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Forbes Japan Launches

forbes_logo_mainForbes has made its way to Japan. The monthly magazine — published under a licensing agreement between Forbes Media and Tokyo’s Atomixmedia — will have an initial circulation of 80,000.

“The launch of Forbes Japan comes at a critical time in Japan,” said Makoto Takano, editor-in-chief of Forbes Japan and CEO of Atomixmedia, in a statement. “The economy is emerging from decades of deflation and regaining confidence. It is getting ready to resume its vital role as a key driver of the global economy. With Forbes being the world’s leading global business brand, and our knowledge of the Japanese market, Forbes Japan will be a great success.”

Forbes Japan is the latest of its brands in the Asia Pacific region. Forbes Media also publishes Forbes Asia, Forbes China, Forbes Korea, Forbes India, Forbes Indonesia, Forbes Thailand and Forbes Vietnam.

Sports Illustrated Revamps Website

Sports Illustrated’s website has received a complete overhaul. The site is cleaner, but also has a distinctly mobile feel with a clickable menu in the upper left hand corner of the page.

How you feel about the new SI.com will likely depend on how you feel about sites made for phones and tablets. In a lot of ways, the new SI.com looks like two other Time Inc. sites — Time.com and Money.com. Those sites were revamped with mobile readers in mind, and clearly, SI.com followed their lead.

We do appreciate how single articles look — they’re given plenty of space for text and a large picture. This update allows you to feel more focused on the article than the previous SI.com did.

Bottom line: SI.com might not be the prettiest update, but it is a step up from the old site.

Meredith Expands Parents Brand

The target demo: Hispanic millennial moms. The targeting company: Meredith. The target launch date: Spring 2015.

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From today’s announcement:

“Our research shows that nine out of 10 second-generation Hispanic moms find the concept of Parents Latina appealing to them, and reflected their cultural values and heritage,” says Dana Points, content director, Meredith Parents Network.

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Artful Storytellers of Memorable Facts Can Earn $1 a Word at Mental Floss

For writers who spend hours at a time online clicking through random Wikipedia pages, or reading about the great history of the cheese-rolling festival and its affects on England or the travels of a great piece of art, Mental Floss might just be the right publication with which to share all that knowledge.

Described by editor-in-chief Jessanne Collins as the magazine for readers “interested in learning things they didn’t even know they were interested in learning,” Mental Floss is all about giving its readers an “academic takeaway” via artful storytelling.

Half of the magazine is freelance written content, with stories on subjects ranging from economics and biology to literature. Balancing the academic information and skillful storytelling is important, but the facts in the story are what really seal the deal.

“We love to have memorable facts — the kind of thing that you can’t wait to tell friends or love to pull out of your back pocket while making small talk,” says Collins. Include a couple of those in your pitch, and you’ll be that much closer to an assignment.

For more information on how to pitch for the magazine and its online counterpart, read: How To Pitch: Mental Floss.

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Gary Oldman Rails Against Alec Baldwin, Mel Gibson ‘Hypocrisy’

PlayboyOldmanTeaseWe’ve noted the work of Playboy contributing editor David Hochman several times. Hochman is at it again in the pages of Hef’s magazine, garnering attention for his interview of actor Gary Oldman.

The Playboy Interview is to magazine Q&As what The Graham Norton Show is to celebrity talk show appearances. A place where the normal script is often very dramatically deviated from:

“Alec calling someone a F-A-G in the street while he’s pissed off coming out of his building because they won’t leave him alone. I don’t blame him. So they persecute. Mel Gibson is in a town that’s run by Jews and he said the wrong thing because he’s actually bitten the hand that I guess has fed him — and doesn’t need to feed him anymore because he’s got enough dough. He’s like an outcast, a leper, you know?”

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Distributor Shuttering Could Mean Magazine Shortage

magazines_articleIf you rely on the newsstand for supplying your magazine fix and not subscriptions, you might want to change that strategy. The parent of Source Interlink Distribution — one the nation’s largest magazine wholesalers — has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. With Source being shuttered, a magazine shortage could be on its way.

Source’s reach was far and wide. It distributed about 30 percent of the nation’s magazines to more than 32,500 stores. The New York Post reports that the distributor’s closing will impact Time Inc. — which publishes popular titles like Sports Illustrated and People — the most. Without Source, the publisher said it expected to see operating cash flows drop by $12 million.

Source Home Entertainment, parent of Source Interlink Distribution, reported liabilities of $290 million and revenue of $600 million in a recent filing. The company listed assets of $205 million.

Jerry Seinfeld Covers Latest Wired

The great Jerry Seinfeld is Wired’s newest cover star.

For its “tech etiquette” issue, Seinfeld fielded some questions about the dos and don’t's in the digital age. His answer to someone wanting to know if it’s alright to record a concert on his iPad: “Sure, sure, go ahead. So you won’t enjoy the concert, and you won’t enjoy the video. You’ll have negated everything.” We love that guy.

The latest Wired hits newsstands July 1.

Melissa Ventosa Martin Joins Self

Melissa Ventosa Martin has been named Self’s new fashion director. She comes to the magazine from Glamour, where she served as style director since 2010. Previously, Ventosa Martin served as fashion market director and fashion editor of T, The New York Times Style Magazine.

“Melissa’s styling, even her personal style, embodies Self’s clean, crisp, modern fashion point of view,” said the glossy’s editor-in-chief, Joyce Chang, in a statement. “She is simultaneously thoughtful and effortless in her approach. It’s how a strong, chic woman who expects the best for and from herself wants to dress — in a way that’s aspirational but also understandable and fun.”

Vantosa Martin’s appointment is effective June 30.

Anna Paquin Gets Naked for Entertainment Weekly Cover

True Blood stars Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin grace the cover of the latest Entertainment Weekly, and only one of them is naked. Of course it’s Paquin, because men rule the universe. Kidding!

Moyer and Paquin, who met on the show, have been married since 2010. “Because it has lasted ­seven years and because of the relationships, not just between us but the way they all evolved as a family, it’s been extraordinary to have that experience that is completely life-changing in all of the best possible ways — and with the person you want to spend the rest of your life with,” Paquin told EW.

The final season of True Blood begins this Sunday on HBO. It will likely feature more naked Paquin.

Flawless Lupita Nyong’o is Flawless on Vogue Cover

Lupita Nyong’o has landed what promises to be the first of many Vogue covers. And, of course, she looks amazing. The 31-year-old actress was photographed by Mikael Jansson.

In the accompanying profile, Nyong’o was lavished with plenty of praise. While that’s not surprising, we were taken aback when Nyong’o expressed admiration for Star Wars’ R2-D2 and C-3PO.

“They just resonated with me,” she explained. “Being able to convey emotions with just a few digital sounds — it speaks of good storytelling.” Uh, sure! Whatever. She’s great. She can like Jabba the Hutt for all we care.

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