AT LEAST THEY’RE LAUNCHING MAGAZINES SOMEWHERE: Katie Grand has left Pop magazine, the title she founded in 2000 as a spin-off of The Face, for pastures new. The stylist and editor in chief of Pop is headed to Condé Nast U.K. to launch what Nicholas Coleridge, the publisher’s managing director, described as “an edgy, high-end style title.”
The introduction of the as-yet-unnamed magazine is set for March and it will be published twice a year. Condé Nast said the title would be produced in a larger size than most monthly magazines, an interesting concept given the U.K.’s heavy dependence on newsstand display and sales.
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Grand said she expected the new title would mark a change from Pop. “I think it’s like when I left Dazed & Confused to go to The Face — what I ended up doing there was something completely different. Your geography and the people that surround you make you work differently, so it will be interesting.” She added that the style title would focus on fashion alongside art, but declined to share details of future subjects or stories. She also said advertisers haven’t yet been lined up. “There are the people who have supported me throughout all my projects…but it’s not until today that we’ve been working on this,” she said.
The launch of Grand’s title won’t be the first time Condé Nast U.K. has flirted with the edgy style magazine world. For 10 years the company had a 40 percent share in Wagadon, which published The Face and Arena, until it sold its stake back to Wagadon founder Nick Logan in 1998. In 1999, Wagadon was bought by Emap’s consumer division, now part of Bauer Media, which closed The Face four years ago.
A spokeswoman for Bauer Media, which publishes Pop, said the company is looking to recruit a new editor for the title. “We thank Katie for her legacy with Pop and The Face and wish her well,” the spokeswoman said. Grand’s last issue of the magazine, which will hit newsstands in November, will mark the title’s 20th issue.
— Nina Jones
NOT SAYING GOODBYE?: Frank A. Bennack Jr. could be back in the chief executive officer post at Hearst Corp. for good. Sources inside the company say Bennack missed the top job after he retired from the post at the end of 2001, and insiders believe he’s not about to give it up again. In June, Bennack was named interim ceo to replace Victor Ganzi, Hearst’s president, ceo and director, who resigned after only six years of leading the parent of Hearst Magazines. Reports at the time alleged that Bennack was the lead director to push for Ganzi’s resignation, even though he handpicked his successor. Hearst also said at the time that it had started a search for Ganzi’s replacement.
At the time of Ganzi’s departure, a press release said he had “irreconcilable policy differences,” with board trustees regarding the future of the company. Prior to Ganzi’s term as ceo, Bennack had been ceo for 23 years. Bennack did not return calls, and a company spokeswoman said there was no news to announce regarding the ceo search, adding that it was “business as usual for the time being.” But perhaps the media company gives a clue on its Web site: Bennack is listed as a vice chairman and ceo. It also notes he is in his second tenure as ceo. There’s no mention of the word “interim.”
— Amy Wicks