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An Incognito Laurie Dhue & The Summer Swells

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— DIANE CLEHANE

Even presidential gridlock couldn’t keep the diehards away from Michael’s today. While President Obama dished with the gals on The View across town, the usual mix of media mavens, moguls and socialites pecked at their lunches and traded war stories about their oh so busy summers. Overheard in the ladies’ room: “The traffic in the Hamptons is worse than ever!” and “There’s just too many parties to get to this year!” What a pity.

I was lunching today with Amy Matthews, licensed contractor and host of This New House, premiering Thursday night on DIY. In it, she and co-host Kevin O’Connor travel the country in search of the latest and greatest innovations in home building and construction. The mission of the show, explains Amy, is to teach do-it-yourselfers how to spruce up their homes using their own muscle.

Fresh off an appearance on The Early Show this morning, Amy looks more like a movie star (think a younger Virgina Madsen) than a hardhat, but she says she came to love all things construction from her dad while growing up in Minneapolis. She recommends home improvement novices start by consulting the experts and trying “cosmetic” projects like painting or switching kitchen and bathroom faucets first. But if you think you’re ready and want to have some real fun, pick up a pickaxe and go for it. “A lot of people find doing their own demolition very therapeutic,” she says. “Plus, you can save yourself a lot of money.”

In the series this season, Amy and Kevin meet up with all kinds of inventors, builders and scientists that are sure to get you off the couch and into your local hardware store. One of her favorite inventions, she says, is an at-home system that allows doors in private homes to operate like those handy automatic ones at your favorite big box store. Just the thing you’ll need when you come home ladened with packages from the new Target uptown. We’ll be tuning in.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong (Long time no see!) and pals David Patrick Columbia who celebrated a birthday earlier this week, Joan Jacobsen, Patrick Murphy and Mary McDonagh Murphy. I stopped to say my hello’s and found out the gang was celebrating the release of Mary’s new book Scout, Atticus & Boo which celebrates the 50th anniversary of To Kill A Mockingbird. Congrats!

2. An almost unrecognizable Laurie Dhue, who exchanged her usual anchorwoman ‘do for a slicked back look today, and some equally attractive gal pals.

3. Dynastic dynamos: Margo McNabe Nederlander and Haley Steinbrenner Swindal

4. Jerry Inzerillo

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Lunch: Soledad O’Brien Talks Helping Haiti’s Children

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— DIANE CLEHANE

The media mob was out in force today at Michael’s and we spotted plenty of table hopping between bites. It was fascinating to see all the head honchos make the rounds while checking in with the competition. Who needs to eat anyway?

I was joined today by CNN’s anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien, who I’ve known since her days as anchor of Weekend Today, and CNN publicist Van Scott. Since making the move to cable, Soledad, who left NBC in 2003 to anchor the network’s maiden season of American Morning, has gotten plenty of attention for her on-the-ground reporting of the tsunami in Southeast Asia and Hurricane Katrina. It was Soledad’s infamous interview with then FEMA chief Michael Brown that started the public outcry eventually leading to his resignation in September 2005.

After logging in plenty of air miles last year covering major news stories like the earthquake in Haiti, Soledad has unpacked her bags long enough to do a slew of documentaries that are kicking off next month. On May 8, CNN will premiere Rescued, an hour-long look at the plight of Haiti’s children told through the eyes of 6 year-old Cendy Jeune and former child slave Marc Kenson Oliphi. After being in Haiti immediately following the disaster, Soledad tells me she held orphans in her arms whose eyes had seen so much that “they looked old.” The documentary chronicles the lives of the children who are living in the Lighthouse orphanage where rather than being put up for adoption, they are instead taught skills, given an education, and encouraged to be valuable members of society when they “age out” of the orphanage at 18.

It was clearly a transformative experience for Soledad, herself a mother of four. She told me, “The best way to help Haiti is to help the children of Haiti help Haiti.” She’s planning on returning to the region next month with her 9 year-old daughter Sophia in tow. “My kids really want to do something to help. We’re going to ‘adopt a community’ and do what we can.”

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. The lovely Pat Schoenfeld, in a chic red topper and matching loafers, with a few close pals.

2. Cablevision’s president Tad Smith

3. Sony Pictures’ Steve Mosko

4. Steve Rubenstein and William Lauder

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Lucky Publisher Gina Sanders Picked To Lead Fairchild

PHOTO of Gina.jpgIt didn’t take long for Condé Nast to find a replacement for Richard Beckman. The magazine publisher has dipped into its own pool of publishers and picked Lucky publisher Gina Sanders to lead the Fairchild Fashion Group, which publishes Women’s Wear Daily.

Sanders joined Lucky in 2008 from Teen Vogue, where she was also publisher, during a major restructuring at Condé. She started her career at the publishing house more than 20 years ago, at House & Garden and went on to work at Details and Gourmet before Teen Vogue.

Sanders is replacing Beckman, who left the company last week to join newly formed media company e5 Global Media, starting on February 1.

Full release after the jump.

Previously: Breaking: Beckman Leaves Conde Nast

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Dan Rather’s Appeal Denied|Meredith’s Chair Replaces Arbitron CEO|Beckman Says Goodbye|Monetizing Journalists|Does The National Enquirer Deserve A Pulitzer?

TVNewser: Dan Rather‘s appeal of a New York court’s decision to throw out his suit against his former employer, CBS, has been denied, effectively ending his legal action against the network.

MediaPost: Arbitron’s CEO Michael Skarzynski has resigned from his post over Congressional testimony from last year. He will be replaced by Meredith Corp.‘s chairman William Kerr.

AdAge: An exit interview with Fairchild’s Richard Beckman.

paidContent: Charles Pelton, who helped conceive the failed “salon dinners” for The Washington Post discussed how to make reporters into profit centers.

Politics Daily: Does The National Enquirer deserve a Pulitzer Prize for its work on the John Edwards scandal? Why not give TMZ one for its investigative work on the Tiger Woods debacle?

Former WWD Publisher To Launch Specialty Retailer Trade

specialty insider.jpgOn the day that we learn that Richard Beckman, the CEO of Women’s Wear Daily publisher Fairchild Publications, is stepping down, comes news that former WWD group publisher Ralph Erardy has started his own media company and is preparing to launch a retailer trade magazine of his own by the end of the month.

Just over a year since Erardy was let go from Fairchild in a shake-up at the Condé Nast-owned trade publisher, he has launched Insider Communications Group and plans to debut his new pub, Specialty Insider magazine, on January 25.

Erardy said he’s drawing on the talent of people he worked with previously at WWD, whose jobs were also eliminated in the past year, to launch the quarterly. But why now?

“Launching a new magazine that fills a critical gap in the market fulfills a long-standing goal to provide a much-needed guide that responds directly to my ongoing conversations with specialty retailers and advertisers,” Erardy says in an open letter. “Specialty Insider is a unique publication that empowers both buyers and sellers to improve their businesses.”

And just in case you thought Erardy could use the opportunity of Beckman’s departure to target his former pub’s audience, he told Folio that Specialty Insider would not be directly competing with WWD: “It wouldn’t be wise to compete with WWD. No one does retail news better so we’re not going in that direction. Specialty Insider will focus on retailers surviving the fashion industry at retail.”

Read more: Former WWD Group Publisher To Launch Retailer Trade TitleFolio

Erardy’s Open Letter

Breaking: Beckman Leaves Condé Nast

beckman.jpgIt’s official: Richard Beckman, chief executive of Women’s Wear Daily publisher Fairchild Fashion Group resigned this morning. He is leaving the Condé Nast division to become CEO of e5 Global Media, a recently created media company that purchased The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, MediaWeek and AdWeek from Nielsen last month, in a move first reported by The New York Post.

Beckman moved from his position as president of the Condé Nast Media Group to Fairchild last March, a move that was seen by many in the industry as a demotion. Condé Nast has yet to name a replacement.

Update: The Hollywood Reporter writes today about the new CEO of its parent company: “Beckman said his career and passion have focused on music, entertainment and media, ‘making this collection of brands particularly alluring to me.’ He added: ‘I look forward to developing these valuable brands and improving and extending them in the years to come.’”

Read more: Beckman Resigns as Fairchild CEOWWD

Conde rainmaker Richard Beckman eyes exitNew York Post

Previously: Richard Beckman Named President, CEO of Fairchild, Investor Group Buys Eight Nielsen Brands

Marie Claire Publisher Plagemann Jumps To Vogue, Florio’s Role Expanded

vogue cover.jpgThe latest Condé Nast restructuring news comes to the top of one of the company’s highest profile pubs.

Susan Plagemann, the publisher at Hearst’s Marie Claire since 2004, has been named the newest publisher at Vogue, effective January 4.

Although she started her career at Condé Nast in the advertising department at Mademoiselle, Plagemann has spent most of her career at Hearst, working for Esquire, Cosmopolitan, the now-defunct Lifetime and then Marie Claire.

Plagemann will report to Thomas Florio, who formerly held the role of publisher at Vogue. His role has now been expanded to oversee Vogue and Teen Vogue, Bon Appétit and Condé Nast Traveler.

As The New York Observer reports, this seems to be part of Condé Nast’s McKinsey-ordered plan to create a more clearly defined reporting structure for publishers, through the creation of “super publishers” that now include Florio, Bill Wackermann (who now oversees Glamour, Details and Brides), Richard Beckman (Fairchild Group and W) and David Carey (Wired, The New Yorker and the golf group).

Full release about Plagemann, after the jump

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Stewart vs. Fox News|WaPo Co. Sees Income Rise|Beckman Takes Control Of W|Meacham’s Take On Print Media

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TVNewser: Jon Stewart and “The Daily Show” devoted nearly 12 minutes last night to discussing the Fox News vs. White House feud and a mocking analysis of Fox News’ distinction between news and opinion programming.

MediaJobsDaily: Reporting its third quarter earnings, the Washington Post Co. posted a $7 million increase in income while revenues at the company’s newspaper decreased 20 percent to $156.3 million.

WWD: Richard Beckman, president and CEO of Conde Nast‘s Fairchild Fashion Group, which publishes WWD and Footwear News, is taking over control of W as well.

Daily Intel: Days after Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger compared print media to the Titanic, Newsweek editor Jon Meacham tried a different analogy: “Forgive my possibly overly facile analogy here, but when we are looking at the digital delivery of the printed word, we are kind of where the Sony Cassette Walkman was,” he said. “There will be, I think, an interim step that will be a CD Walkman. And then it seems to me there’s going to be an iPod.”

Wall Street Journal Beefs Up Sales Team

journal logo.pngCould the key to surviving this economic crisis be bigger and stronger ad sales teams?

The Wall Street Journal has become the latest media organization to expand its sales team, announcing yesterday that it had hired Sophie Raptis to be the new publisher of its glossy magazine WSJ.. The current publisher, Ellen Asmodeo-Giglio, has been moved into the position of vice president of sales for the Journal‘s Weekend Edition and Luxury groups, while Andrea Norlander, formerly the executive director of creative services for WSJ. was promoted to associate publisher of marketing for the magazine and Anthony Cenname was brought on as multimedia director for the Luxury group under Asmodeo-Giglio.

Michael Rooney, the Journal‘s chief revenue officer, emphasized the selling power of the new team. “These are proven advertising sales executives who continue to deliver substantial advertising revenue to this company, even in the current economy,” Rooney said in a press release yesterday. “Ellen has accomplished one of the most difficult assignments — to successfully launch and sell a luxury magazine in one of the most challenging markets since the Great Depression. Sophie brings two critically important experiences to her position — extensive experience in managing a glossy magazine that originates within a newspaper and understanding the global luxury and retail categories.”

When she joins WSJ. next month, Raptis will be reunited with a former colleague from Luxx, the glossy magazine of the Times of London. At Luxx, Raptis once worked with Tina Gaudoin, who is now the editor-in-chief of WSJ. Raptis is currently working for Times Media in London.

Another publication that is expanding its sales team is WWD, which recently brought on three new associate publishers to serve under Richard Beckman.

Full release after the jump

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Beckman Continues To Build His Team: WWD Gets Three New Associate Publishers

wwd.pngFairchild Fashion Group CEO Richard Beckman is at it again.

After appointing a new CRO to the group, which publishes trade pub WWD, last week and assigning a new publisher to Footwear News the week before that, Beckman yesterday named three new associate publishers to the women’s wear publication.

Erica Bartman, Paula Fortgang, and Elizabeth Webbe Lunny will all take on roles of associate publishers at WWD starting July 13. All three women join Fairchild from various positions at Conde Nast, which owns the smaller fashion trade publisher. They have all worked with Beckman during his career there, he said.

“Erica, Paula, and Elizabeth are some of the best professionals I have worked with in my time at Conde Nast,” Beckman said in a release about the appointments. “Each will bring great intelligence and intensity to their new positions at Women’s Wear Daily.”

Full release and more background information about the new associate publishers after the jump.

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