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More Changes at the Top for Time Inc. [Updated]

TimeLifeBuildingRockCenter_articleboxThe shuffling at Time Inc. continues. The New York Post reports that Leslie Picard — president of Time Inc. Branded Solutions — is the latest to leave the company. Picard had been with Time Inc. since 2008.

Picard is rumored to be leaving because new hires by Time Inc. haven’t played nice:

Picard is said to have been ‘big footed’ by the arrival of Mark Ford, an executive vice president ad sales, so much so that Ford actually wanted to move into the large office she occupied.

No one likes being big footed. Or Yeti’d, for that matter.

Picard isn’t the only big change. Eric Danetz, currently the chief revenue officer at Defy Media, is rumored to be named Fortune’s new publisher today.

The moves come amid other big changes for Time Inc. Just last week Scott Havens left The Atlantic to join the company, and Fran Hauser, a veteran of Time Inc. since 2003, departed.

Update (10:06 am):
It’s official — Danetz is Fortune’s new publisher. Jed Hartman, group publisher of Time Inc.’s News and Business Group, just sent out the announcement. You can read the memo below.

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Time Inc. Streamlines Structure, Eliminates Jobs

TimeLifeBuildingRockCenter_articleboxThe reshaping of Time Inc. continues. According to a memo from Joe Ripp, Time Inc.’s CEO, the company is streamlining its structure by eliminating the brand clusters (like Style Group, News Group, etc.) and therefore, cutting jobs. The biggest departure is that of David Geithner, who had been with Time Inc. for over 20 years. Ed Kelly, CEO of American Express Publishing is also out.

Without the brand groupings, Evelyn Webster and Todd Larsen will be taking on larger roles. Webster will now oversee All You, Black Ink, Cooking Light, Coastal Living, Departures, Essence, Food & Wine, Health, InStyle, People StyleWatch, People en Español, Real Simple, Southern Living, Sunset, This Old House, Travel + Leisure, and IPC.

Larsen will oversee People, Entertainment Weekly, Time, Sports Illustrated, Fortune, CNNMoney, Money, Golf, SI for Kids, Time for Kids and Mexico’s GEx.

In the same memo, Ripp announced that Mark Ford will be joining the company as executive VP of ad sales. You can read Ripp’s entire note below.

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Brendan Ripp Named Sports Illustrated Publisher

Brendan Ripp has been named publisher of Sports Illustrated. Ripp moves to the magazine from Fortune, where he served as VP of sales and marketing. Prior to that, Ripp — the son of Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp — was publisher of Money and Time.

“Brendan has a long and accomplished history with the News & Sports Group, where he has held a number of leadership positions at each of our brands over the past 14 years,” wrote Todd Larsen, Time Inc.’s executive VP/group president News and Sports, in a memo to staffers.

Ripp will report to Mark Ford, Time Inc. executive VP/Sports Group president.

See below for Larsen’s full note.

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Dishing With Countess LuAnn de Lesseps; Willie Geist and Lawrence O’Donnell Hold Court

lunch logoThe oppressive heat couldn’t keep the faithful away  from Michael’s today. I haven’t seen the place this crowded in ages as most tables were set for four (or more). In fact, the place was so jam packed that TV Guide magazine acting CEO and Wednesday regular Jack Kliger was seated in the Garden Room. Unlike a few people I could mention, Jack is far too cool to care  about something as petty as seating arrangements. Just like the rest of the crowd — not.

Carole Radziwill, one of the more recent additions to the cast of  The Real Housewives of New York City was first to arrive in the dining room today. The alarmingly thin socialite was sporting a curious furry accessory that was neither pet nor purse, sky-high platforms and a sweet flowered dress. Carole passed the time waiting for the rest of her party to arrive by taking pictures of the life-size sculptures of sheep that stand in the restaurant’s lounge. Alrighty then.

Speaking of Housewives, I was joined today by one of my favorite members of the franchise, LuAnn de Lesseps, who drove in from the Hamptons for our tete a tete. The statuesque former model (she’s 5’10″!) has always seemed like one of the more down to earth — and dare we say normal — Bravolebrities. She was all that and more. PR princess extraordinaire Catherine Saxton, who knows everyone who is anyone and is off to the south of France in a few days for the first of the big St. Tropez parties aboard Denise Rich‘s yacht, then go off to join Ivana Trump for her party in St. Tropez  before finally landing in Monte Carlo for a whirlwind of swanky dinners (Can we carry your luggage?), arranged for today’s ladies’ lunch. Between bites of crab cakes and salmon tartare, we chatted about LuAnn’s sixth season on RHNYC, her various projects and, of course, her love life. It’s no secret that LuAnn was one of the last ladies to sign on to the new season of the show. “I waited until I was happy with their offer,” she told me, dismissing rumors that the cast was banding together for salary increases. “Things were handled individually.” While she’s too polite to talk about such gauche topics as money — she did write the manners manual Class with the Countess: How to Live With Elegance and Flair, after all!  But she is upfront about her reasons for sticking with the show. “It’s a great platform.” All the better to ride the wave as long as you can, no? Mais oui! ”We didn’t expect it to last this long,” said LuAnn.

Catherine Saxton, Diane Clehane and LuAnn de Lesseps

Like most of the industrious Housewives set, LuAnn has managed to turn in her 15 minutes into a fledgling empire that includes her book, the record “Money Can’t Buy You Class” and several product lines like tabletop that includes melamine dinnerware and elegant bone china which is currently being sold on QVC and Amazon.com (“Inspired by my love of entertaining and my travels”). Next up is a collection of turquoise jewelry with Gem Stone King. “I love costume jewelry!” she said as she flashed a Wilma Flinstone-inspired pearl bracelet by Twisted. Clearly, the serious bling encased in gold on her finger today was the real thing. “Yes, it’s a star sapphire. This ring was designed by the same man who has done jewelry for Queen Elizabeth.” And not, I’m guessing, available on QVC.

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Todd Larsen Joins Time Inc.

Todd Larsen, the former president of Dow Jones who stepped down in June, is joining Time Inc. in a new role at the company. Larsen, according to Adweek, will be leading the combined Sports and News groups at Time, which were split under Jack Griffin.

Larsen was with Dow Jones since 1999, and had been its president since 2010.

Adweek speculates that with Larsen in place, Time magazine will soon add a publisher.

Larsen joining Time Inc. could also mean Mark Ford — who had previously overseen the combined Sports and News groups at Time Inc. — is on his way out.

Time Inc. and Sports Illustrated Unveil Digital Subscription Model

Yesterday we told you about this, and now it’s official: Sports Illustrated has launched a digital subscription plan on Google’s Android platform, called All Access.

Launching today, All Access provides magazine apps and website access to any Android smartphone and the Samsung Galaxy tablet. A combined print and digital subscription is $48 per year, while a digital access only package is $3.99 per month. Those prices seem fair to us, because when it comes down to it, there really is no one doing sports journalism better than Sports Illustrated.

Mark Ford, Executive Vice President, President, for Time Inc.’s Sports Group said of All Access:

This is a significant step in delivering Sports Illustrated’s award-winning journalism to sports fans everywhere and in any way they want it. The new subscription options give consumers flexibility and convenience they desire and ensures that our multiple revenue streams continue to grow.

There was no word about the swimsuit issue, so don’t even ask.

David Carey, Steve Madden and The Power Blondes

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— DIANE CLEHANE

Not even the seventh snow storm of the season (we’re begging for mercy — enough!) could keep the faithful away from Michael’s today. There were power gals aplenty and media mavens galore who braved the elements to make it to 55th Street. We marvel at your stamina. (Is it me or do all successful women over a certain age in this city eventually wind up with the identical shade of blonde?)

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Literary agent Esther Newberg, presiding over a table of wonder women  including bestselling crime novelist Linda Fairstein, author and ABC News correspondent Lynn Sherr, CBS’ Lesley Stahl, and the Honorable Kimba Woods.

2. Fashionista Fern Mallis (We miss you on The Fashion Show!), whose consulting business is thriving, and a stylish gent we didn’t get to meet.

3. Hudson News’ James Cohen.

4. 2 Degrees Ventures’ Mitch Kanner.

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Time Inc. Promotes, Creates New Groups

Big moves at Time Inc. today. Romenesko is reporting that the company promoted Mark Ford to Executive Vice President and President of the new Sports Group, and John Q. Griffin to Executive Vice President and President of the just created News Group. Additionally, Kim Kelleher is now Time magazine’s Publisher, and Frank Wall is Publisher of Sports Illustrated. Both Ford and Griffin will report directly to Time Inc. CEO Jack Griffin.

Ford will be overseeing new product initiatives, SI.com and other online ventures, while John Griffin will be in charge of Time, Fortune, their respective websites and their international editions.

The new positions all become effective January 3rd, but we don’t expect that to keep their kids from asking for bigger holiday presents.

Time Publisher Fries Steps Down

20090330_107.jpgMore changes at Time Inc. The WSJ is reporting that Time publisher Donald Fries is stepping down from his post. No word on what motivated the move, though the Journal does note Time Inc. “is at a crossroads.”

According to the story “Mark Ford, president of Time Inc.’s newsmagazine group, which includes Time, Fortune, and Sports Illustrated, will take over ad sales for Time magazine as it faces a challenging ad market and as its rival Newsweek, a Washington Post Co. magazine, is undergoing a reorganization and redesign. Many at Time see that as an opportunity to gain a stronger competitive position.”