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Car and Driver, Road & Track Get Sales Development Director

Jason Nikic has been named sales development director — a new role — at Car and Driver and Road & Track. Nikic comes to Hearst Magazines from The Atlantic Media Company, where he served as intergrated sales manager. Prior to that, Nikic was an account manager with Rodale.

“Jason’s experience in creating truly customized integrated sales programs will be a huge asset, said Felix DiFilippo, publisher and chief revenue officer of Car and Driver and Road & Track. “As an avid auto enthusiast, he truly personifies these brands and will be a welcome addition to the team.”

Nikic begins his new role October 1.

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David Speranza Joins Road & Track

David Speranza has been named design director for Road & Track. Speranza joins the magzine from Bicycling, where he worked under the same job title, since 2002.

Prior to his time at Bicycling, Speranza worked for such publications as TV Guide, Elle and Golf for Women.

“David has a keen eye and an impressive artistic body of work,” said Larry Webster, Road & Track’s editor-in-chief. “I’m looking forward to working with him to create the best showcase for our dynamic writing and photography.”

Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY made the most online buzz this week.

  1. Signs in Air for WFAN to Make FM Jump, July 6
  2. Wondering Why WNYW/Channel 5 Made Those Anchor Changes, July 10
  3. Self Launching Fashion Site, July 6
  4. Road & Track Adds Two Editors, July 9
  5. The New Republic Gives Kate Middleton a New Look, July 6
  6. New York Times‘ Social Media Policy: Use Common Sense, Idiot, July 11

 

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Road & Track Leaving California for Michigan

The employees at Road & Track will soon be trading the Newport Beach sun for the snow of Ann Arbor, Mich., as Hearst announced the automotive magazine will relocate this year.

The departure from Southern California was announced in conjunction with the hire of Larry Webster as their new editor-in-chief.

Road & Track is the magazine that turned me into a car enthusiast, so it’s an incredible honor to be asked to get behind the wheel of this iconic brand,” Webster said in a statement. “Moving the team to Ann Arbor will put us right in the middle of all the exciting developments this industry has to offer, and that’s something I’m thrilled about.”

Car and Driver and Automotive are also based in Ann Arbor along with Webster, who was previously the automotive editor for Popular Mechanics.

Hearst Magazines Makes Automotive Brand Changes

Felix DiFilippo has been named Publisher and Chief Revenue Officer of Car and Driver and Road & Track. DiFilippo comes to Hearst Magazines from The Atlantic Media Company, where he most recently served as Associate Publisher. He had been with Atlantic Media since 2008.

DiFilippo succeeds Robert Houghtlin III, who is now Executive Director of Automotive Sales for Hearst Men’s Group. Houghtlin will be responsible for automotive advertising for the Car and Driver, Road & Track and Popular Mechanics brands.

“Felix will be instrumental in taking these highly respected brands to the next level of growth, building on the foundation that Rob and the team created,” said Jack Essig, Senior Vice President, Publishing Director and Chief Revenue Officer for Hearst Men’s Group. “We see great potential in these titles, and we’re excited to further develop them a full 360 degrees.”

DiFilippo will begin at Hearst on March 26.

Jay Leno To Reclaim 11:30 Slot?|Car & Driver SVP Leaves Hachette|Huffington Post Parody|Forbes Sells Building

TMZ: Rumors abound that NBC may be planning to bring Jay Leno back to 11:30 p.m. The New York Times adds that NBC execs haven’t denied the rumors.

Folio: John Driscoll, the SVP of Car and Driver and Road & Track is leaving Hachette Filipacchi.

Comedy.com: A Huffington Post parody.

New York Times: Forbes Media sells 60 Fifth Avenue building to NYU. The company will continue to lease space in the building.

Hachette Names New Automotive Group CEO

jumpstart.jpgAfter reorganizing its titles into various brand groups throughout the year, Hachette Filipacchi has appointed a new CEO of its automotive group.

Starting on January 1, Dillion McDonald, the current COO of the Jumpstart Automotive Group, will take on the responsibilities of CEO, replacing Steve Wilhite, who will stay on as an advisor and member of the Board of Directors.

McDonald has worked for Jumpstart since 2001, and served in various roles in sales, operations and marketing before being named COO.

Hachette restructured its automotive group earlier this year, combining Car and Driver and Road & Track under the same umbrella as the Jumpstart online network purchased by the company in spring 2007.

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YouTube Launches Reporter Center|Wikipedia Co-Founder Helped The Times|Hachette Reorganizes Auto Brands|Atlantic City Paper’s Editor Says Goodbye With Top Ten List|Spitzer Blogs For HuffPo

WebNewser: YouTube launched its Reporters Center today, featuring instructional videos, tips and advice from journalists like Katie Couric, Bob Woodward, The New York Times‘s Nicholas Kristof, and Arianna Huffington.

New York Times: More information about the lengths the Times went to to keep reporter David Rohde‘s kidnapping off the media’s radar: Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales joined in the effort to monitor Rohde’s Wikipedia page and delete any references to the kidnapping.

Folio: Hachette Filipacchi Media is reorganizing its automotive brands, Car and Driver and Road & Track, under the Jumpstart online network purchased in spring 2007. The structure of the new Jumpstart Automotive Group will be similar to the new structure implemented for Hachette’s women’s and shelter titles.

The Press of Atlantic City: Longtime editor Paul Merkoski wrote a good-bye letter to his readers ala David Letterman, listing the “Top 5 Things I’ll Miss Most Starting Next Monday” and “Top 5 Things I’ll Miss Least Starting Next Monday.”

Huffington Post: Disgraced New York governor Eliot Spitzer blogs for The Huffington Post for the first time since 2007. What motivated him to come back to the blogosphere? “The Plight of New York’s Small Business Owners” for the site’s new New York section.

Hachette Dumps Men’s Enthusiast Group Publisher, Looks To Sell Titles

matarazzo2.jpg Two months after restructuring its women’s titles, Hachette Filipacchi Media has started to expand its restructuring efforts to its men’s enthusiast titles. Yesterday, the company’s president and CEO Alain Lemarchand announced that 28-year veteran Nick Matarazzo, group publishing director of Hachette’s Men’s Enthusiast Network, would be leaving the company. An internal memo said that Matarazzo and Hachette “mutually agreed” to part ways and noted that his position will not be filled.

Matarazzo (left) oversaw titles such as Car and Driver, Road & Track, Cycle World, American Photo, Popular Photography, Boating, Flying and Sound & Vision. Anne Janas, senior vice president of corporate communications at Hachette, confirmed that the company is in discussions to sell a number of those titles — the photography books, Boating, Flying and Sound & Vision — but said Matarazzo’s departure did not necessarily mean that they were close to a deal. But we’re going to keep our eye on it.

As for the other titles in the M.E.N. group, Janas said Hachette “will continue to make changes [like the recent brand-centric restructuring at its women's titles] in order to best meet today’s market challenges.”

The full internal memo regarding Matarazzo’s exit, plus statements from Matarazzo and Lemarchand, after the jump.

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