Posted on July 23, 2004
CMP Media's VARBusiness
, a bi-weekly
magazine that covers the business of technology
integration, has expanded its editorial staff with the addition of Alexander Wolfe and
Cristina McEachern as senior editors. In addition, Marilyn O'Hara has been promoted to
editorial research director. In his two decades as a technology editor, Wolfe has
tracked the industry for Electronics
, Computers in Physics
and Mechanical Engineering
McEachern joins VARBusiness
to cover the customer
segment. She is charged with talking to CIOs and CTOs who work with solution providers
to deploy technology initiatives, developing case studies and covering customer news.
McEachern, who previously was a financial writer at JPMorgan Chase, began her career
as senior editor of CMP's Wall Street & Technology
Marilyn O'Hara has been promoted to research director from associate director. Prior
to joining the editorial research staff, she was a researcher on the Channel Group's
sales and marketing staff and helped establish the unit's consulting business.
Previously, O'Hara was a researcher at Ziff Davis Media.
The Direct Marketing Association (The DMA)
announced that John A. Greco, Jr.,
who has nearly three decades of marketing and technology leadership at some of the
nation's leading companies as well as association management experience, will be the
next president and chief executive officer to lead the direct and interactive marketing
industry's largest trade association into the future. Greco will take over The DMA's
helm on August 16, succeeding H. Robert Wientzen, who will retire following nearly
eight years as the Association's chief. The DMA's Executive Search Committee, comprised
of seven current and former members of The DMA Board of Directors, was formed in
December 2003 to identify a successor for Wientzen, who has served as DMA president
and CEO since October 1996. The committee worked with SpencerStuart, which identified
more than 150 qualified candidates for the position.
Terry Neal, chief political correspondent for
washingtonpost.com, will join CNN for the
remainder of the 2004 election season to contribute to the network's political analysis,
the two media companies announced. While continuing in his washingtonpost.com role,
Neal will make frequent appearances on CNN Headline News and Newsnight with Aaron Brown,
providing insight and analysis on the top political issues. Neal's work for the
award-winning washingtonpost.com website includes columns, video and audio reports on
elections, Capitol Hill and the White House. He is now focusing on the 2004 presidential
race and writes a regular political column called "Talking Points."
Neal formerly worked for The Washington Post
as a political reporter on the national
desk, last working as the lead reporter covering the George W. Bush 2000 presidential
campaign. Prior to that assignment, he covered congressional and gubernatorial
elections around the country during the 1998 mid-term elections.
Commonwealth Business Media has announced the appointment of Brendan McCahill to the
position of President of the company's PIERS (Port Import Export Reporting Service)
information group, Peter Tirschwell to the position of Vice President and Editorial
Director, Magazine Division and the appointment of Amy Middlebrook to the position of
Vice President/Directory Group.
Also as part of the reorganization, Director of Advertising Sales and Marketing
Noreen Murray has been promoted to Associate Group Publisher. In her new role, she will
continue to be responsible for the advertising sales and marketing strategy of The
Journal of Commerce Shipper Group (The Journal of Commerce, Pacific Shipper, Shipping
Digest, Florida Shipper
and Gulf Shipper
) as well as Canadian
and the publications associated with the company's newly acquired
Compass North America Seaports Publishing Group. Seaports
Mihaiu and Canadian Sailings
Publisher Joyce Hammock will report to Noreen
Murray. Murray will report directly to
Peter Tirschwell. A number of other key personnel within the Magazine Division have
been promoted as a result of the reorganization. Joseph Bonney has been promoted from
Deputy Editor to Editor of The Journal of Commerce
Brooks, News Editor for The Journal of Commerce
, has been promoted to the
position of Managing Editor for The Journal of Commerce Shipper Group, responsible
for production. Stuart Chirls, The Journal of Commerce Online Web Editor, will now
serve as Web Editor for all of The Journal of Commerce Shipper Group titles. Marsha
Salisbury, Research Editor for The Journal of Commerce
will take on the
position as Research Editor for all of The Journal of Commerce Shipper Group titles.
Joseph Bonney and Stuart Chirls will report directly to Tirschwell, while Chris Brooks
and Marsha Salisbury will report to Joseph Bonney. Air Cargo World/Traffic World
Publisher Steve Prince, and The Journal of Commerce
Renee Jacobs will also report to Tirschwell.
a division of Roxio, announced that Alan Cohen will join the company in
the newly established position of Chief Marketing Officer.
Cohen will report directly to Chris Gorog, Chairman and CEO of Napster
and Roxio and will work closely with Glenn Kaino, Napster's Chief Creative Officer
responsible for programming and design, who also reports to Gorog.
As a 20-year veteran of the marketing and advertising industry, Cohen has worked on
a range of leading consumer brands, including Michelob, BP, Jim Beam and uBid.
Cohen has a B.S. in Accounting from Northern Illinois University and an MBA from
Indiana University Graduate School of Business. He currently resides in Chicago, but
will be re-locating to Los Angeles, Napster's headquarters, with his wife and two
magazine has announced the debut of Card Player Europe
a new magazine directed specifically at poker fans in the U.K., Scandinavia, and the
European continent. Combining the best articles from the magazine's U.S. edition
with additional content customized for European readers, Card Player Europe
offer local tournament news, European player and venue profiles, and advertising that
uniquely addresses the needs and interests of European audiences.
Card Player Europe
also named Jesse May as European Bureau Chief. May was the host
and lead commentator of the UK television hit, "Late Night Poker", through all its
six seasons on the air.
plc, the interactive media group, has announced the appointment of
Margaret McDonagh as chairwoman of iPublic, the company's public sector division.
Waheed Alli (Lord Alli of Norbury) is also to join the iPublic board as a non-executive
director. Ms McDonagh is former general secretary of the Labour Party and a former
general manager of Express Newspapers. Lord Alli co-founded Planet 24, the leading
independent television production company, and was subsequently managing director
of Carlton TV Productions and a main board director of Carlton Communications plc.
He is chairman of Chorion, a leading owner and manager of entertainment brands.
Bauer Publishing USA's celebrity weekly
magazine, In Touch Weekly
has announced the appointment of Robert Davidowitz as publisher. Davidowitz was
formerly the group publisher of Rodale's Sports Group. The appointment of Davidowitz
comes on the heels of In Touch Weekly
surging to an estimated 750,000 average
weekly circulation for the first half of 2004, up from 423,000 compared to the same
period in 2003. This marks a 77 percent increase from the first half of 2003.
Davidowitz joins Bauer Advertising Sales with more than 15 years of experience in
publishing. Previously, Davidowitz served as group publisher for Primedia's American
Baby Group, where he was responsible for sales and operations of 18 properties
representing $80 million in revenue.
Bauer Publishing USA has announced the
promotion of Neil Goldstein to the newly
created position of publisher for its teen division of titles which includes J-14,
. Goldstein formerly held the title of associate publisher for this group.
In his new role, Goldstein will manage the group's day-to-day operations with a focus
on developing multi-platform marketing programs and integrated sales opportunities for
advertisers across the division's titles. Goldstein will report directly to Ian Scott,
CEO of Bauer Advertising Sales.
Prior to joining Bauer in 2003, Goldstein held the position of national advertising
director at Premiere Magazine
, a Hachette Filipacchi publication.
CXO Media Inc., a publishing company that caters to corporate officers'
information needs, has named the publisher and sales leadership team for CMO
magazine, a new magazine for chief marketing officers (CMOs).
CXO Media President and CEO Walter Manninen made the announcement following a lengthy
An industry veteran with 25 years in publication management for business-to-business
and consumer magazines, Twombly joins CMO from Advanstar Communications' Sensors
magazine, where as Group Publisher, he oversaw brand repositioning; strategic planning,
and product integration. His career includes executive positions at Natural
Health, New Age Journal, Body & Soul
Ltd., an interactive marketing and technology agency, announced
that Don Scales, President and COO, has been named President and CEO, responsible for
all aspects of worldwide operations for the company. Scales has been with Agency.com since
February 2001. Co-founder Chan Suh, currently
Chairman and CEO of Agency.com, will remain active in his role as Chairman of the
nearly 10-year- old interactive shop.
Digest Association, Inc. has named Barbara Newton as President of Reiman
Publications, publisher of Taste of Home
and other leading food and country lifestyle
publications. Newton is a prominent magazine and book industry executive who helped
develop a stable of successful publications at Rodale, Inc. Eric W. Schrier, President
of Reader's Digest North America and Global Editor-in-Chief, made the announcement.
Newton's appointment is effective on July 26. She succeeds J. Russell Denson, who in May
was named President and CEO of Gruner + Jahr USA. Newton has advised Reiman during the
past two years as a consultant.
Cory Shields has joined J. Walter Thompson as
Executive Vice President, Chief Communications Officer, effective August 2. Shields, 48, joins from NBC Universal, where he served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Media Relations. Shields, who succeeds Owen Dougherty in a more expanded role, will be responsible for J. Walter Thompson's
overall corporate communications strategy including marketing and managing the agency's
brand; identifying and telling its many stories; overseeing media relations and internal
communications; and directing philanthropic activities. He will work closely with CEO Bob
Jeffrey and will provide strategic communications counsel to JWT's Worldwide Executive
Light Reading has announced the appointment of Evan Koblentz as Senior Editor of the Next-Gen Data Center Forum (NDCF).
Evan will cover data center infrastructure technology for NDCF -- including blades,
clustering, grids, interconnects, etc. Previously he was a senior writer at eWeek
where he covered storage, databases, and hosting. He also was a technology editor
at TMC Labs, the review arm of TMC, a telecommunications magazine publisher, where
he supported such publications as CTI, Customer Interactions Solutions
, and Internet
. Launched in March 2004 as a user group and news resource designed
specifically for IT managers who are responsible for data centers, more than 6,000
users have registered for membership in the forum in its first five months of operation.
In his spare time, Evan roots for the Yankees, drives too fast, and edits the Computer
Collector Email Newsletter, a newsletter for vintage computer fans.
MGM Music, a unit of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.
has named veteran music industry executive Julia Michels as senior vice president of
music, announced Anita Camarata, the unit's executive vice president.
Michels most recently was vice president of soundtracks for the major record company
EMI. In that position, she oversaw soundtracks for all the EMI family of labels,
including Capitol, Virgin and Blue Note. Soundtrack credits include Queer Eye for
the Straight Guy
and The Simple Life
Previously, she spent four years as vice president of creative affairs for Twentieth
Century Fox Music, overseeing music for such feature films as Daredevil, Down
with Love, Unfaithful, Like Mike
and The Banger Sisters
. She was previously
director of soundtracks for Capitol Records, was a music editor, co-owner of an
independent record label and an agent for film composers. She received a bachelor's
of science degree from Indiana University in 1988.
Richard D. Beckman has been named President
of the Conde Nast Media Group, a newly
established division of the Advance Magazine Group, it was announced by Charles
H. Townsend, Chief Operating Officer of AMG. Mr. Beckman was also named Executive Vice
President of AMG. The Conde Nast Media Group supports corporate sales and large-scale
integrated marketing for twenty-eight consumer magazine titles across the Advance
Magazine Group, as well as for CondeNet and Parade Publications. Mr. Beckman has been
Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Conde Nast Publications since
January, 2002. During the course of his eighteen-year career at the company, Mr. Beckman
has been Publisher of three Conde Nast titles and was named Conde Nast Publisher of the Year
twice. He was Vice President and Publisher of Vogue
from 1998 until early 2002;
from 1996 to 1998, he was Publisher of GQ
; and from 1994 to 1996, he was Publisher
of Conde Nast Traveler
. During his tenure, all three of these magazines were
named to AdWeek's
Hot List. He began his career at The New Yorker
Newspaper industry veteran Kirk A. Davis, 43,
former president and publisher of Community Newspaper Company (CNC) has been named
CEO and president of Enterprise NewsMedia LLC, and publisher of
The Patriot Ledger
the company announced. Davis will assume the positions on August 16th. In addition
to The Patriot Ledger
in Quincy, Enterprise also owns The Enterprise
in Brockton and
MPG Newspapers in Plymouth. James F. Plugh, the current publisher of The Patriot Ledger
and CEO of Enterprise will move up to become Vice Chairman of the company in order to devote
more time to potential acquisitions. Plugh will also continue to serve on the Board
of Directors. When he was president and publisher of CNC, Davis was responsible of
113 daily and weekly newspapers, specialty publications and the new media group.
VNU Business Publications veteran Andy Cohen has
been named editor-in-chief of Incentive
magazine, Group Publisher Jackie Augustine
announced. Cohen previously was editorial director of Sales & Marketing Management
another VNU publication where he worked for nearly 11 years. Cohen is an award-winning
writer and editor who has been honored five times by the American Business Media for
excellence in journalism. At Incentive
, Cohen will help
oversee coverage and events revolving around Incentive's 100th anniversary celebration,
which kicked off in June and will continue through June 2005.Cohen will work closely
with Augustine, who is also publisher of Potentials
and Sales & Marketing Management
magazines; and Melinda Ligos, group editorial director of Incentive, Potentials
Sales & Marketing Management
Primedia Inc., a targeted media company, has announced the
promotion of Steven Aster, 47, to President of Consumer Marketing for the company's
Enthusiast Media Group. In this newly created position, Mr. Aster will be responsible
for marketing products related to the company's special interest magazines directly to
consumers by using the company's extensive database. He will report to President & CEO
Kelly Conlin. TMr. Aster joined Primedia in 2000 as an Executive Vice President of Primedia's consumer
magazine group. Prior to joining Primedia, Mr. Aster was Senior Vice President of Global Operations
for Disney Publishing Worldwide and was responsible for circulation strategies,
magazine rate base levels and book programs for global products.
He has also held marketing and circulation positions at The New York Times,
Scholastic, Inc., and The Times Mirror Magazines, Inc.
PowerByHand, a provider of mobile content
and solutions, and palmOne, Inc.
have launched the palmOne eBook store, with content
provided by PowerByHand's eReader.com, an
electronic bookstore. palmOne currently provides its customers with access to
PowerByHand's eReader (formerly Palm Reader) in the box with
most palmOne devices. Visitors
to the new ebook store can choose from more than 13,000 popular ebook titles in more
than 40 categories, including bestsellers and new releases.
Linda Fears, editor in chief of Gruner + Jahr
magazine, has unveiled a relaunch that focuses on the magazine's
new editorial mission of targeting a 19-year-old mind-set to attract a more
sophisticated teen audience. The new positioning premiers with the August 2004
back-to-school issue (on newsstands today). Fear's relaunch components include:
- "What's Hot" with the latest in music, movies, books, TV, fashion,
beauty and celebrity gossip;
- "On The Verge" column. Every month readers find out which actors and
singers are about to make it big.
- "Music News" and "Movie News" featuring reviews and interviews with the
hottest celebrities and YM editors' obsessions;
- "Get Healthy" where YM editors go through all of the latest research to
give readers the real deal on how to look and feel their best;
- The style section celebrates fashion from all resources--from big-time
designers like Marc Jacobs to the brilliance of main street stores
like the Gap. ;
- "Role Model" makeup tips from the pros show how to get the look of your
- "D.I.Y. Fashion" makes resourceful readers into stylish fashionistas
with simple steps to transform old digs into the latest looks;
- And, "The Next Big Thing," wouldn't you like to know?!
MLS, Inc. announced today that it has acquired
Lifting & Transportation International
magazine, a resource for North American Crane Professionals. This acquisition provides MLS, Inc. with an additional marketplace to expand its
position in the Heavy Equipment and Trucking classified publications.
SDI Media Group Inc., a provider of translation,
subtitling and dubbing services to the entertainment industry, announced
that it has been purchased by global private equity firm Warburg Pincus LLC.
The Modern Times Group, a Stockholm exchange-traded media company, sold the company
for $60 million. SDI Media
provides localization services for theatrical, DVD, broadcast and interactive game
clients including major Hollywood studios, international and regional broadcasters,
and video game publishers. CEO Barry Perlstein will continue to lead the company while
expanding the management team to include entertainment industry veteran Jeffrey
Marcketta, who has been named President and COO.
American Lawyer Media, Inc. (ALM), a legal journalism and information company, publisher of The Recorder
and operator of the Cal Law website, announced
, a new magazine for chief legal officers and in-house attorneys
throughout the state. GC California
joins GC Mid-Atlantic, GC New York, GC
New England, GC South
and In-House Texas
, introduced by ALM over the past year.
first issue, featuring a cover profile of Iris Brest, general counsel
of high-profile biotech start-up StemCells Inc., will be distributed in early September
and will reach an audience of more than 8,000 selected corporate counsel, top corporate
executives and corporate attorneys in California. The four-color magazine, to be
published quarterly, will focus on topics of interest to California's corporate counsel,
providing expert coverage of legal and departmental management trends and issues, as well
as cases and decisions that impact companies and profiles of leading GCs and corporate
legal departments. The premiere issue will include excerpts from a roundtable discussion
by in-house counsel on working effectively with outside law firms.
Regal CineMedia Corporation ("RCM"), the media subsidiary of Regal Entertainment Group, the largest theatre operator in the world, and 360 Youth,
the youth media and marketing unit of Alloy, Inc., have entered into a joint venture to establish a multi-faceted, targeted marketing channel throughout REG's theatre circuit. The announcement was made by Cliff Marks, President, Marketing and Sales, Regal CineMedia, and Matt Diamond, CEO
and Co-founder of Alloy, Inc. Under the terms of the agreement, Alloy's 360 Youth
will deploy custom interactive kiosks, restroom media panels, and backlit poster cases
in REG theatres, comprising Regal Cinemas, United Artists Theatres and Edwards Theatres
nationwide, with a rollout beginning immediately during the summer movie season. The
custom-built interactive kiosks with electronic 42" plasma screens connected to the
RCM Digital Content Network ("DCN") and 150 backlit advertising panels will initially be
deployed in 50 theatre lobbies in the top-25 DMAs. An additional 550 backlit
advertising panels in 150 theatres and more than 2,600 restroom panels in 545
theatres, round out this new national media network.
Weblog software company Six Apart, developers of Movable Type
and TypePad, announced that it has expanded its management team.
Six Apart has added three executives: Barak Berkowitz, Chief Executive Officer and
Chairman; Andrew Anker, Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and Loic
Le Meur, Executive Vice president and General Manager of Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Six Apart also acquired Ublog, the provider of one of Europe's leading blogging
tools and hosting services. Already
deployed in France and Spain, SixApart's TypePad service will be launched in Germany
next week, and in the UK by this fall.
Launches and Redesigns
FierceMarkets has launched a newsletter for the wireless
developer community. The publication, called FierceDeveloper, combines the latest
developer news with technical insights, tips, special downloads, and expert
commentary. FierceDeveloper is
designed for wireless developers, software architects, and mobile strategists.
International, an electronic document systems association, has announced the
launch of E-DocNews, an industry newsletter. The bi-weekly publication
will begin distribution via email on August 3, 2004 and will target document
communications professionals in the electronic document systems industry.
E-DocNews plans to cover the entire
lifecycle of the document from creation to production, distribution, and
storage/retrieval topics. Paul LeTourneur, EDP, who has been
active in the electronic document industry for over 30 years in varying technical
and management rolls, will head E-DocNews. He is currently chief consultant at
Capricorn Consultants DDS, serving clients in the direct marketing and service
bureau industries. Since the mid 1970s, he has held management positions as vice
president of data processing, vice president of technology, Chief Operating Officer,
and division manager as well as position in sales and marketing.
Film and Television
CEI Entertainment, Inc. announced it has
secured the screenplay rights from writer/producer Christina MacEachern of
her story titled, "Ann Bonnie and Mary
Reed" based on the true-life experiences of the only female pirate team of the late
1600's. This epic story spans ten-years and covers three continents. The parable sets
sail in Ireland with Mary Reed's beginning and continues to England for Ann Bonnie's;
as well as, explores such far away exotic places as the Indian Ocean. But the legend
of these beautiful buccaneers' is secured as the pirate femmes of the new world
while swashbuckling the high seas from the South Carolina coast to the perilous
Jamaican waters. CEI Entertainment, Inc. is an independent motion picture and
television production company headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona with offices in
Atlanta, GA and Omaha, NE.
Fox Networks Group President and CEO Anthony
Vinciquerra have announced the creation of a new cable and satellite network, Fox
Reality Channel. The new network is scheduled to debut in first quarter 2005. Fox
Reality Channel's planned program line-up will
consist of several long and short-form original series, as well as
unscripted series. Fox Reality Channel will likewise
utilize original and more immediate off-network content from Fox-owned studios, as
well as from outside suppliers.
Fox Reality Channel will provide a steady diet of contestant commentary, pre- and
post-show interviews, auditions, out-takes and behind-the-scenes clips, among its
many other features. It will also provide complementary Fox Reality Channel-branded
video on demand and interactive opportunities to coincide with the core network's
availability in early 2005.
Blue Moon Group announced that it has signed an agreement to purchase Florida Studios and all its related assets.
Located in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida and situated on more than 22 acres, the 160,000
square foot studio is home to one of the largest soundstages available on the East Coast.
Jeffrey Katz has been appointed CEO of Blue Moon Entertainment.
Blue Moon Group is a holding company with subsidiaries providing services to the
music, entertainment and film industries.
Blue Moon Group has recently signed a music distribution deal with Brody/Sony Red.
Book Deals and News
The winner of the John W. Campbell Award for best
science fiction novel of 2003 is Omega
by Jack McDevitt. The winner of the Theodore
Sturgeon Memorial Award for best short science fiction in 2003 is "The Empress of Mars"
by Kage Baker. The juried award results were announced July 9 at the University of Kansas.
Activision, Inc. announced that the company's
North American Publishing unit has shipped more than two million units of its
video game timed to the theatrical release of Sony Pictures
Entertainment's Columbia Pictures Spider-Man 2
. The game, which is currently
available at retail stores, lets players experience what it's like to be the world's
most celebrated Super Hero as they web sling from buildings, dive from rooftops to
the streets and scale the heights of Manhattan, a living breathing city complete with
pedestrians, traffic, trains and helicopters. Gamers can re-live the film's storyline
or embark on exclusive game missions as they perform heroic deeds, protect citizens
from random crimes, and face off against the nefarious Doc Ock and other Marvel
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced it will establish three NEA Arts Journalism Institutes that will focus on improving arts criticism in
classical music, opera, theater and dance. The institutes will be designed for
journalists who cover the arts for print and broadcast outlets located outside
the country's largest media markets, where professional development opportunities
are limited. Institutes for dance critics will be hosted by the American Dance
Festival at Duke University; for classical music and opera critics at Columbia
University; and theater critics at the University of Southern California.