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Outgoing Time Inc. EIC Martha Nelson Gives Managing Editors Her Blessing

martha nelsonThere is no longer a Time Inc. editor-in-chief successor to receive the company’s symbolic, tongue-in-cheek heirloom. But that didn’t stop recently departed EIC Martha Nelson.

Per a great little item from Ad Age‘s Michael Sebastian, Nelson redirected to Time Inc. managing editors the gift of company tradition. A pair of recipients told Sebastian the framed papal memento comes with the following note:

‘This fragment comes from the ‘Pope’s Miter,’ which resided in the office of the editor in chief of Time Inc. While the miter was passed on in jest, it symbolized the earnest belief in editorial independence, truth and integrity. Now that responsibility rests in your hands.’

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What Happens When Magazine Editors Start Reporting to the Business Side?

It is this week’s biggest and most far-reaching NYC media world question. What’s going to happen at Time Inc. now that editor-in-chief Martha Nelson is moving on and Norman Pearlstine, at CEO Joe Ripp‘s behest, has returned to oversee all such matters from the business side as executive VP and chief content officer.

Time__Inc_-logo-2ED06AA15C-seeklogo.com_AP recently announced that it will be entering the sponsored content game in 2014, so let’s start out by reminding ourselves that the rules are changing fast, and often. Ad Age media reporter Michael Sebastien spoke to both Ripp and Pearlstine in the wake of this week’s seismic news. Ripp restated something he said in the official announcement – that it’s designed to speed up the content work-cycle:

“Whenever you have a very large organization as ourselves and important decisions need to be cleared through multiple layers it creates a slowdown of the process,” Mr. Ripp said. “I’m a firm believer that businesses are more successful when you can empower people at a local brand level.”

“It will help create entrepreneurship at the brands,” Mr. Pearlstine said.

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Norman Pearlstine Returning to Time Inc.

Time__Inc_-logo-2ED06AA15C-seeklogo.com_Fortune senior editor Dan Primack has posted some major parent company news. Norman Pearlstine is leaving his post as chief content officer at Bloomberg LP to assume a “similar position” with Time Inc.

From Primack’s report:

The move comes as Time Inc. is preparing to spin out from corporate parent Time Warner (TWX), which is expected to occur early next year.

This is a homecoming of sorts for Pearlstine, who served as editor-in-chief of Time Inc. from 1995 through 2005 (after more than two decades with The Wall Street Journal, and a short stint running Forbes).

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TIME Appoints First Female Managing Editor

By sheer coincidence, the once iconic newsstand combo of TIME and Newsweek have both this month anointed new senior editorial staff.

Last week, IBT Media announced that Jim Impoco was being handed the reins of Newsweek. Today, Time Inc. EIC Martha Nelson made it official by sharing the news that Nancy Gibbs has been promoted to replace the departed Rick Stengel as managing editor:

I cannot think of a more perfect person than Nancy to lead TIME. She has done an outstanding job running TIME since July, when I asked Rick to assist me with corporate matters related to our upcoming spin off. Her cover stories in the past weeks on Syria, collegiate sports and child-free couples have been huge successes with readers and in the media, and, in the same period, she launched TIME’s Martin Luther King Jr. anniversary special issue in tandem with a new documentary film unit, Red Border Films, that is expanding the way TIME tells stories through video online…

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Vanessa Bush Named Editor of Essence

Vanessa Bush is officially taking over editor-in-chief of Essence. Bush had been acting editor since Constance C.R. White was fired in February. Prior to that, Bush served as Essence’s executive editor since 2011. She has been with the magazine since 2000.

“Vanessa’s more than 10 years of experience as an editorial leader at Essence will ensure continued success for the preeminent African-American women’s media brand,” said Martha Nelson, Time Inc.’s editor-in-chief, in a statement. “She has the full support of Time Inc. to execute on her vision to honor this loyal and cherished audience.”

Bush has her work cut out for her, as some have claimed that Essence has been suffering from an identity crisis for several years.

Peggy Northrop Named EIC of Sunset

Peggy Northrop is joining Sunset as its new editor-in-chief. Northrop was most recently a consultant for a variety of media startups, but this marks a return to Time Inc. for her, as she served as a Real Simple’s deputy editor years ago. Northrop also served as vice president and global editor-in-chief of Reader’s Digest, from 2007-2011.

In a statement, Martha Nelson, Time Inc.’s editor-in-chief, said “Peggy is one of the best in the business. I’ve long admired her work and look forward to bringing her talents back to Time Inc.”

Northrop begins at Sunset on April 22. She will report to Sid Evans, Time Inc.’s Lifestyle Group editor.

Time Inc. Vet Cyd Wilson Branches Out with Her Own Firm

It’s been a great run for Cyd Wilson at Time Inc. But after 17 years as west coast based director of creative development for the Style and Entertainment Group, the 54-year-old has decided it’s time to continue working her awards season and branding magic for a different boss – herself.

As a testament to how pleased Time Inc. has been with Wilson’s efforts, they will become a client of Cyd Wilson Entertainment Marketing. The CSUN graduate, who began her career far from the glamour of Hollywood working in psychiatric hospital administration, started on her current path when she volunteered for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. That led to the position of development director and her eventual recruitment by then People publisher Ann Moore.

From this morning’s announcement:

“As an ambassador for our brands in Los Angeles and in the entertainment industry, she has been nothing less than extraordinary, representing us with intelligence, integrity and creative flair,” stated Tim Inc. editor-in-chief Martha Nelson.” She has advanced our name and our business and we all owe her a debt of gratitude for her many efforts.”

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Edward Felsenthal Named Managing Editor of Time.com

Edward Felsenthal has been named managing editor of Time.com. Felsenthal is succeeding Cathy Sharick, who is stepping down to work on a startup. She had been a managing editor since 2011.

Felsenthal most recently helped launch Al-Monitor, a news site that covers the Middle East. He has also consulted for companies such as UStream. Felsenthal was a co-founder of The Daily Beast in 2008, and he served as its executive editor. He was also a reporter and deputy managing editor at The Wall Street Journal.

In a memo announcing the moves, Martha Nelson wrote that Felsenthal is “a true digital leader.”

The full note from Nelson and Rick Stengel is below.

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Bobby Ghosh Named Time International Editor

Bobby Ghosh has been named the new editor of Time International. Ghosh has been with Time since 1998. He was most recently deputy editor of Time International. In 2007, Ghosh was named a senior editor of Time Europe. He has also been Time’s Baghdad bureau chief.

“He is entrepreneurial by nature and has many ideas on how to grow the Time brand,” wrote Rick Stengel, Time’s managing editor, in a memo. “And, finally, this appointment has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that he saved me from getting tear-gassed in Tahrir Square last year. Congratulations to Bobby on his new role. He will be great.”

Ghosh is succeeding Jim Frederick, who is moving on from Time to pursue other interests. He will remain a contributing editor to Time.

The memo from Martha Nelson and Stengel is below.

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Constance C.R. White Says She Was Fired Over Clashes with Time Inc. Editor

Constance C.R. White, Essence’s editor-in-chief until she was fired early last month, has some strong words for Time Inc.’s editor, Martha Nelson. White told Journal-isms that she was forced out because she wanted black women to be central to Essence, but Nelson did not.

White claims that she wasn’t given any explanation for being fired, but the main problem was that she wouldn’t tolerate what she considered the minimization of black women in Essence:

When was the last time you saw Essence in the community advocating for or talking with black women? No more T-shirts with a male employee’s face on it being distributed at the [Essence] Festival.

I had a certain point of view about black women being central to this magazine. The boss didn’t agree with me, and the president [Michelle Ebanks, president of Essence Communications] didn’t agree with me. It became an untenable situation.

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