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Revolving Door Newsletter: 03.09.12

Layoff Rumors at Time Inc.; Lauer's New Deal

March 9, 2012
The New Republic has a new owner. Chris Hughes, who was Mark Zuckerberg's roommate at Harvard and helped found Facebook, steps up to purchase the money-losing but influential magazine. He will be editor-in-chief and publisher, with Richard Just staying on as editor. Hughes aims to bring TNR into the digital age by focusing on tablets. He has no real aspirations for making money, telling The New York Times, "Profit per se is not my motive. The reason I'm getting involved here is that I believe in the type of vigorous contextual journalism that we -- we in general as a society -- need... I'm investing and taking control of The New Republic because of my belief in its mission, not to make it the next Facebook."...

Time Inc. retains the services of Bain as a consultant, leading some insiders to whisper "layoffs." Additionally, Steve Sachs (executive VP of consumer marketing) and CMO Stephanie George head for the exits. Paul Caine is the big winner, taking over George's tasks and landing a position in the Office of the Chief Executive... Avenue, pillaged when Peter Davis, Julie Dannenberg and Cricket Burns departed to launch Scene, hires Randi Schatz as president and publisher. Jane Allon, wife of owner Tom, will edit with Michael Gross taking a job as real estate columnist... The Washington Post offered its open managing editor position to New York Times assistant management editor Richard Berke. He turned the WaPo down... Bill Frist lands a gig as a columnist at Salon poaches Willa Paskin from New York...

It looks like Matt Lauer will be staying with Today. The personality will reportedly be getting around $25 million a year, which would be an $8 million raise from his previous salary. Ryan Seacrest, rumored to be Lauer's replacement if he left, won't join the Peacock (not that he needs another job)... Longtime New York anchorwoman Sue Simmons is out at WNBC/Channel 4. ("Tossed overboard" in the parlance of Cindy Adams.) She has been with the channel since 1980 and is the highest-paid local anchorwoman in the country. Gawker honors her tenure with a ringtone... Nora Zimmett takes over as executive producer for CNN's weekend morning show...

AOL is firing some Patch sales people for "underperformance." Elsewhere, Eric van Miltenburg and Jason Shellen are out. They were SVP of business operations and head of AIM, respectively... Diet Coke taps Jean Paul Gaultier as creative director for some reason... And there are changes at Vanity Fair, The New York Times and more...

March 9, 2012: Stephanie Green has been named arts and leisure reporter at Bloomberg. She had been fashion freelancer at Huffington Post. (FishbowlDC)

March 9, 2012: Rene Rodriguez has been named vice president of digital media, The Americas, at Viacom International Media Networks. He had been senior director of digital business development at WWE. (FishbowlLA)

March 9, 2012: Jeannie Morton has been named account director, finance and luxury auto, at Vanity Fair. She had been East Coast advertising manager at Entertainment Weekly. (FishbowlNY)

March 9, 2012: Alexis Katzowitz has been named executive director of integrated sales and business development at Vanity Fair. She had been director of integrated sales there. (FishbowlNY)

March 9, 2012: Susan Naci has been named advertising director at Vanity Fair. She had been advertising director, beauty, there. (FishbowlNY)

March 9, 2012: Bill Mulvihill has been named advertising director at Vanity Fair. He had been advertising director, sales development, there. (FishbowlNY)

March 9, 2012: Amber Estabrook has been named associate publisher, luxury, at Vanity Fair. She had been advertising director there. (FishbowlNY)

March 9, 2012: Bobby Ghosh has been named editor-at-large at Time. He had been deputy international editor there. (FishbowlNY)

March 8, 2012: Monica Herrera has been named senior editor at She had been associate editor there. (mb)

March 8, 2012: Stellene Vollandes has been named style director at Town & Country. She had been jewelry and accessories director there. (mb)

March 8, 2012: Gemma Sieff has been named senior editor at Town & Country. She had been senior editor at Harper's Magazine. (mb)

March 8, 2012: Sarah Tomassi Lindman has been named SVP, program strategy, at Oxygen Media. She had been EVP, programming strategy, at MTV. (release)

March 8, 2012: Bryan Bell has been named executive producer at CNN Newsroom. He had been senior producer at American Morning. (TVNewser)

March 8, 2012: Nora Zimmett has been named executive producer at CNN Weekend. She had been senior producer at Bloomberg TV. (TVNewser)

March 8, 2012: Elisabeth DeMarse has been named CEO and president at TheStreet. She had been CEO at Bankrate and (FishbowlNY)

March 8, 2012: Willa Paskin has been named TV critic at Salon. She had been deputy entertainment editor, Vulture, at (FishbowlNY)

March 8, 2012: Jody Brannon has been named editor, Next America, at National Journal. She had been national director at (mb)

March 7, 2012: Robert Houghtlin III has been named executive director of automotive sales at Hearst Men's Group. He had been publisher and chief revenue officer at Car and Driver and Road & Track. (FishbowlNY)

March 7, 2012: Felix DiFilippo has been named publisher and chief revenue officer at Car and Driver and Road & Track. He had been associate publisher at The Atlantic Media Company. (FishbowlNY)

March 7, 2012: Jane Nussbaum has been named senior editor at Psychology Today. She had been senior editor at Parents. (mb)

March 7, 2012: Brian Ball has been named interactive media buyer at King Fish Media. He had been digital media planner at Triad Retail Media. (mb)

March 7, 2012: Lauren Gawlik has been named senior account manager at King Fish Media. She had been senior project manager at Arnold Worldwide. (mb)

March 7, 2012: A.G. Sulzberger has been named Metro desk editor at The New York Times. He had been Kansas City bureau reporter there. (FishbowlNY)

March 7, 2012: Harry Sawyers has been named features editor at Gizmodo. He had been associate editor at Popular Mechanics. (mb)

March 6, 2012: Andrea Au Levitt has been named senior editor at Reader's Digest. She had been projects director, Prevention Books, at Rodale. (mb)

March 6, 2012: David Jaenisch has been named art director at People. He had been deputy art director there. (mb)

March 6, 2012: Rona Berg has been named executive editor at Organic Spa. She had been contributing editor at Spa. (mb)

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