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Hearst Set to Buy Paris-based Lagardère… and Fire 30 Percent of Workforce

Hearst is set to buy the magazines published outside of France by Paris-based Lagardère for about $900 million, the New York Post reports.

Lagardère’s, whose U.S. division Hachette Filipacchi publishes such titles as Elle, Woman’s Day, and Car and Driver, and Hearst, which publishes Cosmopolitan and Esquire, among a number of other magazines, are expected to announce the deal as early as today.

The deal, which would bring under one roof the Hachette media group and Hearst magazines, would make Hearst the clear leader in the international magazine business, so, watch out Time Inc.

But in case you think this is great news for the magazine business, think again: the Post reports that the merger is expected to result in a massive bloodletting of 30 percent or more of the work force. No word yet on where the layoffs are expected to occur.

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

Condé Nast Digital GM Nadeau Joins Elle‘s Digital Group

Ted Nadeau.jpgTed Nadeau, the former senior VP and general manager of Condé Nast Digital, has joined rival publisher Hachette Filipacchi Media’s women’s mag Elle.

Nadeau has been named general manager of the Elle Digital Group, a newly created position, the magazine announced yesterday.

At Condé, Nadeau developed and published Web sites including Epicurious.com, Concierge.com, Style.com, Wired.com, NutritionData.com, Arstechnica and Reddit.com. Prior to Condé Nast, Nadeau worked as VP of product development for now-defunct city guide developer Vindigo.

Previously: Hachette Filipacchi Restructures Women’s Titles

Woman’s Day Launches “Cookvook”

cookvook.jpgIt must be 2010 if we’re already announcing the world’s first “cookvook,” a Woman’s Day magazine product created by publishers Hachette Filipacchi with help from digital tech company Vook. The multimedia application will be available for download for $9.99.

The video element is nice, but the Woman’s Day Cookvook: Healthy Food for Everyday Living highlights one of the bigger issues with e-readers that we’ll be facing in the coming months: you can either pay $9.99 to download this “cookvook” onto your iPhone or on the Web, or you can just look up the recipes for free on the Internet. Of course, the cookvook is more than just recipes; it adds to the cooking experience with 45 videos and “an interactive experience.”

But as e-readers gain more prominence this year, this will be at the heart of the consumers’ dilemma over purchasing another subscription or downloading a book: why pay, when you can read it for free online?

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Jay Leno To Reclaim 11:30 Slot?|Car & Driver SVP Leaves Hachette|Huffington Post Parody|Forbes Sells Building

TMZ: Rumors abound that NBC may be planning to bring Jay Leno back to 11:30 p.m. The New York Times adds that NBC execs haven’t denied the rumors.

Folio: John Driscoll, the SVP of Car and Driver and Road & Track is leaving Hachette Filipacchi.

Comedy.com: A Huffington Post parody.

New York Times: Forbes Media sells 60 Fifth Avenue building to NYU. The company will continue to lease space in the building.

“Today” Show Lifestyle Contributor Named Woman’s Day Editor-in-Chief

mayhew.jpgElizabeth Mayhew, a lifestyle expert most well-known for her appearances on the “Today” show, has been named VP, editor in chief, brand content of Hachette Filipacchi‘s Woman’s Day Group.

Starting January 4, Mayhew (right) will take over for the current top editor of Woman’s Day, Jane Chesnutt, who is set to become a special consultant for the Woman’s Day brand in the new year.

Hachette executives said the transition was part of a succession plan outlined by Tina Brown (yes, THE Tina Brown) who was brought on as a consultant to help with the selection process. “Tina Brown was the perfect consultant for the search,” said Carlos Lamadrid, SVP and chief brand officer of the Woman’s Day Group. “She has a classic content background, but also has a fantastic knowledge of marketing and new media.”

Mayhew seems like the ideal candidate for the position. With more than a decade of lifestyle editing experience, she has contributed not only to “Today” but Real Simple and House Beautiful. And with shelter magazines folding left and right (RIP Domino and Hachette’s own Metropolitan Home) this women’s title could benefit from an infusion of lifestyle input from someone who has spent her career focused on the category. We can’t wait to see what Mayhew does with Woman’s Day.

Previously: Hachette Shutters Metropolitan Home; Hachette Filipacchi Restructures Women’s Titles

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Bonnier Acquires Book Publisher

WOLOGO.jpgMagazine publisher Bonnier Corp. has grown rapidly in the past year, thanks to several major acquisitions. The most recent, announced today, brings book publisher Weldon Owen Publishing into the Bonnier fold, giving the company its own book division.

Weldon Owen is most well-known for publishing illustrated non-fiction books, including cookbooks. This specialty will mesh well with Bonnier’s stable of titles, including Saveur, which has previously worked in partnership with the publisher. Weldon Owen also produces children’s titles and family/adult reference books, partnering on some of those titles with Bonnier’s Parenting magazine.

This deal marks Bonnier’s fifth acquisition in 15 months, as the three-year-old publishing company seeks to expand its reach. In October, the organization picked up independently published parenting title Conceive, which followed a big deal in June under which Bonnier acquired five Hachette Filipacchi enthusiast titles.

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Previously: Bonnier Picks Up Parenting Title Conceive

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“GMA” Names New Newsreader|Living Stories|Hachette Works With MSN On New Lifestyle Site|Good Housekeeping Digs Up Archives|Huffington Criticizes Times Reporter

TVNewser: Juju Chang has been picked to be the new “Good Morning America” newsreader. She will replace Chris Cuomo, who is in negotiations to become co-anchor of “20/20″ and to report for other ABC News broadcasts.

New York Times: Google, The New York Times and The Washington Post have teamed up to present “Living Stories.”

All Things Digital: Magazine publisher Hachette Filipacchi is pairing with MSN and production company BermanBraun to launch a “lifestyle site aimed at fashion, decor, relationships and beauty.”

Mediaweek: Starting in January, Good Housekeeping will publish content from its archives to celebrate its 125th anniversary.

Huffington Post: Days after New York Times reporter Peter Baker criticized the addition of reporters from The Huffington Post and Talking Points Memo to the White House pool, Arianna Huffington shot back at him, calling his recent coverage of President Barack Obama‘s decision on Afghanistan “stenography.” “Perhaps he should spend less time worrying about that and more time worrying that his own reportorial ‘scrupulous passivity’ so easily leads to the insertion of the administration’s desired spin into the reporting on momentous decisions of war and peace,” Huffington said in response to Baker’s criticism of the pool appointments.

Tribune Gets More Time|Hachette Moves|Forbes May Sell HQ For $55M|Two Memos|Daily Beast-ers “Happy As Clams”

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Los Angeles Times: Bankrupt Tribune Co. has been granted extra time to file its plan for reorganization.

New York Observer: Hachette Filipacchi is moving offices, from 1633 Broadway to smaller digs at the Time Life Building two blocks east.

New York Post: Forbes Media is still looking to sell its Fifth Ave HQ and may be close to a $55 million deal for the property that was first put on the market for $140 million in 2007.

Romanesko: Two memos: Gawker Media chief Nick Denton boasts about Web traffic while New York Times Co. Regional Media Group head Michael Golden informs staff that pay cuts made this year will remain in effect for 2010.

Reuters: IAC chief Barry Diller says the staff at The Daily Beast are “happy as clams.”

Elle Decor Raises Rate Base, Expands Ad Staff

elle decor.jpgWho said the shelter category is dead? After finishing the year as the leader in ad sales for the category, Elle Decor said today that it was raising its rate base by 10 percent — from 500,000 to 550,000 — starting with its March 2010 issue. The magazine said it will deliver an average circulation of 588,000 through the first half of next year.

The Hachette Filipacchi pub also expanded its ad sales team, promoting Matthew Talomie to the position of advertising director and appointing Linda Tullio, formerly of the recently shuttered Metropolitan Home, New York manager for Elle Decor.

“Matthew has been a creative, resourceful member of our staff for the last two years; this new role will allow him to contribute even more to our success,” said Elle Decor publisher Barbara Friedmann. “Linda’s 11 years with Metropolitan Home have made her an invaluable resource; this new position allows her to share her expertise.”

And although Elle Decor nabbed the top spot in ad pages in the shelter category — for the first time in its 20-year history — its success is no doubt related to the closure of other shelter mags like Domino, Southern Accents and Metropolitan Home, whose “highest-quality subscribers” have been added to Elle Decor‘s readership, resulting in the rate base increase, the magazine said today.

Related: Breaking: Hachette Shutters Metropolitan Home

Hachette Names New Automotive Group CEO

jumpstart.jpgAfter reorganizing its titles into various brand groups throughout the year, Hachette Filipacchi has appointed a new CEO of its automotive group.

Starting on January 1, Dillion McDonald, the current COO of the Jumpstart Automotive Group, will take on the responsibilities of CEO, replacing Steve Wilhite, who will stay on as an advisor and member of the Board of Directors.

McDonald has worked for Jumpstart since 2001, and served in various roles in sales, operations and marketing before being named COO.

Hachette restructured its automotive group earlier this year, combining Car and Driver and Road & Track under the same umbrella as the Jumpstart online network purchased by the company in spring 2007.

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