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Niche Media Sold to Greengale Publishing

niche media logo GNiche Media — publisher of regional magazines like Aspen PeakGotham, Hamptons, Los Angeles Confidential, Ocean Drive and more — has been acquired by Greengale Publishing from Greenspun Media Group.

Greengale Publishing is owned by Jane Greenspan Gale and her husband, Jeff Gale. Greenspun Media is a family company, held by Greenspan Gale and her siblings.

Niche Media was founded in 1998 by Jason Binn, currently the CEO and founder of DuJour Media. In 2006, Binn sold Niche to Greenspun.

“These magazines are stronger and more relevant than ever,” Greenspan Gale said in a statement. “They deliver beautiful and inspiring editorial content while playing an important role in their communities and in the marketing plans for brands who seek to reach our audience.”

As part of the deal, Katherine Nicholls was named CEO of Niche Media. She previously served as president and COO.

Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

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Glamour Editor’s Job Interview Edge: Trend Boards

TheFashionSpotLogoFun little Q&A over at The Fashion Spot by editor-at-large Julie Bensman. It’s with her friend and former LA Confidential co-worker, Becky Malinsky.

Bensman opens the conversation with a general question. Malinsky, now the fashion market editor at Glamour, responds with a great anecdote:

“The funny thing about New York is that you have to be here to find a job. Since my days as a journalism major, I knew I wanted to work at a fashion magazine, but putting out resumes in Madison, Wisconsin wasn’t cutting it. After graduation, I moved to NYC, took meetings with anyone who would see me and after a few odd PR jobs, landed at Lucky magazine as a market assistant.

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Richard Johnson, Diane Clehane Compare Michael’s Lunch Notes

How’s this for a handsome couple?

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On the left is our indefatigable “Lunch” columnist Diane Clehane. On the right, New York Post columnist Richard Johnson, back at the Big Apple juicy-bites biz after a sojourn on the west coast. The two got together last week at Michael’s at the behest of Niche Media entertainment editor-in-chief Catherine Sabino.

“For their upcoming [May/June] “Women’s Power” issue, Gotham magazine asked me to select someone to have lunch with at Michael’s and they would report on our chat,” Clehane explains. “I invited Richard, who I’ve met of course at Michael’s but have never had the opportunity to lunch with. We’ve never really spoken at length, but he was game to do this which was great because he never does press.”

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Jared Shapiro Named EIC of Ocean Drive

Niche Media has named Jared Shapiro editor-in-chief of Ocean Drive. Shapiro most recently served as editorial director, news and entertainment, for In Touch and Life & Style. He had been with Bauer Publishing, parent of the latter two titles, since 2005.

“Jared is a well-recognized entertainment journalist with deep relationships with the Hollywood community, and a first class reputation for combining integrity with news,” said Mandi Norwood, editorial director of Niche Media, in a statement. “His broad range of experience and creative energy will continue to solidify Ocean Drive’s position as the premiere lifestyle publication for the sophisticated and socially active audience.”

Shapiro’s appointment is effective next month.

Three Editorial Changes at Niche Media

Niche Media, publisher of Gotham, Hamptons, Los Angeles Confidential, Ocean Drive and more, has made several editorial changes. According to the New York Post, Samantha Yanks — most recently editor-in-chief of Gotham — has been promoted to executive fashion editor. Yanks has been with Niche Media since 2004. She took over as editor of Gotham in 2009.

Catherine Sabino, who has been executive editor of Niche Media since 2011, is succeeding Yanks as editor-in-chief of Gotham. Prior to her time at Niche, Sabino was a contributing editor to PrivatAir and before that she was the editorial director of Forbes Special Interest Publiscations for over 10 years.

Laurie Brookins, who has held various top editorial positions at Niche Media since 2005, has been named fashion editor-at-large. She will be responsible for editing a variety of the company’s magazines.

Gotham Names David Katz Publisher

Gotham has named David Katz its new publisher. Katz comes to the magazine from Field & Stream, where he served as digital sales manager for six months. Prior to that Katz was the associate publisher of Brides from 2004 to 2011.

Debra Halpert had been handling publishing duties for both Niche Media titles Gotham and Hamptons, but Niche’s COO, Katherine Nicholls, said Hamptons’ growth neccesitated adding Katz.

“Niche Media continues to make investments in our brands and in our company. Following 2011′s significant reinvestment into our editorial product, we now shift focus to accelerating magazine growth,” said Nicholls, “With his experience and success building regional publications and expanding multi-media advertising channels, David is uniquely qualified to take the helm at Gotham magazine and we look forward to deepening our connectivity with our readers and clients and expanding Gotham’s footprint in the New York region.”

Halpert will continue to serve as publisher of Hamptons.

Niche Media Names New Editorial Director

Niche Media, which publishes titles such as Gotham, Hamptons and LA Confidential, has named Mandi Norwood its new Editorial Director. Norwood has worked for  Hearst and Conde Nast titles in the past, and is a published author.

According to The New York Post, Norwood will be overseeing the editorial and creative direction for all 10 of Niche Media’s magazines.

Jason Binn Changes Role But Will Stay Busy At Niche Media

After a 12-year run at the position, Jason Binn is stepping down as CEO of Niche Media to make room for, well, no one.  Binn informed WWD that he will become chairman and COO Katherine Nicholls will now serve as the publishing company’s president.  Nobody will move into the CEO role and Binn does not anticipate much change to occur at Niche:

I’ll still be coming to work, but this allows me to broaden my horizons and think of more creative ways to build the business. Katherine and I have had a 15-year relationship. She’s worked hard to earn this title.

Niche, which publishes Gotham, Hamptons, and Capitol File, is wrapping up its most successful year since 2007.  Binn’s “move” at Niche is not expected to affect his advising role at the Glit Groupe.

Vanity Fair Intern Prepares To Watch Nonstop Cable TV|O Gets A New Design Director|Carr Leaves Greenspun|Ad Agencies Can See The Bottom Nearing

TVNewser: Vanity Fair intern Thomas Kaplan is going to watch 32 hours of cable news over four days next week. Torture? Or actual work?

WWD: O The Oprah Magazine is getting a new look along with it’s new editor-in-chief. Design director Kerry Robertson has departed the magazine and will be replaced — at least for an interim period — by Robert Priest, who formerly worked at Portfolio. O‘s editor-in-chief Susan Reed recently left after less than a year, and she has been replaced by Susan Casey.

Media Ink: Greenspun Media Group prez Michael Carr has left the company, leaving Jason Binn, the founder of Gotham and Los Angeles Confidential (among other titles,) in charge of the company he once ran as Niche Media.

Wall Street Journal: Advertising agencies have had a tough year, but they say things will turn around soon. Stay optimistic!

Trump Magazine Folded?

dtrump.jpgThere are reports that the newly relaunched Trump magazine has stopped printing.

Michael Blankenheim of the inVocus media blog said the magazine’s publisher, Lauren Bogage of Niche Media, confirmed the magazine’s death in an email. We have reached out to Bogage but have not yet received confirmation from her.

Niche Media, which also publishes city-centric magazines such as Miami’s Ocean Drive and Gotham, entered into a deal with Donald Trump in September 2007, with the first issue of the quarterly mag published in November of that year. But it looks like even The Donald is not immune from the pressures of the recession felt by the luxury market and the magazines that rely on luxury companies for ad dollars.

If you know anything about the future of Trump let us know in the comments below, send us an email or leave us a note in the anonymous tip box at right.

Earlier: New Trump Mag Publisher: ‘I Should Have Done Some More Research’

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