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Changes at Domino

Domino is undergoing some editorial shuffling. According to The New York Post, its editor-in-chief, Michelle Adams, is departing the magazine and her job will be split between two people.

On the print side, Robert Leleux has been named editorial director. He most recently served as Domino’s creative director. Taking over digital duties — as digital director — is Krissy Tiglias. She previously served as deputy editor of Real Simple.

This doesn’t appear to be a sign that things are headed south for the brand. On the contrary, Beth Brenner, the Domino’s publisher and chief revenue officer, said she expects the magazine’s publishing frequency to increase next year.

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Domino Media Group Relaunches Domino

Domino is officially back. As we noted last month, the brand is now an e-commerce site and a quarterly publication. The twist is that Condé Nast has announced a new, independent entity — Domino Media Group — to helm the relaunch.

Domino Media Group might be new, but any Domino fan will likely recognize two of the names guiding the ship. Michelle Adams, a member of the original Domino editorial team, has been named editor-in-chief; and Beth Brenner, Domino’s first publisher, is joining as chief revenue officer. Andy Appelbaum, Cliff Sirlin and Aaron Wallace — who each had their hands in succesful e-commerce sites, like Seamless Web — will serve as co-founders of Domino Media Group.

Domino’s new site will be live at some point today, and the new issues of Domino sell for $11.99.

Domino to Relaunch as Quarterly Publication and E-Commerce Site

Domino, the decor magazine that Condé Nast folded in 2009, is staging a comeback. According to WWD, Project Décor — a social media platform for design fans — is relaunching the magazine as a quarterly print publication and e-commerce site. Condé will retain an ownership stake in the brand.

The revamped Domino is expected to debut this fall, which should make readers of the defunct publication excited. Especially if it returns to its old form.

The good news on that end is that Beth Brenner, the original publisher of the magazine, is taking on a role. However, we would suggest that you don’t hold your breath for Deborah Needleman, Domino’s founding editor, to return. She’s editor-in-chief of T: The New York Times Magazine, which we hear is a pretty good gig.

Harvey Weinstein Leads the Movie Mogul Charge

1003_mockup.gif Any Michael’s regular worth his or her weight in Cobb salad knows that on any given Wednesday you can find the who’s who of media in the dining room. Today we spotted a talking head (Andrew Ross Sorkin) and bestselling authors (Linda Fairstein, Karin Slaughter) but were really struck by the Hollywood on the Hudson feel of today’s lunch. Everywhere you looked there were movie moguls (Who’s hotter than Harvey Weinstein at this moment?) and studio suits breaking bread with money men (read: possible investors), we’re sure, in hopes of cooking up some big deal. We’ve noticed that there is an increasing number of movie moguls (both real and the wannabe variety) making the scene on Wednesday lately, which may account for the marked uptick in glad handing and air kissing.

I was just about to sit down with my lunch date, producer Thierry Daher to talk about his new film, God Save My Shoes and the film’s publicist Miriam Driot when producer Beverly Camhe came over to introduce me to Shawn Bercuson who, she noted, “was the talk of Sundance.” It turns out that Shawn, one of the original members of the team that started Groupon, launched a new site last year  perfect for the new ways we watch movies. Prescreen.com is a curated video on demand platform designed to promote and showcase premium content. Shawn tells me the site is the first to provide long form premium content through Facebook Open Graph intergration in the U.S. When he was at Sundance, he discovered there was no platform for aggregating the festival’s trailers and viola! Now there is. When I introduced him to Thierry, they had plenty to talk about, and by the time the group adjourned to our respective tables everyone had each other’s business cards. Who needs Los Angeles?

I was eager to hear the story behind Thierry’s latest documentary which explores the fascinating relationship between women and their shoes. His previous release, Just for Kicks, explored the sneaker phenomena and the origins of Nike Air Force One and Air Jordans. “It’s not the athletes that make these shoes so popular,” Thierry told me of his discovery. “It’s the hip hop and rap stars.” To wit: Just For Kicks featured Reverend Run, Missy Elliot and Grandmaster Caz. In light of the fact that this was his second documentary on footwear, I just had to ask him  if he had some kind of a foot fetish. Nope, he said. “I’m very curious about other people’s obsessions.” As a recovering Manolo Blahnik addict, I was more than intrigued. Its turns out the idea for God Save My Shoes came to Thierry while he was making Just For Kicks. When he learned that Damon Dash owned hundreds of pairs of sneakers, the thought occurred to him: If this is what the guys have in their closets, God only knows what their wives own. Clearly, he was on to something.

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Diane Clehane, Thierry Daher and Miriam Driot

Thierry told me he spent a year writing the film’s treatment during which time he unearthed just about anything ever written on the subject and sought out women to bare their soles. The film features interviews with Kelly Rowland, Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas and Dita Von Teese who bare all about their devotion to shoes. Celebrated poker player Beth Shak, who owns over 1,000 pairs, opened up her extraordinary closet.  He also features another ‘star’ who was literally born to wear high heels: Barbie. (I won’t spoil it for you, but you’ve just got to watch). Designers Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik weigh in on their cult following and the curious bond between women and shoes.

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Traditional Home Creates New Position For Jill Esterman

Just when you thought you’ve heard every job title in the professional world Traditional Home magazine added one more today by naming Jill Esterman their first ever luxury goods director.  Esterman comes to Traditional Home after a run as executive sales director at Avenue and 15 years of representing Metropolitan HomeTraditional Home publisher Beth Brenner believes Esterman is the right fit for the role.

Jill’s contacts run deep in the lifestyle categories that define our affluent readers’ lives.  Her love for decoration and design, coupled with her experience at Avenue and Metropolitan Home, make her the perfect person to spearhead Traditional Home’s growth in the luxury sector.

Esterman will report to Traditional Home’s associate publisher Blaire Rzempoluch.

Jon Walker Gets A Little Cozier At Traditional Home

Design and decorating title Traditional Home announced today that Jon Walker will serve as the magazine’s home furnishings manager.  Walker has been working as direct account manager on Traditional Home and Midwest Living for the past three years.  His new role will task him with overseeing all home furnishing accounts that work directly with interior designers and architects.

Traditional Home publisher Beth Brenner cited Walker’s experience as the main factor for the promotion:

“In his three years as Direct Account Manager here at Meredith, Jon has excelled, posting year-over-year increases and new business wins in the most challenging of times.  In his new role, he will increase our visibility, credibility, and ad lineage among the all-important design trade accounts.”

Walker will report to Traditional Home‘s associate publisher Blaire Rzempoluch.  He gets started in his new position on Nov. 22.

FBLA Goes to the Party: Weisberg Book Party

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Slate’s Jacob Weisberg read from his new book The Bush Tragedy at a Domino-sponored shindig in Brentwood. 300 guests stormed Arianna Huffington’s mansion house. (Or home, as the invitations read.)

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Adrian Grenier, sporting a beard that would have been a bushy tragedy on anyone else, Tracey Ullman, who does a wicked Arianna herself, and Christine Lahti represented SAG; Dale Launer and Stephen Gaghan were the WGA/DGA guys, and producers were thick on the ground with Lawrence Bender, Mike Medavoy, Irina Medavoy, Sam Goldwyn and George Stevens. Matt Groening had the animation arena all to himself.

Jim Ledbetter gave Arianna a copy of his new collection for Penguin–Karl Marx’s Dispatches for the New York Tribune, stopping her as she was enroute to her office. Gabe Snyder got the story behind her distracted expression: book deadline! (Who else was in the study, anyway?)

Usual coterie of LA media types–Mickey Kaus, Carla Hall, Kevin Roderick, Nick Goldberg, Kim Serafin, Ruth Shalit, Rob Barrett, Roman Genn–let’s move on, shall we?

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Weisberg’s clever wife, Deborah Needleman (she edits Domino) brought her Conde Nast cohorts along–Clemmy Closson and Beth Brenner.

Oscars were discussed perfunctorily, Obama enthusiastically (Rachel Sklar’s cries of plagiarism! were dismissed as business as usual which means those dissing her didn’t read very closely. Or else they were drunk.) Plenty of food and drink, which is unusual for book parties–and lots of copies of the book which looks like a fast read. No need to send it out for coverage.

(photos by Stefanie Keenan for Patrick McMullan)