SEVENTEEN MOVES: While the search continues for a permanent editor in chief over at Seventeen, Primedia’s editorial director Elizabeth Crow has tapped an editor to work on the magazine in the interim. Valerie Weaver, who edited Self briefly in the Eighties and worked with Crow at Mademoiselle, is handling the magazine on a day-to-day basis. “She’s my number two,” said Crow, before adding that the search for a permanent editor remains “very active “and that a new editor could emerge in a couple of weeks. Meanwhile, Annemarie Iverson seems to be gearing up again. The former Seventeen editor is beginning work on a book with celebrity hairstylist Garren. While the book will have a service component, Iverson says “it will definitely belong on a coffee table.” This is not Iverson’s first foray into beauty books. The former Seventeen editor also wrote two books with makeup queen Bobbi Brown.
FROM LOT 61 TO DIVINITY SCHOOL: In 2000, Vanessa Grigoriadis became the star reporter at New York Magazine when she penned a vicious cover story on New York powerhouse p.r. girls Lizzie Grubman and Lara Shriftman. The piece was optioned for a mid-six-figure amount and Grigoriadis continued to garner attention with pieces on the murder of former WWD writer Christa Worthington and the nervous breakdown of pop diva Mariah Carey (for Talk). But wading in the shallow waters of New York society apparently left the sleuth reporter feeling a tad incomplete because she’s now enrolled at the Harvard Divinity School. Just don’t call it a life change.
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“Everyone is getting so hostile, thinking I’m going to become a nun. I’m just interested in writing about religion. I still plan on writing bitchy pieces for magazines, ” said Grigoriadis by phone.
In other news, former New York magazine and Talk senior editor Andrew “Drew” Lee has resurfaced at US Weekly. He’s freelance editing the front of the book, replacing Joe Dolce, whose freelance gig at the magazine ended last week.
SPECIAL DELIVERY: Overworked mannequin Gisele Bündchen was seen by several observers being carried into the Balenciaga show Saturday in Paris. “She looked really sick,” said one eyewitness. “It was very dramatic.” Rumors quickly spread that the model was suffering from food poisoning, but the feisty Brazilian recovered in time to make her runway appearance. A spokeswoman for IMG denied the incident took place.
ZEHREN TAKES LEAVE: Anne Zehren, publisher of Teen People since 1998, is taking a leave of absence for personal reasons. She will be replaced by Paul Caine, associate publisher of People since July 2001, who earlier was associate publisher of Teen People. A Teen People spokeswoman wouldn’t specify why Zehren is taking a leave, only that she needed a break and plans to return to Time Inc. in early 2003 in another capacity.
LICHT’S NEW ROLE: Aliza Licht, director of publicity for Donna Karan women’s and men’s collections and accessories, has been promoted to senior public relations director, overseeing DKNY and Donna Karan women’s and men’s ready-to-wear and accessories. She takes over the DKNY duties from Gitanjali Ramani, who left the firm to pursue other opportunities.
I SEE DEAD MAGAZINES: Those looking to skulk down the publishing world’s boulevard of broken dreams should look no further than Mediabistro’s “Magazines We Miss (R.I.P.) Party.” The funeral-reunion, taking place on Oct. 28 at Go in Manhattan, probably won’t attract that many Columbia Journalism school geeks looking for work, but it will convene an illustrious panel of journalists who were at the wrong place at the wrong time, including: Michael Callahan (former senior editor, Mademoiselle), Maria Carmicino (former managing editor, Yahoo! Internet Life), Andrew Hearst (former managing editor, Lingua Franca), Jesse Oxfeld (former senior associate editor, Brill’s Content), Christina Valhouli (former staff writer, George magazine), and Margaret Aro (former assistant to the editor-in-chief, Talk). Now if only they could get Rosie to emcee the gig.
SANDOR SPEAKS: Sandor Lubbe is taking a break from the magazine business — but he’s already planning a big comeback. Lubbe told WWD he feels “exhausted and destroyed, but also liberated,” after hearing the news that his brainchild, the alternative fashion magazine Dutch, would be shut down. As reported, Audax — which owns a controlling stake in Dutch — failed to sell the magazine after Lubbe quit in July. “It’s a shame. The title had its place in the industry, and I think it inspired magazines like Another and Pop. We were among the first to bridge the gap between street and fashion,” he said. Lubbe, who quit Dutch after clashing with Audax management, also said the future of Berlin — his German magazine project — was still up in the air. And it just may stay there. Lubbe said that in the future he doesn’t want to repeat himself by starting a small, niche publication. “I want to establish a major title that has a big readership in a lot of countries.” So what’s next: a magazine called Europe?
HAND’S PLAN: Kevin Hand, chairman of the new company Hachette U.K., is wasting no time beefing up his media stable. First, he took back the Elle titles from Emap, which had published them under the terms of a joint venture with Hachette Filipacchi. Now, he’s outbid Emap for the monthly women’s magazine Red, which had been published under the same joint venture. Hachette U.K. will pay $25.7 million for Emap’s 50 percent stake in Red, which has been valued at approximately $51.2 million.
ZAGAT’S FOR BOHEMIANS: Zagat’s, the Everest of restaurant, nightlife, and service guides, is getting some funky competition: Black Book magazine is taking the cult Black Book list nightlife guide from between its pages and publishing it as an independent nightlife guide. The “Little Black Book (LBB) Guide 03” will be available at bookstores, department stores and newsstands beginning in late November.