacuate. Julie walked out in early May over the issue. She just got up and left.”

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Specter of Philip Seymour Hoffman Looms Over National Enquirer NYC Relocation

ShutterstockPhilipSeymourHoffman2009AcademyAwardsOn Tuesday, Keith J. Kelly broke the news that the National Enquirer was relocating its editorial operations to New York City from Boca Raton. And that, according to his sources, the decision to not include editor-in-chief Tony Frost in the migration was payback for a huge, recent mess:

Frost’s ouster comes months after an embarrassing February Enquirer story that falsely claimed the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman had a gay lover. Insiders claim the Hoffman story cost Frost his job, but the tabloid’s publisher, American Media Inc., denies there is a connection between the two.

Today, in a subsequent piece by New York Times staff reporter James Barron, the man taking over in Lower Manhattan for Frost – Dylan Howard – reiterates the company line:

Howard denied that the changes had to do with an Enquirer article published after the death of the actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in February…

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