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Revolving Door Newsletter: 01.09.09

Country Home Folds; Firings At Time Inc. And Wenner Media

January 9, 2009
And another one folds in the shelter category: Meredith Corporation shuttered Country Home as part of company-wide reductions that cost 250 employees their jobs. CH's ad pages fell 25 percent in 2008 and the magazine had previously announced that it would drop from 10 issues per year to eight in 2009. Now, the March/April 2009 issue will be its last. Last year, Cottage Living, O at Home, and Home all folded, while Blueprint stopped publishing in late 2007. The tough housing market has clearly extended to publications targeting the category...

Forbes let go of 19 as it took the step of merging its digital and print sides... Entertainment Weekly, rumored to be on the chopping block, is surviving -- but with cuts of 25 percent. Managing editor Rick Tetzeli will now work on special projects for the parent company. Jess Cagle, a Hollywood insider and current People executive editor, takes Tetzeli's place as ME at EW. At least someone is getting hired at Time Inc.: The company poached Jason Kelly from Rapt to be its VP of strategy and revenue... While skiing in Idaho, Jann Wenner axed 10 people at his eponymous media empire. Lou Terracciano, the recently-hired head of production, found himself jobless, while at least nine others have been let go... Speaking of layoffs, the final total on media jobs lost in 2008: 28,083... On a positive note, American Media Inc. might avoid bankruptcy and Men's Vogue will continue to be published twice a year, albeit as a reverse-bound part of Vogue...

OK! continues remaking itself, hiring a new managing editor, among others... New York Look goes on hiatus for the spring and will be revisited again this fall... Anna Last takes over the top spot at Everyday Food from Debra Puchalla, who will return to Martha Stewart Living as executive editor...

The long, drawn-out Chris Matthews saga comes to a close, as the MSNBC anchor announced he'd be staying with the channel and forsaking a Senate run. Up next, he'll co-anchor MSNBC's coverage of Barack Obama's inauguration with Keith Olbermann... Sam Feist, CNN's political director, gets bumped up... Joe the Plumber parlays his time in the national spotlight into a war correspondent gig for Pjtv.com. Fifteen minutes won't buy you much these days... After two seasons, The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet will not return for a third...

A TV station in Seattle reported that the Seattle Post-Intelligencer is for sale and could close. As of last night, however, the paper's managing editor David McCumber hadn't heard about any potential sale -- though he admitted he wouldn't be surprised, given the current climate. Hearst Corporation owns the paper, at least for now... Former Democratic presidential candidate and Massachusetts Senator John Kerry installed a former Los Angeles Times managing editor on staff at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee... Dow Jones froze salaries across the board...

Ogilvy laid off five percent of its workforce, while Campbell-Ewald parted ways with 200, and there are rumors about Leo Burnett being the next to make cuts... Tony Case, Adweek Media Group's executive editor of features and special projects, resigned due to either "personal reasons" or being "so mismanaged... he couldn't take it anymore," depending on whom you ask...

After three years as the brains and pretty face behind FishbowlDC, Patrick Gavin does the inevitable and jumps to Politico, where he'll be responsible for producing video and podcasts on the Web site... Even Google isn't immune to the economic world circa 2009, slashing on-site technical support... And there are more changes at Little, Brown Children's, Ingram Digital, Lerner Publishing Group, Newsweek.com, C-Span and more...

January 9, 2009: Patrick Gavin has been named video host, reporter at Politico. He had been editor at FishbowlDC and columnist at Washington Examiner. (FBDC)
January 9, 2009: Sam Feist has been named vice president, Washington-based programming at CNN. He had been political director there. (TVNewser)
January 9, 2009: Michelle Edgar has been named beauty director at OK!. She had been associate beauty editor at Women's Wear Daily. (Mediaweek)
January 9, 2009: Roberta Caploe has been named senior executive editor at OK!. She had been executive editor at Ladies' Home Journal. (Mediaweek)
January 9, 2009: Mark Einsele has been named managing editor at OK!. He had been group managing editor at IMG. (Mediaweek)
January 9, 2009: Jess Cagle has been named managing editor at Entertainment Weekly. He had been executive editor at People. (FBNY)
January 9, 2009: Jason Kelly has been named vice president of strategy and revenue management at Time Inc. Digital. He had been manager, advisory services at Rapt. (mb)
January 8, 2009: Sarah Yu has been named publicist at Self-Counsel Press. She had been media relations manager at Leading Brands of Canada. (mb)
January 8, 2009: Julie Scheina has been named assistant editor at Little, Brown Children's. She had been editorial assistant there. (Publishers Lunch)
January 8, 2009: Connie Hsu has been named assistant editor at Little, Brown Children's. She had been editorial assistant there. (Publishers Lunch)
January 8, 2009: T.S. Ferguson has been named assistant editor at Little, Brown Children's. He had been editorial assistant there. (Publishers Lunch)
January 8, 2009: Jill Dembowski has been named assistant editor at Little, Brown Children's. She had been editorial assistant there. (Publishers Lunch)
January 8, 2009: Cindy Eagan has been named executive editorial director, Poppy imprint at Little, Brown Children's. (Publishers Lunch)
January 8, 2009: Melissa Possick has been named marketing director at Workman Publishing Group. She had been at Taunton Press. (Publishers Lunch)
January 8, 2009: Patrick Mulligan has been named senior editor at Gotham Books. (Publishers Lunch)
January 8, 2009: Mike Lovett has been named chief executive officer at Ingram Digital. He had been senior vice president there. (Publishers Lunch)
January 8, 2009: James Gray has been named chief strategy officer at Ingram Digital. He had been chief executive officer there. (Publishers Lunch)
January 8, 2009: Joni Sussman has been named publisher at Lerner Publishing Group. She had been director of Kar-Ben Publishing there. (Publishers Lunch)
January 8, 2009: Margaret Wunderlich has been named executive vice president at Lerner Publishing Group. She had been chief financial officer there. (Publishers Lunch)
January 8, 2009: David Wexler has been named executive vice president, sales at Lerner Publishing Group. (Publishers Lunch)
January 8, 2009: Lois Wallentine has been named director of product development and market research at Lerner Publishing Group. (Publishers Lunch)
January 8, 2009: Terri Reden has been named vice president, marketing at Lerner Publishing Group. She had been at PLATO Learning. (Publishers Lunch)
January 7, 2009: Tamra Knepfer has been named senior vice president, licensing and business development at Rodale. She had been senior vice president, consumer products at American Greetings Properties. (release)
January 7, 2009: Will Tacy has been named executive producer and editorial director at Newsweek.com. He had been managing editor, digital at Minneapolis Star Tribune. (mb)
January 7, 2009: Frank Walter has been named senior vice president at Environics Communications. He had been director of marketing and public relations at Reading Is Fundamental. (mb)
January 7, 2009: Marnie Goldman has been named director of media, senior vice president at The Patton Group. She had been account director at Harrison & Shriftman. (mb)
January 7, 2009: Jeremy Greenfield has been named content manager at Dow Jones Ventures. He had been editor at PostAdvertising.com. (mb)
January 7, 2009: Debra Puchalla has been named executive editor at Martha Stewart Living. She had been editor-in-chief at Everyday Food. (WWD)
January 7, 2009: Anna Last has been named editor-in-chief at Everday Food. She had been senior style editor at Real Simple. (WWD)
January 7, 2009: Ray D'Alessio has been named anchor at WAVE-TV. He had been sports anchor at CNN Headline News. (TVNewser)
January 7, 2009: Adam Sharp has been named executive producer, digital services at C-SPAN. (TVNewser)
January 7, 2009: Richard Weinstein has been named managing editor at C-SPAN. (TVNewser)
January 7, 2009: Ira Lazernik has been named director of production operations at C-SPAN. He had been production manager at WTTG-TV. (TVNewser)
January 7, 2009: Carly Jansen has been named account executive at Goodman Media International. She had been assistant account executive at Goodman Media. (mb)
January 7, 2009: Rebecca Stein has been named account executive at Goodman Media International. She had been assistant account executive at Goodman Media. (mb)
January 7, 2009: Chris McLoughlin has been named associate publisher at Redbook. He had been publisher at Golf for Women. (release)
January 7, 2009: Rebecca Fain has been named photo director at Inked. She had been photo director at Revolver . (mb)
January 7, 2009: Erica DiPilato has been named account director at Razorfish. She had been account manager there. (mb)
January 7, 2009: Matt Dufner has been named senior account director at Razorfish. He had been account director there. (mb)
January 6, 2009: Pamela Weiler Grayson has been named columnist at Hampton Sheet. (mb)
January 6, 2009: J.L. Stermer has been named contracts director and agent at Donald Maass Literary Agency. (Publishers Lunch)
January 6, 2009: Elizabeth Kellogg has been named audio rights agent at Trident Media Group. (Publishers Lunch)
January 6, 2009: Alanna Ramirez has been named agent at Trident Media Group. She had been audio rights agent there. (Publishers Lunch)
January 6, 2009: Matthew Goldberg has been named chief executive officer at Lonely Planet. He had been senior vice president, digital strategy and operations at Dow Jones. (Publishers Lunch)
January 6, 2009: Casey Sangmeister has been named manager, US public relations at Jurlique. (release)
January 6, 2009: Charlotte Adjchavanich has been named vice president, global public relations at Jurlique. She had been vice president, global public relations at Kiehl's. (release)


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