Posted on May 7, 2004
Kenneth A. Paulson, executive director of the
First Amendment Center and a longtime newspaper editor, has been named editor of
. Paulson, 50, who is also
senior vice president for the Freedom Forum,
will assume his new position immediately.
The announcement was made by USA Today
President and Publisher Craig Moon during a
newsroom staff meeting at USA Today
headquarters. In his role at the First Amendment
Center, Paulson drew on his background as both a journalist and lawyer to promote greater
understanding of the First Amendment. His syndicated column, "Inside the First Amendment,"
appears in newspapers nationwide. Paulson also hosts "Speaking Freely," a weekly
half-hour television program about the First Amendment and the arts. The program
appears on public television stations nationwide.
In addition, Paulson is an adjunct professor at the Vanderbilt University Law School.
He is a member of both the Illinois and Florida bars.
Bill Shapiro will be joining the LIFE development
team, it was announced by Norman Pearlstine, Editor-in-Chief of
Time Inc. Shapiro will be working with Andy Blau, TIME's General Manager, who heads the LIFE
development team, and Peter Bauer, most recently President of People
who just joined the team.
Shapiro has been Managing Editor of Time Inc. Custom Publishing since joining Time Inc.
in 2001. He has run the editorial side of an operation that produces as many as 28
publications with more than 3,000 editorial pages a year for such clients as Ford,
Merrill Lynch, Hallmark, McDonald's and the New York Stock Exchange. S
Shapiro came to Time Inc. from Jungle Interactive Media where he was editorial director.
Publishing veteran R. Diane Gedymin has been named
Editorial Director of iUniverse, Inc., a
print-on-demand publisher. The appointment was announced by CEO Susan Driscoll.
Gedymin, who will be based in New York City, will have primary responsibility
for building and maintaining high quality and affordable editorial services for
iUniverse authors and imprints. Gedymin was formerly Sr. Vice President and
Publishing Director of HarperSanFrancisco where she acquired and edited
Sidney Poitier's New York Times
bestselling autobiography The Measure of a Man
and published other national bestsellers
including Just As I Am
by Billy Graham, a #1
New York Times
bestseller for which HarperSanFrancisco was the host publisher
for international publication; Cash, An Autobiography
by Johnny Cash; What
by Michael Dertouzos of the MIT Computer Laboratory; and Before the
by Ann Louise Gittleman. Before joining HarperCollins Gedymin worked for ten
years for the Putnam Berkley Group, last as Vice President and Senior Editor.
Magazine, a spa lifestyle and
information publication, has named 25-year writing and editing vet Gary Walther as its
editor in chief. Walther, who previously served as editor in chief for American Express'
magazine, will spearhead a major design and editorial upgrade to Spa Finder
, sharpening its focus as the authority on luxury spas and associated lifestyle
pursuits for affluent people. Walther will also broaden the magazine's editorial scope
across the range of relaxation, fitness, wellness, beauty and fashion topics that touch
the spa world and interest spa-lifestyle consumers.
Walther served as associate and senior editor at Travel & Leisure
from 1986-89, and was
then sent by American Express Publishing to London to head Departures
, the magazine the
company produced for American Express Platinum and Gold Card members.
In May of 2000 Walther left Departures to launch Expedia Travels
Walther has since worked as an editorial consultant for
magazine, advising on the design and creation of lifestyle editorial. Most
recently, he worked as a consultant to Angeles Publications, a division of the Tribune
Company, where he revamped Distinction
, a lifestyle magazine sent to the most affluent
zip codes in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.
Media's Game Group, a publisher
of videogame magazines, has named Paul Fusco as Executive Director
of Sales of 1UP.com, a website for gaming enthusiasts.
A ten year veteran of Ziff Davis, Mr. Fusco marks his return to the company. He will
be responsible for developing sales and marketing programs for 1UP.com's partners.
Most Recently, Mr. Fusco was the former president of Desktop News Corporation,
an Internet media and software company in New York, NY, where he oversaw all facets of
business operations including supervising the sales, marketing, and product development
of the company.
Miriam Arond, editor-in-chief of G+J USA's
, has announced three new additions to the magazine. Iris Sutcliffe becomes managing
editor, Leslie Long takes the post of deputy art director and Mindy Berry is named
senior editor. Sutcliffe was most recently the assistant managing editor and
copy chief at Lucky
she was responsible for 13 editions of the magazine since its launch in 2000. Previously,
she was copy chief at Mademoiselle
Long comes to Child
from Real Simple
where she was the associate art director. Her responsibilities included
conceptualizing and art directing front of book and features and directing photo shoots.
Before that, Long worked at Rolling Stone, Forbes
and Conde Nast Traveler
Senior editor Mindy Berry, who specializes in health, comes to
where she was articles editor and later became
senior editor. Prior to that, Berry worked as assistant editor and then associate editor
. Berry began her journalism career at Women's Day
magazine has hired Charles Gasparino as a Senior Writer for the business section,
Editor Mark Whitaker announced. Gasparino comes to Newsweek
from the Wall
where he has been reporting for the last nine years. Gasparino is
currently writing a book on Wall Street entitled, Blood on the Street
will be published later this year by Simon & Schuster. He will officially join
the magazine in May.
Active Interest Media (AIM) has designated Laurie V.
Sloan as group publisher of Home Buyer Publications (HBP), announced Andy Clurman, COO
of AIM. Under Sloan's direction, HBP will focus on more market research to help promote
the industry at large. She will run the day-to-day operations and, working in
conjunction with AIM, facilitate long-term planning and marketing initiatives to expand
product offering and grow the HBP brands. In addition to her career at Home Buyer
Publications, Sloan has run her own publishing consulting company and served as
director of communications for BYDH (Build Your Dream Home), an Internet-based software
and Winston -- a publisher of textbooks and educational materials for
grades six through 12 -- announced that Greg Long has joined the company as
vice president of marketing. Mr. Long joins Holt at a time of rapid growth,
especially as the sales of technology-based supplementary products and online
textbooks are gaining momentum. Sales of textbooks in the Holt Online Learning
series have increased substantially over the past 12 months and
Holt now offers literally hundreds of online textbooks covering mathematics, language
arts, social studies, science, and world languages. Long has 18 years of experience in
sales and marketing in the educational industry. He entered the publishing industry
with Harcourt Brace Jovanovich and then moved to Holt when the company was acquired
by Harcourt. Most recently, Long was regional vice president of sales for McDougal
Reading has expanded its editorial coverage in Silicon Valley, with the addition
of veteran technology journalist Justin Hibbard. Hibbard will be focused on next-generation
telecommunications services and equipment, including high-speed data, cable networks,
VOIP, and digital media. A former senior editor of Red Herring
magazine, he has also
contributed to Fast Company
and the San Francisco Chronicle
and has held staff positions at Information Week
and Computer World
. Hibbard will be based in
Light Reading's San Francisco office.
Enterprises, Inc. (PEI) announced that
Editorial Director James Kaminsky is being given a new role as vice president, special
projects at Playboy Enterprises. In his new position, Kaminsky will explore brand
expansions of the publication. He will continue to serve in an editorial capacity as a contributing editor and
generate spin-offs of the magazine into a variety of new media opportunities including
film, television and books.
Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) has announced
that its North American President and COO Luc Vanhal has departed from the company
effective immediately. VU Games CEO Bruce Hack will assume interim responsibility for
Mr. Vanhal's duties.
President and Publisher Craig Moon and Editor Kenneth A. Paulson
has announced several newsroom appointments at the newspaper.
- John Hillkirk, formerly managing editor of the Money section, has been
named executive editor.
- Jim Henderson, formerly deputy managing editor of the Money section,
succeeds Hillkirk as managing editor.
- Carol Stevens, formerly editor of the editorial page, has been named
managing editor of the News section.
- Brian Gallagher, formerly executive editor, has been named editor of the
Ridder announced that Marilyn Thompson, reporter and former assistant managing
editor/investigations of The Washington Post
, has been named editor of the
Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader
effective July 1. She
succeeds Amanda Bennett, now executive editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer
Thompson, 51, led investigative teams at the Post
that won two Pulitzer Prizes for
public service. She is co-author of Ol' Strom: An Unauthorized Biography of Strom
with Jack Bass.
Thompson began her journalism career as a reporter at The Columbia (S.C.) Record
In 1982, she was named a Congressional Fellow by the American Political Science
Association and went to the Philadelphia Daily News
as a reporter. She joined The
New York Daily News
in 1986 as a reporter, was named assistant city editor for
investigations in 1987 and transferred to the newspaper's Washington, D.C., bureau
in 1988. Thompson joined The Washington Post
in 1990 as a government reporter and was
promoted to metropolitan projects editor in 1991. She became deputy national editor
for domestic coverage in 1992. She was named investigations editor and in 1999 was
named AME in charge of the investigative team. Her most recent book is
The Killer Strain: Anthrax and A Government Exposed
Michael Kinsley has been named editorial and opinion
editor and Janet Clayton has been named assistant managing editor for state and local
news, it was announced by John Carroll, editor of the Los
. Kinsley has been the editor of The New Republic
magazines and was the founding editor of Slate
, an online magazine. Clayton has
served as editor of the editorial pages since 1995. The appointments are effective June 14.
Kinsley will be responsible for The Times'
daily editorial and letters page, the
Commentary (op-ed) page and the Sunday Opinion section. Clayton will oversee news
coverage of California. Her staff of reporters and editors, the largest in The Times'
editorial operation, is based in Los Angeles and includes offices in Orange County,
the San Fernando Valley, Ventura County, the Inland Empire, Sacramento, San Francisco,
San Diego and other locations in the state.
TR Cutler, founder of the Manufacturers' Media
Consortium and author of The Manufacturers' Public Relations and Media Guide, was named
Associate Editor of Industrial Connection Magazine
. The 15,000 circulation publication
is distributed to manufacturers in North and South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.
Cutler has been a contributing editor since March of 2003 and was elevated to Associate
Editor. Cutler authors more than a hundred freelance feature articles in other
manufacturing publications throughout the year and is considered the leading
manufacturing journalist regarding Engineer-to-Order manufacturing, Enterprise
Resource Planning software, and Quality Services (such as Lean Manufacturing and
Six Sigma). Cutler is also the CEO of TR Cutler, Inc., a
manufacturing public relations firm.
Anne Sweeney, Co-Chair, Disney's Media Networks Unit and President, Disney-ABC
Television, has announced the following promotions:
- Stephen McPherson has been named president of ABC Primetime
Entertainment. In this capacity, McPherson will have oversight of all development, current
programming, marketing and scheduling for the primetime division of the ABC Television
Network. He will report to Sweeney. Prior to joining Touchstone Television,
McPherson was vice president, primetime series
- Mark Pedowitz has been named president, Touchstone
Television and executive vice president, ABC Entertainment Television Group.
In this capacity, Pedowitz will be responsible for the day-to-day creative and business
operations of Touchstone Television and will also oversee all business, legal and
financial affairs for ABC Primetime, Touchstone Television, and Business/Legal Affairs
for ABC Daytime. He will report to Sweeney.
- Rich Ross has been named President, Disney Channel Worldwide.
In his new role, Ross is responsible for day-to-day management of The Walt Disney
Company's wholly-owned basic cable channels for kids and families, Disney Channel
and Toon Disney in the United States, and 22 international Disney Channels.
Howard Polskin has been named Vice President,
Communications, Magazine Publishers of America, it was announced by Nina Link,
President & CEO, MPA. Polskin will be responsible for overseeing the internal and
external communications strategies for MPA, and creating and managing a membership
communications plan to keep the industry updated. Polskin will be based in New York
and report to Ms. Link. Most
recently, Polskin worked for three years as Vice President, Communications, at Sony
Corporation of America, the parent company of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sony Music
Entertainment and Sony Electronics. From 1994 to 1999, as Vice President, CNN Public
Relations, he ran CNN�s New York public relations department.
He joined Turner Broadcasting in 1993 as Vice President of Public
Relations for the Turner Entertainment Group. Prior to his career at Turner
Broadcasting, Mr. Polskin worked as a staff writer in the New York bureau of TV
Guide for nine years, where he wrote extensively about TV news, programming trends
and new technologies.
BookData announced that it will supply a Dynamic XML service from it's
International database to global ebook aggregator, eBooks Corporation. Publishers
will be able to supplement their metadata with information from the Nielsen BookData
database through Pi, eBooks' recently launched publisher interface. The move is an attempt
to save time for publishers who often face a lengthy data-entry task in submitting
their new titles to ebook aggregators. In addition to preparing and uploading an
ebook file to an aggregator's server, it is commonly necessary for publishers to
supply up to thirty items of metadata per title.
With the addition of 10,000 titles per annum from the
Nielsen BookData database to Pi, publishers can just enter an ISBN, and Pi will
automatically populate most of the title's descriptive matter.
The Perth-based ebook specialist is currently loading thousands of titles in readiness
for the June launch of EBL, its ebook library service.
Pearson Education and Safari Books Online have announced plans
to launch a digital textbook program for college students. The program,
called SafariX Textbooks
Online, will offer WebBooks as a new option to the print textbook, saving students
50% off the suggested list price of the print equivalent edition.
Safari Books Online is a Pearson Education and O'Reilly Media, Inc. joint venture.
Beginning this fall, students can choose to buy a print edition textbook or access
the same course-critical content by subscribing to one or more of over 300 SafariX
WebBooks available this year at SafariX.com.
The WebBooks allow students to print pages,
make annotations, take notes, search the full text, and add bookmarks to organize
their study, anywhere they have browser access.
WeddingChannel.com, a wedding website, has
partnered with NBC to provide its 14 owned-and-operated stations with wedding
content, tools and gift registry information and search capabilities. As part of
the deal, WeddingChannel.com will run 15-second commercials on the NBC-owned stations
in top markets inviting couples and guests to the "Wedding Section" of the NBC websites.
a division of eUniverse, Inc. will be the exclusive content provider for GoGames, a
new content area on Go.com<,
an online portal operated by the Walt Disney Internet Group. GameUniverse will develop
and operate GoGames, a co-branded platform for a diverse pay-for-play gaming offering
that will be accessible from the Go.com homepage.
Thomson Delmar Learning, a provider of educational resources for lifelong learning and part of The Thomson Corporation, has announced the acquisition of 49
backlist career and reference titles from Career
Press Inc., a Franklin Lakes, NJ-based publisher of a wide variety of
nonfiction titles. The acquired titles include perennial bestsellers 101 Great
Answers to the Toughest Interview Questions
and 101 Smart Questions to Ask
on Your Interview
, both by Career Press founder and president Ron Fry, the
Master Math series (seven current titles), five career books from The Five O'Clock
Club, and other career and reference titles.
Cross Communications, Inc. (HCC) announced that it completed the
acquisition of Buckle Down Publishing Company on April 15, 2004. Based in Iowa
City, Iowa, Buckle Down was founded in 1982 and is a leading
publisher of test preparation materials for high-stakes state tests. Buckle
Down will become a subsidiary of Triumph
Learning, LLC, an HCC operating company based in New York, NY. Kevin McAliley,
Triumph Learning's president and CEO, announced that Jay Shah, currently Triumph
Learning's chief operating officer, will become president and CEO of Buckle Down.
Doug Paul, Buckle Down's founder and owner, will step down as its president in
order to consult for the combined entity.
Launches and Redesigns
ZOOM has unveiled a new and improved,
website to celebrate the start of its new
season on PBS beginning Monday, April 19th. The new look and design, based on feedback
gathered from wired ZOOMers, reinforces the show's magazine-style format and expands
the site's playful and wacky 'by kids, for kids' world.
The redesigned site includes a new games area, a streamlined submission process,
more printable activities, cast Q&As, snapshots, and interviews, a
behind-the-scenes virtual tour of the ZOOM set, and more.
has relaunched its magazine, expanding the types of information
carried, and launching a sleek new design. Originally launched in 1994, Game
is the leading publication for game programmers and artists. The
publication's expanded editorial is designed to appeal to all the professionals
in the business of game creation, from game design, visual effects, and programming
to production and publishing.
The first issue featuring the expanded content and new format will be distributed
at the Electronic Entertainment Exposition (E3)
in May in Los Angeles, marking the 10th anniversary of the publication.
magazine is published by the CMP Game Group.
new editorial content will include:
- A "Necessary Evil" section covering business, legal and management
issues within the community
- Profiles that highlight companies, products and people from a
historical, political and economical standpoint
- Features about industry events and trends
- A "Heads Up Display" spread which talks about the latest news
- A "Thousand Words" section showcasing the art of game development
- Facts, figures and statistics on the status of the interactive
- Human interest stories
The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has
redesigned its flagship publication, National Wildlife
beginning with the April/May 2004 issue. Based on feedback and suggestions from both
readers and advertisers, National Wildlife
now features a fresh, contemporary look with
a new logo and cover, as well as an editorial design intended to improve the
magazine's readability. National Wildlife
is written for nature lovers looking
to engage and explore the world around them. New and regular reader service
departments including "Green Consumer" and "Your Health" will incorporate tips
and hints on leading a "greener" lifestyle. Feature stories will contain
creative new design elements such as instructional sidebars, fact boxes, call-outs
and graphs and charts. The additional white space and borders throughout the magazine
will give greater emphasis to the magazine's award-winning photography.
With the new issue, National Wildlife
will also increase its rate base
by 75,000 to 600,000.
is a newly-launched journal
for positive living. Created and written by a Kansas couple, David Bartholomew and
Joan Clark, DoingIt!
is targeted at, "optimists, recovering cynics,
basically anyone who is tired of being clobbered by the nightly news or is
looking to dig or keep themselves out of a rut."
is available monthly in online
or printed versions, both including access to a community website. The publication
provides both male and female perspectives, with a focus on tools,
technologies and shared stories of "what's working" between the couple and their
Witter Publishing Corporation (WPC) has announced the launch of a new publication
targeting the growing aseptic processing and packaging field. Aseptic Processing &
, a monthly magazine and online resource, is billed by
WPC as "The Best-Practice Publication for Optimizing People and Processes."
The target audience for Aseptic Processing & Packaging magazine
process engineers, packaging engineers, QA/QC professionals, and
production and manufacturing manager. Aseptic Processing &
offers advice on new technologies, including articles on validation of
aseptic filling and packaging stations, process innovations, industry roundtables,
case studies, plan-to-buy surveys, market reports and a "From the Fed" department that
covers current FDA guidelines as well as Federal legislative activity.
Film and Television
Emmett/Furla Films, a wholly owned subsidiary of
Family Room Entertainment Corporation, announced that it has
acquired the rights to the motion picture screenplay The Contract
written by Stephen
Katz (TV's LA Law
) and John Darrouzet.
Following quickly on their announcement that Emmett/Furla Films has re-upped its
non-exclusive international distribution arrangement with Millennium Films for an
additional ten pictures, The Contract
marks the first picture in this new slate of
pictures. The Contract
is a high-concept action-thriller that follows a father who
tries to redeem himself in the eyes of his son, while trying to bring a world-class
assassin to justice. All the while, he must protect his son and evade the assassin's
team who are methodically hunting them down in the wilderness.
Principal photography began April 13th in Chicago
on Ocean's Twelve
for Warner Bros.
Pictures, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures,
it was announced by Jeff Robinov, President of Production, Warner Bros.
Pictures. Ocean's Twelve
reunites the entire cast of 2001's worldwide
hit Ocean's Eleven
and welcomes Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones and internationally
acclaimed actor Vincent Cassel. George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Catherine
Zeta-Jones, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle and Julia Roberts lead the stellar ensemble with
Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh behind the camera and Jerry Weintraub
producing. Stars Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Elliott Gould, Eddie Jemison, Bernie Mac
and Carl Reiner round out the cast. The film will be executive produced by Susan Ekins,
John Hardy and Bruce Berman. The production designer is Philip Messina; the editor is
Academy Award winner Stephen Mirrione. The new script is written by George Nolfi.
Costumes will be designed by two-time Oscar winner Milena Canonero.
will be shot on locations all over the world, and is set to debut
in North America on December 10, 2004.
The broadband channel that streams classic
Hollywood films, 24/7, over the Internet in full screen, was unveiled at the
National Association of Broadcasters Convention by Digital Continuum, Inc.
and ETV Inc., a private company, that has signed a letter of intent to merge with
American IDC Corp., a U.S. public company.
Digital Continuum is the developer of proprietary "Digital Network in a Rack" streaming
technology and ETV was the exclusive distributor for the U.S. Demonstrations during the
convention. A preview of the technology can be seen online at
etvhollywood.tv. In addition to exclusive technology, ETV has the broadband streaming rights in the
U.S. of a large library of Hollywood classic films, television programs and cartoons,
which total over 10,000 titles. Future plans call for establishing separate 24/7
broadband channels for classic sports, extreme sports, religion, self-help, cooking
and other areas of interest.
Apple is celebrating the first anniversary
of its iTunes Music Store. The iTunes
Music Store has become very popular with its 99 cents-per-song pricing,
free previews, one-click purchasing and downloading. In its
first year, music fans have purchased more than 70 million songs.
Apple reported that iTunes customers are currently purchasing 2.7 million
songs per week, a rate of 140 million songs per year.
Book Deals and News
HarperCollins has acquired world rights for a World
War II memoir by former Senate Republican Leader and decorated veteran Bob Dole.
Executive Editor Tim Duggan negotiated the deal with Dole's attorney, Robert B. Barnett
of Williams & Connolly LLP. A Veteran Remembers
will be Senator Dole's most personal
book to date. Drawing upon the letters he exchanged with his family during the war, his
own memories and opinions, as well as the words and actions of other veterans, Dole
will frame the mindset of his generation. In the unvarnished, straight-talking style
for which he's known, Senator Dole will describe the battles and the grave wounds he
received as a G.I.; his long but triumphant recovery; and his vision of America.
A Veteran Remembers
will be published in 2005, the 60th anniversary
of the end of the war.
O'Reilly & Associates, Inc. is now
O'Reilly Media, Inc. The company has
changed its name to reflect its expanding array
of products and services. Though the legendary "animal books" remain a centerpiece
of O'Reilly's business, the new name better conveys the company's diverse technology
information offerings -- conferences, the O'Reilly Network suite of websites,
Safari Tech Books Online, and a soon-to-be-announced web-based custom publishing
platform. O'Reilly has consolidated its international subsidiaries under the
O'Reilly Media rubric, bringing all O'Reilly companies together in one corporate entity.
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