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Posts Tagged ‘S.I. Newhouse’

Anna Wintour Musical Returning to Joe’s Pub

BeeShafferRyanRafteryOne-man show Ryan Raftery is the Most Powerful Woman in Fashion is way over the top. Raftery’s drag-version of Anna Wintour gets “chronic constipation” as a result of running that Kimye cover and fearing that she will be fired from Condé Nast by S.I. Newhouse.

After debuting earlier this month at Joe’s Pub, the show is scheduled for a pair of encore Friday late-night shows in early September. As Raftery recently told The Cut‘s Maggie Lange, it all started with a chance encounter:

Raftery has done a solo show a year since 2009 — and the five before this one were all about his personal life. He says that he ran out of material, and instead of “waiting to be kidnapped,” he decided to find some other subject matter.

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A Brief Look at WSJ. Magazine’s Anna Wintour Profile

That Anna Wintour profile in WSJ. FishbowlNY told you about a couple days ago is now available online, and it doesn’t disappoint. As we mentioned, it’s jam packed with celebrities talking about how much they love the fashion icon.

There’s Justin Timberlake getting deep (“she understands fashion is a state of mind”), Roger Federer stating that he’d work for her, Michael Bloomberg agreeing to all things Wintour (“She’s not a person you want to say no to”), and S.I. Newhouse proclaiming Vogue Condé Nast’s most profitable magazine.

Indeed, the piece offers plenty of praise for Wintour. However, if there’s a topic the writer and even Wintour can’t boast about, it’s Posh, Baby, Ginger, Scary and Sporty. “I’m not terribly proud of putting the Spice Girls on the cover,” she admits at one point.

No matter what you think of her, at least she knows that.

Sports Illustrated Puts Money On Tablet Technology

The much-anticipated portable touchscreen Tablet gadget won’t even be released until sometime next year, but Time Inc. is determined to be ahead of the curve in at least one aspect of digital technology.

Today, the struggling publishing company unveiled a prototype of what Sports Illustrated would look like on Tablet technology, allowing readers to “browse” through the pages with their fingertips and receive up-to-the-minute sports scores and video from the magazine.

The new technology may be a glimpse of the future for Time Inc., which recently cut hundreds of staffers in an effort to trim its budget by the end of the year. But we wonder if pouring money into making your publications sync up with a technology that hasn’t even come out yet is the smartest move. There are some critics who say that Tablet computers aren’t going to be the future of digital print after all, which would leave Time Inc. looking like they had spent the money they could have used to save those employees S.I. had to cut last month on a fruitless endeavor.

Read More: Sports Illustrated Readies Digital Version for TabletsAdvertising Age, Sports Illustrated Tries the TabletNew York Times

Previously: Time Inc. Layoffs: Sports Illustrated Hit First, More To Come

Vogue Hires Obama’s Web Consultants

vogueblue.jpg“Can we take a strategy to build a political candidate and apply it to a magazine like Vogue?” posited Tom Florio, publishing director for the fashion title and other Condé Nast pubs, in today’s Wall Street Journal. (Upate: Jezebel, always on the ball, actually broke the story a week earlier than the WSJ.

The strategy in question would be the one designed by Blue State Digital, an online consulting agency that implemented a “relationship ladder” schema for their work with Barack Obama‘s presidential campaign, and is now working with Vogue to identify new ways for the magazine to interact with its audience.

While it might seem like a strange leap to go from political canvasing to couture outreach, Blue State is confident what worked for Obama can work for Anna Wintour.

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Condé Nast Officially Announces Its Digital Magazine Initiative

mmmm.jpgComing a day late (The Wall Street Journal broke the story yesterday which quickly sped through media outlets) Condé Nast announced this afternoon its plan to move its titles into the 21st century with its Digital Magazine Initiative. This includes the much-talked-about e-readers version of Wired magazine, which will “deliver full-color, high resolution magazines” to your smartphone, laptop and “netbooks.”

But that’s not the only thing S.I. Newhouse‘s team is working on: Condé Nast Digital has been busy reorganizing its sales sector into 5 different sectors, and hiring on its digital arm even as deep cuts are being made into its print divisions. Good strategy for looking ahead, or cutting off the nose to spite the face? You tell us.

Press release after the jump.

Read More: Condé Preparing E-Reader Version of Wired Preparing E-Reader Version of WiredWall Street Journal

Previously: Condé Nast Digital’s Schutte: We’re Not A Late Bloomer

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Vanity Fair Embraces Blog Culture

vanity.jpgWith the Internet soundly kicking print magazines’ asses lately, how can publications win back some of their online audiences?

That seems to be the question on every publisher’s mind, none more so than S.I. Newhouse, who has spent a great chunk of change hiring staffers to develop Condé Nast Digital and make it marketable to his magazines’ audiences, even while the ad page downturn has forced across-the-board cuts and, in some cases, entire titles to shutter.

The latest Condé development in Web sites? Make them read more like other online content, with weekly (or daily!) updates and sassy commentary. Make them, essentially, a blog.

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Condé Nast’s Ad Pages Plummet

architecturalDigest_feb08_coverhighres.jpgIn case you were wondering why everyone is getting fired at Condé Nast and not Hearst Publications, here’s a hint: Yesterday we found out that the latter might have $1 bill in their bank account, while today we know that Si Newhouse‘s publications lost a combined 8,359 ad pages from their monthly magazines in 2009.

Read on for a break down of some of the numbers

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Wintour Out At Vogue: Don’t Think So, Says Newhouse

annawintour.jpgWe here at FBLA don’t want to tread on blogger territory too harshly, but we only bring up Gawker‘s “scoop” on Anna Wintour‘s departure from Vogue as good example of listening to the wrong people — and then reporting it.

When Wintour herself declines any comment and Conde Nast Chairman S.I. Newhouse openly proclaims: “This is the silliest rumor I ever heard,” it makes you take pause.

Now, far be it from us to complain of the sorry standards for editing or regulation concerning blogs in the U.S. But we think some attention must be paid to outright mistakes that crop on blogs in general. For all of us writers on papers and mags out there, this was usually left to these nocturnal creatures called Copy Editors.

But in this Wild West universe of the blog, it falls on the writers to police themselves. That’s a dangerous precedent and it’s one that needs minding. We may not have the right answer, but we know it needs to be considered.

In fact the only reason we here on the Left Coast are even writing about it is the uncanny parallel to the successful indie film, “The Devil Wears Prada.”

We actually thought if it actually were true, then life would truly be imitating art. And maybe that’s a good thing.