Publishing Industry Soundbytes 5-7-04

Posted on May 7, 2004

People

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Kenneth A. Paulson, executive director of the First Amendment Center and a longtime newspaper editor, has been named editor of USA Today. 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.

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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 magazine, 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.

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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 Will Be by Michael Dertouzos of the MIT Computer Laboratory; and Before the Change by Ann Louise Gittleman. Before joining HarperCollins Gedymin worked for ten years for the Putnam Berkley Group, last as Vice President and Senior Editor.

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Spa Finder 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' Departures magazine, will spearhead a major design and editorial upgrade to Spa Finder Magazine, 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 Worth 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.

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Ziff Davis 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.

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Miriam Arond, editor-in-chief of G+J USA's Child, 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 where she was responsible for 13 editions of the magazine since its launch in 2000. Previously, she was copy chief at Mademoiselle and Architecture magazines. 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 Child from Glamour where she was articles editor and later became senior editor. Prior to that, Berry worked as assistant editor and then associate editor for Self. Berry began her journalism career at Women's Day.

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Newsweek magazine has hired Charles Gasparino as a Senior Writer for the business section, Editor Mark Whitaker announced. Gasparino comes to Newsweek from the Wall Street Journal where he has been reporting for the last nine years. Gasparino is currently writing a book on Wall Street entitled, Blood on the Street, that will be published later this year by Simon & Schuster. He will officially join the magazine in May.

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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 company.

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Holt, Rinehart 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 Littell.

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Light 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.

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Playboy 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.

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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.

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USA Today President and Publisher Craig Moon and Editor Kenneth A. Paulson has announced several newsroom appointments at the newspaper.
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Knight 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 Thurmond 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.

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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 Angeles Times. Kinsley has been the editor of The New Republic and Harper's 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.

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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.

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Anne Sweeney, Co-Chair, Disney's Media Networks Unit and President, Disney-ABC Television, has announced the following promotions:
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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.

Digital Publishing

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Nielsen 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.

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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.

Content Deals

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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.

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GameUniverse, 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.

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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.

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Haights 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

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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.

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Game Developer has relaunched its magazine, expanding the types of information carried, and launching a sleek new design. Originally launched in 1994, Game Developer 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. Game Developer magazine is published by the CMP Game Group.

Game Developer's new editorial content will include:
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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.

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DoingIt! 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." DoingIt! 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 readership.

Witter Publishing Corporation (WPC) has announced the launch of a new publication targeting the growing aseptic processing and packaging field. Aseptic Processing & Packaging, 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 includes process engineers, packaging engineers, QA/QC professionals, and production and manufacturing manager. Aseptic Processing & Packaging 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

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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.

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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. Ocean's Twelve will be shot on locations all over the world, and is set to debut in North America on December 10, 2004.

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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.

Music Business

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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

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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.

Miscellaneous

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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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