Publishing Industry Soundbytes 12-28-04

Posted on December 28, 2004

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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, said, 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.

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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.

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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 in 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.

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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.

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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, the 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.

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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.

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The Associated Press 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 to Keitt.

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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 marketing officer.

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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.).

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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.

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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 and 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 magazine Baseline and five years as editor-in-chief of Web Week and Internet World magazines.

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Ziff Davis Media's CIO Insight magazine has 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 board members.
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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.

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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.

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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' programs.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 respectively. 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 eshopper magazine and New York sales director for Yahoo! Internet Life 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.

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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 Press 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.

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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 while an 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 Herald. 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 Peninsula Gateway and the East Pierce Herald.

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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.

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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 and the 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.

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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 Tribune to 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. BR>
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Jon Chalon has been named Associate Publisher of VLife. VLife, 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 VLife's Publisher and Variety's Vice President of Strategic Marketing, Madelyn Hammond. 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 and International Advertising Director at Inc. magazine. Chalon's first position was with McGraw Hill Publications as District Manager.

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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.

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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 RPN's 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 in 1999.

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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.

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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.

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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 Mr. Redstone.

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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.

Digital Publishing

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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.

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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.

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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"

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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 newspaper and 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.

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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

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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 will be modeled after Professional Tool & Equipment News (PTEN) which focuses on the automotive aftermarket with over 106,000 subscribers.

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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. CIO Decisions 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 magazine and its CXO Media unit, and former president and CEO of IDG Communications, will lead all sales and operations as group publisher.

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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 Wine Spectator magazine, and Wine Spectator Insider, featuring 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 of ACG.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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

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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

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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."

<Music Business

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

Miscellaneous

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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.

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