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Cover Battle: New York Times Magazine or Town & Country

Welcome to another edition of FishbowlNY’s Cover Battle. Today we have The New York Times Magazine versus Town & Country. The Times Magazine went with a photograph of everyone’s favorite couple, Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner. They’re holding hands because if Weiner doesn’t have one hand occupied at all times, he sexts uncontrollably. Seriously, it’s like a nervous habit. A dick tic, if you will.

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Amanda Hearst Joins Town & Country

Town & Country has named Amanda Hearst its special projects editor. Hearst, the great granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst, was most recently a columnist for Marie Claire.

According to a press release, at T&C, Hearst will continue to write about ethical fashion, pen pieces with “a philanthropic bent,” and serve as a brand ambassador.

Matthew Talomie Joins Town & Country

Matthew Talomie has been named associate publisher, advertising, of Town & Country. Talomie most recently served as associate publisher of Elle Decor, a position he held since 2010.

“I am thrilled to welcome Matthew to the Town & Country team,” Jennifer Levene Bruno, Town & Country’s publisher, said in a statement. “I have watched and admired his sales and marketing smarts, poise and leadership; his extensive experience in the luxury market will be a huge asset as we look forward to continued growth in 2013.”

Talomie reports to Bruno and his appointment is effective immediately.

Jennifer Levene Bruno Named Town & Country Publisher

Jennifer Levene Bruno has been named the new publisher of Town & Country. She was most recently the publisher of Veranda, a position she held since 2010. Bruno came to Veranda from House Beautiful, where she served as associate publisher.

According to WWD, Bruno will succeed Valerie Salembier at the end of this year.

Salembier has been publisher and chief revenue officer of Town & Country since last year.

Valerie Salembier to Depart Town & Country

Valerie Salembier, the senior vice president, publisher and chief revenue officer of Town & Country, is leaving the magazine industry on December 31. She told The New York Post that she plans to launch a start-up and write a novel.

“At the end of the year, I’ll be leaving the media world,” she explained. “My new start-up will be me.”

Salembier has been with Town & Country since last year. Prior to that she was senior vice president and publisher of Harper’s Bazaar, since 2003.

Town & Country Adds Editor

Georgina Schaeffer has been named senior editor at Town & Country. Schaeffer comes to the magazine from Quest, where she served as executive editor since 2004 2008. Prior to that she was managing editor of Absolute and New York Home.

Schaeffer will join Town & Country on June 11. She will report to the title’s editor-in-chief, Jay Fielden.

Town & Country Make Changes

Town & Country has made two changes. Gemma Sieff has been named Culture Editor. Sieff comes to the magazine from Harper’s Magazine, where she served also was a Senior Editor.

Additionally, Stellene Volandes has had her title changed from Jewelry & Accessories Director to Style Director.

Town & Country Adds Marketing Exec

Town & Country has named Freeda Fawal-Farah as its new Associate Publisher of Marketing. Fawal-Farah most recently held the same position for Harper’s Bazaar, where she had been since 2006. As the title indicates, Fawal-Farah will be responsible for increasing Town & Country’s brand awareness through marketing efforts.

Valerie Salembier, Senior Vice President, Publisher and Chief Revenue Officer for the magazine said that Fawal-Farah will be welcomed with open arms. “Freeda has such a wealth of creative ideas and strategies perfect for Town & Country. She was a force to be reckoned with at Bazaar and I’m thrilled she will be joining me here.”

Vogue‘s Alexandra Kotur Is the New Creative Director at Town & Country

Town & Country editor-in-chief Jay Fielden has hired Vogue‘s Alexandra Kotur as the new creative director, WWD reports. Kotur was at Vogue for 15 years, most recently as style director, and worked with Fielden when he himself was a contributing editor at Vogue.

Fielden was previously working with David Lipman at Town & Country, who was hired by Fielden’s predecessor Stephen Drucker. While Fielden may continue to work with Lipman on “bigger ideas,” Kotur will be there on a “daily basis.”

It seems like Fielden has big plans for Town & Country; he hopes to make his mark on the magazine with the May issue, and told WWD that it “will have a different feel.”

Rumors Circle Around Stephen Drucker’s Departure From Town & Country

Last week FishbowlNY reported that Town & Country editor-in-chief Stephen Drucker is leaving at the end of February and will be replaced by Jay Fielden.  At that time it appeared that Drucker was simply leaving on his own terms, however in today’s Media Ink column Keith Kelly cites a Gawker article that claimed Drucker ran into some problems due to his preference to feature the Barefoot Contessa, Ira Garten, in his magazines.  Garten’s frequent appearances in Town & Country posed a conflict-of-interest as Drucker’s partner, Frank Newbold, works with her on merchandising and sponsorship projects.

Garten has served as a contributor for House Beautiful and appeared on cover of Town & Country alongside writer Nora Ephron this past December.  Gawker’s speculation has been shot down by Hearst as a company spokesperson said that Drucker and Garten’s relationship had no effect on his exit from T&C.

Stephen and Ina have had a professional and personal relationship for many years. She and Nora Ephron had just published new books at the time — plus they are personal friends — so it made sense to put them on the cover together. Stephen felt they made great T&C subjects, and he was right as evidenced by how well that issue sold.

While his ties to Garten may not have put him on the hot seat, Drucker’s issues with publisher Jim Taylor and the title’s advertising and circulation struggles may be the real reasons behind his departure from T&C next month.

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