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Cond&eacute Nast Fires Breast-Augmented Employee

2brides2.jpgSi Newhouse may tolerate nudity in his magazines, but not in workplace, according to a Keith Kelly blind item from today regarding a former Brides employee who was recently laid off after showing two of her female colleagues the results of her breast surgery.

While the two women were “personal friends” who the employee had known for years and despite the lack of any nudity (the woman kept her sports bra on in the confines of her closed, private office), the word got around to Cond&eacute Nast‘s HR team and the woman was dismissed immediately with no severance, Kelly reports. Cond&eacute is now looking into revoking her unemployment benefits as well, he added.

Maybe this anonymous worker should have gone to work at The New York Post, which allegedly has much more lenient personnel policies.

Read More: Cond&eacute Nast boob-job exec is gone in a flashNew York Post

Condé Titles Launch Partnerships With E-Commerce Sites

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Yesterday, we reported on news that Condé Nast was considering licensing partnerships as a way to create additional revenue streams. Despite skepticism over Condé boss Si Newhouse‘s interest in such plans, it looks like these sorts of deals are not that far away.

This week, two Condé Nast titles are rolling out new partnerships with two e-commerce sites, WWD reports today.

Shopping magazine Lucky will unveil its pairing with theOutnet.com, Net-a-porter’s outlet site, on Friday, with a new series of flash sales exclusively with the title. The sales, promoted on luckymag.com and in Lucky‘s February issue, will be accessible to Lucky newsletter subscribers only. The sales will feature discounted items available for a limited time, whose prices decrease as the clock counts down.

Additionally, fashion bible Vogue has paired with members-only e-commerce site Gilt Groupe to offer ready-to-wear looks under $500, based on the magazine’s “Steal of the Month” page. The sale, which runs through January 18, even includes links to photos and stories on Vogue.com and a place to subscribe to the magazine.

For these two titles, these partnerships seem like natural extension of the brands, providing Condé with extra cash while not diluting the brand. In return, these e-commerce sites get publicity in national magazines, the opportunity for new customers and a way to set them apart from their competitors. Seems like win-win. And we’d much rather see pubs trying to make money this way rather than starting a wine club. Maybe they’ll even try launching their own e-commerce sites, like DailyCandy did last year with Swirl.

Read More: Vogue and Lucky Launch PartnershipsWWD

Previously: How To Lose Your Brand Identity And Influence Consumers: A Condé Story

How To Lose Your Brand Identity And Influence Consumers: A Condé Story

vogue222.jpgAccording to an unnamed source at Condé Nast, today’s New York Observer reports, head-honcho Si Newhouse is “against anything that he feels takes the focus away from the printed magazine brand. That’s why he used to be so against digital.”

But today’s story wasn’t about how Newhouse has mended his ways to incorporate Condé Nast Digital into his magazines’ 10-year plan. Instead, the quote serves to reinforce how anti-Newhouse the idea of marketing the Condé brand for licensing purposes is. But it’s been a tough two years for the company and a lot of concessions have had to be made: we may not be so far off from a reality where Gourmet gets a second life in the form of cookbooks and baking supplies.

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Tis The Season…For Person Of The Year Polls

time person you.jpgSince it’s now December (eek) the year that was 2009 is coming to a close. And you know what that means: for the next few weeks, end of the year lists and “best of” retrospectives will be filling up all of the magazines and Web sites that we love to read.

In the last 24 hours, we’ve come across two polls seeking to name someone “Person of the Year,” and looking for the public’s helpful insight in order to do it. Whether the actual winner of these polls will be named Person of the Year — or if they are just a way to draw visitors and hits — remains to be seen.

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

conde333.jpgToday Folio magazine posted an interview with Drew Schutte, senior vice president and chief revenue officer of Condé Nast Digital, about the direction of Condé Nast online and the future of the publishing company.

Unsurprisingly, Schutte was defensive about Folio‘s assertion that Si Newhouse‘s titles have been late to adapt to the whole World Wide Web thing. At the same time, Schutte’s reassertion of the old Condé adage that the Internet will never replace magazines and that any digital content is merely a “supplement” to the print product is really starting to sound stale, considering the major losses Condé’s print editions have suffered lately.

Read on for some key points from Schutte’s interview

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Condé Nast Gets Crisis Management Help

4 times square.jpgIt’s no surprise that Condé Nast has been getting a lot of bad press recently in the wake of heavy staff cuts and four magazine closures.

But, according to reports, it looks like Si Newhouse is taking the advice of Lucky publisher Gina Sanders and getting some help from an expert: crisis manager and media coach Michael Sheehan.

Our sister blog PRNewser says that Sheehan “has experience in politics and finance having counseled Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, AIG during last year’s crisis, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and JP Morgan.”

We’re looking forward to see how Sheehan works to put a happy spin on all the bad news that’s been coming out of 4 Times Square these last few weeks. Will he return the Orangina to the shrunken staff to boost morale?

Condé Nast Hires Crisis Intervention ExpertNew York Post

Newhouse Loses Less Than Expected, But Not From Condé

sotheby.jpgSi Newhouse made out better than expected during a Sotheby’s auction last night. The item he was selling off — a sculpture by Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti entitled “L’Homme Qui Chavire” (pictured left) — only fell $2.8 million short of what he paid for it.

And while that might seem like a big chunk of change to us, Newhouse was expecting to lose $10-$12 million off the piece he originally bought for $20 million. So instead of selling his art half-off and making him look really desperate, the famed auction house managed to save the Condé Nast owner some face…something his own publications haven’t been able to do in quite some time.

Si Newhouse Catches a Break — Cityfile

Condé Nast Retreads On Familiar Obama Territory To Sell Copies

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A Michelle Obama Glamour cover for December? We know that coming up with new and original content for women’s magazines that doesn’t feel old hat is hard, but something about Condé Nast‘s special recognition award of Michelle Obama in their “Women Of The Year” issue feels a little bit like Barack Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize: A little unwarranted.

We know that Obamas on the cover sell copies and win prizes, and Si Newhouse certainly needs that these days. Maybe he thought enough time had passed since all the other Michelle covers that Glamour‘s issue could be considered fresh all over again?

Below, a partial gallery of Michelle covers in the last year.

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Joanne Lipman: A New Prototype of Feminism in Journalism?

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One year ago, Portfolio was on its last legs. After the market saw the biggest plummet in decades, the cover of the business magazine had American Apparel founder Dov Charney on the cover: A misstep for the magazines that some say it never recovered from. The waiting game of Portfolio‘s cut from the Conde Nast empire wasn’t long, and many blamed editor-in-chief Joanne Lipman for the bad turns the title had taken.

Six months later, Lipman is back, in a New York Times weekend editorial, talking about feminism and inequality in the workplace, which some groups have read as her bitter grapes towards Si Newhouse for killing off Portfolio. But her argument is more than just sarcasm towards a former boss: If you don’t think there are still issues of gender divided in the newsroom bullpen, then maybe you should go back and read some Nan Robertson.

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