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Posts Tagged ‘Men.Style.com’

Observer Hires New Digital Managing Editor

tylert.jpgThe New York Observer debuted a revamped Web site today, so it’s fitting that the paper also announced the appointment of a new editor to oversee its online content.

Tyler Thoreson, the former executive editor of Condé Nast‘s men.style.com, has been named managing editor of Observer digital, where he will oversee Observer.com and the Observer Media’s Group’s online venture VSL. It looks like new editor Kyle Pope, a former Condé Nast-er himself, has wasted no time installing a new staff at the top of the Observer‘s masthead, after appointing his former Portfolio colleague Christopher Stewart deputy editor in December.

Thoreson, who is starting at the Observer on February 15, first worked for the paper back in 1996 as a fact checker, the paper said today.

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Condé Nast Digital’s Schutte: We’re Not A Late Bloomer

conde333.jpgToday Folio magazine posted an interview with Drew Schutte, senior vice president and chief revenue officer of Condé Nast Digital, about the direction of Condé Nast online and the future of the publishing company.

Unsurprisingly, Schutte was defensive about Folio‘s assertion that Si Newhouse‘s titles have been late to adapt to the whole World Wide Web thing. At the same time, Schutte’s reassertion of the old Condé adage that the Internet will never replace magazines and that any digital content is merely a “supplement” to the print product is really starting to sound stale, considering the major losses Condé’s print editions have suffered lately.

Read on for some key points from Schutte’s interview

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Condé Nast Update: Web Site Restructuring, More Changes Ahead

men style.pngOne day after telling staff it had hired consulting company McKinsey & Co., Condé Nast announced that is was deconstructing its Men.Style.com Web site and giving the site’s related magazines, Details and GQ their own sites.

This move is long overdue, since one of the magazines encompassed by Men.Style.com — Men’s Vogue — was shuttered last year as part of Condé’s cost cutting measures. There are reports that the Men.Style.com staff will be moved over to GQ.com, but we’re sure this is just the beginning of restructuring to come at the company now that McKinsey is on board.

Since the announcement yesterday, one anonymous tipster let us know what the experience was like when McKinsey was hired by Times Mirror Magazines in the 1980s. Then-president Francis Pandolfi called the staff into a rented out movie theatre and gave a prophetic speech.

“Look to your left, look to your right — your neighbor may not be here after this initiative,” Pandolfi said, according to our source. The company then hired McKinsey and spent a $1 million, which was quite a lot 20 years ago. The result? “Many people lost their jobs and then the company was bought out,” our tipster said.

Read on for a translation of yesterday’s Condé Nast memo.

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