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Rashida Jones and Zosia Mamet Join Glamour

Magazines love the hype generated by hiring famous people, and so in that tradition, Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation) and Zosia Mamet (Girls) have been named contributors to Glamour.

Jones (who actually has plenty of writing experience) will pen a monthly column titled “Love, Rashida.” It debuts in March. Mamet’s column, “My Zo-Called Life,” is online now and appears in Glamour’s February issue.

In Mamet’s first piece, she explains why it’s helpful to accept your flaws. While that’s not exactly groundbreaking content, at least it’s better than Drew Barrymore’s ode to a breakfast sandwich.

Cover Battle: Golf Digest or Glamour

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round we have Golf Digest taking on Glamour. Here is how we imagine the latest Golf Digest cover ended up happening: “So, how about Kate Upton? I know it might not—” “Yes. Meeting adjourned.”

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Jillian Davison Named Glamour Fashion Director

Jillian Davison has been named fashion director of Glamour. Davison, who we imagine must be Anna Wintour approved, is succeeding Anne Christensen, who resigned last week.

Davison comes to Glamour from Vogue Australia, where she had served as creative director since 2012. Prior to that, Davison served as fashion director of Harper’s Bazaar Australia.

“As a longtime admirer of Jill’s work, I’m thrilled to bring her energetic point of view to Glamour,” said Cindi Leive, editor of Glamour, in a statement. “She has a real vision for American fashion, and will steer our fashion coverage forward during an exciting time of dynamic growth for the brand.”

Davison’s appointment is effective in January.

Anna Wintour Forces Changes at Glamour

As we expected, Anna Wintour has brought changes to Glamour. The New York Post reports that Anne Christensen, the magazine’s fashion director, has resigned. Christensen had been full-time with Glamour since 2010. She’s apparently going back to freelancing work.

This move wouldn’t be so noteworthy if it weren’t for the fact that Wintour had turned her eyes o’ death to Glamour late last month. Word was that Wintour wasn’t happy with the slumping glossy — newsstand sales dropped 29 percent in the first half of 2013 — and was looking to make changes. Didn’t take long, did it?

While Cindi Leive and a few other top Condé editors are safe from Wintour’s wand of destruction, Christenen’s resignation only proves (yet again) that everyone else should be crossing their fingers.

Paul Ritter Named Creative Director of Glamour

Paul Ritter has been named creative director of Glamour. Ritter was most recently design director for Elle, where he had been since 2007. He has also previously served as creative director for Life and Vitals.

Glamour is in its prime, and as we head into our 75th anniversary next March, we’re setting the course for growth for decades to come,” said Cindi Leive, Glamour’s editor-in-chief, in a statement. “Paul is a strong creative force with a keen understanding of style and culture, and I’m thrilled to have him on board to help me build a modern all-American fashion magazine for the future.”

Ritter is succeeding Geraldine HesslerGlamour‘s creative director, design. Hessler is leaving the magazine.

Anna Wintour’s Hand of Death Hovers Over Glamour

Death gaze!

Ever since Anna Wintour was named artistic director of Condé Nast, her power and influence have grown. As we’ve mentioned, that has meant bad things for Condé editors who aren’t up to snuff. The New York Times reports that Wintour’s death gaze has now turn to Glamour, which means Cindi Leive, the magazine’s editor-in-chief, had better look alive. While she can.

Recently Wintour signed off on the firing of Klara Glowczewska (the longtime editor of Condé Nast Traveler) and Brandon Holley (the editor of Lucky). Pilar Guzmán and Eva Chen — their replacements, respectively — were Wintour endorsed. With that done, Wintour’s icy hand of death has started flipping the pages of Glamour:

Now Ms. Wintour is turning her attention to Glamour, which has lost over 28 percent of its newsstand sales in the year ending in June, and perhaps other magazines as well. According to a magazine executive at a competing company with direct knowledge of the discussions, a creative director at his company was approached about working in a similar role for Glamour, and told that the post would report to Ms. Wintour, not Cindi Leive, the magazine’s editor. (Mr. Townsend acknowledged the discussions, but said the reporting line detail was “dead wrong.”)

Of course Wintour maintains that editors shouldn’t feel like her presence means they should update their wills.

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Cindi Leive Loves Reading The NY Times, Has Love-Hate Relationship with Instagram

In the latest edition of The Atlantic Wire’s “Media Diet” series, Cindi Leive — the editor-in-chief of Glamour for the past 12 years — discusses what she reads, and The New York Times emerges as the clear favorite. Leive says she peruses the Times first thing in the morning, and that having the paper delivered is “one of those things that tells me I’m a grownup with a real home,” which is endearing.

Leive also checks Twitter a lot (she follows The Cut, The Atlantic, WWD and many more) and subscribes to The New Yorker and New York. Other titles she mentions include National Geographic, 10, EW, People and Harvard Business Review.

Aside from Twitter, Leive’s other online obsession is Instagram. She describes the social network as good and bad. “I think it’s completely addictive and if you spend a lot of time on Instagram you’re very aware of the self-conscious way people portray themselves,” Leive tells The Atlantic Wire. “In general it’s 80 percent love, 20 percent hate. There’s that eye-roll reaction that kicks in sometimes. We all dress ourselves up for Instagram a little bit.”

Magazine Newsstand Sales Down, Digital Subscriptions Up

magazinesThe Alliance for Audited Media just released its first half circulation and sales data, and it’s a mixed bag. Let’s get the bad news out of the way first: Overall, single copy sales dropped 10 percent compared to the first half of 2012.

Out of the 25 titles considered, women’s titles and gossip rags were hit the hardest. The breakdown: Glamour (sales dropped by 28 percent), Cosmo (-23 percent), O, The Oprah Magazine (-22 percent), Life & Style (-20 percent), Us Weekly (-16 percent). The big winner of the group? Another women’s title. Woman’s Day saw newsstand sales go up by 23 percent for the first half of this year.

Now time for some good news from AAM’s report. Print circulaiton remained relatively flat (down by only one percent for the first half) and digital circulation continued to improve.

In the first half of 2012, magazines reported just 5.4 million digital subscriptions, or 1.7 percent of total circulation. This first half those numbers are up to 10.2 million digital subscriptions and 3.3 percent of total circulation. While digital still represents a tiny slice, things are on the upswing. Not a bad start to the year.

Sabine Feldmann Leaves More for Glamour

More’s publisher, Sabine Feldmann, is leaving the Meredith title to join Conde Nast’s Glamour. WWD reports that Feldmann will become Glamour’s associate publisher.

Feldmann had been with More since January of last year. Prior to her time there, she served as VP and publisher of Teen Vogue and before that, VP and publisher of Shape.

Feldmann is succeeding Julia Fry, who is shifting to Condé Nast Traveler to serve as its asssociate publisher.

September is Great for Several Condé Magazines

To quote Kramer, who wants to have some fun??? Because if you really want to have some fun, and you’re not just saying you want to have some fun, we have Condé Nast’s September numbers to share with you. The fun part comes in recognizing that it was a great September for the publishing house.

Five Condé brands — W, Bon Appétit, Allure, Teen Vogue and Glamour posted their biggest September in five years. Each saw a double digit increase in ad pages compared to last year, with Glamour leading the way with 35 more than 2012; an 18 percent gain. Bon Appétit wasn’t too far behind, with 30 more pages than last Sepetmber, good for a 49 percent jump.

Vogue, of course, was the leader for Condé. Its 665 ad pages is only five more pages than last September, but no matter — the latest Vogue was good enough to be the second biggest issue in its 121-year history.

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