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Paul Caine Sounds Off on Radio’s Next Act

LunchAtMichaelsIt was wall-to-wall mavens and moguls at Michael’s today with EICs of those swanky design books (Architectural Digest, House Beautiful and Veranda) holding court in one corner of the dining room (I guess living well really is the best revenge), while the usual bold-faced names and social swans exchanged air kisses in the other. I was joined today by Paul Caine, CEO of audio content syndicator Westwood One, one of the nicest and most successful guys in the media biz (and I’m sure I don’t have to tell you just how rare a description that is around here). Paul has had himself one heck of a year having joined Westwood One (back when it was known as Dial Global — more on that later) in March from Time Inc., where he was EVP Chief Revenue Officer and Group President.

Since joining the newly christened Westwood One, Paul has been doing what he does best — positioning his brand in the best possible light for prospective advertisers. It was clear from talking to him he’s found a new calling as an audio content advocate. I had to begin by asking Paul why he left the Time Inc. mothership after 23 years and ahead of Time Inc’s planned spin-off  after having had such a successful tenure and largely considered one of its rising stars. He had been responsible for global ad revenue for all of the company’s magazines, including People and Sports Illustrated, while spearheading new initiatives to roll out new ad products across all platforms. His name had been floated in several published reports as a possible successor to Time Inc.’s former CEO Laura Lang (coincidentally the man who got the job, Joseph Ripp, was seated on the other side of the dining room), but Paul told me that when he was first approached in January about his current job, “Initially, I wasn’t interested. I was not looking to leave.”

Diane Clehane and Paul Caine

Diane Clehane and Paul Caine

It was only after talking to advertisers when, during conversations, the question ‘What about radio?’ came up time and again that Paul began to seriously consider making a move.” I had a great time at Time Inc.,” he told me. “The brands are fantastic. (Time Inc. editor-in-chief) Martha Nelson is fantastic and I’m optimistic about their future.” As far as the prospects after the spin-off: “What I know from afar is that they are uniquely positioned to succeed. Print is healthy.”

But audio content is what the future is all about, says Paul, and Westwood One has got over 225 million listeners a week to prove it. “We spend one third of our day listening to audio content — music, talk radio, sports, news.” The company is the only broadcast medium with exclusive rights to the NFL, NCAA, the Masters and EPL (English Premier League soccer) as well as serving as home for the radio broadcasts of John Tesh (who just celebrated ten years with the company), Charles Osgood, Dennis Miller and Billy Bush.  Read more

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Sarah Medford Cut from Architectural Digest

Sarah MedfordArchitectural Digest’s executive editor, has been ousted. WWD reports that Medford was forced out, but a magazine spokesperson refused to comment.

Medford had been with Architectural Digest since 2010, when Margaret Russell brought her aboard from Town & Country. Medford had been with Town & Country for 16 years.

Stephen Wallis, most recently Architectural Digest’s features editor, is succeeding Medford.

Architectural Digest Names New Style Editor

Architectural Digest has named Anne Monoky its new Style Editor. Monoky was most recently with Harper’s Bazaar as its Fashion News Editor.

Margaret Russell, Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Digest, said Monoky will be responsible for attending shows on behalf of the title and cover home furnishings, luxury goods, fashion, and jewelry.

Under Russell, Architectural Digest Sees Huge Gains

The March ad page results are in – and according to min, Architectural Digest, in its first issue under new Editor-in-Chief Margaret Russell – is the big winner. The magazine jumped from 50 pages in March, 2010 to 91 this year – a whopping 80 percent gain. We’d like to say that FishbowlNY’s positive thoughts about Russell were responsible somehow, even if they had nothing to do with it at all.

The rest of the top five magazines for March ad pages features a few familiar faces, and something called Texas Monthly. We have no idea either.

  1. Architectural Digest – 80 percent gain
  2. People StyleWatch – 75 percent gain
  3. Seventeen – 66 percent gain
  4. Texas Monthly – 43 percent gain
  5. Elle Decor – 39 percent gain

Three Titles See a Positive March

Food Network Magazine, Elle Decor and Architectural Digest all saw an improvement in ad pages for this year’s March issues, MinOnline is reporting.

The first themed issue for Food Network Magazine – Italian cooking/recipes – saw an almost nine percent increase in ad pages from March 2010, according to Publisher Vicki Wellington. Elle Decor got an even bigger increase, up 37 percent, from 80 ad pages last year, to 110 for March of this year. But Architectural Digest – with new Editor-in-Chief Margaret Russell on board, was the biggest winner of the three – ad pages were up a staggering 80 percent from 50 in March 2010, to 90 this year.

Now those magazines only need to repeat that success for the rest of eternity.

Margaret Russell Speaks on the Revamped Architectural Digest

Margaret Russell is the Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Digest, and in today’s New York Times she describes how she’s going to save the faltering magazine.

For a magazine dedicated to design, the knock on Architectural Digest was that it didn’t keep up with the times and had a stiff look. Starting with the March issue, Russell intended to change all that – but not too much. She says her ultimate goal is “preserving and respecting the brand’s DNA. At its essence, AD is still a dream book: it’s about the dream of living well.”

She also says that her team is dedicating a lot of time to the website, making it more appealing to the younger reader the magazine is hoping to attract.

With the right amount of enthusiasm and talent, anything is possible, so here’s hoping she pulls it off.

Architectural Digest Continues To Bolster Editing Staff

After adding four editors to her team last week, Architectural Digest editor-in-chief Margaret Russell was back at it again today, naming Erin Swift market editor and Quy Nguyen associate style editor.  Both Swift and Nguyen will contribute to print and online initiatives by overseeing home-furnishing markets and attending design shows on behalf of the magazine.  While the two editors will have similar responsibilities, Nguyen’s role will concentrate more on antiques and collecting.

Before Architectural Digest, Swift was market editor for Elle Decor, a contributing style editor at Elegant Bride, and market editor at O at Home.  Nguyen most recently served as the senior associate collecting editor at Martha Stewart Living and helped Bower Antiques roll out their online antiques business.

Architectural Digest Adds To Its Editorial Team

Margaret Russell, Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Digest, says there are four additions to the team. They include James Reginato, Carlos Mota, Carolina Irving, and Elizabeth Sverbeyeff Byron. Reginato will serve as Editor-at-Large, Mota as Contributing International Style Editor, Irving as Contributing Design Editor, and Byron as Contributing Art and Architecture Editor.

It’s not known if George Costanza still contributes to the magazine. You might recognize Costanza’s work from the 1994 addition to the Guggenheim, which was built extremely quickly.

Elle Decor Lands New (Old) Executive Editor

elle_decor_magazine.jpgElle Decor‘s getting a makeover. Michael Boodro, who stepped down as editor-in-chief of Martha Stewart Living in January, will join the Hachette Filipacchi Media publication as its executive editor — a position he held in 2005. He’ll be responsible for overseeing all of the book’s editorial content.

Boodro replaces Mitchell Owens who will become editor-at-large.

“I am thrilled to welcome Michael back to Elle Decor,” Margaret Russell, editor-in-chief said in a statement. “He is an amazing talent and a trusted expert in the shelter category. His sophisticated editorial tone and extraordinary experience will be a terrific asset to the magazine.”

The full release is after the jump.

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FBLA Exclusive: Top Design–India Hicks Guest Judge for Thrift Shop Challenge

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Top Design’s second season should start with a bang–the first elimination challenge finds the design hopefuls working in teams of 4, armed with $2000 to be spent at a thrift store, a junkyard, a hardware store and the “Top Design Showroom”.

India Hicks is the first guest judge, and Jonathan Adler, Margaret Russell and Kelly Wearstler are back. Their criteria for this first challenge, at least, are “overall style, originality, taste, creativity, arrangement of merch”–and the judges are experts in these areas, allegedly.

Judging by the overflowing dumpster, the 80s never left. There’s wallpaper, flooring, fabric and junk food wrappers. We’re breathless with anticipation–could Cheetos be a real design trend?