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New York Media Adds Sales Exec

new-york-magazine-logoNew York Media, parent of New York, has named Michelle Imbrogno Miller executive director of integrated sales. This is somewhat of a homecoming for Imbrogno Miller, as she worked for New York from 1999 to 2004, serving as travel/New England director of sales. She most recently worked as integrated sales director for American Express Publishing.

“Michelle is a leader in her field, and I’m thrilled to have her joining New York Media,” said Larry Burstein, New York Media’s publisher, in a statement. “I had the pleasure of working with Michelle during her previous tenure at the company, and was impressed by her early ability to sell cross-platform. She has the ideal skill set to represent our properties to advertisers in this dynamic media landscape.”

In her new role, Imbrogno Miller will work closely with executive director of digital sales Ron Stokes.

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New York Media Hires Chief Technology Officer

New York Media has named Larry Chevres has chief technology officer. He’ll start in the position November 7.

Chevres will oversee all technology for the company’s digital business, which includes the news and service Website that recently topped 10 million monthly unique users.

Chevres is also in charge of the Grub Street network of food blogs; the entertainment and culture news site Vulture; and the mobile apps Vulture Clickables for iPhone, The Cut on the Runway and New York magazine for iPad, and blogs for Android.

He will oversee a team of about 20 front end and back end application developers, quality assurance engineers, project managers and systems administrators and will report to Michael Silberman, General Manager for Digital Media.

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New York Media Sells MenuPages

New York Media, parent of New York magazine, has sold to Seamless, a food delivery site based in Manhattan. The addition of the site will give Seamless access to 40,000 restaurant partners and menus, and increase its reach to over 50 cities across the globe.

Financial terms of the deal aren’t available, but this is obviously a good move for Seamless. When we can’t figure out where we want to eat, the first place we go is MenuPages. It’s got everything you want in a clean, easy-to-use format. Unlike Yelp, people don’t go overboard on their reviews either. News flash for Yelp users: No one cares.

In a note to Seamless staffers, Jonathan Zabusky, the site’s CEO, expressed considerable excitement about the acquisition. “Together, we will provide our customers with an invaluable resource.” wrote Zabusky. “This is an incredibly exciting time for our company, and I would like to thank you all for your continued hard work and dedication.”

New York Media Expands Vulture Brand

New York Media has a hit on its hands with Vulture – in January of this year, the site received about 3 million unique visitors and 18 million page views – and the company knows it. With that in mind, it has launched the Vulture Network, a new vertical centered around Vulture, but featuring five new partnering sites.

The sites, Seat 42F, Art Critical, Brokelyn, MRQE, and Futon Critic were chosen by Vulture editors and focus on a wide array of subjects, from box office scores (Seat 42F) to TV show reviews (Futon Critic).

By launching the Vulture Network, New York Media is giving advertisers more bang for their buck, something they tend to like. It’s a smart move, and probably a very safe one, because of the strength behind the Vulture brand.

MenuPages for Android Launches

New York Media, parent of New York magazine, has launched a MenuPages app for Android. Much like the MenuPages website and the iPhone app, the Android app allows users to search for specific foods, names of restaurants, etc., that can then be sorted even further into all sorts of categories, including price and what features are highlighted at each restaurant.

The app contains information on about 30,000 restaurants, and is available for free in the Android marketplace.

The best part about MenuPages is that it centers its attention on the concrete stuff – like the menus, locations and phone numbers of restaurants. But if you’re into reading food reviews by people you don’t know (Laura says the chicken at 2 West is to die for!) then you can do that too.

Gay Advocacy Groups Demand City-Sponsored Ad Be Pulled

Watch this ad currently being aired by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Disgusted at the way it depicts gay men? Or maybe you’re just happy that the ad is out there. These two views appear to sum up the reaction to the spot, titled “It’s Never Just HIV,” part of the city’s campaign against a growing sense of indifference toward what it’s like to live with HIV.

Because the spot uses stark images and stats (people with HIV are “28 times more likely to contract anal cancer”) the public reaction has been extremely dichotomous. Sumathi Reddy, a Metropolis contributor at The Wall Street Journal touched on the controversy last night, but FishbowlNY decided to go a bit deeper. We spoke to Dr. Monica Sweeney, Assistant Commissioner for the Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control, which operates under the NYC Department of Health, and Krishna Stone, Assistant Director, Community Relations for New York’s Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) about the role of media when taking on such a sensitive subject.

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New York Magazine’s Vulture Blog Expands

image001234.jpgNew York magazine’s blogs — from Daily Intel to Vulture to Grub Street — represent an interesting mini-empire on the Web. Unlike the disparate sites owned by say, Dan Abrams or Nick Denton, you always know that the New York blogs are there to represent the print publication and sell subscriptions, even if their timely scoops and commentary often transcend that purpose.

But magazine’s entertainment blog, Vulture, has been gearing up for a massive revamp, which it is unveiling this week. The redesigned blog now includes new widgets to help you search, expanded coverage and highlights, under the leadership of recent hires Josh Wolk (formerly of Entertainment Weekly) and Claude Brodesser-Akner as entertainment editor and West Coast editor, respectively.

In addition, is looking towards doubling their first quarter profits from the same time last year. So while ad sales might be trickling back into print, there is still an argument to be made for keeping your Web sites timely and relevant. Hear that, Condé?

Full press release after the jump.

Previously: Enetertainment Weekly Editor Joins, Former FishbowlLA Editor Joins As West Coast Editor

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