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Cover Battle: W or Fast Company

Welcome back to FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. Today we have W versus Fast Company. The above is actually one of four covers W did celebrating their 40th anniversary. We selected this one because Scarlett Johansson is dressed exactly like every girl we dated in high school. Hey, don’t judge. We were young, and our parents made us do chores when all we wanted to do was write angry poems. Girls who shopped at Hot Topic were the only ones who understood us and our pain.

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Lucy Kriz Named VP, Publisher of W

Lucy Kriz has been named vice president and publisher of W. Kriz was most recently senior executive director at Condé Nast Media Group, where she oversaw brand sales for several key categories. Prior to that, Kriz served as associate publisher for Details.

Lucy’s career as a sales executive with extensive experience in fashion, beauty and luxury make her an ideal choice to lead W,” said Condé Nast’s CEO, Charles Townsend, in a statement. “Her strong client contacts, proven track record and deep passion for this brand will enable her to lift the market position of to an even higher level.”

Kriz’s appointment is effective immediately.

W Partners with Hipstamatic

W magazine, in celebration of its 40th anniversary, is launching a partnership with Hipstamatic, the photo app. If you’ve never heard of Hipstamatic, it’s basically the same thing as Instagram, only not as popular. It’s like Instagram’s less cool, but still vintage-y, little bro.

The two brands have launched WMag FreePak, a lens for the app inspired by the magazine, which is free for the first six weeks. By using the lens, users can enter a photo contest from W, whose editors will select a weekly winner. Those picked will have their work be featured on the magazine’s Facebook page, but the grand prize winners will eventually have their photos showcased on W’s website and alongside the magazine’s work at a month-long exhibition.

“During its 40 year existence, W has been a breeding ground for some of the industry’s most world-renowned fashion photographers,” said Caroline Wolff, W’s Photography Director. ”The WMag FreePak allows our brand to continue with this tradition of identifying and fostering talent but in a truly digital and social way.”

The app is available for download today.

Fashion Magazines See Strong Spring Numbers

March is an important issue for fashion magazines, so it’s good to hear that many of them are seeing strong ad sales. As the reports roll in, let’s look at the big winners so far.

Ad Age reports that Vogue sold a massive 443 ad pages for its March issue, up four percent from last year. InSyle, according to min, racked up 347 pages, making it the biggest March issue ever for the magazine. Elle also had successful results for the all-important spring fashion preview, grabbing 319 ad pages. Harper’s Bazaar and W both crossed the 200 page mark, with 271 and 204 ad pages, respectively.

The strong showing can mean good things for the economy. Nina Lawrence, Vice President and Publisher at W, explained to Ad Age, “Spring is the introduction of the new season that ignites the engine for consumers to spend.”

W Names Associate Publisher

W magazine has named Kristin Reilly Davidsson Associate Publisher. Previously Reilly Davidsson split Associate Publishing duties with another staffer, but now she will manage W’s entire international advertising sales team by herself.

Before joining W, Reilly Davidsson worked as Glamour’s Advertising Director.

Reilly Davidsson will continue to report to Nina Lawrence, W’s Vice President and Publisher.

UPDATE:
If anyone is interested, W is also currently looking for an Advertising Director.

W Brings On Contributing Entertainment Editor

Jan Simpson photo.jpgW magazine has hired Janice Simpson, a former assistant managing editor for Time magazine, as contributing entertainment editor.

In addition to her work as a writer and editor — she has previously worked for The Wall Street Journal, Essence and Woman’s Day as well as Time — Simpson also teaches arts reporting at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism and runs a theatre blog Broadway & Me.

Full press release after the jump

(Photo by Joseph Moran)

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Condé Nast’s Ad Pages Plummet

architecturalDigest_feb08_coverhighres.jpgIn case you were wondering why everyone is getting fired at Condé Nast and not Hearst Publications, here’s a hint: Yesterday we found out that the latter might have $1 bill in their bank account, while today we know that Si Newhouse‘s publications lost a combined 8,359 ad pages from their monthly magazines in 2009.

Read on for a break down of some of the numbers

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Marie Claire Publisher Plagemann Jumps To Vogue, Florio’s Role Expanded

vogue cover.jpgThe latest Condé Nast restructuring news comes to the top of one of the company’s highest profile pubs.

Susan Plagemann, the publisher at Hearst’s Marie Claire since 2004, has been named the newest publisher at Vogue, effective January 4.

Although she started her career at Condé Nast in the advertising department at Mademoiselle, Plagemann has spent most of her career at Hearst, working for Esquire, Cosmopolitan, the now-defunct Lifetime and then Marie Claire.

Plagemann will report to Thomas Florio, who formerly held the role of publisher at Vogue. His role has now been expanded to oversee Vogue and Teen Vogue, Bon Appétit and Condé Nast Traveler.

As The New York Observer reports, this seems to be part of Condé Nast’s McKinsey-ordered plan to create a more clearly defined reporting structure for publishers, through the creation of “super publishers” that now include Florio, Bill Wackermann (who now oversees Glamour, Details and Brides), Richard Beckman (Fairchild Group and W) and David Carey (Wired, The New Yorker and the golf group).

Full release about Plagemann, after the jump

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Stewart vs. Fox News|WaPo Co. Sees Income Rise|Beckman Takes Control Of W|Meacham’s Take On Print Media

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TVNewser: Jon Stewart and “The Daily Show” devoted nearly 12 minutes last night to discussing the Fox News vs. White House feud and a mocking analysis of Fox News’ distinction between news and opinion programming.

MediaJobsDaily: Reporting its third quarter earnings, the Washington Post Co. posted a $7 million increase in income while revenues at the company’s newspaper decreased 20 percent to $156.3 million.

WWD: Richard Beckman, president and CEO of Conde Nast‘s Fairchild Fashion Group, which publishes WWD and Footwear News, is taking over control of W as well.

Daily Intel: Days after Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger compared print media to the Titanic, Newsweek editor Jon Meacham tried a different analogy: “Forgive my possibly overly facile analogy here, but when we are looking at the digital delivery of the printed word, we are kind of where the Sony Cassette Walkman was,” he said. “There will be, I think, an interim step that will be a CD Walkman. And then it seems to me there’s going to be an iPod.”

What’s Left At Condé Nast?

conde nast logo.jpgCondé Nast is one of the largest magazine publishers in the U.S., and the news earlier this week that it was shuttering four titles really didn’t change that.

Condé still has 18 consumer magazine titles, plus two trades — WWD and Footwear News — under its Fairchild Publications arm. But the company had been working hard to streamline it portfolio in the past year. In addition to Cookie, Gourmet, Modern Bride and Elegant Bride, which all folded this week, the company has shuttered several titles this year. Men’s Vogue went a year ago, followed by men’s wear trade pub DNR (our former home), Domino and then Portfolio

So what’s left?

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