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Meredith Promotes Janell Pittman, AIM Names Exec VP

A couple moves to note, regarding Meredith and AIM. The details are below.

  • Meredith Corporation has promoted Janell Pittman from general manager of BHG.com (Better Homes and Gardens’ site) to VP and general manager of the Better Homes and Gardens and Parents Digital Network. She will now oversee Parents.com and Parenting.com, in addition to BHG.com.
  • AIM — publisher of Yoga Journal, Backpacker, Ski, Vegetarian Times and more — has named Patricia Fox executive VP of operations. Fox was most recently senior VP and general manager of AIM’s Healthy Living Group.
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Meredith Adds Sales Manager

meredith-bMeredith Corporation has named Tim Russell senior managing director of sales at Meredith Video Studios, the company’s video development and production arm. Russell comes to Meredith from Comcast Media 360, where he served as VP of Eastern region sales.

“Tim is a leader in the industry who has demonstrated strong success in building integrated client partnerships throughout the advertising community,” said Kieran Clarke, executive VP/GM of Meredith Video Studios, in a statement. ”His impressive background and experience in multi-platform sales – along with his understanding of the market and ability to fully utilize data to create effective and targeted campaigns – will be extremely valuable in building on the continuous growth of Meredith Video Studios.”

Russell’s appointment is effective immediately. He reports to Clarke.

Meredith Names Sales Exec

meredith-bMeredith Corporation has named Charles Schenck has been named vice president/programmatic sales and strategy, a new role at the company. Schenck comes to Meredith from PubMatic, where he served as VP/publisher development.

“Chip is a highly respected and innovative leader is the digital media industry,” said Carolyn Bekkedahl, Meredith’s senior VP/digital sales, in a statement. “He brings tremendous experience developing strategies in the areas of data-driven sales and programmatic media that have become such an essential element of brand marketing.”

Schenck’s appointment is effective immediately.

Meredith Buys Gannett TV Stations for $407.5 Million

meredith-bMeredith Corporation, publisher of Better Homes & GardensEvery Day with Rachael Ray and more, is expanding its TV business. The company has purchased Gannett TV stations located in Phoenix and St.Louis, for $407.5 million.

The buy includes KASW in Phoenix and KMOV in St. Louis. Meredith also acquired KTVK in Phoenix, but is selling it in a different deal to SagamoreHill.

“These are high performing stations and will add to our already strong cash flow,” said Meredith’s CEO, Stephen Lacy, in a statement. “We will increase our presence in the large and growing Phoenix market, where we own KPHO, the CBS affiliate.  KMOV in St. Louis adds another Top 25 market to our portfolio, and when combined with KCTV in Kansas City, gives us powerful local brands in two of the Midwest’s top news and sports markets.”

The purchase is expected to close in the first quarter of next year, pending FCC approval.

Allrecipes to Increase Rate Base

People really love recipes. They must, because Allrecipes — which features a lot of them — is upping its rate base from 500,000 to 650,000, beginning with the magazine’s April 2014 issue.

Keep in mind that Allrecipes, a spinoff of allrecipes.com, launched just last month. That’s a great, immediate response for its publisher, Meredith.

“We are hearing from readers how much they enjoy the array of ideas and inspiration in the magazine, and how it is further fueling their passion as everyday cooks,” said Cheryl Brown, Allrecipes’ editor-in-chief, in a statement. “They are excited at the endless possibilities being offered across the Allrecipes brand in print, digital, broadcast and mobile media, and we want to serve their hunger for the brand.”

Alison Adler Matz Named Publisher of More, Steven Grune Publisher of Allrecipes

Meredith has named two new publishers today. Alison Adler Matz has been named publisher of More magazine and Steven Grune has been named publisher of Allrecipes magazine.

Matz comes to Meredith from Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, where most recently she served as senior VP, strategic brand sales. Matz was also publisher of Everyday Food and Whole Living. Grune was most recently VP/group publisher at Bonnier Corporation. Prior to his time at Bonnier, Grune spent almost a decade with Hearst Corporation, where he served as VP/publisher of Country Living.

“Steve and Alison are both well respected leaders in the industry who understand the critical importance of creating multi-channel brands,” said Tom Witschi, executive VP of Meredith Women’s Lifestyle Group, in a statement. “We are thrilled to have such strong and experienced individuals to lead these brands.”

Meredith Promotes Two

Meredith Corporation has promoted Jon Werther and Andy Wilson. Werther has been upped to executive VP/publisher of Meredith Digital and Wilson to senior VO and chief digital officer.

Werther most served as Meredith’s chief strategy officer. In his new role, he’ll be overseeing all of the company’s digital entities. He’ll report to Tom Harty, Meredith National Media Group’s president. Wilson — who has been with Meredith since 1996 — most recently served as the company’s senior VP/audience development and commerce. He’ll report to Werther.

“In Jon and Andy, Meredith possesses two of the brightest minds in digital media,” said Harty, in a statement. “Just as important, they have track records of successful project innovation and implementation. We look forward to their ongoing leadership and execution as Meredith expands upon its leadership position in creating and marketing women-centered digital content.”

Meredith Makes Four Big Promotions

Meredith Corporation has made a few fairly big promotions today. Below are the details.

  • Christine Guilfoyle has been promoted to VP/group publisher, overseeing Allrecipes, Every Day with Rachael Ray, and EatingWell. She reports to Tom Witschi, the executive VP/president of Meredith Women’s Lifestyle Group.
  • Linda Fears has tacked VP onto her role as editor-in-chief of Family Circle. Fears has been the editor of the magazine for the past eight years. Fears will also continue as editorial director of Meredith’s Food Content Center of Excellence. Fears continues to report to Jim Carr, executive VP and President of Family Circle.
  • Cheryl Brown has been named editor-in-chief of Allrecipes magazine. Brown most recently served as editorial director of Recipe.com. Brown will report to Fears.
  • Britta Cleveland has been promoted to senior VP, research solutions. Cleveland has been with Meredith in 2004, most recently serving as VP, research solutions. She continues to report to Nancy Weber, executive VP/CMO.

Joe Ripp, Time Inc.’s New CEO, Willing to Sell Brands

Joe Ripp was named Time Inc.’s new CEO just yesterday, and he’s already talking about making deals. When asked if some of the company’s brands would be worth more to a buyer, Adweek reports that Ripp replied “That’s a question we should all be asking ourselves.”

Does this mean a reconnection with Meredith Corp., the Midwestern magazine giant? We’re thinking yes. When those talks broke off, Stephen Lacy, Meredith’s CEO, admitted that the company badly wanted the deal (Meredith wanted People and InStyle, but balked when Time Inc. wanted to include SI, Time and Fortune) to go through, and would be open to talking at a later date. “We’d love the opportunity as their spinoff transaction progresses to see if there is something we could do together downstream,” he explained at the time.

Heads up Time Inc. staffers. Iowa isn’t so far away after all.

Meredith to Launch Allrecipes Magazine

Meredith Corporation is bringing Allrecipes.com to print. Starting this November — just in time for the annual Stuff Your Face season — Allrecipes magazine will be published six times per year, with a starting rate base of 500,000.

The publishing house decided to launch the glossy after some positive feedback from subscribers to other Meredith titles, who received copies of Allrecipes test issues this past spring.

Christine Guilfoyle will serve as VP/group publisher (and publisher of Every Day with Rachael Ray) and Cheryl Brown will serve as editor-in-chief of Allrecipes, which we imagine will feature a lot of recipes.

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