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O, The Oprah Magazine, Bloomberg Add to Teams

A couple Revolving Door notes for you today, involving O, The Oprah Magazine and Bloomberg News. Details are below.

  •  Jill Armus is joining O as design director. Armus most recently served as creative director for Everyday with Rachael Ray. Prior to her time there, Arums was creative director at Prevention and Teen People.
  • Bloomberg News has hired Gerry Smith as its media reporter. Smith most recently served as a technology reporter at The Huffington Post. He previously worked as a metro reporter for The Chicago Tribune.
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Oprah Poses in Cashmere Catsuit Because She’s Oprah

The latest cover of O, The Oprah Magazine features Oprah in a cashmere catsuit.

Why? Because she’s Oprah, and Oprah does whatever the hell Oprah wants to do. So if she says “Not only am I going to appear on the cover of my own magazine for the one billionth time in a row, I’m going to rock a cashmere catsuit,” you don’t question her. You just nod and reply, “You’re damn right you are.”

Lucy Kaylin Named EIC of O, The Oprah Magazine

Lucy Kaylin has been named the new editor-in-chief for O, The Oprah Magazine. Kaylin most recently served as the magazine’s deputy editor; a role she held since 2009. She is succeeding Susan Casey, who is leaving O to work on book.

“Lucy brings continuity, fresh energy and big ideas to a title that is already a must-read for millions of women,” said David Carey, president of Hearst Magazines, in a statement. “She is not only a talented writer and editor, she truly embraces and embodies Oprah’s ‘Live Your Best Life’ philosophy, making her the perfect choice for this new role.”

Kaylin starts her new role May 6.

O Magazine Announces Three New Hires

O, The Oprah Magazine is shuffling the deck for a new look. The publication named a trio of appointments today. Kirby Rodriguez becomes design director, Leigh Haber is the books editor, and Jihan Thompson has been selected as health editor. Rodriguez and Thompson’s appointments are effective immediately, while Haber assumes her new role Monday.

Since March 2010, Rodriguez had been associate creative director of photography at Talbots. While there, Rodriguez speadheaded the brand’s first national print advertising campaigns. Prior to that, from 2005 to 2009, he was design director of Cookie, which was nominated for two American Society of Magazine Editors General Excellence Awards and two Society of Publication Designer’s Magazine of The Year Awards.

Earlier in his career, Rodriguez was art director at W Magazine.

Haber was most recently editor-at-large at Chronicle Books and consultant to the publishing-on-demand platform Blurb. She has held editorial roles at Scribner, Hyperion, and Rodale, acquiring and editing numerous New York Times bestsellers, including Al Gore’s iconic book on climate change, An Inconvenient Truth and the critically acclaimed novella by Steve Martin, Shopgirl.

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O, The Oprah Magazine Without TV Oprah Isn’t Doing So Well

When Oprah stopped her popular talk show last fall, women everywhere fretted over who would tell them what to read and how to feel about their feelings. Not only that, Hearst, the publishing house behind O, The Oprah Magazine, had to deal with the Oprah-less void and its ramifications on the magazine.

According to Adweek, the results haven’t been pretty. During the second half of last year, O’s newsstand sales dropped a hefty 32 percent. That’s way more than the norm for the industry, which saw consumer magazines single sales drop an average of 10 percent.

A rep for O said the economy was to blame, not a noticeable lack of Oprah’s smiling face on TV screens, and it should be noted that subscriptions were up for the magazine by four percent.

However, if things don’t improve O might have to do something drastic, like put someone other than Oprah on the cover for once. The world loves a good controversy!

Maria Shriver To Serve As Editor For O, The Oprah Magazine Poetry Issue

Fresh off her eight-year run as the First Lady of California, Maria Shriver is going to see how she can fare in the print world as the first-ever guest editor for April’s edition of O, The Oprah Magazine.  Shriver will oversee the “Express Yourself” – themed poetry issue and work with O’s editorial staff to develop ideas to commemorate National Poetry Month.  The issue will debut on newsstands on March 15 and showcase work from some of the world’s premier poets, actors, athletes, musicians, and writers.  Contributors will include actress Demi Moore and former boxing superstar Mike Tyson who will both share poems that resonate deeply with them.  Shriver discussed the value of poetry and its effect on her life.

I try to mark the occasion of each new day by reading something inspirational. Sometimes the inspiration comes from a book of tips or quotations, but it usually comes from a book of poetry.  Poetry can help us through hard times and bring us closer to our joy. Poetry can be prayerful and somber or irreverent and playful, but what runs through all poetry is the search for meaning and understanding that connects us together. While a poem may bring us deep personal meaning, it becomes more meaningful when we share it with others. That is why we’re asking readers to submit their own cherished poems. Poetry has had such a powerful influence on my life, and I’m thrilled to be celebrating National Poetry Month with the readers of O, The Oprah Magazine.

Oprah’s Magazine Gets Ready To Celebrate Tenth Anniversary

Feb 2010 sub.jpgDespite Hearst‘s shuttering of O At Home in November of 2008, the Oprah Winfrey brand is as strong as ever, evidenced by the pronouncement of O, The Oprah Magazine‘s 10th anniversary weekend plans, kicking off on May 7.

O, in true Willy Wonka fashion, will be putting ten “golden tickets” inside its February issue, with the winners being invited to meet the queen of daytime TV herself during the scheduled “Live Your Best Life” a three-day event in New York. The event, produced for 6,000 attendees, will include seminars from Suze Orman and Martha Beck. Winfrey will also be performing a one-woman show at Radio City Music Hall.

Tickets — for those who don’t get their hands on a golden ticket — go on sale March 15.

Press release after the jump.

Previously: O Hires A Bunch Of New Editors, How To Pitch: O, The Oprah Magazine

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Gayle King Adds Insight Into Oprah’s Decision To Leave TV

gayleking.jpgMediabistro has scored an interview with Gayle King just days after her best friend Oprah Winfrey announced plans to leave her broadcast television talk show behind in 2011. “Oprah shared her thoughts with people she trusts, but at the end of the day, she made this decision on her own,” King said.

Interviewer David Hirschman also asked the Sirius XM radio show host and O, The Oprah Magazine editor-at-large about Oprah’s plans for the future, whether King would ever considering hosting a television show again and if she plans to get involved in Oprah’s new cable network, OWN.

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As Oprah Makes Departure Plans, O Readies For 10th Anniversary

o magazine.jpgWhen Oprah Winfrey‘s talk show leaves broadcast television in 2011, the magazine that bears her name, Hearst‘s O, The Oprah Magazine will lose an important cross-promotional tool. But, the media company is not worried about that just yet, instead focusing on planning that’s already underway for events tied to the magazine’s tenth anniversary next May, WWD reports.

What’s more, Keith Kelly believes a redesign will accompany the anniversary for the magazine. However, a spokesperson for the magazine told FishbowlNY:

“[Editor-in-chief] Susan Casey and her new team are making subtle changes to the magazine’s design, and while there will be more changes to come in the 10th anniversary year, it is too early to discuss them at this point.”

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O Hires A Bunch Of New Editors

o mag.jpgO, The Oprah Magazine has announced several new hires, filling out the editorial department under new editor-in-chief Susan Casey.

Among the new hires are former Marie Claire executive editor Lucy Kaylin, who has been named deputy editor; Patrick Mitchell, who is taking the role of design director; former Publishers Weekly editor-in-chief Sara Nelson, who has been named books director; former Prevention senior editor Tyler Graham, who will be health and environment editor and Jennifer Rainey Marquez, formerly of Women’s Health, who will take on the role of senior editor.

“As we prepare for O’s tenth anniversary year in 2010, I couldn’t be more pleased that Lucy, Patrick, Sara, Tyler and Jennifer are joining our team,” said Casey, who joined the magazine earlier this summer. “They all come to the magazine with incredible talent and experience in their respective areas and I’m confident they will be a great asset to O as we move into our next phase of growth.”

O also named Dr. Mehmet Oz a contributing editor. He will write a regular health column for the magazine starting with the October issue. The magazine also said that features director Pat Towers will be retiring this month, although she will continue to work on special projects for the magazine.

And in other Oprah Winfrey news, Sirius XM has announced the launch of Winfrey’s exclusive 24/7 Sirius XM radio station. Starting on Monday, episodes of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” will now be broadcast on satellite radio the morning after they air in syndication on TV. The channel will also replay classic “Oprah Show” episodes as well as shows hosted by Gayle King, Dr. Oz, Maya Angelou and sex therapist Dr. Laura Berman.

After the jump, the full release about the O hires, as well as longer bios.

Earlier: Two Magazines Lose Top Talent After Short Tenures

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