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Posts Tagged ‘Southern Progress’

Southern Living Launches Redesign

southern living.jpgWhen the October issue of Time Inc.‘s Southern Living hits newsstands next week, it will debut a new look and design meant to better serve the modern Southern woman.

The new look includes “a more graphic and compelling use of evocative photography” and “playful fonts,” the magazine said. The latest issue will also debut 15 new “editorial franchises” including “Made by Southern Hands,” a feature that highlights locally made products and “Mama’s Way or Your Way?” a comparison between traditional recipes the way your mama would have made them versus an updated version.

It’s been a tough year for Southern Progress, the Time Inc. division that publishes Southern Living. The unit laid off a hand full of employees in June and shuttered another title, Southern Accents last month.

However, today Southern Living said its ad pages for its redesigned October issue are up 12 percent year over year, with advertisers like Elizabeth Arden, Vera Bradley, IKEA and Home Depot gracing its pages.

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Former Top Editor Blasts Time Inc. Layoffs, Conde Loses the Town Car

20060124condetowncar.jpgIt’s getting ugly out there in layoff land. Former Time Inc. top editor Susan Haynes — she was at Coastal Living for many years — penned a particularly vitriolic email to the London-based Executive Vice President Sylvia Auton this week. Auton is head of Time Inc.’s lifestyle group and therefore in charge of the layoffs (from a distance) at the hard hit Southern Progress division. Per the email:

I don’t know what Time Inc.’s master plan is — or if you even have one, but from any standpoint, business or otherwise, Time Inc. is demonstrating shockingly shortsighted and reprehensible behavior…I had an opportunity to leave. . . of my own volition and choice. Now, like so many in the community of Birmingham, Alabama, I watch in horror and disgust as Time Inc. conducts its endless bloodbath at my former company.

Snap! She goes on to point out that “Of course, I see [the memos], despite the fact that I am no longer a Time Inc. employee. They are being forwarded around the world with a smirk and a gasp.” We suspect this is just the begining of this sort of public (read: leaked) exchange. Not surprisingly Time Inc. head Ann Moore says it’s painful for everyone, etc. Meanwhile Keith Kelly is also reporting that the Conde folks are feeling the crunch (sort of).

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More on the Time Inc. Layoffs

2007012gg6timelife.jpgA tipster tells us that Southern Progress arm of Time Inc. has been hit again in the current round of layoffs (we reported on a series of layoffs there last month). More specifically that a number of high level, much-admired, editors, as well as a publisher have “decided not to stay on” and that the marketing team for all of Cooking Light has been dissolved. More details as we get them.

Meanwhile, Gawker is reporting that Time Europe was “gutted” and that 20 of the 30 members of its editorial have been let go.

Update: Peter Kafka over at AllThingsD has the details on the Southern Progress story.