Posts Tagged ‘Us Weekly’
Catherine Romano has been named Senior Executive Editor — a new position — at Glamour. Romano most recently worked as Executive Editor of Us Weekly, where she had been since 2006. Before that she was Reader’s Digest’s Deputy Editor for four years. Romano also previously held editor positions at Cosmopolitan and Details.
“I’m thrilled to return to Condé Nast and join Cindi and her team at this exciting moment in Glamour’s evolution,” said Romano. “I’m grateful for my time at Us Weekly, where I learned an enormous amount, and I’m also happy to return to women’s magazines.”
Romano’s first day is January 3. She’ll report to Cindi Leive, Editor-in-Chief of Glamour.
New York-based Adweek has named the finalists for this year’s Hot List. For the first time, the list expands from best in magazines to include television, print, and digital banners.
The winners will be revealed next week, but FishbowlNY has learned exclusively about several of the honorees.
CBS has been chosen for the Hottest Drama on broadcast television, while ABC has been awarded for the Hottest Comedy. On cable, MTV was picked for Hottest Reality show. Adweek does not reveal the hottest shows by name.
In digital, the Hottest Celebrity Website is TMZ. Spotify is taking home two awards: Hottest Startup and Streaming Web. Zynga is selected as Hottest Gaming Company.
Despite Us Weekly suffering through some poor newsstand sales, the magazine is keeping Mike Steele, its Editor-in-Chief, reports The New York Post. When Steele began as Editor-in-Chief last year sales were healthy, but as his contract inched toward ending, times have been much tougher:
Staff was growing tense in recent weeks as Us Weekly began turning in some of its worst-selling newsstand issues in history — somewhere in the 600,000 or lower bracket — and even Star was said to have beaten it on the newsstand a few times in recent weeks.
Notice anything odd about those websites? Adweek did. They point out that when Us Weekly revamped its site, they changed it to look almost exactly like its main competitor — People. The breakdown:
Now, both share key features on the home page, like a prominent image in the middle of the page, above a style section and video unit. Us has moved its news feed to the left-hand column, above the top five stories, the same as People’s layout. Both even have the same deal on the upper right-hand corner, an offer for four free issues for gifting the magazine.
Romina Rosado, Executive Producer for Us Weekly’s site, denied the new look was an imitation. She said that all entertainment websites look the same. “There aren’t too many ways you can skin the cat,” explained Rosado.
People, meanwhile, couldn’t care less about the situation. “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” said a spokesperson for the magazine’s parent, Time Inc. Cat fight? Cat fight.
The magazine’s Publisher, Vicci Lasdon Rose, tells MinOnline that they currently have three gigantic Us Weekly-branded trucks rolling up and down major highways along the West and East Coast, and a large section of the Midwest. And before you think “Thank god we don’t have those monstrosities in the city,” Rose has some news for New Yorkers: “I plan to have a fun promotion with the truck in New York. Imagine the reactions that will come from seeing one on the street.”
That sounds great and not gaudy at all! Here’s hoping the truck stays in Times Square.
News broke today that pop star Christina Aguilera and her husband, music executive Jordan Bratman, have separated. US Weekly first broke the story that the couple, while not having decided yet to divorce, have been living apart for a few months.
Aguilera and her husband have been married for 5 years and have a 2-year-old son together. After news broke of the separation, Aguilera released the following statment:
“Although Jordan and I are separated, our commitment to our son Max remains as strong as ever.”
Aguilera’s new movie Burlesque opens November 24. The soundtrack for the film will hit stores November 16.
Yesterday was all doom and gloom for the future of print over at The New York Times, which reported an average newsstand loss in the magazine industry of 9.1 percent and an overall circulation decline of 2.2 percent from the previous year. While we floated the idea that some of the publishers that actually showed gains (Rodale and Meredith) operated in a niche market for customers, there might be even better news over at AdAge, where Nat Ives pointed out that the individual sale losses have actually slowed down in the past year. Big sellers like Cosmopolitan and Us Weekly either slowed down their decline to the single digits, or actually improved their single-copy sales, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations. So what’s the logic behind the market? Why did Us Weekly gain 1 percent in sales while In Touch plummeted over 10 percent? And what can cause a magazine to do fare better in subscription form than single-issue, like Woman’s Day?
Former Us Weekly editor Janice Min has been laying relatively low since leaving the celebrity tabloid last summer, but now that she has a book due out next year — From Mousewife to Momshell — we expect we’ll probably start to hear more from her in the coming months.
Today, Min took to The New York Post to write an op-ed about being the family breadwinner — and making more in one paycheck than her teacher husband made in a whole year.
While the article deals with Min’s struggles to balance work and home life and avoid wanting to kill her husband for not being able to go grocery shopping, we can never get enough of her Us Weekly anecdotes. Like this one:
“Two months after becoming editor-in-chief, I became pregnant. (I’m sure my boss was not psyched, though he never let on.) Nine months later, I gave birth — just hours after closing an issue and an early morning Today show appearance to talk about J.Lo’s third wedding.”
Read more: Confessions of an Alpha wife
Today’s interview with tabloid media queen Bonnie Fuller in the Canadian Globe and Mail is worth reading for a thousand different reasons. For one thing, it’s hilarious. While at American Media Inc. and Us Weekly Fuller gained the reputation of being a harsh mistress to her employees, and apparently things haven’t changed that much now that she’s running her new women-empowered gossip site Hollywoodlife.com:
“They put the wrong headline on the story,” snaps Bonnie Fuller, interrupting herself in the midst of an explanation about her new venture, Hollywoodlife.com…”I’ll be right back,” says Ms. Fuller, 53, as she leaps out of her chair to speak to the editorial team, composed of young women seated in cubicles outside her door.
“It’s supposed to say ‘Taylor Swift. New plaid, three days, three ways,’ ’cause it’s three different days and she wore it three different ways,” she explains.
Someone’s getting fired over Taylor Swift’s plaid ensemble. Amazing. But it gets even better.