Publishing Industry Soundbytes 12-28-04
Posted on December 28, 2004
William Safire will publish his final column as a New York Times
Op-Ed columnist on January 24, 2005. Arthur Sulzberger Jr, publisher of The New York Times
Mr. Safire, 74, will continue to write his Sunday column, "On Language," which
has appeared in The New York Times Magazine
since 1979 and has led to the
publication of 15 books, making him one of the most widely read writers on the
English language. He is also the author of 10 other works of fiction and nonfiction
and editor of five anthologies. No successor to Mr. Safire as an Op-Ed columnist has
been chosen at this time.
In 1978, Mr. Safire was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary.
Before joining The Times in 1973 as a political columnist, Mr. Safire was a senior
White House speechwriter for President Nixon. He had previously been a radio and
television producer and a U.S. Army correspondent. He began his career in 1949 as a
reporter for a profiles column in The New York Herald Tribune
Since 1993, he has been active with the
Dana Foundation, a philanthropy supporting brain science, immunology, and arts
education. He is currently its chairman and will make this his principal occupation.
Dan Rather announced that he will step down as anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News
on March 9, 2005, 24 years after his first broadcast in that position. Rather will continue to work full-time at CBS News
as a correspondent for both editions of 60 Minutes
, as well as on other assignments for the Division.
Gaylord Entertainment Co. has elected Ellen Levine, editor-in-chief of Good Housekeeping
magazine, to its board of directors. Her election is effective
immediately and she becomes the tenth member of the company's board.
Levine became the first woman to be named editor-in-chief of Good Housekeeping
October 1994. Prior to her current role at the flagship publication of Hearst Magazines,
Levine led two other well-regarded magazines as editor-in-chief, Redbook
, from 1990-1994,
and Woman's Day
, from 1982-1990. Levine currently serves on the board of the New York Restoration project; Lifetime Television's board of directors; and the board of advisors of New York Women in Communications.
Primedia Inc. has announced the appointment of Eric M. Leeds as senior vice president,
investor relations, reporting to Kelly P. Conlin, Primedia's president and chief executive
officer. Prior to joining Primedia, Mr. Leeds served as executive director of investor
relations consultancy G. A. Kraut Company Inc., and had been investor relations counsel
to Primedia since 1998.
Bauer Publishing has announced the appointment
of former New York Daily News
managing editor/features Jane Freiman to the position of deputy editor of the recently
launched Life & Style Weekly
, which is targeting women in their
20s and 30s. Freiman comes to the Life & Style Weekly
editorial team with
a multifaceted career as a noted writer and editor with experience in celebrity news
and entertainment, lifestyle, art and design. Most recently, Freiman directed
lifestyle and celebrity news coverage at the Daily News
nation's sixth-largest newspaper, where she worked for nearly eight years. She was
the first woman in the paper's history to hold the title of Managing Editor.
HarperCollins Publishers announced that
Michael Morrison has been named President and Group Publisher of the newly created HarperMorrow division of the General Books Group,
overseeing the HarperCollins, William Morrow, HarperEntertainment, Morrow Cookbooks,
HarperPerennial, Avon, Eos, Dark Alley, Amistad, HarperAudio, HarperLarge Print and
PerfectBound imprints. He will report to Brian Murray, Group President of HarperCollins
Publishers. In this new structure, Susan Weinberg, Publisher of HarperCollins; Dawn
Davis, Editorial Director of Amistad; and Ana Maria Allessi, Associate Publisher of
HarperAudio will now report to Morrison, in addition to his current Morrow/Avon team.
Morrison joined HarperCollins in January 1999 as Vice President, Associate Publisher
of HarperCollins. With the acquisition of William Morrow & Company and Avon Books,
he became Executive Vice President and Publisher of the Morrow/Avon division in 2000.
Prior to joining HarperCollins, Morrison held a variety of positions in production,
marketing and sales for Bantam, Doubleday Dell; PocketBooks; Random House and Knopf.
He started his publishing career working in Finance at Simon & Schuster in 1982.
has named Deputy International Editor Barry Renfrew to the new
position of vice president-global business for Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Renfrew, 50, will remain based in London and be responsible for overseeing AP's
business and administrative affairs in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He will
report to John Keitt, senior vice president for global business.
A veteran AP journalist, Renfrew has served as bureau chief in Islamabad, Seoul,
Johannesburg, Moscow, Sydney and London. He joined the AP as an editor in 1978. He
is a graduate of Clark University in Worcester, Mass.
In other appointments, Ian Ritchie, 50, will take over as vice president-global
business and be responsible for Associated Press Television News in London. Ritchie,
an experienced broadcast executive, has been with the AP since 2000. He will report
Thomas Nelson, Inc. announced it has named Tamara L. Heim to the
newly created position of executive vice president and chief publishing officer,
effective January 2005. Heim will report directly to Michael Hyatt, president and
chief operating officer of Thomas Nelson. In her new post, she will directly supervise
all publishing units, which include Nelson Books, W Publishing Group, WestBow Press,
the Specialty Publishing Group (Tommy Nelson and J. Countryman), the General Trade
Book Group (Rutledge Hill Press, Cool Springs Press, and Nelson Current), as well as
Nelson Reference, Electronic and Nelson Bibles. Most recently, Heim served as president
of Borders Inc., a leading retailer of books, music, and movies with more than 450
stores throughout the U.S. Heim's addition to the Thomas Nelson
executive staff follows the July hire of Mark Schoenwald as chief sales officer.
In other changes, Jerry Park, previously executive vice president and group publisher
of the Christian Book Group, has been appointed executive vice president and chief
Don Farley, group publisher of Times-Shamrock's
Alternative News Weekly division has announced that Robert J. Lynett has accepted the
position of Assistant Group Publisher. Lynett will assist Farley overseeing all four
alternatives in the group consisting of City Paper
(Baltimore, Md.), Metro Times
(Detroit, Mich.), Orlando Weekly
(Orlando, Fla.) and
San Antonio Current
(San Antonio, Texas) -- with a focus on the Current. Lynett's
media career includes positions at The Washington Post Company, Washington,
Baltimore City Paper, The Citizens Voice (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.) and Shamrock
Communications (Scranton, Pa.).
Yahoo! Inc. has announced the appointment of Lloyd Braun as head of Yahoo!'s media and entertainment division, which includes Yahoo!'s movies, TV, entertainment,
music, games, finance, news and weather, sports, health and kids businesses. Braun
will be based in Santa Monica, Calif., and report to chief operating officer, Dan
Rosensweig. He will join the company on November 15, 2004. Braun was most recently
chairman of ABC Entertainment Television Group, a division of The Walt Disney Company,
a position he held from January 2002 until April 2004. Prior to that, he served as
co-chairman of the division from July 1999. During his tenure with the ABC
Entertainment Television Group, Braun initiated and oversaw the development and
production of such successful programs as My Wife and Kids, According to Jim,
Alias, The Bachelor, Extreme Makeover, 8 Simple Rules, George Lopez,
Less Than Perfect, Hope and Faith
, and Jimmy Kimmel Live
. Braun also oversaw
the development and production of the new hit ABC series Lost, Desperate
Housewives, Wife Swap, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
and Boston Legal
Thomson Media, a provider of information, data
and software tools for financial services and related technology professionals,
has announced that Rob Hertzberg has been named the new editorial director of its
Advisor Group of publications: Financial Planning, On Wall Street
Bank Investment Consultant
. Hertzberg will be responsible for developing and
executing all aspects of editorial content. Most recently, Hertzberg was an editor at
Bloomberg News, where he worked on stories about brokerage firms, banks,
insurance companies and the regulatory issues facing the securities industry.
Previously, he spent a year and a half at Ziff Davis as editor of the startup
and five years as editor-in-chief of Web Week
and Internet World
Ziff Davis Media's
announced several new appointments. CIO Insight promoted Scott Miller to
Associate Publisher and added several prominent journalists,
columnists and business leaders to the editorial roster including, Dan Briody as
Executive Editor, two new contributing columnists and three additional advisory
- Scott Miller has been named Associate Publisher for CIO Insight and he continues
to report directly to Stephen Veith, Vice President and Publisher. Miller brings
over 5 years of business publishing experience to CIO Insight. He has been involved in
enterprise technology publishing since 1999 when he joined the company as a Regional
Sales Manager for Interactive Week.
- Dan Briody was named an Executive Editor of CIO Insight and he brings over ten years of experience in business and technology journalism to the magazine, including his most recent stint as senior writer at Red Herring. He is also the author of two books, The Halliburton Agenda: The Politics of Oil and Money and The Iron Triangle: Inside the Secret World of the Carlyle Group. He has won a Gold Medal for a Single News Article from the American Society of Business Publication Editors for his story, "The China Syndrome." Briody has a B.A. in English and Philosophy from Boston College.
- Professor Marianne Broadbent will pen a quarterly column on strategy for CIO
Insight starting in November 2004. Dr. Broadbent, Associate Dean, Melbourne
Business School and Gartner Fellow, is an executive advisor, international speaker,
author and management educator. She has written and advised business leaders
about the uses of information technology and IT executives about business issues.
- Larry Downes will also write a quarterly column, beginning in January 2005,
on the nexus between law, technology and business. Downes is a consultant, educator
and speaker on developing business strategies.
- Atefeh Riazi, Senior Partner and Chief Information Officer of Ogilvy and Mather
Worldwide recently joined CIO Insight's Editorial Board.
- Another addition to CIO Insight's Editorial Board is Robert I. Sutton,
Professor of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University.
- Mark Minevich also joined the CIO Insight Editorial Board recently. Minevich
is an Executive Consultant and Partner at Going Global Ventures Inc., an international
management consulting firm. He is also a Principal and Strategic advisor to Synecta, a
global leadership firm based in the UK.
EatingWell, a publisher of information on
food and health, announced that Nancy Small has been named Chief Executive Officer.
Charlie Kireker, chairman of the EatingWell Board, made the announcement. Small
will report to Kireker and begin her assignment immediately.
Small, a former Rodale executive, will be responsible for the financial management,
strategic planning, budgeting, advertising sales, public relations, marketing,
market research, direct mail, and product extensions for the entire EatingWell brand.
Small has more than 25 years of experience in magazine and book publishing, direct
response marketing, and advertising sales. Most recently, she served as Senior
Vice President and Managing Director for the Organic Living Division at Rodale.
While there, she successfully launched Organic Style
, a woman's healthy lifestyle
publication. In addition, she successfully launched the Organic Living Book
Division and signed top author talent such as Deirdre Imus and Rodney Yee.
Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive announced that James M. Brady will be the Executive Editor of washingtonpost.com, effective February 1,
2005. Brady will succeed Executive Editor Doug Feaver, 65, who is retiring.
Brady has been a consultant to WPNI, overseeing key projects and strategic initiatives.
He served as assistant managing editor and sports editor of washingtonpost.com from
1995-1998. A recognized leader in the development of online news and editorial
products, Brady served as Vice President of Operations, Executive Director of
Editorial Operations and Group Programming Director of News and Sports for
Dulles-based America Online, where he managed content production, editorial
partnerships and the development of new technologies and product innovations.
Ron Geraci has been named Senior Vice President of
Research for Nickelodeon. The announcement was made by Laura E. Wendt, Senior
Vice President of Research, Nickelodeon Networks, to whom he will continue to report.
Promoted from Vice President of Research, Geraci oversees all programming and
advertising sales research for Nickelodeon and digital channels Noggin, The N, Nickelodeon
Games and Sports (Nick GAS) and Nicktoons. He oversees research related to analyzing
viewer trends, positioning Nickelodeon in the marketplace as it relates to advertising
sales and the creation of sales pitches. He handles primary research on behalf of
Nickelodeon's advertising sales department, including the management of 'The Kids'
Influence Study,' which helps the network break into non-traditional kid categories
such as automotive, travel and new media.
Geraci joined the company in 1999 as Director of Research for Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite
and TV Land, responsible for analyzing the viewership related to those networks'
TriMedia Entertainment Group Inc. ("TriMedia"), a
developer, producer and distributor of youth-oriented content for music and film
entertainment products, announced that effective immediately, Shawn Taylor has
joined the Company as its chief financial officer. Taylor
will oversee all financial operations, financial reporting, budgeting and
strategic planning, treasury operations and asset management.
After qualifying with Pannell Kerr Forster in London, Mr. Taylor joined United News &
Media Plc in 1991 as a Group Accountant. In 1994, he joined ITEL, an international
distributor of television programming created through a joint venture between Time
Warner Inc. and United News & Media Plc. In 1998, Mr. Taylor joined HIT Entertainment
Plc, an AIM listed, intellectual property company, owners of Bob the Builder,
Barney, Thomas the Tank Engine and other children's characters.
In 2001 Mr. Taylor moved to Winchester Entertainment Plc as CFO. In March
2004 and as its Acting CEO, Mr. Taylor disposed of the Winchester Entertainment
business to Content Film Inc. in a reverse takeover.
Viacom Inc. announced that Sherry Lansing,
Chairman of the Paramount Motion Picture Group, has decided to leave the company
when her contract expires at the end of 2005. In the meantime, Ms. Lansing will
continue in her current role and assist the company in identifying a successor. Ms.
Lansing was named Chairman of the Paramount Motion Picture Group in November 1992.
Atari, Inc., an interactive entertainment company,
has appointed entertainment industry veteran James Caparro President and
Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately, it was announced by Bruno Bonnell,
Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of the Company. Mr. Caparro, who has been a
Member of Atari's Board of Directors since February 2002, assumes the responsibilities
of the Chief Executive Officer previously held by Mr. Bonnell.
Mr. Caparro assumes overall executive management of Atari's global operations, and
he will work closely with Mr. Bonnell to chart the Company's strategic course.
As Chief Creative Officer, Mr. Bonnell will oversee Atari's creative direction and
planning for the next stages of technological advancement in gaming.
A seasoned and accomplished executive, Mr. Caparro brings to Atari nearly 30 years
of professional experience within the entertainment industry, including more than
a decade as CEO at the helm of three global organizations:
Warner Music Group's WEA; Universal Music's Island Def Jam Music Group; and
PolyGram's PolyGram Group Distribution.
Bauer Publishing USA's celebrity weekly magazine,
In Touch Weekly
, announced it has added to its publishing staff with the
appointment of four key executives. Geoffrey Maresca has been appointed
associate publisher and Shelley Fariello, Estee Cross and Nancy Paullin join
the magazine as account managers for the Los Angeles, New York and Midwest markets
Maresca comes to In Touch Weekly
from Rodale Cycling Group, where he served as
associate publisher and led the successful re-launch of Bicycling Magazine
Prior, Maresca enjoyed a successful run at several Ziff Davis publications as
advertising director of Expedia Travels
Magazine, associate publisher of
magazine and New York sales director for Yahoo! Internet
magazine. Previously, Maresca held sales and media management posts at
Time, Inc.'s Life
magazine and American Brands Corporation. Maresca will be based
in New York City and will report directly to In Touch Weekly
publisher, Bob Davidowitz.
The Associated Press
has appointed media and
Internet specialist Lorraine Cichowski to the new position of vice president,
product development. Cichowski has been a media and strategic planning consultant to The Associated
since May. Her appointment was announced today by Tom Curley, president
and CEO. In her new position, Cichowski will help AP develop product strategies for
search, wireless and other media technologies.
Cichowski, 51, most recently served as president and chief operating officer of
internet development for eMarketWorld.com. Before that she was a senior vice
president at USA Today, where she developed the strategic plan for the newspaper's
online version, which she launched in 1995. She also was charged with developing
the newspaper's wireless strategy.
Journal Communications has announced that
Elizabeth "Betsy" Brenner has been named as the new president and publisher of the
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
. Brenner currently serves as publisher of
The News Tribune
in Tacoma, Washington, a publication of the McClatchy Company.
She is succeeding Keith Spore, who will retire on December 31 after 37 years of
service to the company. Brenner will join the Journal Sentinel
in early December.
She began her career as a city news reporter with the Chicago Tribune
undergraduate at Northwestern University, where she earned a bachelors' degree in
journalism in 1976 and an M.B.A. in 1978.
In 1981, Brenner joined the New York Times
. She served there for five years in
numerous marketing management positions. From 1987-1991, Brenner served as marketing
director, retail advertising manager, and assistant circulation director at the Miami
. In 1991, Brenner was recruited to the Rocky Mountain News
in Denver, where
she served as vice president of advertising and marketing. In 1994, she was promoted
to senior vice president, sales and marketing. The following year, Brenner was named
president and publisher of the Bremerton, Washington Sun
In 1998, Brenner was recruited by McClatchy to her current position as publisher of
The News Tribune
. She also manages its weekly operations at the
and the East Pierce Herald
Reuters has appointed David Lister as its Chief Information Officer (CIO). In this role he will lead the Reuters transformation programme to establish world-class processes and systems across the business. Lister will report to Mike Sayers,
Reuters Global Head of Technology and Operations.
Lister will be looking at activities across the business, ranging from product
development to customer service, and ensuring that the different elements of the
global business model are operating in an effective and integrated manner.
Lister was formerly the CIO and a Director of The Boots Company PLC.
The New York Times
has announced that Michael
Oreskes has been named deputy managing editor effective January 1, 2005.
Oreskes, 50, has been assistant managing editor and director of electronic
news since 2000, overseeing Times Web and television content. Recently, he has
also served as the liaison between the newsrooms of The New York Times
International Herald Tribune.
Previously, Mr. Oreskes was Washington bureau chief from 1997 to 2000.
Prior to his Washington appointment, Mr. Oreskes served as metropolitan editor
since 1993 and as city editor since 1991.
Since joining the Times in 1981, he has served in numerous roles, including
metropolitan reporter, chief investigative reporter, chief of the Albany bureau,
reporter in the Washington bureau covering regional New York, and national
political correspondent, covering presidential and mid-term elections and Capitol Hill.
The McClatchy Company has named Cheryl Ebright
Dell as publisher of The News Tribune
in Tacoma, Wash. Dell has served as
publisher of McClatchy's Tri-City Herald
in Kennewick, Wash., since October 2000.
She is replacing Elizabeth (Betsy) Brenner, who is leaving The News Tribun
become publisher and president of the Milwaukee (Wis.) Journal Sentinel
Dell, 45, has held a variety of newspaper management positions in California,
Texas and Washington over her career. She joined McClatchy in 1997 as advertising
director of The Modesto Bee
. She moved to The Fresno Bee
in 1999 as vice president
of sales and marketing until her appointment in 2000 as publisher of the
Tri-City Herald. Dell is a native of Modesto, Calif., and a graduate of California
State University, Sacramento, with a degree in communications.
Jon Chalon has been named Associate Publisher of
, published seven times annually, is Variety's latest publication
providing insider news and lifestyle features for the entertainment industry.
In his capacity as Associate Publisher, Chalon is responsible for overseeing
advertising sales and the consumer team in New York and Los Angeles for
VLife, Daily Variety, Weekly Variety
and Variety.com. Chalon will report to
Publisher and Variety's Vice President of Strategic Marketing,
With over 21 years in the publishing field, Chalon most recently served as Vice-
President, Publishing Director for Mediacentric overseeing all editorial,
advertising, circulation and marketing strategies for a new magazine for the
George Lucas Education Foundation. Prior to Mediacentric, Chalon served as
Publisher for Spin Magazine
Prior to Spin
, Chalon held various posts in the publishing industry including
Vice President/Associate Publisher at The Industry Standard
Advertising Director at Inc.
magazine. Chalon's first position was with McGraw
Hill Publications as District Manager.
David Pecker, Chairman and CEO of
American Media, has announced the promotion of
two of its key architects, Neal Boulton, to Editor in Chief and Jay Goldberg, to
Publisher of AMI's Men's Fitness
. The changes are effective immediately.
Most recently the Men's Fitness
Creative Director, Boulton oversaw the total
redesign of the magazine's appearance and its editorial content.
Boulton will report to AMI's Executive Vice President and Chief Editorial
Director Bonnie Fuller.
· Rubber & Plastics News
, an Akron-based
trade newspaper published by Crain Communications Inc,
has named David E. Zielasko publisher. Robert S. Simmons, VP of Crain Communications
Inc and group publisher of Crain's Akron and London-based tire, rubber, polymer and
waste publications made the announcement.
In this new position, Mr. Zielasko replaces Mr. Simmons, who will continue to
oversee the financial areas of the publication in his role as group publisher. Mr.
Zielasko also retains his current titles of editor and vice president/publisher
of Tire Business
, a sister publication of RPN
A 20-year employee of Crain, Mr. Zielasko rejoins RPN
, which was founded by his
late father, Ernest H. Zielasko, in 1971. The elder Mr. Zielasko, who served as
first editor and publisher, sold the publication to Crain in 1976.
David Zielasko, after several internships and a short full-time stint with RPN
in the late 1970s, rejoined Crain full time in 1985 as chief copy editor of RPN
Several months later, he moved to Tire Business
as assistant managing editor
and shortly thereafter became managing editor. He replaced his father as editor
of Tire Business
in 1987 and added the title of publisher in 1998. Mr. Zielasko
was named vice president/publisher of Tire Business
After 20 years leading BusinessWeek magazine
Stephen B. Shepard, Editor-in-Chief, will retire effective April 1, 2005. He
plans to become founding dean of the new Graduate School of Journalism at the
City University of New York. Chancellor Matthew Goldstein is expected to
recommend Mr. Shepard to the Board of Trustees at their meeting Monday evening.
The process for choosing his successor at the magazine has begun, and Mr. Shepard
will remain at BusinessWeek
to ensure a smooth transition.
During his tenure, BusinessWeek
has won many major journalism awards including
four National Magazine Awards, 11 Overseas Press
Club Awards and four Gerald Loeb Awards.
Knight Ridder Digital (KRD) has announced the
promotion of Tom Mohr to president of KRD. Mohr succeeds Hilary Schneider, who
was promoted to senior vice president at Knight Ridder last week, adding new
responsibilities for newspaper operations in select Knight Ridder markets.
Previously, Mohr held the joint positions of vice president at KRD and director
of Knight Ridder classifieds. In his new role, he will oversee the day-to-day
operations of KRD and the print and online classified businesses.
Mohr joined Knight Ridder Digital in 2002, and has been responsible for advancing
Knight Ridder's revenue and market share position in classified verticals, both
in print and online. Before joining KRD, Mohr held several senior positions in the
newspaper industry with McClatchy and Gannett. A graduate of Queen's University in
Canada, Mohr holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.
In addition to Mohr's appointment, KRD announces several promotions and new
responsibilities for its executive team. KRD CFO Tracy Martin adds the title of
senior vice president, local operations. His expanded responsibilities will
include all local market operations as well as online classifieds. Martin will
continue to oversee KRD's financial and legal affairs as part of his continuing
role as CFO. In recognition of her role in driving audience -- and the revenue
associated with those audiences -- Anna Zornosa will add responsibility for KRD's
investment in CrossMedia Services, a national shopping vertical, to her national
sales, product and audience development responsibilities. As CTO, Dean Denhart
will continue to oversee technology and engineering, and will bring the project
management team to his group. All of these changes will be effective on
January 1, 2005.
Viacom Chairman and CEO Sumner M. Redstone
have announced the promotion of four key members of the Company's senior management
team to Executive Vice President, including Carl D. Folta, head of Corporate
Relations; Carol A. Melton, in charge of Government Relations; William Roskin, who
oversees Human Resources and Administration, and Martin M. Shea, head of Investor
Relations. They are all Executive Officers of Viacom, and report directly to
David Renzer has been promoted to Chairman and
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), it was
announced by Zach Horowitz, President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of
Universal Music Group. Most recently, Renzer served as President of UMPG. In this
new role, Renzer will continue to preside over the company's global activities
and reports directly to Horowitz.
Renzer began his career at Zomba Music Publishing where he quickly rose through
the ranks to become SVP & General Manager. He later segued to Universal (then MCA).
Renzer currently sits on the Board of ASCAP and the National Music Publishers'
Association (NMPA). Very active in the philanthropic community, Renzer serves on
the Executive Board of the City of Hope Music and Entertainment Industry Chapter,
and founded their annual Songs of Hope Celebrity Sheet Music Auction. He also
serves on the board of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding.
Mann Publishing Group announced that it has
completed the acquisition of NetImpress Publishing, Inc.
in an all-cash deal for an undisclosed sum. NetImpress Publishing produces high-quality
technology-focused ebooks. NetImpress is known mostly for its Start to Finish
series of ebooks. Mann Publishing Group intends to publish most of the NetImpress
eBooks into print format and distribute those books to online and brick-and-mortar
bookstores through its wholesalers.
Military Advantage, an online military destination, has announced the addition of Defense Tech, a blog for information and analysis on the future of the military, law enforcement, and homeland defense. The Defense Tech blog,
begun in January 2003, tracks developments and trends in defense, law enforcement
and homeland security. From flying drones to
roadside bombs, computer security to nuclear threats, body armor to missile
defense, Defense Tech
examines the intersection of technology and defense from
every angle, covering the exploits of soldiers and hackers, madmen and geniuses,
inventors and dictators.
· Graphic Arts Monthly
(GAM), a Reed Business
Information magazine, has moved its editorial offices to suburban Chicago from
New York City. In addition, Bill Esler, formerly Midwest editor of GAM and a
30-year industry veteran, has been named editor-in-chief.
With a monthly circulation of 75,000, Graphic Arts Monthly
is the most widely
read publication in the U.S. printing industry, which includes
commercial printers, trade plants, publishers (prepress) and newspapers.
Readers surveyed have voted GAM, established in 1929, as the "most respected"
THQ Inc. has announced that it has acquired Blue Tongue Entertainment Limited. The Australia-based studio recently developed
THQ's Polar Express for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, PC and
Nintendo Gamecube(R), and is currently developing two cross-platform releases
for late 2005. Established in 1995, Blue Tongue has grown to be one of the leading development
studios of interactive entertainment software in Australia with experience in
developing on all major game platforms, including Sony PlayStation 2, Microsoft
Xbox and Nintendo GameCube.
IT media company TechTarget announced that it
has acquired TheServerSide Communities, including TheServerSide.com, an online
community and information website for enterprise Java developers. In addition to
TheServerSide.com, the acquisition includes TheServerSide.Net website and TheServerSide
Java Symposium. With the addition of these properties to its portfolio of IT media and
events, TechTarget enters the enterprise application-developer media market with the
leading website and event for enterprise Java developers and the top site for
enterprise .Net developers.
Paris-based Thomson, a provider of
technologies, systems, and services for media companies will become a strategic
investor in ContentGuard, a
closely-held developer of Digital Rights Management (DRM)
intellectual property. With this investment, Thomson enters into a partnership with
current investors Microsoft Corp. and Time Warner Inc. the companies announced.
"Digital Rights Management" describes a wide range of technologies that have been
developed to allow movies, music and other digital content to be accessed by consumers
over the Internet while protecting that content from unauthorized copying and
counterfeiting. Thomson has agreed to purchase an aggregate 33% voting stake in
ContentGuard from Microsoft, Time Warner and Xerox, subject to customary closing
conditions and regulatory approvals. Like Microsoft and Time Warner, Thomson will have
the right to name two directors to ContentGuard's board. Today's announcement follows
Time Warner's April 2004 purchase of most of Xerox Corporation's stake in
ContentGuard. ContentGuard was founded using inventions from Xerox's renowned Palo
Alto Research Center (PARC).
CanWest Global Communications Corp. announced that
it has entered into an arrangement with the Mirkaei Tikshoret Group Ltd (MTL), to
become a 50% joint venture owner and operator of the Jerusalem Post
related properties. MTL is a privately held media group based in Israel, with
business interests that include newspapers, magazines, radio, out-of-home advertising
and commercial printing.
Bolt Media has announced the acquisition of Game Revolution, a video gaming site. Game Revolution's content, editorial and audience
will enhance Bolt's presence in the rapidly growing video game industry.
Bolt, an established youth community and social networking site, continues to expand
its content offerings and reach.
In addition to gaming, Bolt offers a full range of editorial content, interactive
tools and community forums about entertainment, music, style and activism.
The acquisition sends Bolt above 4 million monthly unique users for the first
time, more than doubling the number of unique users the company reached in Q4 2003.
Launches and Redesigns
Cygnus Publishing, the publishing arm of
business-to-business information provider Cygnus
Business Media, has
announced the launch of Collision Repair Product News
. The magazine will
launch in February of 2005 mailing to 60,000 body shop owners, technicians and
PBE distributors. CRPN
modeled after Professional Tool & Equipment News
(PTEN) which focuses on
the automotive aftermarket with over 106,000 subscribers.
Information technology (IT) media company
TechTarget announced that it is launching a monthly magazine targeted to Chief Information
Officers (CIOs) and other senior-level IT executives in midmarket enterprises.
Beginning in April 2005, TechTarget will distribute CIO Decisions
to a qualified,
controlled circulation of 60,000 CIOs and senior IT executives involved in setting
their organizations' IT budgets and priorities.
will launch as part of the TechTarget CIO Decisions Media Group,
which will produce an integrated set of media and events to serve the information
needs of midmarket IT executives at every phase of the IT buying and decision
cycle. A sister website, CIODecisions.com, will debut in April 2005. The CIO
Decisions Conference will launch in July 2005. Editorial leadership for the
group is provided by editorial veteran Maryfran Johnson, who will serve as
editor in chief of CIO Decisions
and vice president of the CIO Decisions
Media Group. Johnson was formerly editor in chief of IDG's Computerworld
Executive Vice President Joseph L. Levy, founder of IDG's CIO
its CXO Media unit, and former president and CEO of IDG Communications, will
lead all sales and operations as group publisher.
Wine Spectator Online, a popular wine website, has been completely redesigned. Unlike the sites of most leading publications, every single story posted
on Wine Spectator's new site is original, including breaking news and
commentary. Additionally, two valuable newsletters have been introduced:
Wine Spectator Advance, offering reviews of the best wines from upcoming issues of
magazine, and Wine Spectator Insider
highly rated limited production new wine releases.
The new site is the only place where Wine Spectator's entire database of
more than 130,000 wine reviews can be searched. Subscribers can also create
a Personal Wine List to keep track of their own wine collections.
The subscription price for the new Wine Spectator Online is $49.95 a year or
$7.95 per month. Wine Spectator
magazine is a publication of M. Shanken
Communications, Inc. headquartered in New York City.
Netherlands based 4C Software has this week
officially announced the launch of a new meta search engine called
DonBusca. A meta search engine gives users
the ability to simultaneously search multiple search engines from one interface.
Features available at DonBusca.com include search in four
categories (Web, Blogs, News and Software); clustering results; displaying
Wikipedia articles; displaying thumbshot and providing
three versions of the site for every result: Cached, Archive and Site.
DiStream, a provider of on-demand technology, has
announced Game xStream, a streaming on-demand service for playing
graphic-intensive video games online. In advance of its commercial release,
Game xStream will have demo versions of top games to trial. Once Game xStream
goes into commercial release, there will be a monthly charge and gamers will
have full on-demand access to the complete games and more.
Game xStream uses intelligent streaming that does not download the same parts
of the game each time the player changes levels -- saving cache and
storage space. Game xStream allows gamers to start playing shortly
after selection without having to wait for the entire game to be downloaded.
· Mergers & Acquisitions, The Dealmaker's Journal
(MAJ), a Thomson Media publication providing coverage and analysis of key deals and influential developments in the m&a field, and the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), the association for professionals in corporate growth and the m&a industry,
announced that effective January 2005, MAJ
will become the official publication
Pay Per Click Universe is a new website offering articles, interviews with experts, reviews on dozens of various pay-per-click search engine and related tools, as well as a weekly blog written by a PPC veteran, Boris Mordkovich.
ProHipHop has launched
as the first hip hop business news blog tracking developments across industry
sectors. Hip hop business involves a wide range of products and markets that go
far beyond urban music and fashions. Clyde Smith gathers hip hop related business
news from such industries and subsectors as music, movies, apparel, mobile content,
automotive, publishing, jewelry and beverages and publishes them in ProHipHop.
The all-new Muppets.com is online
offering fans the latest news, behind-the-scenes updates, interactive games and
activities in one Muppettsational website. The site integrates real video of
Kermit the Frog and the cast of Muppet characters into a vibrant 3-D environment.
Penton Custom Media has launched B2BMarketingTrends.com,
a repository of tools and ideas to help marketing professionals stay abreast of B2B marketing trends.
The site includes how-to articles, marketing white papers,
relationship-building marketing solutions and case studies of companies
that are implementing successful B2B marketing plans.
The website requires free registration and houses over 140 articles organized into
topics such as custom publishing, targeted communications, sales tools, brand
management, and technology in marketing. A companion quarterly print publication,
B2B Marketing Trends
, debuted to 5,000 qualified marketing professionals, and
a monthly eNewsletter, B2B MarketingOne, will premiere this month.
HighBeam Research, Inc., announced
that it has partnered with blogger Christopher Locke to help the company develop
a new resource for bloggers and aspiring bloggers.
Locke, co-author of the best selling Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business
As Usual and Gonzo Marketing: Winning Through Worst Practices
is helping HighBeam Research develop tools that make it easy for bloggers to enhance
their blogs with information found on the HighBeam Research Engine.
As a way to pilot the new HighBeam Research blogging tools, Locke is blogging daily
on a demonstration site he has amusingly named, "Chief Blogging Officer."
American Lawyer Media's Law.com has introduced its
new Law.com Blog Network, showcasing independent blogs for
legal professionals. The Network provides links to specialized blogs on legal topics,
ranging from constitutional law and business litigation to solo practice and law
technology, and offers commentary, analysis and advice that supplements Law.com's
award-winning legal news and information content for attorneys.
The affiliated blogs are spotlighted on the Law.com homepage and through a daily Legal Blog Watch which highlights blog postings, news and
discussions on the Network. The blogs in the Network feature headlines drawn from
the Law.com site and advertising sold by Law.com. All bloggers in the Network
retain editorial control of their respective sites.
JetBrains, Inc., creators of
productivity-enhancing tools, have announced the launch of JetBrains onBoard, a
monthly e-zine dedicated to the global developer community and to all users of
the company's software products. The new publication will feature articles from
JetBrains team members and community members about products and
technology initiatives both at JetBrains and within the software development
market overall. JetBrains onBoard is complemented by JetBlog, a new weblog with a
focus on company and product news.
Film and Television
On the heels of the successful opening
of "SAW," and the recent announcement of a planned sequel, Twisted Pictures,
the genre production label of Evolution Management, will finance and produce
nine more films to be distributed by Lions Gate Films, it
was jointly announced by Lions Gate Films' President of Acquisitions,
Television and Co-Productions, Peter Block and President of Production, Mike
Paseornek and Twisted Pictures' Oren Koules, Mark Burg and Gregg Hoffman.
All of the films will be in the horror/thriller genres.
For the upcoming projects under the agreement, Twisted Pictures is strictly
looking for writers, directors or writer/directors with existing scripts, and
is also open to working with outside producers with a willingness to work within
the existing budget parameters.
The deal was negotiated for Lions Gate by Block, Jason Constantine, Senior
Vice President of Acquisitions and Wendy Jaffe, Vice President of Business and
Legal Affairs and by Peter Schlessel and Steve Monas on behalf of
Twisted Pictures, who will also serve as executive producer on each of the films
The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc.
announced its lawyers will expand the MPAA's campaign to prevent film piracy,
working with its members and other film studios to file lawsuits against people
who have illegally traded digital copies of movies over the Internet.
The MPAA estimates "hard goods" movie piracy
costs the film industry $3.5 billion a year. That total does not include
losses from hundreds of thousands of illegal downloads swapped over the
Internet each day.
"Illegal movie trafficking represents the greatest threat to the economic basis
of movie-making in its 110-year history," said MPAA President and CEO Dan
Glickman, who was joined during the announcement by studio executives, union
leaders, filmmakers and others. "People who have been stealing our movies
believe they are anonymous on the Internet, and wouldn't be held responsible
for their actions. They are wrong. We know who they are, and we will go after
them, as these suits will prove."
Napster, a division of Roxio, has announced that
Napster To Go, the world's first portable music subscription service, is
available for users of the new AT&T Wireless- based Audiovox SMT5600 Smartphone.
The Napster To Go / Audiovox SMT5600 compatibility enables
music fans to seamlessly transfer and play an
unlimited number of full-length songs on the go for a monthly price of $14.95.
The Smartphone also supports individual tracks purchased by Napster subscribers
or downloaded a la carte from the Napster Light store.
UMe Digital (Universal Music Group) is the first all-digital download label from a major music company. UMe Digital product -- individual songs,
EPs, and full-length albums -- will be distributed exclusively online.
Initials releases UMe Digital releases include recordings
from pop visionary Parthenon Huxley, renowned guitarist Rusty Anderson
(Paul McCartney, Stewart Copeland), alternative rock pioneer Ken
Stringfellow (Posies, currently guitarist touring with R.E.M.), guitar giant
John Jorgenson (Elton John, Desert Rose Band, Hellecasters), critically
acclaimed Tennessee rock band The Shazam, modern rock innovator
Dan Reed (Dan Reed Network), legendary hard rockers Black 'N Blue,
and singer/songwriter Will Owsley (Shania Twain and Amy Grant guitarist).
Overseeing day-to-day operations is Jay Gilbert, Sr. Director, New Media, UMe.
UMe Digital said it offers an opportunity for artists who are between
deals and those who have deals but own their recording masters, particularly
for live and/or acoustic tracks and previously unreleased recordings such as
outtakes and demos. An artist may release a CD on one label and release
other product via UMe Digital.
Electronic Arts and Cherry Lane Music Publishing have announced that the two companies have teamed up to create
Next Level Music LLC, a music publishing company that will sign established as well
as emerging new artists, acquire publishing catalogs, produce original music and
further develop EA's catalogue of music. EA will promote the music through its
games while Cherry Lane Music Publishing will administer the compositions and
master recordings worldwide. Under the exclusive co-publishing partnership, the
company will also license EA's existing music assets to commercials, films, film
trailers, ring-tones and other commercial media.
Book Deals and News
GGS Information Services has recently announced that Design 5 Creatives (D5C) of New York, NY has joined their GGS Book Services division.
Design 5 Creatives is a design firm for publishers serving the El-Hi
and college textbook markets.
A significant amount of future work for the D5C design team will concentrate
in those educational fields in which GGS Book Services specializes; such as
reading, mathematics, science, social studies, language arts, literature,
test preparation, music, foreign language, and ESL.
Storyopolis, a Los Angeles' art
gallery and children's bookstore, now offers on Amazon.com original artwork and
lithographs from its collection of children's illustrations and a special line up
of Storyopolis Book Bushels, including the new Julie Andrews Book Bushel,
themed Book Bushels and the first-ever Audiobook Bushels.
The Storyopolis items on Amazon.com include the artwork of popular children's
illustrators and editorial artists, such as Chesley McLaren, Nicoletta Ceccoli,
Philippe Goossens, Bob Barner, Elisa Kleven and Kevin O'Malley. The site
also features lithographs of children's book illustrations and editorial
art by Tim Burton, Kelly Asbury, David Kirk, Lucy Cousins, Holly Hobbie,
William Joyce, Dan Kirk, Rosemary Wells, Daniel Peacock, William Stout,
Gennady Spirin and Yan Nascimbene.
The MSN network of Internet services has
introduced updates to its free communication services to make email, instant
messaging and online sharing easier and more personal for consumers. The updates
include a beta version of MSN Spaces, a new Web logging service that
enables consumers to create their own personal place on the Web, as well as a
beta version of MSN Messenger 7.0, updates to MSN Hotmail, and deeper
integration between the services to enable more compelling communications
experiences for consumers.
The MSN Spaces beta version is a free service available in 14 languages and 26
markets worldwide. MSN Spaces was designed to make it easy for consumers to create
and maintain a personal website, bringing the power and benefits of blogging to
millions of Internet users, regardless of their level of technical expertise.
MSN Spaces describes itself as a dynamic online scrapbook where consumers
can share photo albums, personal music lists and more.
MSN Spaces will automatically notify online contacts when a person's Space has
been updated so his or her online community knows when it is time to pay a visit.