Posted on May 14, 2004
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Launches and Redesigns
PennWell Corporation, a business-to-business
publisher and organizer of conferences and exhibitions, has appointed Eldon R. Ball as
Editor-in-Chief of Offshore
magazine effective immediately. Ball has been with Offshore
for two years acting as Managing Editor, managing the day-to-day operations of the
editorial staff and coordinating coverage of industry technology, news, and trends.
Before joining Offshore, Ball held a number of writing, editing, and communications
positions with Enron, Lyondell Chemical, Pennzoil, Texas Eastern Corp., and BMC Software.
Ball previously served as an associate editor of Offshore
, editor of PennWell's Ocean
Oil Weekly Report
, and editor and associate publisher of Petroleum Management
Ball has a BA degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.
publisher of Better Homes and Gardens
, announced that
its Board of Directors has elected Stephen M. Lacy as a Board member, effective
immediately, and elected him President and Chief Operating Officer, effective July 1.
In his new role, Lacy, 50, will oversee all of Meredith's business operations, including
magazine and book publishing, integrated marketing, interactive media and broadcast
television. He will continue to report to Meredith Chairman and CEO William T. Kerr,
allowing Kerr to focus more time on long-term strategy and succession planning.
The Board also elected John H. Griffin, Jr. to succeed Lacy as Meredith Publishing
Group President. Griffin, 43, currently serves as Meredith Magazine Group President, a
position he has held since June 2003.
Lacy joined Meredith in February 1998 as VP/Chief Financial Officer and
was promoted to President of the Meredith Integrated and Interactive Marketing Group
in March 2000. He was promoted again to Meredith Publishing Group President in November
· New York Magazine
editor-in-chief Adam Moss has
announced that he has hired Amy Goldwasser as features editor and Emily Nussbaum as
culture editor. Goldwasser, an editor and writer who has worked for New York Magazine
in both capacities, will develop and oversee the magazine's service features. As a
freelance editor, Goldwasser served as acting editor of I.D.
magazine, executive editor
, and held editorial positions at InStyle, Allure, Men's Journal
Modern Bride. Goldwasser has written for publications including the New York Times
Times Magazine, The New Yorker
, and Conde Nast Traveler
Nussbaum, a regular contributor to Slate
and the New York Times
, will oversee the
magazine's cultural coverage. In addition to her work for Slate
and the Times
was senior editor, then editor in chief at Nerve
and was a feature writer at Lingua
. Nussbaum started at New York Magazine
on Monday, May 10 and Goldwasser will
begin on Tuesday, June 1st.
· The Chicago Tribune
has named Bill Daley
chief food and wine reporter for the newspaper,
filling the position vacated by the Tribune's
esteemed veteran food and wine expert
William Rice, who spent nearly 20 years at the newspaper before retiring in December
2003. Daley's writing has already begun to appear in the paper and his new wine column
will bow in the June 16 Good Eating section. In tackling the food and wine beat, Daley
will cover chefs and food personalities, cooking techniques and trends. Daley spent 13
years at the Hartford Courant
, most recently as restaurant reviewer, as well as food
writer for the San Francisco Chronicle
. Chicago Tribune Magazine
Leah Eskin will debut as the magazine's food columnist May 9. Her weekly column will be
called "Home on the Range." It takes a personal approach to food writing, covering
such topics as cooking for a new mom, the illicit pleasures of the midnight snack, and
how (not) to host a disastrous dinner party. The column will also peek inside some of
the city's most alluring kitchens, offering insight into mastering the art of the cupcake
and other life lessons. Recipes included.
Eskin joined the Tribune in 2000. She has previously worked as a writer and restaurant
critic at the Chicago Reader
, contributing editor to Chicago
magazine, and freelance
features writer. Her articles also have appeared in Saveur, Garden Design
2001, she launched the Chicago Tribune Magazine's
quirky and personal style column
titled "Sum of the Parts."
As part of a continuing effort to provide
industry-leading services and strategic support to its newspapers,
The McClatchy Company has announced three management changes at Nando Media,
the company's interactive media operation.
Christian A. Hendricks, Vice President of Interactive Media for McClatchy, will
assume the additional role of President for Nando Media.
Fraser Van Asch, Vice President of Customer Service, will be promoted to Executive
Vice President and General Manager, overseeing Nando's day-to-day operations.
Brian Kirlik, Vice President of Product Development, will be promoted to Vice
President of Product Development and Customer Service. Nando Media provides software,
technology and strategic resources for McClatchy's Internet operations. The changes
will be effective Monday, May 17, 2004. Hendricks, 41, joined McClatchy in 1992 as
Marketing Manager for The Fresno Bee
, and was subsequently promoted to Marketing
Director in 1993. He later moved to McClatchy's corporate office as Manager of
Technology, and then was named President and Publisher of Nando
in 1996. He returned
to corporate in 1999 as Vice President of Interactive Media. Van Asch, 43, was hired
by The News & Observer Publishing Company in 1983, and has served in a variety of
capacities, including Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Kirlik, 40, was hired in
2001 to open McClatchy's Nando Canada LLC. He moved to Nando Media in 2003 to oversee
product development and technology.
Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) has announced
the appointment of Philip W. O'Neil as President of North America, effective immediately.
Mr. O'Neil will oversee the company's North American operations, including marketing,
sales, finance and general staff and report to VU Games CEO, Bruce Hack. Prior to his
promotion, Mr. O'Neil served as VU Games' EVP, Sales and Marketing, North America.
In his new role, Mr. O'Neil will focus on improving the company's strong #2 share of the
North American PC games industry while continuing to accelerate its growth in the console
market. Prior to joining VU Games in 2000, Mr. O'Neil served as Senior Vice President of Sales
and Marketing for River Ranch Fresh Foods. From 1994-1997, Mr. O'Neil was
Vice President of Sales, North America, for Fresh Express Farms, Inc. He
also has held sales, marketing and business development positions with Vintners
International, Pepsi Cola USA and the Ernest and Julio Gallo Winery.
Professional and Prentice Hall PTR announced that Don O'Hagan
has been named Editor-in-Chief of the group. In this role, O'Hagan will lead the
Upper Saddle River, N.J., and Boston-based editorial teams. His primary responsibilities
will include determining better ways to serve current customers and developing strategies
for publishing in new and exciting technology markets. O'Hagan most recently served as
Senior Vice President, Technology Investment, Pearson Technology, reporting to Pearson's
CIO. Prior to joining Prentice Hall in 1998, he was a Director and Area Sales Vice
President with ITT Corporation.
Bill Peterson, a veteran broadcast television executive
with 30 years of news and station management experience, has been named senior vice
president of The E. W. Scripps Company's broadcast television station group,
effective immediately. As senior vice president/television, Peterson has strategic and
operating oversight responsibilities for the company's broadcast network affiliated stations. Scripps operates broadcast affiliated television stations in nine U.S. markets.
Peterson succeeds John Lansing, who earlier this year was named executive vice president
of the company's Scripps Networks operating division. Peterson, 60, joined the Scripps
corporate management team in January as vice president of station operations. Previously,
he was vice president and general manager of WPTV-TV, the Scripps-owned NBC affiliated
television station in West Palm Beach, Fla. Peterson's career in broadcast television
began in 1964 as a news photographer at WSPD-TV (now WTVG-TV) in Toledo, Ohio. In 1973
he was named news director at WSPD and then went on to serve in the same capacity for
television stations in Cleveland, San Diego, Miami and Los Angeles.
Knight Ridder has named Maureen Saltzer, vice
president of the Pacific Region for Freedom Community Newspapers, as president and
publisher of The (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) Tribune
, effective June 14. She succeeds
Par Ridder, who is now publisher of the St. Paul Pioneer Press
Saltzer has been in her current position since December 2002. Prior to that, she was
president of Freedom Eastern North Carolina Communications from 2000 to 2002; publisher
of Freedom's Fort Pierce (Fla.) Tribune/Port St. Lucie Tribune
from 1996 to 2000;
publisher of Freedom's Victorville, Calif., Daily Press
and Desert Dispatch
from 1990 to 1996. From 1986 to 1990, she was general manager of The Valley Times
which is now part of Knight Ridder's Contra Costa Newspapers.
MGM Studios, a division of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.,
has named Steven T. Shikiya as senior vice president of marketing and distribution,
announced MGM Chief Financial Officer Dan Taylor.
Shikiya will oversee all finance, planning and operational support for the domestic
theatrical marketing and distribution groups for MGM Studios and United Artists, MGM's
specialty film label. Shikiya will report to Taylor, Distribution President Erik Lomis
and Marketing President Peter Adee. Shikiya takes over a large portion of the former
duties of Danny Rosett, who recently was named president of United Artists, MGM's
specialty studio division. Shikiya has been with MGM for three years, serving most
recently as vice president, finance and corporate development under Taylor. Before
coming to MGM, he held various management and strategic planning positions with Launch
Media, Universal Studios, The Walt Disney Co. and Arthur Andersen. He graduated from
the University of Southern California in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in business
Veteran film executive Danny Rosett has been named
president of the United Artists division of MGM Studios Inc., announced Chris
McGurk, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer vice chairman and chief operating officer. United Artists,
which turns 85 this year, is MGM's specialty film unit.
Rosett's promotion and new duties also will bring a realignment of MGM's international
theatrical distribution unit, putting it under David Bishop, president of MGM's Home
Entertainment Group. The unit is headed by Ian Sutherland, who remains senior vice
president, international theatrical distribution. Sutherland will report to Bishop.
Rosett has held multiple positions and roles with MGM and United Artists
since joining the corporate finance group in 1994. His most recent position was as
executive vice president of marketing and distribution for MGM Studios, a position
that included overseeing worldwide business operations for UA. He also was the UA
production executive in charge on the horror hits Jeepers Creepers
, as well as the upcoming teen comedy Saved!
and the Cole Porter musical
Viacom has announced the appointment of David A.
Sutphen to the post of Vice President, Government Affairs and Legislative Counsel.
Mr. Sutphen, who joins Viacom today, will oversee the development and advocacy of the
Company's public policy positions on matters before Congress and the Administration,
with particular emphasis on intellectual property and Judiciary Committee issues. Mr.
Sutphen will be based in Viacom's Washington, D.C. office, reporting to Carol Melton,
Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. Mr. Sutphen joins Viacom from the
Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in Washington D.C., where he served
as Senior Vice President, Government and Industry Relations, Legislative Counsel,
since July 2002. His duties included advocacy for the recorded music industry before
Congress and the Federal Government on copyright, first amendment, and
technology-related issues. He also advised record label executives on legislative
and regulatory matters pending before Congress, the executive branch, the FTC, and FCC.
Prior to joining the RIAA, Mr. Sutphen served as General Counsel to Senator Edward
M. Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee. In previous years, he worked as the
Chief of Staff and Counsel for Congressman Harold Ford, and as an associate at
Covington & Burling in the Communications Practice Group in Washington, D.C. He
began his career as a law clerk to the Honorable Timothy K. Lewis of the U.S. Court
of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Pittsburgh, Pa.
American Lawyer Media (ALM), a
legal journalism and information company, has announced the promotion of George M.
Dillehay to the position of senior vice president. He will continue to serve as
publisher of the New York Law Journal
and report to ALM president and CEO William
Pollak. Dillehay, 59, was named publisher of the New York Law Journal
in 1999 and
added management responsibility for The National Law Journal
and ALM's Law Journal
Newsletter Group in 2003. He had previously served
as a consultant to the company, since its inception.
Dillehay's industry experience includes executive positions with The Village Voice, The
New York Review of Books
, and its English literary magazine, Granta
. He held the
position of Managing Director at the investment banking and publishing consulting
firm, The Jordan Group, Inc. and was the founding publisher of Channels
Additionally, he held the position of Vice President/Group Publisher at the
Children's Television Workshop, publishers of Sesame Street
magazine. Mr. Dillehay
established his own consulting practice in 1991 where his clients included Inc.
Magazine, New Jersey Monthly, Bill Communications; The Nation
; and Mother Jones
Mr. Dillehay currently serves on the board of directors for String Letter Publishing,
publishers of Acoustic Guitar
Teresa Tritch, a writer and editor who specializes
in tax, finance and economics, has joined The New York Times
Editorial Board. Gail
Collins, editor of the editorial page, announced the appointment, which is
effective immediately. From 2001 to 2003, Ms. Tritch, 45, served as a contributing
editor at the Gallup Management Journal
. Also in 2003, she served as a contributing
editor at the Stanford Social Innovation Review
, a quarterly magazine that covers the
non-profit sector. Ms. Tritch co-edited the book America at War: The Battle for Iraq
in Words, Pictures and Video
(2003), a joint project of CBS and Simon & Schuster.
Previously Ms. Tritch was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Business and Economics Journalism
at Columbia from 2000 to 2001. From 1988 to 2000, Ms. Tritch served in various roles
magazine. In 1993, she was appointed Money's first Washington, D.C. bureau
chief, a post she held until early 1997. Ms. Tritch returned to New York in 1997 when
she became a senior editor, a position she held until 2000.
Starbucks Coffee Company announced that
Kenneth T. (Ken) Lombard, president, Johnson Development Corporation/Magic Johnson
Theatres and co-Managing Partner of the Canyon Johnson Urban Fund, has accepted the
position of senior vice president and president, Starbucks Entertainment, effective
May 24, 2004. In this newly created role, Lombard will lead the vision and strategy
for Starbucks enhanced involvement in music and entertainment. Lombard will report to
Jim Donald, president, North America. Lombard served as President of Johnson Development
Corporation (JDC) since its inception in 1992.
Ziff Davis Media has announced the signing of a
multi-year strategic agreement with the Reader's Digest Association Far East. As part of
the partnership, Reader's Digest Global Advertising Limited in Tokyo (Readers Digest)
will have exclusive rights to sell all of Ziff Davis Media's properties including print,
online and events to technology and non-technology companies in Japan. The
sales team of Reader's
Digest Global Advertising will sell print advertising in all of Ziff Davis' 10 U.S.-based
publications as well the Company's foreign editions.
Gannett Co., Inc., Knight Ridder, Inc. and
Tribune Company announced that they have jointly
acquired CrossMedia Services, Inc., a
provider of Web-based marketing solutions for national and local
retailers. Through its SmartCircular and SmartCatalog services, CrossMedia Services
transforms traditionally print-based retail promotions (such as sales circulars,
catalogs, run-of-press ads, direct mail, etc.) into search-based interactive formats.
Gannett, Knight Ridder and Tribune are partners in other joint ventures to provide
consumers access to online classified products such as CareerBuilder.com,
Cars.com and Apartments.com.
Broad Street Community Newspapers announced it
has acquired the assets of Star Publications, a weekly newspaper company based in
Philadelphia. BSCN is a subsidiary of Philadelphia
Newspapers, Inc., publisher of The Philadelphia Inquirer
and Daily News
Star publishes seven weekly titles in Philadelphia: The Art Museum Home News, The Girard
Home News, The Port Richmond Star, The Fishtown Star, The Bridesburg Star, The Three Star
and The North Star
. The circulation of BSCN's weekly community newspapers is now 1,000,000.
The Northeast Times
publications are carrier-delivered in the city of Philadelphia
to approximately 180,000 households. Trend
is mailed in four Pennsylvania counties (Bucks,
Montgomery, Chester and Delaware) and three New Jersey counties (Burlington, Camden and
Gloucester) to approximately 820,000 households. BSCN also publishes CareerBuilder
, a free jobs publication distributed through convenience stores and
Pulitzer Newspapers, Inc., a subsidiary of
Pulitzer Inc. and the parent of
Pantagraph Publishing Co. (PPC), publisher
of The Pantagraph
, has announced the purchase of The HomeFinder
, two monthly real
estate magazines in Bloomington, IL, from Mark and Kimberly Lehmann, who conducted their
operations under the name of K.P. Publications.
serves both McLean and Livingston counties with separate publications
that are distributed throughout the communities. Total monthly circulation for the two
publications is 16,000. The two magazines will continue to be published as separate
publications with their own mission and identity.
Kimberly and Mark Lehmann have published the McLean County edition for almost 10 years
and the Livingston County edition for seven years.
The Lehmanns will continue to work with the publications through a transitional period.
In addition to The Pantagraph
, PPC's operations include seven other weekly newspapers,
a monthly business publication, a community shopping guide, a quarterly home and lifestyle
magazine, and a news-based website.
The Home Depot, a home
improvement retailer, has announced the launch of the This Old House
a new online channel available through homedepot.com that features instructional
advice on home-related projects delivered via streaming videos. This video tutorial
offering is part of an expanded multi-platform marketing partnership between Home
Depot and This Old House
, a multi-media home enthusiast brand. The
partnership includes a three-year category exclusive commitment for the Emmy award-winning
public television show This Old House
and the Emmy nominated Ask This Old House
as well as commitments in print and the Internet.
MFORMA Group Inc., a publisher of wireless entertainment, has signed a multi-year agreement with Atari Interactive, a publisher
of interactive entertainment. The companies have agreed that MFORMA shall create
wireless versions of several classic Milton Bradley and Parker Brothers board and
card games, which Atari licenses from Hasbro, Inc., and distribute them to wireless
operators worldwide. Titles included in the agreement are versions of Milton Bradley
board games: Connect Four, Chess, Checkers, Dominoes, Parcheesi, Pente
and Parker Brothers card games: Cribbage, Free Parking, Gin
Rummy, Hearts, RACKO
Launches and Redesigns
Where International, publishers of the Where
network of visitor publications and products, announced plans to launch
versions of their upscale, in-room hotel publication, The Essential
, in Boston,
Paris, Phoenix/Scottsdale and Seattle in 2004.
First published in Vancouver in 1987, the success of The Essential
has led to expansions into
other major markets including London, Washington DC and New York in 1999, 2001 and 2003,
respectively. In these four new
markets, The Essential
will offer readers snapshots and editorial features
exploring the best arts, culture and shopping each of these exciting cities has to offer.
Where International, publishers of Where Magazine
and The Essential
, is owned and
operated by Miller Publishing Group, LLC, with headquarters in Los Angeles, CA.
· O, The Oprah Magazine
, a co-venture
between Hearst Magazines and Harpo Print, LLC, has debuted its first special issue titled O at Home
, an Oprah-inspired publication that re-thinks the classic shelter magazine formula by helping readers create a home
that reflects their personal style. O at Home
will be overseen by O, The Oprah
Founder and Editorial Director Oprah Winfrey, Editor-in-Chief Amy Gross,
and VP/Publisher Jill Seelig. O at Home
is the first special issue of O, The Oprah
debuted in April 2000. This newsstand-only magazine will be
published twice in 2004, in May and October. There will be features
on decorating, makeovers, quality products, collecting, entertaining, organizing,
home finance, and more.
Film and Television
Revolution Studios, following up on the success of its comic book action adventure film Hellboy
, has committed to making Hellboy II
, announced Revolution Studios partner Todd Garner. Hellboy
writer and director Guillermo del
Toro and producers Lawrence Gordon, Mike Richardson of Dark Horse Entertainment and
Lloyd Levin are all returning for the new film. Hellboy
creator Mike Mignola
will develop the new story with del Toro.
, which was released on April 2nd, 2004, debuted at number one at the box
office with an impressive $23.2 million and is on track to surpass $60 million
also debuted in first place in all five international markets
Where it has already opened. The film will roll out in Europe beginning with France
in August. Hellboy
was based on Mike Mignola's popular Dark
Horse Entertainment series of the same name and starred Ron Perlman, Selma Blair,
John Hurt and Jeffrey Tambor. Patrick Palmer served as executive producer and Mike
Mignola served as co-executive producer.
Revolution Studios was formed by Joe Roth in May 2000 to independently produce and
finance films in partnership with Sony Pictures, Starz Encore Group and Fox
Movies.com, a website for movie fans, is running its First Annual Movie Site Awards. Beginning May 7th, movie fans have the opportunity to nominate their favorite movie Web sites devoted to individual movies, actors, directors and/or screenwriters,
including official movie sites developed by a studio or distributor and individually
operated fan sites.
To qualify for an award nomination, the site must involve a movie, actor, director or
screenwriter that was associated with a theatrical release in the last six months of
2003 or any time in 2004. Nominations must be submitted at www.movies.com/siteawards
and received by July 7, 2004. All nominations will be reviewed by Movies.com editors
and finalists will be announced on July 14, 2004. Site fans can post on the Movie
Site Awards message boards to provide their perspective on sites and add their support
for nominees. Two awards will be granted in each category -- Audience Pick and Editors'
Pick. Voting begins July 14, 2004. The Editors' Pick will be
chosen by Movies.com editorial staff. Editors' Pick criteria include depth and breadth
of information offered, factual accuracy, demonstrated ability to engage fans, overall
design and ease of use. Winners will be announced on Sept. 22, 2004, and will be
featured on Movies.com.
Sony Connect Inc. has announced the
domestic launch of its new Connect online music
store. Connect.com has licensed more than 500,000 tracks from all major
and many independent music labels, as well as exclusive content from such artists as Avril Lavigne, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Snow Patrol, and Toby Lightman. The store will not employ a subscription
model; rather, it will offer content ala carte-style, with singles starting at 99
cents, and entire albums starting at $9.99. Users may play the Connect downloads an
unlimited number of times on up to three personal computers that are registered with
the Connect store, including the personal computer on which the Connect Downloads
are originally downloaded. In general, users may then transfer the licensed Connect
Downloads an unlimited number of times onto portable music devices and media that
are compatible with the store. In addition, users may "burn" up to ten CDs (five in
ATRAC format and five in Redbook format).
Book Deals and News
Cisco Press has announced the launch of the
First-Step series, a new addition to the Cisco Press line of networking technology
titles. Debuting with six titles in 2004, the
new series explains core networking
topics to readers with little or no previous experience in networking.
Cisco Press, a partnership between Cisco Systems and Pearson
Education, is the official publisher of Cisco networking technology and
Cisco certification self-study materials for networking students and professionals.
The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents
has created the College of Mass Communications at Texas Tech University. The new
college is the 10th at Texas Tech University. The new college, formerly the School
of Mass Communications, moves out from under the umbrella of the College of Arts and
Sciences to assume full college status.
The College of Mass Communications offers bachelor-of-arts degrees in advertising,
journalism, public relations, telecommunications and photocommunications. A
master-of-arts degree in mass communications also is offered. The Texas Higher Education
Coordinating Board will vote in July on the new college's proposal for a doctoral degree
in mass communications. School of Mass Communications administrators and faculty began
the application process to become a college in 2002. Once the university approved the
application, the next step was approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating
board and the creation of a doctoral program.