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Two Executives to Depart Time Inc.

Time Inc. is undergoing some changes. Laura Lang, Time’s CEO, calls them “Lifestyle moves,” but who knows what the people departing the company think about that phrase.

According to WWDSteve Sachs, Time Inc.’s Executive Vice President, Consumer Marketing and Sales, and Stephanie George, the company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, are both leaving in June.

Additionally, Bain & Company has been hired by Lang to analyze trends and help formulate an overall strategy. Yes, that probably means there are more changes to come.

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Creative Direction of Tablets Gives Publishers Pause

When designing a magazine app for a tablet, is it best for it to be simple or complicated? The answer to that question is giving companies plenty to think about. Adweek reports that while some publishing houses claimed readers want their apps pared down, others felt that would be a step in the wrong direction.

Authorities at Time and Hearst explained that the KISS principle is the best approach. Steve Sachs, Time’s Executive Vice President of Consumer Marketing and Sales, said, “Interactive elements are valuable to [readers], but they’re a secondary benefit.” Chris Wilkes, the Vice President of Hearst’s App Lab agreed, and added that if an app has too many extras they could end up annoying readers.

Scott Dadich, the Executive Director of Digital Magazine Development at Condé Nast, didn’t see it that way at all. “It’s more effort, it’s more expense, but it does bear out in engagement,” said Dadich. “Something like a GQ, seeing models on a fashion shoot, or seeing the clothes move — there’s definitely value in that.” In line with Dadich’s thinking, the highest rated apps are often those that are also thoroughly enhanced.

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Time Inc. Passes on iPad Subscriptions

Conde Nast and Hearst have both recently caved to the whims of the great and powerful Steve Jobs by implementing Apple’s subscription system, but Time Inc. remains unmoved. Steve Sachs, Time Inc.’s Executive Vice President for Consumer Marketing and Sales, tells Ad Age:

We have chosen not to do that [Apple's iPad subscriptions]. Because when we look at who to partner with, the key parts of our principles include, of course, making sure that the look and feel of products is great for consumers, and the ability to set pricing terms but also receiving key consumer data about subscribers. That is one of the major issues for us that we haven’t been able to agree on with Apple.

Time recently declared that print subscribers get iPad versions for free, and it sounds like that’s where it’ll stop. At least for now. FishbowlNY is willing to bet that within a year Time will adopt the system too, especially if the numbers for Conde and Hearst look good.

Time is being the rebel of the group by not bowing to Apple, but while the rebel act works for high school kids who have no intention of ever having a good career and Han Solo, we doubt that it’ll work for Time.