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Todd Haskell Joins Hearst Magazines

Todd Haskell is leaving The New York Times for Hearst Magazines, where he’ll serve as senior vice president, chief revenue officer of Hearst Magazines Digital Media. Haskell had been with the Times since 2004, most recently serving as group VP of advertising for NYTimes.com.

“Creating sophisticated digital campaigns for our clients is more complex, technical and consultative than ever before, and collaboration across teams is essential,” said Troy Young, president, Hearst Magazines Digital Media, in a statement. “I’m looking forward to partnering with Todd as we continue to evolve our portfolio and develop elegant solutions that resonate with users and drive business for marketers.”

Haskell begins at Hearst on September 3. He’ll report to Michael Clinton, president, marketing and publishing director of Hearst Magazines.

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Jayne Jamison Named VP and Publishing Director of Seventeen and Redbook

Jayne Jamison has been named vice president and publishing director of Seventeen and Redbook magazines, a new role at Hearst Magazines. Jamison was most recently vice president, publisher and chief revenue officer of Seventeen, a role she had held since 2003. This marks a return to Redbook for Jamison, as she was with the magazine from 1997 to 2003.

Seventeen is the number one teen magazine in the market and Jayne has taken it to new heights, achieving tremendous advertising growth, up more than 11 percent in the first half of 2013,” Michael Clinton, Hearst Magazines’ president, marketing and publishing director, said in a statement. “Her relationships and experience in fashion and beauty are a great asset as she adds the new, style-focusedRedbook to her responsibilities.”

Jamison is taking over Redbook’s publishing duties from Mary Morgan, who is leaving Hearst Magazines.

Hearst Allegedly Cuts Scott Sassa Because He Sexts

Hearst Corporation has cut ties with Scott Sassa, president of Hearst Entertainment, because of his alleged enjoyment of saucy sexts. According to The New York Post, Sassa had exchanged some NSFW texts with a stripper he met in Los Angeles. That stripper and her boyfriend then tried to blackmail Sassa, saying that they’d send the texts directly to his bosses if Sassa didn’t send some cash.

Sassa refused the demands, and bam! Frank Bennack Jr.David Carey and Michael Clinton all got a very interesting email. The Post reported that the execs called Sassa into a meeting on Tuesday and informed him he needed to resign. A source claimed that Hearst is giving Sassa a “large compensation package for him to go away for a long time.”

Hearst has already removed Sassa’s bio from the company website.

Lisa Vanderpump Dishes on the Beverly Hills Housewives, Wendy Williams Holds Court

1003_mockup.gifHappy New Year — now let’s get  back to business. The power lunch season is back in full swing at Michael’s, so we’re serving up a double helping of ‘Lunch’ this week.

On Tuesday, Lisa Vanderpump and her husband Ken Todd joined me along with Bravo’s Jennifer Geisser and Jodi Davis at Table One to talk about her new Bravo series, Vanderpump Rules and, of course, dish about the current season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Lisa was wrapping up a whirlwind 48-hour stop in New York to promote her new show and in the last 24 hours appeared on Good Morning America, The Wendy Williams Show, Joy Behar, Anderson Live and Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen where, so I heard, things got a little bawdy. It took a few minutes for Lisa and Ken to make their way to our table, because several RHOBH fans stopped them to ask to take a photo with Giggy, their Pomeranian who accompanies them everywhere. It turns out Giggy also has a famous fan in Alec Baldwin, who Lisa told me, jumped out of his town car at 30 Rock that very morning and asked, “Can I hold him?” He then snapped his own photo with the four-legged reality star who has his own Twitter handle. See, Andrea Peyser, the 30 Rock star does have a heart.

When Lisa and Ken settled in for our chat and Giggy, who was wearing a jewel encrusted sweater that I’m pretty sure cost more than my dress, was safely seated and drinking water out of a champagne glass (you can’t make this stuff up) — I just had to ask why this very successful, smart and even-keeled couple jumped into the reality show pool of insanity in the first place. It turns out Ken was “extremely apprehensive” about letting in the cameras in, and Lisa turned down requests many times before deciding to give it a try. None other than Jennifer Flavin (Mrs. Sylvester Stallone), who was obsessed with the New York housewives, encouraged Lisa to try out. “We were sitting on Jennifer and Sly’s bed and she said, ‘You have to watch this.’ I did and thought, ‘I’d never do anything like that.’” Well, never say never. After finally auditioning for the show and then waiting months to hear from the producers, Lisa decided she did want in. “Once I thought it might not happen then I wanted it,” said Lisa with a laugh. While awaiting word from Bravo, Lisa had attached herself to another reality show with friend Kathy Hilton, but when Andy Cohen came calling she was in. And that, as they say, was that.

Ken Todd, Diane Clehane, Giggy the dog, Lisa Vanderpump

Ken Todd, Diane Clehane, Giggy the dog, Lisa Vanderpump

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Jeffrey Hamill Promoted to Exec VP at Hearst Integrated Media

Jeffrey Hamill has been promoted to executive vice president, sales and marketing at Hearst Integrated Media (HIM). Hamill was most recently senior vice president, advertising sales and marketing for Hearst Magazines. He had held that position since 1988.

“Jeff has been an incredible asset to Hearst for nearly 30 years and instrumental in helping us drive advertising revenue on the print and digital front from our largest clients,” said Michael Clinton, HIM’s president of marketing and publishing director. “He has a stellar reputation both inside and outside the company and promotion to EVP is well-deserved.”

Hamill’s appointment is effective immediately. He reports to Clinton.

Hearst Launches New Magazine With HGTV

Hearst is taking a rare, bold step: It’s launching a new magazine — titled HGTV Magazine — in October, even though the economy is as depressed as Drake without a sweater. According to the New York Times, the magazine is only a “test,” with two issues planned so far, making it even more of a gamble. At least Michael Clinton, Marketing President and Publishing Director for Hearst understands that.

“I think advertisers want a little more facts behind things before you launch,” said Clinton. “I think that’s changed over the last few years. In the go-go years of the early 2000s, a lot of advertisers would take a lot of fliers on a lot of new things. Now in a post-recessionary world, they scrutinize their budgets a lot more.”

So why would Hearst decide to go through with this?

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Bob Schieffer, Carl Bernstein and The Shopaholic Squadron

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It was a tasty mix of media mavens and fab fashionistas at Michael’s today as the town car set dined and dished before jetting off to their summer cottages. While Rupert Murdoch was still topic A for plenty of regulars, talk of the stalemate over the debt ceiling appeared to be on plenty of folks’ minds, too. “I’ve got clients who are on the brink of spending some serious money,” one stylista told me. “I’m praying I can get the deals signed and sealed before something happens to scare them away.” We’ve got our fingers crossed.

I was joined today by Jaqui Lividini whose company, Lividini & Co. specializes in brand development for fashion and lifestyle companies. Having spent two decades at Saks Fifth Avenue — when she left to start her own firm, she was senior vice president of fashion merchandising and communications –  Jaqui now works with an impressive roster of fab fashionistas, including fine jewelry designer Monica Rich Kosann, silversmith Georg Jensen and lingerie designer Josie Natori who, says Jaqui, has transformed her business into a “lifestyle brand” with a new East-West inspired home accents line and a lower-priced intimate apparel collection for Target due in October. Jaqui’s company also counsels a long list of retailers, like Scoop and my personal favorite, Lord & Taylor.

Richard Baker, CEO of the Hudson’s Bay Trading Company, which owns and operates Lord & Taylor, brought Jaqui on board six years ago when the store began its transformation from a staid, somewhat traditional specialty retailer into the go-to, chic shopping emporium it is today. “What [CEO] Brendan Hoffman and  the whole team at Lord & Taylor have done is fantastic,” says Jaqui. And rev up those credit cards — Jaqui reports the Westchester store (the most profitable location in the chain) is adding home to its offerings, plus two new locations are planned for New Jersey. Ready, set, shop!

1.  Joel Chase and a table full of suited up movers and shakers.

2. Cosmo editrix Kate White (loved those sky high sandals!) and Estee Lauder’s Marisa Thalberg.

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong with Carl Bernstein, who told me he’s hot on Rupert Murdoch‘s trail for The Daily Beast and Newsweek. The intrepid journo, who knows a thing or two about covering wire tapping stories, says the story of Murdoch’s imploding media empire is “complicated.” He also told me he’s not as sure as some other media watchers seem to be about Murdoch’s eventual ouster as chairman of his company. “It’s more about him being able to put one of his kids in there,” Carl told me. We’ll be reading your future dispatches from the front lines with interest.

4. The Early Show: Face the Nation’s Bob Schieffer with his lovely wife Pat

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Matt Lauer, Harold Ford Jr. & Neil Sedaka

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— DIANE CLEHANE

If the scene at Michael’s today is any indication, summer vacations are so 2010. The place was full of magazine honchos (the cafeteria at Hearst must have been empty), media mavens (Does Jason Binn ever sleep?) and bold face names who were all working the room like nobody’s business. I knew this group meant business when the chatter rose to such a decibel-splitting level that I could barely hear what my lunch dates were saying. So forget about playing hooky this week because the weather is so good, get to work on making that next big deal happen!

When I arrived a little before noon today I got a chance to catch up with Harold Ford Jr. I asked the former congressman, now MSNBC analyst, what he thought of the contentious negotiations between President Obama and the Republicans on raising the debt ceiling. Will the two sides reach an agreement before the August deadline? “They’ll strike an 11th hour deal,” Harold told me. “They have to.” Harold thinks the president is “acting responsibly” while the freshman Republicans are “playing with fire.” His solution: “If I were advising the president, I’d say get out on a ten-city tour and talk to people and explain (in his plan) there would be no new taxes until the end of 2012.” When it comes to raising taxes, Harold espouses raising the tax threshold for individuals and households. Eat your peas, indeed.

I was joined today by Redbook’s editor-in-chief Jill Herzig and Hearst PR director Alexandra Carlin and we had a lively conversation that ranged from raising kids to keeping up (literally) with the Kardashians. Jill just celebrated her first anniversary at Redbook in May and has made some savvy tweaks to Hearst’s magazine for smart, style-conscious women who juggle work and family. The biggest change? A shift in tone from “commiserating to celebrating” life in all its glorious, modern day chaos. “We love it when we hear about that from our cover celebrities. Brooke Burke was very honest about it recently. She said balance doesn’t exist. It’s just life.” In the new August issue, Jada Pinkett Smith gives some very frank — and emotional — answers about raising a family of budding superstars, her “excruciating” choices and how she wouldn’t have it any other way. Who wouldn’t want to go home to Will Smith?

Speaking of celebs, Jill gave me the rundown on which cover gals have scored on the newsstand this year. The big winners were the multiple covers featuring reality/competition show queens Bethenny Frankel, Allison Sweeney and Padma Lakshmi, and the issue featuring country star Miranda Lambert right before she married Blake Shelton. The top seller? The May issue which featured the women of the Kardashian clan clad all in white. Jill tells me ‘momager’ Kris earned her complete respect by rounding up her daughters and arriving early for a 6 am call to the set. “They were incredibly professional and all genuinely seemed to enjoy each other. They were just lovely.”

Here’s a rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Niche Media’s Jason Binn (Loved the seersucker suit!) presiding over a table of young bucks.

2. Producer Francine LeFrak and some well-heeled pals.

3. Cosmo‘s publisher Donna Lagani and Hollywoodlife.com’s Bonnie Fuller. A little birdie told me that Bonnie and Fidelis Global’s Gerry Byrne moved their monthly ‘Influencer’ luncheon from Tuesday to Wednesday this month because Jay Penske, whose company Mail.com Media owns Hollywoodlife.com, was in town and didn’t want to miss out on all the fun. Just in case you were wondering who joined the terrific trio here’s the list: social swan and Vanity Fair scribe Amy Fine Collins , designer Stacey Bendet, Ogilvy Entertainment president Doug Scott, Maybelline’s Deborah Marquardt, ION Media Networks’ CEO Brandon Burgess, Razorfish VP of media Julie Weitzner, Charlie Corwin, founder of Original Media,  publicist Matt Hiltzik and Aly Racer, president on PMC.

4. Producer Freddie Gershorn.

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Hearst Launches Branding Campaign

Today Hearst Magazines is launching a massive new ad campaign designed to reestablish the brand’s identity in the eyes of consumers. The effort – titled “Unbound” – features print ads, signage in Times Square and online executions. According to The New York Times the campaign will run through the end of the year.

Ads feature photos of the Hearst brands, specialized QR codes and invites to a new website, my.hearstmagazines.com, where visitors can peruse each of Hearst’s magazines. Michael Clinton, President for Marketing and Publishing Director at Hearst Magazines, said of the creative theme, “We’re unleashing our brand DNA.”

FishbowlNY always wonders why companies this large even bother with advertising. It’s like when you see ads for the iPhone. Has anyone ever forgotten about Apple? Have you ever sat back and not been able to remember that little company that makes those white mp3 players and computers? Ads for companies like Apple just seems like a waste of money.

However, those companies only stay those companies by getting people to buy their stuff, so advertising is a must. Clearly we should’ve been business professors, not writers.

Kevin O’Malley Named Senior Vice President, Publisher, Chief Revenue Officer of Elle

More Hearst news! Kevin O’Malley has been tapped by Hearst to be Elle’s Senior Vice President, Publisher, Chief Revenue Officer. O’Malley comes to Elle from Esquire, where he held almost the exact same title.

Michael Clinton, President, Marketing and Publishing Director for Hearst Magazines, says that O’Malley’s ability to expand the Esquire brand will benefit Elle greatly.

“Kevin has shown a tremendous amount of innovation and creativity during his time at Esquire and developed thoughtful, multi-platform programs with major advertisers ranging from Lincoln to Hugo Boss,” explained Clinton. “His expertise in the luxury and fashion space, coupled with his ability to understand how to take a magazine brand well beyond the page, makes him a perfect fit for Elle.”

O’Malley’s replacement at Esquire is expected to be named shortly.

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