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Content Chief Anthea Disney Leaves News Corp.

ogco_newscorp_0707.jpgAnthea Disney, News Corp.’s EVP for content, will retire at the end of this month, the company said today.

After leaving Rupert Murdoch‘s company, Disney plans on schooling young women to become entrepreneurs with the Women’s Enterprise Initiative that she founded. Murdoch, saying one of the nicest things we’ve heard from him this year, gushed, “[Disney] has impeccable judgment and taste and I have relied on her counsel across just about all of our content businesses. I will miss her immensely but understand her desire to shift gears at this point in her life.”

Disney joined News Corp. after years of working in journalism, in London and the U.S. She worked in the company’s magazine division and was the original head of content for Murdoch’s first digital venture. She then became president and CEO of HarperCollins Publishers, followed by chairman and CEO of News America Publishing Group. She then served as chair of Gemstar-TV Guide International until News Corp. sold it in 2008.

Said Disney:

“I have had an amazing two decades at News Corporation and loved every minute of it. There is no more exciting or vibrant company in the media industry and there is simply no one like Rupert Murdoch.”

After the jump, a video of Disney from a 90′s infomercial about TV Guide, where Disney was editor-in-chief at the time.

Press release: Anthea Disney, News Corporation Executive Vice President for Content, to Retire at Year’s End

Anthea Disney Exits News Corp. –The Wrap

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Layoffs At TV Guide Include Publisher

tv guide.jpgTV Guide cut a handful of staffers yesterday, including publisher Pete Haeffner, according to reports by MIN and The Wrap.

Other members of the TV Guide team who were let go include associate publishers Gary Kleinman and Mindy Nathanson.

TV Guide has been in flux since private equity firm OpenGate Capital — one of the bidders for BusinessWeekbought the magazine last year. President Scott Crystal was ousted in May and former Hachette Filipacchi president and CEO Jack Kliger was named acting CEO in July.

Cuts at TV Guide Include Publisher HaeffnerMIN online

Publisher, Others Axed at TV GuideThe Wrap

Related: Report: National Geographic Loses Publisher Giannetti

Reporter Who Left Journalism Returns|TV Guide Shrinks|Carine Roitfeld’s Movie Dreams|WSJ Wins Softball Title|Good Housekeeping‘s Green Seal Investigated

New York Times: Thomas Moran, a Star-Ledger politics columnist who left journalism to become policy director at PSE&G, has returned to his old gig.

New York Post: TV Guide is planning to cut its rate base from 2.9 million to 2 million.

WWD: Vogue Paris editor Carine Roitfeld says that were she to leave the magazine, she would like to do “a well-made film about fashion.”

CelebStoner: The Wall Street Journal clinched the New York Media Softball League title yesterday, defeating BusinessWeek.

Slate: The truth behind Good Housekeeping‘s Green Seal.

BusinessWeek Update: There Are Interested Parties

businessweek.pngBusinessWeek media columnist Jon Fine has some excellent insight into the progress of the sale of his employer.

According to Fine, OpenGate Capital, the private equity firm that bought TV Guide magazine last year, and Bruce Wasserstein, who picked up New York magazine in 2003, have both shown interest in BusinessWeek, which is currently owned by McGraw-Hill.

Although some financial information was already sent out to interested parties six weeks ago, the magazine’s management is going to be making full presentations soon, starting as early as the end of next week or early August, Fine said. Other companies will most likely attend the presentations besides OpenGate and Wasserstein, but McGraw-Hill is remaining mum.

However, some companies have already passed on the business magazine including Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg and private equity firm Investcorp, which owns American Banker.

Fine also uncovered some of BusinessWeek‘s financial data, after the jump

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The Printed Blog Stops Printing|Gannett Names New Communciations VP|Newspaper Ad Fail|Kliger Joins TV Guide|Bercovici Not Working For Mediaite — Now He’s Ranked 152

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WebNewser: The Printed Blog, which acquired content from bloggers and printed it in newspapers, is ceasing operations due to lack of outside investment capital.

FishbowlDC: Gannett is focusing more attention on “Content One,” a new initiative to “drive for more united coverage and transparent content across all of Gannett’s properties,” naming Robin Pence to the VP of Communications slot and allowing Tara Connell, the former Communications head, to focus all of her energy on Content One.

MediaJobsDaily: These newspaper ads are not helping.

Folio: Former Hachette Filipacchi president and CEO Jack Kliger has been named acting CEO of the print edition of TV Guide.

Daily Finance: Jeff Bercovici‘s take on new Web site Mediaite.com reveals publisher Dan Abrams offered him a job earlier this year: “Discussions were short-lived.”

Publisher Meredith Gets New Consumer Mag President

harty.pngMagazine publisher Meredith Corp. today promoted Chief Revenue Officer Tom Harty to president overseeing the house’s consumer magazines. He will retain his CRO title as well as the position of executive vice president of Meredith Publishing Group, the company said.

But, in addition to overseeing company-wide sales efforts and various media networks — including the Parents Network, Ladies’ Home Journal, Fitness, Traditional Home, Midwest Living and Hispanic Ventures, which includes four Spanish-language magazines — Harty will also be assuming control over editorial and creative functions for the company’s New York-based titles.

According to Meredith Publishing Group President Jack Griffin, Harty was integral to Meredith’s recent success.

“Under his direction, Meredith Magazines has grown its advertising market share considerably during this period, especially for the first half of 2009, when our share of magazine advertising in our competitive set is up four percentage points over 2008,” Griffin said.

One of Harty’s innovations was Meredith 360°, a “cross-media integration business unit,” that helped grow and expand Meredith’s Corporate Sales and Marketing efforts.

Harty, who joined Meredith in 2004, previously worked as senior vice president and general manager for the Golf Digest Companies, which are owned by Advance Magazines, a division of Conde Nast. He has also held positions at TV Guide, Reader’s Digest, McCall’s, Forbes and publisher Gruner & Jahr USA.

Full release after the jump

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Magazines Remembering Michael Hit Newsstands

time.pngForget Jon & Kate, Michael Jackson‘s death may be the latest event to help resuscitate the faltering magazine industry. After news of his death broke on Thursday afternoon, magazines rushed to honor the pop star.

Today, Time magazine has a commemorative issue hitting newsstands. The issue features memories of Michael from a laundry list of his famous friends and admirers, including Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner and Nancy Reagan.

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Lunch: A Heaping Helping of The Usual Suspects

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— DIANE CLEHANE

It’s a lo-cal edition of ‘Lunch’ today. After all, you can’t expect to indulge in a diet rich in celebs and boldface names every week. We’ve spoiled you, I know. (By the way, if you’re looking to chat with some big-time media mavens and news makers, don’t miss the first TVNewser Summit on March 10.) After settling in at the bar, I went searching for tasty tidbits and found some of the regulars ready to serve up some interesting morsels. Men’s Health honcho David Zinczenko, who was praised in Keith Kelly‘s column in today’s New York Post as “a winner” and “the face” of Rodale, returned to the dining room after a long absence. “I’ve been having a lot more lunches at my desk,” Dave told me. Fresh off a round of appearances for his latest Eat This, Not That blockbuster book, Dave was lunching with Michael Caruso, the former editor-in-chief of Men’s Journal now with OpenGate Capital, the equity fund that recently bought TV Guide. No one multitasks like Dave, who was thrilled to show me the April issues of Men’s Health and its increasingly successful sister, Women’s Health, which boasts its first-ever beauty ‘flip cover.’ Dave is thrilled with new-ish hire Michele Promaulayko as editor for Women’s Health and was singing her praises with what she’d done with her first issue. “She’s already a star,” says Dave.

As luck would have it, Michele was right across the room lunching with The Food Network’s Giada De Laurentiis so I went over and introduced myself. Michele told me she was “thrilled” to be with the title, and we chatted about the always interesting experience of interviewing and shooting celebs and dished over what makes for a great fashion story. I told her I loved the piece on dressing for work. It looked terrific and oh-so-chic. We both agreed service has its place, but the pictures have to dazzle. And in her premiere issue, they do. “Fashion cred is important,” Michele told me. You’ve got it.

At the bar, there was plenty of conversation among Michael McCarty and his staff about the design for the new label for the upcoming release of his 2005 Pinot Noir from The Malibu Vineyard Rambla Pacifico. It’s his first since replanting in 2000 (in case you were wondering). We cast our vote to stay with the classic but modern look of the 2004 label. Sommelier Seth Liebman tells me the talk also turned to wine yesterday when Jack Kliger, an avid collector, wanted to enjoy a glass of 1970 Les Forts de Latour and didn’t want the rest of the bottle of the impressive vintage to go to waste, so he graciously offered some to director Stephen Daldry. Cheers!

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Steve Rubenstein presiding over a table of movers and shakers including Marty Bandier

2. Peter Brown with another distinguished gent (Update: That distinguished gent was New York Daily News editor-in-chief and deputy publisher Martin Dunn)

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong and Lisa Caputo

4. David Zinczenko and Michael Caruso

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FBLA Exclusive: Samantha Harris Would Welcome Paula Abdul

sharouc.jpgpaulpic.jpgTV Guide talks with Dancing With The Stars judges Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba about whether Paula Abdul should be a contestant on the upcoming season — as if FOX would let her.

DWTS hostess Samantha Harris tells FBLA exclusively: “I’ve known Paula for years and would be ecstatic if she was on our show. She sure would up the game for the competitors but also would stir up controversy since she’s known for her choreography! A little drama is always fun to mix things up!”

This Just In: Men Like The Same Shows Girls Do. But For Different Reasons

_2006_02 February_09_Pictures_08A Al Bundy.jpgIt took TV Guide and Spike TV money, time and marketing research effort to figure out what Desperate Housewives casting agents knew instinctively (and Sex and the City agents did not): Men will watch chick shows if the chicks on those shows are sufficiently hot.

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