Publishing Industry Soundbytes 9-17-04

Posted on September 17, 2004

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Catherine M. Cassidy, former Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of Prevention magazine, was named Senior Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of Reiman Publications, effective September 30. The announcement was made by Barbara Newton, President of Reiman. Cassidy will be responsible for all of Reiman's written and graphic content appearing in 12 magazines, plus 25 hardcover books, 30 newsstand specials and 15 wall calendars published annually. She will also spearhead development of new publications.

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Banta Corporation has announced the appointment of Kimberly Williams to President of the Publications Group. She assumes senior leadership responsibilities for the Banta division that provides magazine publishers with premedia, printing, logistics, personalization, fulfillment and distribution services. Williams' previous position was as Senior Vice President of RR Donnelley's Specialized Publishing Services Group, which serves the special-interest magazine market. Williams began her career at Arthur Anderson in 1987. In 1992, she joined the Boston Consulting Group where she focused on post-merger integration, and sales and marketing strategy consulting. In 1996, Williams joined RR Donnelley as Vice President Marketing, Retail Services. Shortly thereafter, she was general manager of two technology businesses serving the magazine and catalog industries where she grew the businesses through acquisition, venture capital investments and new-product development. Williams was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2000 and quickly assumed responsibility for RR Donnelley's corporate marketing function. In 2002, she became Senior Vice President of the Specialized Publishing Service Group.

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Fred Pescatore, M.D. author of the bestselling book, The Hamptons Diet, and Coincide Publishing, LLC, publisher of LowCarb Energy magazine and partner of the women's internet portal SheKnows.com, announced a broad strategic alliance this week. Dr. Pescatore will become the Chairman of the LowCarb Energy magazine's Scientific Advisory Panel, and will be the magazine's senior authority on all issues related to nutritional medicine and weight management. Dr. Pescatore will also become a regular monthly contributor to the magazine, which will become the primary consumer print platform for The Hamptons Diet. Further, Hamptons Health, LLC, the company formed to develop the commercial opportunities for The Hamptons Diet, will collaborate with Coincide Publishing to develop a variety of mutually profitable consumer initiatives.

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CMP Media announced that Michael Goodman has recently accepted the position as Publisher of Dr. Dobb's Journal, a magazine for professional software developers. Goodman is replacing former Publisher Tim Trickett, who leaves CMP after 17 years of service to pursue new opportunities, and reports to Peter Westerman, Vice President and Group Publisher of Software Development Media. Goodman has worked on many major brands in technology media, including Dr. Dobb's Journal in the mid-80s. He comes to the magazine from O'Reilly Media, where he was Director of Corporate Sales. He has held publication management positions at PC Magazine, PC Computing, and LAN Technology.

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CurtCo Robb Media LLC, owner of Robb Report magazine, has named James N. Dimonekas as Vice President and Publisher for the monthly luxury lifestyle publication. Reporting to CurtCo Robb Media Chief Executive Officer William J. Curtis, Mr. Dimonekas succeeds Ernest J. Renzulli, who has left the company to pursue other endeavors. Mr. Dimonekas has more than 16 years of experience in senior advertising management, advertising sales and marketing experience prior to his assignment at Robb Report. His publishing background includes over 11 years in various management positions at Playboy magazine, where he served as vice president and publisher of the renowned men's interest title.

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Fredrick G. (Fred) Manuel was named managing director, non-daily publications for Detroit Newspapers effective Monday, August 9, 2004. Frank Vega, President and CEO, made the announcement. In this position, Mr. Manuel will lead the Third Street Publications Division as well as work with all divisions to create and market new and innovative products for Detroit Newspapers. Manuel was most recently president and CEO of the Heritage Media Group and spent more than ten years as chairman of the Spring Newspapers' Marketing Committee. Prior to Heritage Media, Manuel was publisher of Heritage Newspapers.

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Active Interest Media (AIM) has named executive Mitchell H. Faigen to the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In this role, Faigen will be directly responsible for the financial management of AIM's stable of special interest titles, as well as fiscal oversight of additional acquisitions. AIM's current titles include Black Belt, Vegetarian Times, Better Nutrition, Southwest Art, Log Home Living, Log Home Design Ideas and the Garlinghouse Company, publisher and supplier of home plan magazines and home plans. Prior to joining AIM, Faigen served as CFO of Primedia Enthusiast Group and CFO of McMullen Argus Publishing.

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Andres Martinez has been appointed editor of the editorial page, it was announced by Michael Kinsley, editorial and opinion editor of the Los Angeles Times. Martinez currently is a member of the Editorial Board and assistant editorial page editor of The New York Times. Martinez will be responsible for The Times' daily editorial page, reporting to Kinsley. He will begin his new assignment in September. Martinez, 38, became assistant editorial page editor, the third-ranking editorial page position at The New York Times, this year, and was an editorial writer at the paper since 2000. He also was a 2004 Pulitzer Prize finalist for editorial writing. Prior to joining The New York Times, Martinez was an editorial writer at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and a reporter at The Wall Street Journal. Martinez is the author of 24/7: Living It Up and Doubling Down in the New Las Vegas. Before working in journalism, Martinez practiced communications law in Washington, D.C. and served as a law clerk for a federal district judge in Dallas.

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Energy industry veteran Jeff Miller has joined the Hart Energy Publishing team in the new role of Corporate Marketing Director. Miller will be based at Hart's Corporate Headquarters in Houston. Miller has spent the majority of his 30-year career in the Houston energy marketing communications field. From the agency side, he has created advertising, direct mail, branding, and marketing programs for such companies as Akzo Nobel, BJ Services, ABB Vetco, Air Liquide America, Exxon Mobil Chemical, and others. He has 15 years of ad agency experience as well as corporate experience as marketing director for Cudd Pressure Control and Kaldair, Inc.

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eMusic, an independent music service, has announced the appointment of twelve leading music journalists to eMusic's newly created editorial team. Led by Editor-in-Chief Michael Azerrad, the team of musical curators will produce columns, features and reviews. Among those named to the eMusic editorial team:
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Hoy, a Spanish-language daily newspaper serving Chicago's 1.6 million Hispanics, announced that Antonio Rosas-Landa has been named opinion editor of its Chicago edition. Since 1999 Rosas-Landa has contributed political analysis and editorials to several newspapers, including Hoy, as a freelance writer and journalist. His editorials have also appeared in Exito!, a free-weekly newspaper published by the Chicago Tribune from 1993 to 2003, El Financiero, a national Mexican newspaper, Chicago Ahora, a community weekly newspaper and Hoy.

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MGM Studios, a unit of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., has named veteran production executive Diane Sabatini as senior vice president of physical production, announced Andy Davis, the unit's executive vice president of production. Sabatini has worked for the past decade as production supervisor or production coordinator on a dozen movies. Her credits include such films as Armageddon, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Batman & Robin, The Rock, Gone in 60 Seconds and 21 Grams. Sabatini received a bachelor's degree in communications from Portland State University in Oregon in 1989. She also studied at New York University and Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Mass.

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Adina Pitt has been named Vice President of Acquisitions for Nickelodeon, an entertainment brand for kids, and Nicktoons, Nickelodeon's digital channel for animation. Pitt will handle pre-buys and acquisitions for both networks, reporting to Pete Danielsen, Senior Vice President of Programming, Nickelodeon; and Keith Dawkins, Vice President and General Manager, Nicktoons. Pitt joined Nickelodeon in 1998 as a Coordinator of Acquisitions and, over the course of six years, has worked on Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, TV Land, Nicktoons and TNN. She previously worked in film programming acquisitions at HBO.

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Michael H. Ross, President of Vance Publishing Corporation, has announced the appointment of Peggy Walker as Vice President, Custom Media. At her new position, Walker will be involved with identifying and developing new business opportunities for the national media company. I Walker brings more than 20 years of national business-to-business publishing experience to her new position. She previously was Vice President & Group Publisher for The National Underwriter Company's Insurance Magazine Division, Group Publisher for Putman Publishing Company, and Vice President & Publisher for Gorman Publishing Company.

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Joseph Lagani has been named Vice President and Publisher of House & Garden, it was announced by Charles H. Townsend, President and C.E.O. of Conde Nast Publications. The appointment is effective immediately. Mr. Lagani was most recently Vice President and Publishing Director of Meredith Corporation where he was responsible for the leadership of several key business units including: Country Home magazine, Traditional Home magazine, and the American Baby group. He was a member of the senior management team at Meredith Corporation for 16 years.

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Bauer Publishing USA's newest celebrity weekly magazine, Life & Style Weekly, has announced the appointments of Kara Torre to the position of Director of Marketing, William Gasperoni as Director of Promotions and Rosanna Giacalone as Associate Publisher. Torre and Gasperoni will play integral roles in supporting the entry of the Life & Style Weekly brand as Bauer prepares for its November 1, 2004 launch. They will both be based in the Bauer Ad Sales office located in New York City, New York. Torre will be responsible for the daily operation and long-term goals of Life & Style Weekly's marketing and promotional efforts. Prior to joining Bauer, Torre served as merchandising director for Conde Nast Traveler and has held similar management positions at a variety of publications including New York Magazine, USA Today and Vanity Fair. Torre will report to Lee Rosenbaum, publisher of Life & Style Weekly. In his new role as director of promotions for Life & Style, Gasperoni will create, develop and oversee execution of all programs and events for the magazine. Gasperoni joins Bauer from YM where he served as marketing director. Gasperoni will report to directly to Kara Torre, marketing director for Life & Style Weekly. Rosanna Giacalone, formerly of Glamour, Elle and Rolling Stone magazines, will report directly to recently appointed publisher Lee Rosenbaum. Prior to working with Seventeen, Giacalone served as associate publisher for its sister publication Teen.

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MarketWatch.com, Inc., a provider of business news, financial information and analytical tools, announced that popular technology columnist John C. Dvorak has joined its team of CBS MarketWatch senior commentators as a contributing columnist. Dvorak, who writes the Inside Track column for PC Magazine and is a former columnist for Forbes, will pen a column on the technology industry once a week for MarketWatch's flagship website, CBS.MarketWatch.com. He will also appear regularly on CBS MarketWatch television and radio programming. John C. Dvorak's articles have appeared in the New York Times, LA Times, SF Examiner and the Vancouver Sun.

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Primedia Inc. has announced the addition of two expert skateboarding enthusiasts to lead its skating title, Skateboarder Magazine. Skate industry veteran Roger Harrell joins as Associate Publisher, and skate journalist Brian Peech will be the new Editor-in-Chief. Roger Harrell joins Skateboarder from PS Stix Manufacturing, where he was Chief Operations Officer. Prior to PS Stix, he spent three years at Giant Distribution where he played an integral role in making Giant a top distribution company, working with brands such as Element, Black Label, and New Deal. Brian Peech joins Skateboarder from SBC Skateboard, Canada's leading skate publication, where he led a team of writers, designers and photographers.

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Time Warner Global Marketing group's new simplified structure includes the new position of chief creative officer and merges the sales and marketing functions, it was announced by Global Marketing President John Partilla. Mark D'Arcy has been named chief creative officer of Time Warner's Global Marketing Group. Mr. D'Arcy will hold the additional title of senior vice president at Time Warner. Prior to joining the Global Marketing group, Mr. D'Arcy, 33, worked for advertising networks, small agencies, and a wide range of worldwide clients for 15 years.

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Alloy, Inc., a media and retail company targeting the dynamic Generation Y population, has announced that Jim Johnson, the Company's Chief Operating Officer, has also assumed the role of Chief Financial Officer effective immediately. Sam Gradess, the Company's former Chief Financial Officer, will remain with the Company as Executive Vice President responsible for major financial projects such as the Company's potential spin-off of its merchandise business and will continue as a director. In addition, Alloy is pleased to announce that Jeffrey Hollender, Chief Executive Officer of Seventh Generation, has been elected to Alloy's board of directors.

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Courier Corporation, a book manufacturers and specialty publisher, announced that after a 45-year career at its Dover Publications unit, Clarence Strowbridge, age 71, will be retiring as President on October 1, 2004, following the end of Courier's fiscal year on September 25th. He will be succeeded by Paul Negri, age 56, a Dover veteran who is currently its Senior Vice President, Publishing and Marketing. In a related move, the company announced that Eric Zimmerman, age 39, Courier's Vice President of eCommerce, has been promoted to the new position of Vice President, Publishing, with responsibility for Courier's entire specialty publishing segment, which includes both Dover Publications and Research & Education Association (REA).

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Michael A. Tam has been named senior vice president, marketing for Borders Group, a $3.7 billion global retailer of books, music and movies with more than 1,200 Borders and Waldenbooks stores worldwide. His appointment is effective Aug. 23 and Tam will report to Mike Spinozzi, executive vice president, marketing, merchandising and logistics. At Borders, Tam will be responsible for developing and executing overall brand strategy, leading brand stewardship and the development and implementation of marketing tools and campaigns for all domestic Borders Group brands and formats.

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PennWell Corporation, publisher of Oil & Gas Journal, Offshore, and Oil Gas & Petrochem Equipment, has announced the appointment of Don Stowers as Chief Editor of its newly launched Oil & Gas Financial Journal. Stowers has 25 years of experience as a journalist and editor, with heavy focus on the energy and financial industries. He has served in various editorial and management capacities in our industry, including positions with Hart Energy, Skipping Stone and RiskWaters Group, covering both energy and financial markets. Stowers will work closely with Oil & Gas Journal Chief Editor Bob Tippee, and with the rest of the OGJ staff, in building the position of Oil & Gas Financial Journal.

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Reed Business Information< (RBI), a U.S. provider of business-to-business information and publisher of EDN magazine, has named John Dodge to the position of editor-in-chief of EDN magazine, effective September 16. Maury Wright, the current EDN editor-in-chief moves into a new role at EDN as the publication's editor-at-large. Mr. Dodge and Mr. Wright will work hand-in-hand extending the reach and global influence of EDN and EDN.com. John comes to RBI from IDG where he was editor-in-chief of Health IT World. Prior to IDG, John spent 16 years at Ziff Davis at PCWeek and EWeek. He has also been regular columnist and feature writer for the Boston Globe and Wall Street Journal.

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Digby Solomon, interim publisher of Hoy, has announced that veteran publishing executive Juan Arango has been appointed senior vice president and executive editor of Hoy nationally, effective immediately. Arango was previously the general manager of Hoy's Los Angeles edition and senior vice president/editorial operations. Arango served as general manager of Hoy's Los Angeles edition and senior vice president/editorial since January 2004. He joined Hoy in January 1999 as editor in chief and was later promoted to vice president of operations and general manager in 2000. Prior to coming to the United States, he was president and editor in chief for Travesia, a travel magazine, from 1994 to 1997. Before that he was a founding senior partner and creative director for Perfil Grafico Ltda., a graphic and editorial design studio in Bogota, Colombia.

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Helene Hahn will retire from her post as Chief Operating Officer for DreamWorks SKG, it was announced by DreamWorks principal partner Jeffrey Katzenberg. She will continue to serve as a consultant to the studio and the animation company for one year following her departure. Since her marriage in 1999, Hahn has maintained her primary residence in Utah and has been commuting to and from DreamWorks. With the filing of the S1 for the impending IPO and the resulting split of her responsibilities between the two companies, she chose this as the best time to end the long-distance commute. Discussions with Katzenberg began early this year, with Hahn working with him to find someone to assume her duties following the DreamWorks Animation IPO. Hahn has agreed to continue as COO until a new person is in place. Helene Hahn is one of the only women ever to ascend the top business executive post at multiple studios. She joined DreamWorks at its inception in October 1994 and worked with the three principal partners, Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen, on preparing the company's 10-year business plan and structuring the equity investments. The business plan served as the blueprint for the organization of the company's production, distribution and marketing operations. She was named Co-COO, together with Ron Nelson, and became the sole COO when Nelson left the studio in January 2003. During her tenure, Hahn oversaw all of DreamWorks' business and legal affairs, and handled the negotiations for all of the studio's seminal deals, including those with HBO, ABC, Universal Distribution and the company's key executives. She also served as Jeffrey Katzenberg's counsel during his lawsuit against Disney. Prior to DreamWorks, Hahn had been Executive Vice President of Walt Disney Studios since 1987. She initially joined Disney in 1984 as Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs for Walt Disney Pictures, ultimately rising to become the top business executive for the entire studio division. Before Disney, Hahn worked for seven years at Paramount Pictures, beginning as a staff attorney. Two years later, she moved to Business Affairs, where she was promoted to Director in 1980, Vice President in 1981, and Senior Vice President in 1983.

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Computerworld has announced two key executive appointments, signaling continued growth in its print and online publishing businesses. Veteran technology journalist Don Tennant, who has led Computerworld's news team for the past four and a half years, has been promoted to editor in chief. Prior to joining Computerworld U.S., Tennant spent eight years as editor in chief of Computerworld Hong Kong. Tennant replaces Maryfran Johnson, who leaves Computerworld to launch a startup venture. As vice president and general manager for Computerworld's website, Computerworld.com, Martha Connors will be charged with building on the success of the IT site. Previously chief operating officer and executive vice president for Technology Review, Connors will be charged with increasing Computerworld.com's audience.

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TV Guide magazine announced that it has named Ian Birch as its new editor in chief. He will report to John Loughlin, president of the TV Guide Publishing Group. Mr. Birch will take his new post on October 18th. Mr. Birch brings more than 25 years of experience as an editor, writer and publishing executive, having launched new titles and revitalised many existing magazine brands in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Over the last four years he has been editorial director of two award-winning UK celebrity and entertainment focused weekly magazines: EMAP's heat and its sister title Closer, which together sell more than a million copies on the newsstand every week. Mr. Birch joins TV Guide magazine from EMAP's lifestyle division Elan - the company's largest - where he was most recently the editorial director overseeing the development of new product and the strategic planning for all their titles.

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MarketWatch, Inc., a provider of business news and financial information, announced that Paul Mattison has been named the Company's new Chief Financial Officer effective September 7, 2004, replacing Joan Platt, MarketWatch's current CFO, who will be retiring. Mr. Mattison, 45, has more than 20 years of financial operations experience and has held various management positions at media and technology companies including Thomson Corporation. From 1999-2004, Mr. Mattison was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of FAME Information Services Inc., a data management licensing business, where he oversaw the financial, professional services business and corporate development of the company prior to its sale to Sungard, Inc. Prior to FAME, Mr. Mattison was Chief Financial Officer of the Thomson Corporation's RIA Group.

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Application Development Trends, a trade publication targeting corporate application managers, has announced that it has appointed Michael Alexander as Editor-in-Chief for the IT publication. Alexander comes to ADT with over 22 years of IT journalism experience, having most recently served as Executive Editor at the Yankee Group and having previously held the positions of Editor-at-Large for InternetWeek, Editor-in-Chief for InfoSecurity News, Senior Editor at Computerworld, and Senior Editor at VARBusiness. In his new role, Alexander will be responsible for directing all editorial efforts for the Application Development Trends franchise, including the print publication, E-newsletters and website.

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Del R. Bryant has assumed the post of President & CEO of BMI, it was announced by Kenneth J. Elkins, Chairman of the BMI Board of Directors. Bryant, a 32-year veteran of the performing rights organization, most recently held the position of Executive Vice President. Bryant's appointment was announced in April by Elkins and BMI's longtime President & CEO, Frances W. Preston. Bryant was selected for the post following an extensive search that included many senior executives in the music and entertainment industries. Bryant joined BMI in Nashville in 1972 and served there in both the Writer/Publisher and Performing Rights departments. He re-located to New York in 1988 when he was named Vice President, Performing Rights, overseeing and re-designing BMI's royalty distribution system. He was named Senior Vice President, Performing Rights & Writer/Publisher Relations in 1991, directing staffs in New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, Atlanta, Miami, Puerto Rico and London. He was named Executive Vice President of the company in 2002, adding the Media Licensing and General Licensing departments to his roster of responsibilities. Prior to joining BMI, he served with his brother as co-director of House of Bryant Publications, the music publishing company founded by his parents. bmi.com

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The Writers Guild of America, west has announced the appointment of Gregory Bernstein as its senior director of strategic planning. A WGAw member since 1993, Bernstein has also worked as an attorney, business-affairs executive, and educator. Having graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in History at UCLA, Bernstein earned a J.D. at UCLA Law School, where he served as executive editor of UCLA's Law Review. Segueing into practicing law, Bernstein worked as an attorney at O'Melveny & Myers in the entertainment and litigation divisions. Entering the studio system, Bernstein was named vice president of business affairs at Columbia Pictures in 1982, holding the position on the lot at both TriStar Pictures and Lorimar Telepictures until 1988. During the late '80s, Bernstein enrolled in the American Film Institute, shooting several short films while earning his MFA in directing. Fueled by his passion for the film industry and its craft, Bernstein worked as both a screenwriter and director for several years, including co-writing the 1997 film Trial and Error (Story by Sara Bernstein & Gregory Bernstein and Cliff Gardner; Screenplay by Sara Bernstein & Gregory Bernstein), starring Michael Richards and Charlize Theron, and the 2001 TNT holiday telefilm Call Me Claus (Story by Paul Mooney and Sara Bernstein & Gregory Bernstein; Teleplay by Sara Bernstein & Gregory Bernstein and Brian Bird), starring Whoopi Goldberg. During 2003, Bernstein held the position of adjunct professor at Chapman University, teaching entertainment law to graduate students. This past year, he earned a MPA degree at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Bernstein commenced his responsibilities in late August.

Digital Publishing

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PowerByHand, a provider of mobile content and solutions, announced that it has acquired European mobile content portal Mobile2Day.de. This acquisition strengthens PowerByHand's presence in Europe with an office in Munich, Germany. Mobile2Day.de's offerings complement PowerByHand's current base of more than 60,000 applications with an additional 6,000 Symbian applications and localized cross-platform content for the European market. In addition, Mobile2Day.de expands PowerByHand's network of online mobile storefronts including PalmGear.com, PocketGear.com, Smartphone.net and eReader.com.

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Her Interactive announced that it has acquired the interactive licensing rights from Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing to develop, publish and market a computer game featuring the classic detective team, The Hardy Boys. Creators of the award-winning Nancy Drew PC game series, Her Interactive will bring the three famous sleuths -- Nancy, Frank and Joe -- together for the first time in a game based on Simon & Schuster's Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys: Super Mystery Series.

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Firehouse.com, a source of news, information and community for the firefighting and emergency services community, has launched a special new site devoted to the upcoming release of the action-packed firefighting drama Ladder 49, starring Joaquin Phoenix and John Travolta. The site will be filled with stories from the shooting of the film in Baltimore, photos, discussion forums, downloadable trailers and desktop wallpapers, screensavers, and Ladder 49 related products. Interviews with the film's stars, technical advisors and production team -- all aimed specifically at the firefighting community -- will all be part of the site as the release of the film on October 1st nears. Firehouse Magazine, sister publication of the site, will also feature interviews and unique content from LADDER 49.

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Salem Communications Corporation, a radio broadcaster focused on religious and family themes programming, has announced that Salem Web Network has completed the acquisition of Christianjobs.com for $250,000. Christianjobs.com is a full-featured employment website focusing on employment within the Christian community.

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The Hearst Corporation has agreed to purchase White Directory Publishers, Inc., the fourth-largest independent yellow pages publisher in the United States. The announcement was made by Victor F. Ganzi, president and Chief Executive Officer of The Hearst Corporation, and George B. Irish, president of Hearst Newspapers. The transaction is expected to close on or about September 30, 2004. White Directory Publishers, based in Buffalo, New York, publishes 56 directories in 11 states, with a combined distribution of more than 8 million copies. A family owned and operated company, White Directory Publishers was founded in 1968 by Wilbur D. Lewis and has since built a solid foundation of successful directories through launches and strategic acquisitions. The Hearst Corporation already owns Associated Publishing Company, an independent yellow pages publisher in Texas, which it acquired in 1994.

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IGN Entertainment, an Internet media company serving the video game and entertainment enthusiast markets, announced that it has signed an agreement with Starpulse to exclusively represent and sell the advertising space on Starpulse.com, an entertainment-focused search engines and directories covering over 13,000 entertainment topics. The agreement will add another film, television and entertainment property to IGN's existing entertainment portfolio, which includes IGN FilmForce and Rotten Tomatoes, as well as IGN's video game sites, IGN.com, GameSpy.com, TeamXBox.com, and FilePlanet.com.

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Amazon.com announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Joyo.com Limited, a British Virgin Islands Company, which operates the Joyo.com websites -- in cooperation with Chinese subsidiaries and affiliates. The Joyo.com websites are the largest online retailers of books, music and videos in China.

Launches and Redesigns

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Corland Publishing has launched Hydrogen Forecast, an online publication dedicated to comprehensive reporting on hydrogen technology. Each installment will review technology breakthroughs, development trends, vehicle trials, business acquisitions and announcements, infrastructure developments and government and military activities. Coverage will include both the stationary power fuel cell and transportation fuel cell markets. The publication also will focus on statistics and market trends, reporting on potential changes in the demand for products and services associated with fuel cell development. Hydrogen Forecast is led by Executive Editor John McCormick. British-born McCormick joined Britain's renowned CAR magazine as deputy editor in 1982. After four years he crossed the Atlantic to join AutoWeek magazine and later Ward's Auto World.

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CMP Healthcare Media has announced the launch of Applied Neurology. Publishing its first issue in January 2005, the new title provides scientific, clinical information presented in the context of day-to-day practice. According to PERQ/ HCI, neurology is currently the fastest growing market overall in healthcare. Analysts are predicting 12 percent annual growth for the neurology market through 2008, and it is estimated that one in three Americans can expect to suffer from such conditions. Alzheimer's disease, for example, is currently the fourth leading cause of death. Applied Neurology will reach both neurologists and primary care physicians, and it will be positioned to establish a strong marketplace presence as a result of its association with sister publication, Psychiatric Times.

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Kim Paulsen, group publisher of Penton Media's Windows & .NET Magazine Network, announced that Windows & .NET Magazine will undertake a new editorial direction and change its name to Windows IT Pro, effective with the September 2004 issue. The new tag line, "Connecting Technology, Business, and the IT Community," conveys Windows IT Pro's central role in defining and leading the IT community. In addition to Windows IT Pro, the network includes SQL Server Magazine.

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Amazon Services, Inc., an Amazon.com company, has launched its Election 2004 boutique, an area dedicated to helping customers find and discover books and exclusive content related to the 2004 presidential race. Ranging from politicians to pundits to award-winning authors and journalists, contributors Pat Buchanan, Ann Coulter, Al Franken, David Frum, Ariana Huffington, Molly Ivins, Jon Stewart, Gore Vidal and Bob Woodward discuss the upcoming election in interviews conducted exclusively for Amazon.com customers.

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Family Education Network, part of Pearson Education, the global leader in educational publishing, has announced the launch of HomeSchoolerNetwork.com, a website offering a wide variety of educational materials for the 1.1 million U.S. children now being homeschooled each year. HomeSchoolerNetwork offers more than 5,000 articles, activities and lesson plans. The site provides content organizers, allowing the sorting of material by age and subject area; free email newsletters; a national database of support groups; parenting resources; and a getting started guide. HomeSchoolerNetwork also provides access to products from Pearson Education businesses including Pearson Prentice Hall, Pearson Scott Foresman, and Pearson Addison-Wesley.

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A former Marine Corps officer and civilian contractor in Iraq has announced the launch cutthroatcomedy.com -- a bipartisan comedy/commentary site that sheds light on our nation's current political climate by lampooning politics, politicians and the presidential election. The site offers a unique perspective from a man who spent eight years as a Marine and was notably the honor graduate of his Parris Island Boot Camp class. Additional insight is drawn from a year in the Middle East as a military liaison for Halliburton. As the youngest of eight kids, the site's founder, Michael P. Westhead, grew up admiring comedic geniuses like Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, and Bill Cosby, and writers such as P.J. O�Rourke and Dave Barry. Cutthroat Comedy offers original political quotes, jokes, cartoons, products, commentary, articles, and insights. H

Film and Television

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Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks has announced a November 2004 start for the The War of the Worlds, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Cruise. An Amblin'Entertainment and C/W Productions film, The War of the Worlds, will be a 2005 release. Kathleen Kennedy and Paula Wagner serve as the film's producers and the screenplay is by David Koepp (Spiderman, Panic Room, Jurassic Park). Distribution arrangements have yet to be finalized. Based on H.G. Wells' legendary science fiction classic, The War of the Worlds (published in 1898), the Spielberg-directed film is a modern day version of what many critics agree is the definitive model for alien invasion stories.

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Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. and PBS presenting station WETA in Washington, D.C., have announced the launch of Everyday Food, a new television program that will air on PBS stations nationwide beginning January 2005. Based on MSO's Everyday Food magazine, which launched in October 2003, the half-hour program will feature an ensemble cast of cooks offering quick, easy, practical solutions for preparing delicious everyday meals using supermarket ingredients. The first season will consist of 26 weekly episodes. Created and produced by Martha Stewart Living Television Productions, each half-hour episode of Everyday Food is designed to provide solutions to the challenges of everyday cooking and includes easy-to-make recipes along with smart tips and kitchen techniques. The Everyday Food television show cast consists of five individuals who have cooked professionally in the kitchens of Martha Stewart Living: John Barricelli, Sarah Carey, Allison "Allie" Lewis, Margot Olshan, and Lucinda Scala Quinn. The new television show brings to life Everyday Food magazine, the survival guide for home cooks that is now published 10 times a year and has a rate base of 750,000.

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Paramount Pictures and Cruise/Wagner Productions announced that J.J. Abrams will direct the third installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise starring Tom Cruise. Previously being prepped in Berlin, the film is now set to begin shooting in the summer of 2005. Abrams, the screenwriter of Armageddon, is also the creator of Alias and Felicity as well as a writer on the new television series Lost. Having directed all three of those series, Abrams makes his major motion picture directorial debut with the third installment of Mission: Impossible.

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Horror novelist Lia Scott Price, known for her Serial Killer Guardian Angels and her Vampire Guardian Angels, produces her first feature horror film through her company Lia Scott Price Productions Inc. The film, entitled Dominion, is based on the characters from her novels. The film features a controversial Vampire Guardian Angel with a taste for blood who finds his victims through their prayers of despair and suicidal thoughts. Rainn Wilson (from House of a Thousand Corpses and HBO's Six Feet Under), makes an appearance in Dominion. The film is currently in post-production and distribution is pending. The film stars Demian Boergadine, Robb Hughes, Nicole Liberty-Whitlock, and Mel Austin, and features Los Angeles indie band Simmer. Directed by Matthew Kenna. Asst. Editor Dave Zevin. Composer Dave Kowal.

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Blockbuster Inc. has announced the launch of Blockbuster Online, an online service that allows customers to rent unlimited DVDs by mail, up to three movies at a time, for a monthly fee of $19.99. The online rental service is the latest in a series of initiatives being implemented by Blockbuster as the company continues to transform itself from a neighborhood movie rental store into an entertainment destination that eventually will enable customers to rent, buy or trade movies and games, new or used, in-store and online.

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Family Room Entertainment Corporation announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Emmett/Furla Films, has received significant attention in the independent film market with its current slate of productions budgeted in excess of $25 million and produced as part of its long-standing, multi-picture relationship with Millennium Films. Additionally, Emmett/Furla announced it has acquired three new properties: Love and Hate by Roderick Taylor and Bruce Taylor, which has undergone a rewrite by Steven Rowley; Underground by Stuart Hazeldine; and Altitude Rush by Matt Reilly.

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Paramount Pictures has reached an agreement to acquire the worldwide film rights to Midway Games' Area 51, a video game which is scheduled for release in March of 2005. Christine Peters will be collaborating with the game developer to produce the film. The game, Area 51, features the voice talent of David Duchovny as Specialist Ethan Cole of the Hazardous Materials Division, Powers Boothe as Major Bridges, and recording artist Marilyn Manson as Edgar, the gray alien. Players will take on the role of Cole, who has been sent to investigate a distress signal from Area 51 where a viral outbreak has just shut down the research facility, automatically locking all scientific and military personnel inside per quarantine procedures. It will soon be revealed that the conspiracy theories and alien autopsies the world has speculated about with regard to Area 51 are far worse than anyone could ever imagine.

Music Business

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WMD Holdings Group, Inc. has completed its acquisition of ProgRock Records. ProgRock Records had revenues for 2003 of approximately $200,000. ProgRock Records currently has over 25 bands and artists on its roster and is regularly signing new talent. WMD's i2 Recording studio has been hosting talent from the US and Canada for appearances on its upcoming releases.

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Legal music download services have changed the way music lovers find and buy music. TunesTracker.com makes the most popular online music service, Apple's iTunes Music Store, even better by keeping music fans up-to-date about their favorite artists. The service is free. After registering with TunesTracker, users can enter the names of up to 50 of their favorite music groups. Once a day, TunesTracker checks the iTunes Music Store for new songs by those artists. When there is something new, TunesTracker sends an email alert listing the vital information about the new tunes, including the song title, album name, and composer. By clicking a link, users can open the song in the iTunes Music Store, listen to a clip, and buy the song.

Book Deals and News

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Maja Thomas, Vice President and Publisher of Time Warner AudioBooks, has announced that the Time Warner Book Group will be the exclusive retail distributor for audio titles published by Gildan Audio, the audio division of Gildan Media, a new publishing firm founded by audio and new media publishing veteran Gilles Dana. Gildan Audio will specialize in personal development and foreign language instruction exclusively on compact disc. The first Gildan Audio titles will be published in January 2005 in two imprints: Your Coach in a Box, a line of personal development titles from popular self-help authors and speakers, and Dr. Blair's Foreign Languages in No Time, a series of language programs developed by Dr. Robert Blair's Power-Glide corporation. Among the Your Coach in a Box titles to be published this winter are three by #1 bestselling author Stephen R. Covey: Living the 7 Habits, The 7 Habits Family Collection and Principle-Centered Leadership. Other bestselling audio authors included in the Gildan launch are Wayne Dyer, Denis Waitley, Joan Borysenko, Brian Tracy and Roger Dawson.

Miscellaneous

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Cargo, a buyers' guide for men published by Conde Nast Publications, will increase its rate base to 350,000 effective with the February 2005 issue, it was announced by Alan Katz, Vice President and Publisher of the magazine. This 17 percent jump is the first rate base increase for the magazine since launching in March 2004 at a guarantee of 300,000. Cargo also recently announced it will increase its frequency from six issues in 2004 to ten issues in 2005. Cargo is a comprehensive buyers' guide for men covering everything from clothes and tech to cars and culture to grooming and gifts.

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Lucky, a magazine about shopping, will raise its rate base to 1,000,000, effective with the January 2005 issue, it was announced by Sandy Golinkin, Vice President and Publisher of the Conde Nast Publication. The current rate base is 950,000. Launched by Conde Nast in 2000, Lucky now publishes 14 regional editions and continues to attract new readers, reaching over 4 million women monthly.