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Bonnier Picks Up Parenting Title Conceive

Conceive cover.jpgIn a week where Condé Nast shuttered parenting magazine Cookie, rival magazine publisher Bonnier Corp. is beefing up its parenting portfolio with the purchase of Conceive magazine.

The formerly independently published magazine — founded by Kim Hahn in 2004 — will join Bonnier’s other magazines in the category, Parenting and Babytalk. Conceive‘s entire staff will be joining the Bonnier team, and the magazine’s Web site, Conceive On-Air radio show and several related books are also part of the deal.

This new addition to the Bonnier family is surprising, especially considering what other companies like Condé are doing. Instead of folding titles, Bonnier has been collecting them, even ones within the same category. This is the company’s fourth acquisition in the past year. In June, the Florida-based publisher bought five enthusiast titles from Hachette Filipacchi, including Popular Photography, Flying, Boating, Sound & Vision and American Photo.

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Bonnier Picks Up Five Hachette Titles

photo.png Bonnier Corp. announced this morning that it has acquired five Hachette Filipacchi enthusiast titles: Popular Photography, Flying, Boating, Sound & Vision and American Photo. The deal, which we had previously reported was in the works, closed yesterday. In addition to the print magazine properties, Bonnier also acquired all related Web sites, books, licensing agreements, videos and branded events.

This is Bonnier’s third recent acquisition. The company picked up Working Mother in September and Scuba Diving in December.

“These five titles from Hachette fit very well within our growth strategy of adding brands that serve markets with multimedia opportunities,” said Bonnier CEO Terry Snow.

Hachette’s president and CEO, Alain Lemarchand, said the divestiture would allow the company to focus on “our core areas of strength, including the women’s brands, the shelter category and our automotive category.”

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

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Bonnier In Talks To Buy Hachette Enthusiast Titles

boating.pngThere have been a few reports that Florida-based Bonnier Corp. is close to reaching a deal to buy a group of Hachette Filipacchi enthusiast titles.

Earlier this month, we confirmed that Hachette was looking for a buyer for a group of magazines including American Photo, Popular Photography, Boating, Flying and Sound & Vision. Now, according to sources noted by Nielsen’s Photo District News and minonline, Bonnier is in talks to snap up the titles, although a final deal may be weeks away.

Our source confirmed what minonline reported earlier today: the two companies are trying to reach an agreement, but it could be a few weeks before it is finalized.

If the deal does go through, Hachette’s titles will fit well into Bonnier’s portfolio, which already includes a number of enthusiast titles, such as Field & Stream, Windsurfing and Yachting, as well as consumer titles like Popular Science and Parenting.

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

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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