Posted on September 17, 2004
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Robb Media LLC, owner of Robb Report
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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:
- eMusic Editor-in-Chief Michael Azerrad is the author of Come As You
Are: The Story of Nirvana (Doubleday, 1993), which remains the
definitive Nirvana biography, and the critically acclaimed, best
selling Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie
Underground 1981-1991 (Little, Brown, 2001). A former Contributing
Editor to Rolling Stone, where he wrote hundreds of articles, Azerrad
has also written major features for the New Yorker, Spin, and the New
York Times, among other publications.
- eMusic Managing Editor Yancey Strickler has written for the Village
Voice, Seattle Weekly, CMJ, Pitchfork, Trouser Press, Stereo-Type,
Pulse! and Elle Girl. Most recently, he was managing editor of
flavorpill, a cultural events email magazine in New York, San
Francisco, Los Angeles and London.
- eMusic Rock/Pop Columnist Ann Powers is the author of Weird Like Us: My
Bohemian America and co-editor of Rock She Wrote: Women Write About
Rock, Pop, and Rap. She is a former pop critic for the New York Times
and has written for publications ranging from Rolling Stone and Spin to
the Nation and Slate.
- eMusic Alt/Punk Columnist Douglas Wolk is a freelance writer who covers
music, comic books, and new technology for the Village Voice, the
Washington Post, Slate, Rolling Stone, and a lot of other places; his
book, Live at the Apollo, will be published by Continuum Books in
- eMusic Urban/Hip-hop Columnist Hua Hsu edits the Hip-Hop section of URB
Magazine and writes about music, culture and politics for Slate, the
Village Voice, the Wire and various other magazines and weeklies.
- eMusic Blues Columnist John Morthland has been an associate editor of
Rolling Stone and editor of Creem, and has contributed to virtually
every music magazine of the past three decades.
- eMusic New Age Columnist Robert Phoenix has written about music for
publications including the San Francisco Examiner, Remix and Pacific
Northwest Magazine, as well as Mondo2000 and RadioV.com.
- eMusic Jazz Columnist Kevin Whitehead is jazz critic for National
Public Radio's daily show Fresh Air. His writings on music have
appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Reader, the Village Voice,
CD Review, Down Beat, The Absolute Sound, and many other publications.
- eMusic Inspirational Columnist Michael James McGonigal has written
about music since 1983 for publications including the Village Voice,
Artforum and Spin. Between 1998-2003, McGonigal was the Christian &
Gospel editor at Amazon.com.
- eMusic Country/Folk Columnist Peter Blackstock as been co-editor and
co-publisher of the alternative-country bimonthly magazine, No
Depression, since its inception in 1995.
- eMusic Electronic Columnist Philip Sherburne has been heavily involved
in the electronic-music world for the past seven years, writing for
publications including the Village Voice, Slate.com, XLR8R, URB, Wax
Poetics, Grooves, Nylon, RES, Neumu.net, and many others.
- eMusic World Music Columnist Richard Gehr has been writing about
international music for more than two
decades. Formerly an editor at Spin, where he wrote the magazine's
"World Beat" column, he has also written for the Village Voice, Rolling
Stone, New York Times, Musician, Blender and Tracks.
- eMusic Classical Columnist Justin Davidson won the Pulitzer Prize for
criticism in 2002. A native of Rome, Davidson has worked as a stringer
at the Rome and Boston bureaus of the Associated Press, all before he
graduated from Harvard with major in music. He joined the staff of
Newsday in 1996 as classical music critic.
- eMusic Production Editor Julianne Shepherd was the founding Arts
Editrix of the Portland Mercury, in Portland, Oregon, from 2000-2004.
, 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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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 &
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
PennWell Corporation, publisher of Oil & Gas
, 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
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
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
. He has also been regular columnist and
feature writer for the Boston Globe
and Wall Street Journal
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
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.
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
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.
announced two key executive appointments, signaling continued growth in its print and
online publishing businesses. Veteran technology journalist Don Tennant, who has led
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
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
· 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.
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.
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
, 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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
, sister publication of the site, will also feature interviews and unique content
from LADDER 49.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
CMP Healthcare Media has announced the launch of
. 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
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.
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.
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
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.
Film and Television
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
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.
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. and PBS presenting station WETA in Washington, D.C., have announced the launch of
, a new television program that will air on PBS stations nationwide beginning
January 2005. Based on MSO's Everyday Food
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
by Matt Reilly.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
, 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.
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.
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.