Posted on April 23, 2004
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Launches and Redesigns
PennWell Corporation, a business-to-business publisher and organizer of conferences and exhibitions based in Tulsa, has elected Thomas Fowler as Vice
President of its Fire Group headquartered in Fair Lawn, New Jersey.
Fowler, a publishing executive with over 25 years experience, will be
responsible for PennWell's Fire Engineering
magazines, as well as the
company's expanding FDIC Conferences & Exhibitions. Prior to joining PennWell, Fowler served as Vice President/Executive Group
Publisher of the Investment Management Group at Thomson Media based in New York with
responsibility for several monthly and weekly publications, conferences, and websites
for the financial and accounting markets. Before Thomson Media, Fowler was Group
Publisher for the Cahners Travel Group and also held the position of President and
Publisher of the International Medical News Group at Capital Cities/ABC.
PennWell Corporation has named business/technology journalist Kevin Fitzgerald to the position of Editor-in-Chief of Solid State Technology
magazine and its weekly newsletter, WaferNews
, effective April 1.
Former Editor-in-Chief Bob Haavind will become Editorial Director and remain fully
engaged with all publishing products of the Solid State Technology franchise. Haavind
will continue to attend and cover various global semiconductor industry events, as well
as manage various special publishing products.
Previously Fitzgerald was Editor-in-Chief of Purchasing
magazine and CPI Purchasing
magazine, both published by Reed-Elsevier, as well as PennWell's Supply Strategy
magazine in 2001.
The Board of Directors of the Writers Guild of
America, west has appointed screenwriter
and industry veteran Carl Gottlieb as its new vice president, assuming the slot made
vacant by the succession of Daniel Petrie Jr. to the position of president.
Hart Energy Publishing, formerly Hart Publications, has named Richard A. Eichler President and Chief Executive Officer.
Hart Energy Publishing produces information products and analytical services
for the energy finance, exploration and production, pipelines and transportation, power
generation, refining, processing, and fuels marketing sectors. In serving the global
upstream and downstream energy marketplace, the company has offices in Houston and
Washington, DC and representatives in Denver, London, Brussels, and Singapore.
Prior to joining Hart in 1985, Eichler was employed by Tenneco Oil Company and ARCO Oil
and Gas as a Petroleum Landman. Eichler joined Hart Publications in Denver as publisher
of Hart's flagship magazine, Oil and Gas Investor
and in 1990 was promoted to Executive
Spa Finder Magazine, a spa lifestyle and information publication, has named Susannah M.L. Pask, formerly of Fairchild Publications, as its new publisher. In a related move, the magazine's parent company, Spa Finder Inc., has also named
publishing vet Missy Godrey, the former Primedia and Worth publisher, to its board of
directors. Pask most recently served as a publisher for Fairchild
Publications, where she was the launch publisher of W Jewelry
, while helping to revitalize
magazine. Prior to Fairchild, Pask was senior vice president and publisher of
Bridal Guide Magazine
Godfrey, an operating partner with the merchant bank Tri-Artisan LLP, was
most recently VP financial advisor for Bernstein Investment Research and Management.
Previously, she managed all business operations for Primedia's Cover Concepts, an
in-school communications company. She was also group manager of Primedia's Youth
Entertainment Group, steering the relaunches of Tiger Beat, Teen Beat
Sync magazine, a Ziff Davis Media publication, has announced the appointments of several journalists and art directors to its editorial team. These
professionals join Tony Romando, Editor-in-Chief, in leading the editorial operations of
the new men's lifestyle magazine. Sync magazine is a lifestyle publication for men interested in technology. Sync's new editorial team includes:
- Rob Bernstein, Features Editor -- Mr. Bernstein joins Sync from Maxim, where he edited
features and gear-related stories. Previously he reported on emerging technologies for
Electronic Gaming Monthly, Wired and Time Out New York.
- Jenny Everett, Associate Editor -- As Associate Editor, Ms. Everett will oversee the
"Live It" section, which will be featured in front of the magazine. Ms. Everett has
covered technology, gear and lifestyle topics for Popular Science, Men's Health and
MH-19 magazines. She has also produced news and human-interest stories for CNN and
UPN9 (New York) news.
- Dustin Goot, Assistant Editor -- Mr. Goot's duties at Sync will be centered on the
"Snag It" section, which will be featured towards the back of the magazine. Mr. Goot
has worked previously at Wired and edited on-site publications for the Comdex and
Seybold trade shows.
- Robert Levine and Pete Rojas, Editors-at-Large -- Both Mr. Levine and Mr. Rojas will
report on a variety of lifestyle and consumer technology stories for Sync. Mr. Levine
previously reported on technology for Wired magazine. Mr. Rojas ran the tech weblog
Gizmodo and currently runs Engadget, a website focusing on the latest technology devices.
- John Mihaly and Matt Rodbard, Editorial Assistants -- Mr. Mihaly previously worked as a
writer for FHM. He will be working on the front sections, "Swap It" and "Live It." Mr.
Rodbard joins Sync from MTV News. He also held positions at Court TV and AOL Digital
City. Mr. Rodbard will manage the editorial office and report on various stories for
- Scott MacBlane, Photography Editor -- Mr. MacBlane worked previously at
Maxim magazine, Marie Claire, Working Mother and Visage.
As Photo Editor, Mr. MacBlane
is responsible for consigning all photography and booking talent (including fashion
stylists, prop and set designers, models, makeup, etc.) He will also oversee production
budgets and handle negotiations with models and contributing photographers.
- Cicero deGuzman, Jr., Art Director -- Mr. Cicero has worked previously at Jane, Harpers
Bazaar, Icon Magazine and Polygram Records. He will determine the design, art work,
type style and other artistic material for the new publication.
CMP Media announced it has named Senior Vice President Bob Evans to Sr. VP and Editorial Director of InformationWeek
. In this newly expanded role, Evans will continue to maintain his visionary role on InformationWeek
, and take on the responsibility for the editorial strategy and development of TechWeb
Stephanie Stahl has been named InformationWeek's
new Editor-in-Chief, having served
as Editor of the brand for the past five years.
· Business Traveler
has announced John DeCesare
as its new Publisher of the U.S. edition. Most recently, Mr. DeCesare was Group Publisher of Northstar Travel Media, where he was responsible for three publications and two web sites in the B2B travel market. Prior to that, John was the Advertising Director at Turnstile Publishing Co., where he launched Golf & Travel
magazine. He brings nearly 20 years of publishing experience -- mostly in the travel category -- to Business Traveler
Aviation Week Group has appointed Mark Flinn as Vice President, Sales. This newly created position is part of an overall growth initiative to build on its
multimedia platforms and broad capabilities covering the global aerospace
and defense industry. Mark will be responsible for advertising and content based
revenue generation for Aviation Week Group products and services. This includes
magazines and newsletters, the internet-based Aviation Week Intelligence Service (AWIN),
conferences, information and marketing services, television, and strategic programs.
Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) has
appointed Mark J. Halacy to Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources. Effective immediately, Mr. Halacy will oversee the company's global HR operations across North America, Europe and Asia and will report directly to CEO Bruce Hack. Most recently, Mr. Halacy served as Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources Development at Vivendi Universal's corporate
headquarters. During his tenure at Vivendi Universal, Mr. Halacy led HR development
strategies on a global basis, including the design and implementation of the global HR
function following the mergers of Seagram, Universal Studios Group and Vivendi.
Previously, he served as Senior Vice President, North American Human Resources at
Universal Music Group and Vice President, Human Resources Development at Universal
Scholastic, a children's and education publishing
and media company has appointed Mary Mitchell to Senior Vice
President, Strategic Marketing for Scholastic Education. Ms. Mitchell was most recently
a Senior Partner and Client Services Director for OgilvyOne advertising agency in New
York, where she was responsible for global clients such as Cisco, SAP, Kimberly Clark
and Unilever. In this newly created position, Ms. Mitchell will report to Margery Mayer,
President Scholastic Education. In her new role at Scholastic Education, Ms. Mitchell
will build strategic marketing initiatives
and customer loyalty programs using Scholastic's ecommerce, the company's sales force,
telesales, direct mail and catalog marketing, as well as leveraging internal and
external business channels to reach educators.
Orlando Sentinel Communications CEO
and President Kathleen M. Waltz has appointed Charlotte H. Hall to
the position of vice president and editor
of the Orlando Sentinel
. Hall is currently vice president for planning of
of the nation's largest daily newspapers, serving Long Island and New York City. She
assumes her new position immediately. Both the Orlando Sentinel
Hall now oversees the Sentinel's entire newsroom, which, in addition to newsgathering
for the newspaper, provides content for OrlandoSentinel.com, the weekly, bilingual El
and its companion website, elSentinel.com, and several English- and
Spanish-language television and radio partnerships.
Waltz simultaneously announced that Jane E. Healy, the Sentinel's
editorial page editor,
is now a Vice President and reports directly to her. Healy previously reported to the
editor. The newspaper's editorial board staff will continue to report to Healy.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.
has promoted attorney Michael Moore to Vice President-Intellectual
Property Group, announced Jay Rakow, MGM senior executive vice president
and general counsel. MGM hired Moore in 1995 to conduct copyright research on MGM's
film library. Shortly thereafter, Moore joined the Intellectual Property Group and in
November, 1998 was put in charge of the group. As head of the Intellectual Property
Group, Moore is responsible for protecting MGM's intellectual property assets and
also represents MGM on several Motion Picture Association of America committees,
including the Copyright Experts Working Group, the Law Committee, the Copyright Term
Extension Working Group and the Digital Cinema Working Group.
American Lawyer Media's law.com, a legal news and information
network, has appointed Jennifer Collins as content director. In
her new position, Collins will oversee publication of the law.com website and its
related products, with direct responsibility for all editorial operations, and will
spearhead development of new products and services. She will be based in San Francisco
and report to Stacey Artandi, vice president, online publishing for ALM.
Collins, 33, joins Law.com from GroceryWorks, the online service of Safeway.com and
Vons.com, where she has served as director of content and business development since
2003. Previously, she served as a product manager and as executive producer of
community for CNET's ZDNet. Her online experience also includes work as executive
producer for Third Voice, a start-up company, and Disney Interactive/Infoseek. She
is a graduate of Hampshire College and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
· The New York Times
that Frank Bruni, Rome bureau chief, has been named
restaurant critic, and Eric Asimov, a columnist on food and wine for the Dining In,
Dining Out section, has been named chief wine critic. Mr. Asimov will continue to write
the $25 and Under column until a new columnist is named, and he will oversee the Wine
Panel. Frank Prial will continue to write Wine Talk for the Dining section. The new
positions are effective June 1; Mr. Bruni's first review will appear on June 9.
Mr. Bruni, 39, became a correspondent in the Rome bureau of The New York Times
He had been a reporter in the Washington bureau from 1998 until 2002.
Mr. Bruni joined The New York Times
as a metropolitan reporter in 1995.
Prior to joining The
, Mr. Bruni worked for The Detroit Free Press
from 1990 until 1995 where he held
a variety of positions, including movie critic. During this period, he spent three
months covering the Persian Gulf War and was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist in feature
writing for his portrait of a convicted child molester, "Twisted Love."
Eric Asimov, 46, has written the $25 and Under restaurant reviews for The Times
the column's inception in 1992. He has also reviewed takeout food in his
To Go column and since 1999, has
reviewed wines and spirits as the Tastings columnist and host of the Wine Panel. He
appears on WQXR-FM each weekday morning. Previously he was a columnist in the Style
department after having served as editor of Styles of The Times
from 1994 to 1995.
Prior to that, he was editor of The Living Section from 1991 to 1994. Mr. Asimov was
deputy editor of The Living Section from March 1989 to January 1991. Before that
time, he was an assistant to the National Edition editor. He has also served as a
copy editor on the national desk, a position he held upon joining The Times
Thomson Higher Education, a provider of teaching materials for higher education and part of The Thomson Corporation, has announced the
acquisition of all criminal justice titles from Copperhouse Publishing Company.
Copperhouse's 44 paperback titles will be added to Thomson Higher Education's market-leading
criminal justice list, published under the Thomson Wadsworth imprint, and many will become
part of its highly acclaimed Advantage Series. The acquisition is effective immediately.
Copperhouse was represented in the transaction by the mergers and acquisitions advisory
firm Whitestone Communications, Inc., New York, N.Y.
Launches and Redesigns
· Where San Francisco
, a magazine for
visitors, has announced the launch of its new, interactive website created for San Francisco visitors.Designed to increase travel resources for visitors, wheresf.com is a
supplement to Where San Francisco
. The new website is an
additional tool visitors can refer to when arranging their trips to San Francisco.
Wheresf.com delivers the monthly content of the magazine plus expanded
restaurant listings, a detailed calendar of events, entertainment guides, and daily
weather updates, all at the click of a mouse.
AARP and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) have announced the official launch of VoicesofCivilRights.org, an online home to an extensive archive
of compelling firsthand accounts of America's struggle for civil rights.
The site features a searchable archive and electronic
story submission form, as well as interactive and multimedia content, feature articles,
essays, interviews with past and present civil rights leaders, and special reports on
contemporary civil rights issues. Related materials are also available on LCCR's
website at civilrights.org.
Apple announced that music fans have purchased
and downloaded over 50 million songs from Apple's iTunes Music Store, not including
songs redeemed from the currently-running Pepsi iTunes promotion. The 50 millionth
song, purchased last Thursday afternoon, was The Path of Thorns
by Sarah McLachlan.
iTunes users are now downloading 2.5 million songs per week, which is an annual run
rate of 130 million songs per year. The iTunes Music Store offers Windows and Mac users an online
music catalog of over 500,000 songs with 99 cents-per-song pricing.
Film and Television
SCI FI Channel announced it
has partnered with DreamWorks and Steven Spielberg for a
second miniseries (the first was the Emmy Award-winning Steven Spielberg Presents TAKEN
entitled Nine Lives, and has signed deals in recent months with Martin Scorsese, Bryan
Singer, Dean Devlin, Joel Silver and Gale Anne Hurd, among others. Oscar-caliber
actors such as Timothy Hutton, Randy Quaid and Isabella Rossellini lead the casts of
SCI FI's upcoming 2004 miniseries, while other stars have signed on for future epics.
Following is a list of projects that lead SCI FI's development slate:
SCI FI announcedof Shawn Ashmore (X-Men, X2, The Underclassmen), Danny Glover and Kristin Kreuk (Smallville) -- who join Isabella Rossellini in Earthsea.
Premiering this December, this epic fantasy, based on Ursula K. Le Guin's award-winning
Earthsea novels, follows the adventures of a Ged (Ashmore), a reckless youth destined
to become the greatest sorcerer that the mystical land of Earthsea has ever known. When
Ged discovers that he possesses infinite magical powers, he seeks to master the ancient
arts with the help of the legendary wizard Ogion (Glover). As he battles unimaginable
evils, Ged finds an ally in Tenar (Kreuk), the vibrant and devout pupil to High Priestess
Thar (Rossellini). Produced by Hallmark Entertainment, in association with Bender-Brown
Productions, Earthsea is written by Gavin Scott (The Mists of Avalon) and executive
produced by Robert Halmi, Sr. (Dreamkeeper, Merlin), Lawrence Bender (Kill Bill, Pulp
Fiction) and Kevin Brown (Roswell). Rob Lieberman (The Dead Zone, Strong Medicine)
- Dresden Files (working title)
Based on the best-selling Dresden Files novels by Jim Butcher, this 2-hour backdoor
pilot film will be executive produced by Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage and Norm
Golightly of Saturn Films. Erik Dresden is a detective with extraordinary powers, the
kind that could belong only to the descendant of a long line of wizards. Where others
see the typical crimes of assault, kidnapping and serial killings, Erik sees otherworldly
forces at work -- which only he knows how to combat. Whether consulting for the police
on inexplicable crimes or following his own cases, Erik has a unique outlook on the
world, and wields a wry sense of humor as one of his most potent weapons. The project
is produced by Lions Gate Television and Cage's Saturn Films (The Life of David Gale,
Shadow of the Vampire), with Morgan Gendel (Law & Order, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
and Next Generation) writing; Gendel and Anthony Peckham (Don't Say a Word, 5 Days to
Midnight) are executive producers.
- Farscape: Peacekeeper War
This 4-hour miniseries
picks up where the series' finale left off. The miniseries will bring resolution
to many of the burning questions left unanswered, and reunites John
Crichton (Ben Browder), Aeryn Sun (Claudia Black) and the rest of the Moya crew for
one final adventure. Produced by The Jim Henson Company, in association with Hallmark
Entertainment, the project is executive produced by Robert Halmi, Jr., and written by
series creator Rockne O'Bannon and executive producer David Kemper. Brian Henson directs.
- History of the Devil
From Executive Producer Clive Barker and his Seraphim Films, this six-hour limited
series deals with the Devil -- who's trying to litigate his way back into Heaven.
Tired of hearing "the Devil made me do it," he hires a topnotch New York defense
attorney to prove that he is the least of the world's problems. Also executive producing
are Jeff Hayes and Greg Coote of Coote-Hayes Productions, and Joe Daley and Anthony
DiBlasi. Produced by Lions Gate Television, executive producer Peter Filardi (The Craft,
Salem's Lot) will write the adaptation, which is based on Barker's play, "The History of
the Devil or Scenes from a Pretended Life."
Based on Michael McDowell's (Beetlejuice, Nightmare Before Christmas) popular
Blackwater novels, this 4-hour miniseries is a Southern gothic tale of the terrifying
rise to power of a Water Witch. Secretly marrying into a wealthy and influential
Southern family, she uses her powers to destroy her family's enemies. The multi-generational
supernatural thriller will be produced by Mandalay Entertainment (Sleepy Hollow) and The
Orphanage, in association with Sony Pictures Television.
A satiric thriller from the creator of Beetlejuice, this 4-hour miniseries is a biting
look at American culture. Beloved American cartoon character Winney has become so popular
that it's possible it may be elected President. However, Steve, the puppeteer who gave
Winney its movements for a popular talk show, discovers that the character's creator
has made a pact with the Devil to bring Winney to life. Steve alone knows the truth
and stands in the way of Winney's world domination. Based on the popular short film
Winney: A Cute Candidate by Florence Deygas and Olivier Kuntzel. Larry Wilson (Beetlejuice),
Deygas and Kuntzel will executive produce, with Wilson writing the script.
Based on the classic Larry Niven books, this 4-hour miniseries follows four explorers
who crashland on "Ringworld" -- an artificial world, mammoth in scope and built in the
shape of a ring that rotates around a gravitational sun force. Exploring its harsh
terrain, the team encounters alien beings, but they also come to realize that the Ring
was once home to an incredibly advanced, technologically-sophisticated civilization
which mysteriously vanished after building it...or have they? Executive produced by
Bob Mandel and Micky Hyman.
On the heels of MTV's new hit series,
Pimp My Ride
, MTV Films Executive Vice President,
David Gale, has announced that the network's film division has bought a pitch that
takes place in the world of custom car shops. The pitch was acquired by Paramount on
behalf of MTV Films. Andre Harrell and Michael Rapaport will produce with MTV Films.
Kim Watson and Alonzo Brown (Honey
) are writing the script.
A central component of the film will be hip hop music, which will be heavily infused
and integrated throughout the project. Very much an ensemble, the movie will also feature
cameos by popular artists.
Rapaport currently stars in David E. Kelley's critically acclaimed television drama
. Formerly of the rap duo Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Harrell
served as producer on Honey
and Strictly Business
Brown and Watson wrote the Universal film Honey
, starring Jessica Alba.
Spearheading the project for MTV Films will be Susan Lewis and Loretha Jones. Endeavor
represented the writers and Andre Harrell in the deal. UTA and Management 360 repped
MTV Films is currently wrapping production on Coach Carter
starring Samuel L. Jackson
and produced with Tollin-Robbins. MTV Films also begins production this summer in Berlin
on Aeon Flux
starring Charlize Theron and produced with Gale Ann Hurd and Lakeshore
and on The Longest Yard
with Adam Sandler and produced with Happy Madison.
Book Deals and News
The Millbrook Press, Inc.
has reached an agreement to sell its Roaring Brook Press
imprint. The proposed purchaser is Holtzbrinck Publishers, a group of companies that
includes Henry Holt and Company, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and St. Martin's Press.
As a chapter 11 debtor in bankruptcy, The Millbrook Press must obtain approval of the
proposed sale from a bankruptcy court. In addition, other companies that may wish to
purchase Roaring Brook will be given an opportunity to participate in an auction. If
no other potential purchaser emerges at auction and the agreement with Holtzbrinck is
approved, the company anticipates that the sale will be made final in late April.
It is Holtzbrinck's intention to establish Roaring Brook as a division of Holtzbrinck
Publishers and to retain Roaring Brook's existing publishing, editorial and marketing
staff and organization. As such, Roaring Brook will continue to operate from offices
in Connecticut. Roaring Brook management will report to the President and Publisher of
Henry Holt and Company, and the division will be closely affiliated with Holt. For
production, sales, distribution, and other support services, Roaring Brook will draw
on the resources of Henry Holt in particular and Holtzbrinck more generally.
The number of catalogs available online has
grown markedly over the past year from 3,733, in 2003 to 6,147 in 2004. In addition,
the overall number of catalogs is growing, with 1,540 new catalogs listed in the 2004
edition of the National Directory of Catalogs
, which was released today.
Published by Oxbridge Communications, the 2004 edition of the National Directory of
contains 10,643 North American business and consumer mail order catalogs.
There are 9,961 print catalogs listed, including 5,499 that are also available online,
and 648 online-only catalogs.