Posted on January 30, 2004
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Launches and Redesigns
Charles H. Townsend has
been named President and C.E.O. of Conde Nast Publications, it was announced by S.I. Newhouse, Jr.,
Chairman of Conde Nast Publications. He will assume his new role
on February 16th; he will report to Mr. Newhouse. Mr. Townsend
continues as Chief Operating Officer of the Advance Magazine Group.
Charles Townsend has been Chief Operating Officer of Advance
Magazine Group since 2001. Advance Magazine divisions include Conde
Nast Publications, Fairchild Publications, Golf Digest Companies,
Parade Publications, and the Shared Services Center in Delaware.
Mr. Townsend was named Executive Vice President of Conde Nast in
1995 and its Chief Operating Officer in 2000. He originally joined
the company as Publisher of Glamour magazine in 1994.
John Bellando has been
named Executive Vice President and Chief
Operating Officer of Conde Nast Publications. He will assume his new role on February 16th,
along with Mr. Townsend, to whom he will report. Mr. Bellando
continues as Chief Financial Officer of the Advance Magazine Group.
Mr. Bellando has been Executive Vice President and Chief Financial
Officer of the Advance Magazine Group since its inception in 2001.
Steven T. Florio has been named Vice Chairman of the Advance
Magazine Group, it was announced today by S.I. Newhouse, Jr.,
Chairman of Conde Nast Publications and the Advance Magazine Group.
Mr. Florio will step down from his position as President and
C.E.O. of Conde Nast and assume his new role on February 16th.
Steven T. Florio was named President of Conde Nast Publications in
January, 1994, and Chief Executive Officer in January, 1996.
David J. Pecker,
President and CEO of American Media, Inc.,
has announced the appointment of Stuart Zakim as Senior Vice
President, Corporate Communications, a newly created position
reporting directly to Mr. Pecker. Richard Valvo, previously AMI's
spokesperson, is remaining with the company, becoming a Corporate
Vice President. He will develop special projects for AMI and
report to Mr. Pecker. The move to AMI will reunite Mr. Zakim with
Bonnie Fuller, AMI's Editorial Director. They previously worked
together at Us Weekly
a character-based entertainment licensing
company, has announced that Ames Kirshen has been appointed as
Manager Of Game Development, a new position at Marvel. Mr. Kirshen,
who has over six years of experience in the production and
management of video game projects, will lead a small group to
oversee the development of all licensed video games based on
Marvel characters, including the creative content, along with
other members of Marvel's Publishing division. Mr. Kirshen will
report to Gui Karyo, Marvel's President of Publishing, who will
supervise the overall game development process. Mr. Kirshen will
also work closely with Tim Rothwell, Marvel's President of
Worldwide Consumer Products, to foster new licensing relationships
with video game publishers. Revenues from video game licensing
will continue to be reported within the licensing division.
chairman and chief executive officer of Playboy Enterprises, Inc.,
has announced the election of James F. Griffiths
to the newly created post of senior executive vice president.
Griffiths will be responsible for business development across
the company as well as for global television and location-based
entertainment. Griffiths, 49, joins PEI from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
(MGM) where he spent six years as president, worldwide television
distribution. He oversaw the global distribution of movies and
television programs and supervised MGM Networks, Inc., the
company's cable and satellite channel ventures.
Ann Richmond has been promoted
to the top job running Daily Reporter
Publishing Co. She becomes publisher
of The Daily Reporter
, the Midwest's largest construction
newspaper, and vice president and top executive of Daily Reporter
Publishing Co. The announcement was made at the newspaper by
James P. Dolan, President and CEO of Dolan Media, and Mark
Stodder, VP Newspapers. Dolan Media owns Daily Reporter Publishing.
Richmond, 34, had been the company's general manager since 2000
and associate publisher since 2002.
Richmond is a 12-year employee of the company, which she joined
as a classified advertising sales person. She also has worked
in the production department, rose to department manager, and
later held editorial duties before becoming general manager.
Acclaim Entertainment, Inc., a global video entertainment
software developer and publisher, has announced the appointment
of Mike Sherlock as President of International Publishing. Sherlock
rejoins the Company from Sega, where he was Executive Vice
President of Sales and Marketing for their European division.
In his new role with Acclaim, Sherlock will be responsible for
the management of the Company's European publishing units and
will be based out of Acclaim's Knightsbridge, London office
and report directly to Rod Cousens, the Company's Chief Executive
Steven A. Hobbs, a partner
with the law firm of Clifford Chance
US LLP, will join Hearst-Argyle Television, Inc. in
the newly created position of senior vice president, chief
legal and development officer, effective January 21, 2004. He
will report to David J. Barrett, Hearst-Argyle Television, Inc.
president and chief executive officer, who made the announcement
today. Hobbs, a partner with Clifford Chance since 1993, based
in the firm's New York office, is a member of Clifford Chance's
corporate and securities law practice and has served as the
firm's Americas merger-and-acquisition group practice leader as
well as a member of its Americas management group.
The E. W. Scripps Company has promoted two top
executives at its Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers in Florida.
Thomas E. Weber Jr. has been named publisher and Mark Tomasik
has been named editor. The promotions are effective immediately.
Weber, 60, previously was editor and president and Tomasik, 47,
was executive editor. The Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers
include The Stuart News, Press Journal
in Vero Beach and The
in Fort Pierce. The company also publishes two weekly
newspapers, the Jupiter Courier
and The Sebastian Sun
operates the TCPalm website, which serves the Treasure Coast
and Palm Beach County. Other publications include the Treasure
Coast Business Journal
and 50 Plus Lifestyles
MediaBay, Inc. (NASDAQ:MBAY) , a leading spoken audio content,
marketing and publishing company, today announced that Carl
Wolf, the Company's Chairman, has been named as the Company's
interim Chief Executive Officer. Ron Celmer, MediaBay's Chief
Executive Officer, has resigned to pursue other opportunities.
Mr. Wolf will serve in the interim role while the Company
conducts a search for a new Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Wolf
has been a director of MediaBay since March 1998 and has
extensive business experience, including serving as Chairman
of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Alpine
Lace Brands, Inc.
R.H. Donnelley Corporation,
a publisher of yellow page directories, has announced that
Thomas D. D'Orazio has been appointed Vice President and Controller, effective
January 5, 2004.
D'Orazio will replace William C. Drexler, who will be leaving
the Company to pursue other opportunities, following an orderly
transition. D'Orazio was previously Vice President and Corporate
Controller at Pillowtex Corporatio.
currently Global Equities editor and a 14-year veteran
of the Reuters New York newsroom, has been named Managing Editor
and Head of Editorial Operations for the Americas effective
February 1, 2004. The announcement was made by David
Schlesinger, Reuters Global Managing Editor and Head of Editorial
Operations. In the new role, Wong will be operationally
responsible for some 650 text, television and pictures journalists
in both North and South America, and for making sure the Americas
runs to the quality, budget and strategic specifications set by
the company. As a regional managing editor, she joins Michael
Lawrence in Europe, Middle East and Africa; and Chaitanya Kalbag,
in Asia. All three report to Global Managing Editor David
Schlesinger, 43, appointed to his current position in October 2003.
· The New York Times
that Lawrence Ingrassia, an
assistant managing editor at The Wall Street Journal
, has been
named business and financial editor. Mr. Ingrassia, 51, was
named assistant managing editor
overseeing global coverage of financial markets at The Wall Street
in December 2003. Prior to that he had been editor of the
Money & Investing section of the Journal
The New York Times has
announced that Susan Chira, editorial
director of book development, has been named foreign editor.
She replaces Roger Cohen who will now write a regular, twice-weekly
column on European and international affairs for the IHT,
starting in March, while also taking on the role of New York
Ms. Chira, 45, became editorial director of book development in
2002. Previously she was the editor of the Week in Review section
at The Times
since 1999 after having served as deputy foreign
editor of the newspaper since 1997. She joined The Times
as a trainee
on the metropolitan desk in 1981 and was promoted to reporter in
Vivendi Universal has appointed
Rene Penisson Chairman and Bruce Hack Chief Executive Officer of
Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games), a publisher of
multi-platform interactive entertainment. Furthermore, Jean-Francois
Grollemund, who has extensive corporate finance and public
accounting experience in the publishing and entertainment
industries, is appointed Chief Financial officer at VU Games,
reporting to Bruce Hack. Rene Penisson 61, joined Vivendi Universal
in September 2002 as Senior Executive Vice President, Adviser to
the Chairman. He served for many years at Rhone Poulenc, now
Aventis, where his
posts included Chief Executive Officer of Rhone Poulenc Chemicals;
Member of the Executive Committee of Rhone Poulenc supervising
Human Resources, Corporate Communications, Western Europe and
North Africa, and General Delegate for France.
Bruce Hack has a long and successful track record in the
entertainment industry, as Vice Chairman of Universal Music
Group from 1998 to 2001,
and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of
Universal Studios from 1995 to 1998.
· The Baltimore Sun
announced that Timothy A. Franklin,
editor of the Orlando Sentinal
has been named as the new editor.
William K. Marimow will be leaving The Sun
where he has been
editor since 2000.
Franklin will join The Sun
as editor and vice president from
his current position as editor of the Orlando Sentinel
Tribune Company newspaper.
Richard Robinson, Chairman,
Chief Executive Officer and President of Scholastic Corporation has
appointed Heather Myers as Senior Vice President, Strategic
Planning and Business Development, for the global children's
publishing and media company.
In her role at Scholastic, Ms. Myers will focus her attention
on strategic planning for all of Scholastic's business units
with particular attention to resource allocation, business
development and overseeing new business ventures for the
corporation. Ms. Myers led strategic business development efforts
for Universal Studios, Inc. for more than six years in the
television, motion picture, theme park and music businesses.
iVillage, a women's media
company, announced that it has expanded its relationship
with Hearst Magazines, a
unit of Hearst Communications, Inc., through a production and
hosting agreement for a new Hearst Teen Online Network of magazine
websites. iVillage was selected to provide design, production
and hosting services for the new Hearst Teen Online Network
comprised of the Seventeen, CosmoGIRL!
, and Teen
In addition, iVillage will serve ads on the sites and provide
metric tracking and reporting such as site page views and visits.
While specific financial terms of the two-year deal are not
being disclosed, iVillage will receive a monthly fee for ongoing
support including hosting, ad serving and resource allocation,
in addition to one-time redesign and migration fees. Currently
iVillage provides Hearst with website production and hosting
services for magazine sites including, Cosmopolitan, Esquire,
Good Housekeeping, Marie Claire, Redbook
, and Town & Country
among others. The Hearst Teen Online Network of sites will not
reside on or be co-branded with the iVillage Network.
The newspaper joint operating
agreement, or JOA, that has enabled publication of The Cincinnati Post
The Kentucky Post
since the late 1970s won't be renewed when it expires on
Dec. 31, 2007. The Post newspapers and their parent firm, The
E. W. Scripps Company, have been notified by
Gannett Co. Inc. -- owner of The Cincinnati Enquirer
the joint operating agreement will not be extended past its
scheduled expiration date. Gannett and the Enquirer manage all
of the business and production operations for the afternoon Post
and morning Enquirer under terms of the joint operating
agreement, which was signed Sept. 23, 1977. The newspapers
maintain separate and competing newsrooms and editorial operations.
Gannett was required to notify Scripps at least three years in
advance of the expiration date if it intended not to renew the
agreement. Post readers will see no immediate change in the
content or delivery of their newspaper as a result of the
notification Scripps received Friday from Gannett. Scripps
intends to continue publishing the Post newspapers Monday
through Saturday afternoons for the duration of the joint
operating agreement while actively exploring all options for
the future of The Post
Mforma Group Inc., a publisher and distributor of
wireless entertainment content, has acquired rights from Universal
Studios Consumer Products Group to develop wireless games based
on Universal's monster movie characters and to deliver them to
wireless carriers and their subscribers in the United States.
Properties included in the licensing agreement are Frankenstein,
The Bride of Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Wolf Man
The Creature from the Black Lagoon
. Mforma has already
developed and published its first game based on the Universal
license -- Universal Studios' Dracula
-- which is now available to
Sprint PCS Vision customers. Mforma's deal with Universal is the
first to be announced since Mforma opened a Los Angeles office
in December 2003 for the express purpose of bringing Hollywood
brands to wireless.
has launched a new games
domain, games.theglobe.com, through a partnership with
unique online game provider, Arkadium.
Web surfers who go to the website will find a complete slate of
Internet games provided through Arkadium including: Klondike
Solitaire, Mah Jongg, Darts, Tetrax, Word Up and more.
Surfers who elect to play a more enhanced version of the games
can download Arkadium's Gamedek software. Once inside Arkadium's
game community, users can select personalized avatars (virtual
selves), talk to friends and opponents and play in one-on-one
real-time games for cash prizes.
Launches and Redesigns
The visitor publications
division of Morris Communications Co. has been awarded exclusive publishing rights for Las Vegas
, the official publication of the Las Vegas
Monorail system. Morris currently publishes Best Read Las Vegas
and Nevada Hospitality
magazine in the Las Vegas market.
The first issue of the biweekly monorail guidebook is scheduled
for March, to coincide with the opening of the 4-mile monorail
route in the first quarter of the year.
The New York Times Magazine
announced that it has introduced
a new full-page weekly column entitled "Consumed" that appears
in the upfront "The Way We Live Now" section of The Magazine
"Consumed" premiered on January 4, 2004.
Written by Rob Walker, a contributing writer,
"Consumed" will profile the things we buy, and why we buy them.
Part business report, part cultural anthropology, the column
will cast an analytical eye on everything from home appliances
to toys, jewelry to beer, cell phones to television shows --
any product whose success, failure, popularity or inconspicuousness
reveals something about who we are and how we live. Each week's
column will also include a product photo or illustration.
NewspaperDirect, a technology company
specializing in the digital delivery of same-day editions of
newspapers from around the world, will be launching a digital
newspaper service for libraries at the American Library
Association's Midwinter Meeting. This service enables libraries
to provide their patrons with same-day editions of out-of-state
and international newspapers. The company's technology provides
the flexibility to print on industry standard laser printers or
view replicas online in a web browser.
NewspaperDirect's catalog of titles includes more than 185
newspapers from around the world.
Film and Television
SCI FI Channel, a provider of original movies and
miniseries on television, has announced the start of
production on Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea
Produced by Hallmark Entertainment in
association with Bender-Brown Productions, this four-hour
miniseries epic will begin principle photography this spring in
New Zealand. Adapted from award-winning novelist Ursula K. Le
book series, Earthsea
is written by Gavin
Scott (The Mists of Avalon
) with Robert Halmi, Sr.
), Lawrence Bender (Kill Bill, Pulp
) and Kevin Brown (Roswell
) executive producing.
is slated to debut on SCI FI in December 2004.
follows the tale of a reckless youth destined to become
the greatest sorcerer that the mystical land of Earthsea
ever known. When the young wizard Ged discovers that he possesses
infinite magical powers, he seeks to master the ancient arts.
As he journeys to manhood, he will combat dragons, fall in
love, cross death's threshold, and ultimately wield the power
to reunite a kingdom. Earthsea
is an adaptation of the first
two of Le Guin's famed Earthsea
trilogy novels: A Wizard of
and The Tombs of Atuan
. The stories of Earthsea
have been translated into 16 languages, with millions of copies
in print. Author Le Guin has won five Hugo awards
and five Nebula awards. She has also earned a National Book
Award, and been named a finalist for the American Book Award
Showtime Networks will become the campaign headquarters for
starting this summer. Unscripted and
unprecedented, American Candidate
is a 10-episode, one-hour
reality series from Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning
documentary filmmaker R.J. Cutler, executive producer Jay Roach
and executive producer Tom Lassally. The announcement
was made by Robert Greenblatt, President of Entertainment
for Showtime Networks Inc., following the recent Federal Election
Commission's positive advisory opinion that the content of the
show will not violate federal election laws.
In American Idol
fashion, this series will attempt to identify
one individual who has the qualifications and qualities to be
President of the United States. The show will debut with 12
contestants from all walks of life. Over the course of the next
10 weeks, those 12 will face-off against each other in a series
of challenges designed to test their presidential mettle and
to show viewers what really goes on in the making of a
presidential candidate. Week-by-week, the original pool of
candidates will be winnowed down through audience participation
and polling. The final episode will be a showdown between the
remaining two candidates, and one person will emerge victorious --
by proving that he or she has what it
takes to run for the highest office in the land.
Emmett/Furla Films Productions Corporation, a wholly owned
subsidiary of Family Room Entertainment Corporation, announced that it has completed negotiations with international action star Steven Seagal to top-line an additional picture
which is slated to begin principal photography on April 1st.
Anthony Hickox will direct Submerged
, which Emmett/Furla Films'
Randall Emmett and George Furla will produce with Paul de Souza.
Colin Green wrote the screenplay based on a story by himself and
Paul de Souza. Following Submerged
, Emmett/Furla Films will
produce a second picture with Steven Seagal entitled, Repentance
RealNetworks announced that Wenner
Media, the owner of the music publication Rolling
, has selected RealNetworks as its digital music
services partner for
Rolling Stone as part of a seven-year global licensing agreement.
As part of the agreement, RealNetworks has taken over operations of
RollingStone.com. Through this relationship consumers visiting RollingStone.com
will be offered the opportunity to purchase music from the music
store in the new RealPlayer 10 media player. In addition,
RealNetworks' partnership with Wenner Media gives the company
exclusive online rights to Rolling Stone's rich archive of
music news and its collection of photos.
Book Deals and News
Reader's Digest Children's Publishing has announced the publication
and distribution of its bestselling Movie Theater Storybooks
in the U.S. and Canada, based on Nickelodeon
cartoons. The Nickelodeon Movie Theater Storybook features five
episodes of Nickelodeon's biggest hits: SpongeBob
SquarePants, Rugrats, Jimmy Neutron, The Wild Thornberrys
The Fairly OddParents
. Nearly two million copies of
Reader's Digest's Movie Theater Storybooks have been sold
worldwide. The oversized hardcover book includes a removable
and ten picture disks that let readers project colorful story
images on the wall as they read. The projector comes with a
built-in reading light so kids can read even when the lights
Iowa State Press
(founded in 1924 as Collegiate Press) announced
that it has changed its name to Blackwell Publishing. Blackwell
Publishing Ltd., acquired Iowa State (University) Press in late
2000. The recent name change from Iowa State Press to Blackwell
Publishing reflects the successful integration of their
publishing strategies. Since being acquired by Blackwell
Publishing, Iowa State Press has developed a greater international
reach enabling it to grow its global publishing activities in
veterinary medicine, agriculture, animal science, aviation,
and journalism. New lines have recently been added in dentistry,
aquaculture, food science and applied chemistry.
Blackwell Publishing is the world's largest independent and
privately owned academic publishing company. The company
publishes books and journals for higher education, research
and professional markets.
MyFamily.com, Inc., an online subscription business and
network for connecting families, announced that its fee-based services have surpassed the 1.5 million
subscription mark. MyFamily was one of the
first companies to offer paid content on the Internet.
Catering to one of the most popular uses of the Web,
MyFamily.com's network of websites, which includes MyFamily.com,
Ancestry.com, Genealogy.com, and RootsWeb.com, serves the
large and rapidly growing family history market. More than
15 million Americans go online each month to search for
information on their roots.
Periodical Publishers' Service Bureau, Inc. (PPSB), a unit
of The Hearst Corporation, has announced the purchase of
American Publishers, Inc. (API), a Devon, Pa.-based fund-raising
company. American Publishers will offer magazines and
other products to organizations for use in fund-raising campaigns.
PPSB has been involved in the magazine subscription industry
since 1910. PPSB's subscription sales are generated from a
large national network of independent agents.