THE WEB CUTS JOBS, TOO: The ax fell on Hachette’s digital operation Thursday, with roughly 15 editorial jobs cut from a staff of about 100, though a company spokeswoman claimed the positions would eventually be refilled with hires possessing a “new skill set.” (Further details on which skill set were not supplied.)
At least two of the cuts came from Ellegirl.com, which lived on after the magazine’s demise in 2006: fashion editor Joyann King and senior editor Holly Siegel, according to sources. (The spokeswoman declined to provide names of those whose jobs were eliminated.) Both were hired about a year ago by elle.com executive editor Keith Pollock. A producer and a videographer who work on elle.com also were said to be among the cuts. Premiere.com’s Glenn Kenny wrote on his blog Thursday morning, “I’ve just been informed that my position at premiere.com is being terminated. What this means for this blog is still up in the air; I’ve got meetings this afternoon in which such things are to be negotiated. In any case, I now join the ever-growing ranks of film critics without staff positions.”
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Officially, the restructuring came at the initiative of Todd Anderman, who left Maxim Digital after Dennis Publishing was acquired by Quadrangle, and took over as senior vice president of digital media at Hachette in January. Among the possibilities on the table, said one person at the company, is pursuing outside partnerships to create Web video content as an alternative to internal production.
The spokeswoman also admitted there had been layoffs at Woman’s Day earlier this spring, rumored to be about a half-dozen people on the editorial side, although she could not confirm a number by press time. Under the reorganization, Woman’s Day’s Web site now will be under Pollock’s oversight.
— Irin Carmon
MOVING PARTS: Condé Nast on Thursday shuffled several business side executives to new roles. At Gourmet, vice president and publisher Tom Hartman moved to the Condé Nast Media Group as vice president of corporate sales. Succeeding Hartman at Gourmet will be Allure vice president and publisher Nancy Berger Cardone. Hartman was publisher of the magazine for nearly a year and was associate publisher for four years before that. But Gourmet’s ad business shrunk during his tenure: Ad pages fell 7 percent in 2007 to 1,252, according to Publishers Information Bureau. Through this month, pages fell 18 percent to 393 pages, according to Media Industry Newsletter. Allure’s business thrived under Cardone — ad pages increased from 1,159 in 2001, the year she took over, to 1,735 last year, according to PIB. Pages so far this year have declined 3 percent, to 633.
Succeeding Cardone at Allure will be Agnes Chapski, who had been associate publisher of advertising for Vanity Fair. Prior to Vanity Fair, Chapski was associate publisher at Lucky, where she helped launch the magazine under then-publisher Sandy Golinkin. Jason Wagenheim, currently Condé Nast Media Group’s executive director of corporate sales, will replace Chapski at Vanity Fair. That magazine also will lose Kathryn Banino Bano, who will move over to Details as advertising director. She was most recently sales development director at VF. Succeeding Bano will be Keri Mahe, who was promoted to Bano’s position from account director. The changes are effective Monday.
— Stephanie D. Smith
TRIED AND TRUE: The summer months traditionally have been good ones on the newsstand for Glamour, but given the current economic environment, no issue is a sure thing. So perhaps that’s why the magazine is retreading a well-worn formula for its June issue: the “50 Most Glamorous Women of ’08,” as selected by readers and a panel of fashion insiders. Of course, the list isn’t to be confused with People magazine’s “100 Most Beautiful” ranking, which comes out at about the same time. Glamour editor in chief Cindi Leive said her new list may become an annual tradition, however. “Everyone loves a good list and we thought since it’s a summer issue, it would be a great read at the beach,” she said, not mentioning that it’s also a relatively surefire advertising vehicle. Glamour’s newsstand sales declined 13 percent during the second half of last year to an average of 747,014, and this year, January sold 770,000 and February had 760,000 from the newsstand, according to an estimate from the Audit Bureau of Circulations.
For the list, the magazine put together a panel of fashion insiders and asked June cover girl Jessica Simpson to oversee the process. Other judges were Zac Posen and Tracy Reese, Simon Doonan, Linda Fargo of Bergdorf Goodman, Reed Krakoff of Coach, photographers Patrick Demarchelier and Patrick McMullan, stylists Andrea Lieberman, Serge Normant, Estee Stanley and Cristina Ehrlich, Ivan Bart of IMG Models and Glamour’s fashion director, Xanthipi Joannides.
As for the list itself, there aren’t too many surprises: Angelina Jolie is in the top spot. At number 25, Carolina Herrera is the first fashion designer to appear, followed by Missoni heiress Margherita Missoni at 29; Diane von Furstenberg, 33, and Rachel Roy, 37. As for models, Kate Moss came in at number 9 and Iman at 14, followed by Gisele Bündchen at 21; Natalia Vodianova, 22; Christy Turlington, 23, and Agyness Deyn, 43. Media moguls Oprah Winfrey and Diane Sawyer also made the list, at numbers 30 and 38, respectively.
— Amy Wicks
SHOULDN’T SHE JUST BUY THE COAT?: New York media can’t get enough of “coat gate,” a term the “Today” show and others have used to refer to Lindsay Lohan and the fur coat she wore leaving nightclub 1 Oak. Even Meredith Vieira said Thursday on air, “Please, she took the coat.”
On Wednesday night, Mingling Moms’ newly anointed “top mom of the year” Dina Lohan and daughter Ali walked the press line at the Candie’s Foundation’s “Event to Prevent” benefit and, of course, talk turned to the coat. “Don’t believe everything you read!” said a smiling Dina, as she was whisked away, presumably by her handler. In addition to the Lohans, Beth Ostrosky, Mischa Barton, Jason Lewis and Katie Lee Joel attended the event, which raised more than $1 million for the prevention of teen pregnancy.
TRYING TO KEEP SCORE: At Safe Horizon’s Champion Awards Luncheon Thursday, Liz Claiborne Inc. chief creative officer Tim Gunn talked about the drama involved with having two TV shows. Gunn had spent the morning filming the first episode of season two of “Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style.” His new sidekick, replacing Veronica Webb, is Gretchen Monahan, who also does a weekly style segment for Rachael Ray. Gunn’s show is staying on Bravo TV, while “Project Runway,” on which he’s a judge, is moving to Lifetime, which, Gunn joked, “is making me a bigamist.” And he admitted that, with its upcoming move, “Project Runway” is ripe with change. Gunn ticked them off on his fingers: a new production team; the question of whether the show will continue to partner with Elle magazine and Elle’s recently terminated fashion director Nina Garcia (who may or may not stay at the title as a contributing editor and who may or may not be about to find another job); the relocation of the filming from New York to Los Angeles, and casting the sixth season while the fifth is still being filmed — which means Gunn, for the first time, won’t be able to help.
The lunch honored Stacy Morrison, editor in chief of Redbook, with Claiborne’s Champion Award. The magazine does a series on domestic violence. “I am just the messenger, the bridge between what people fear and what they must know,” Morrison said. “But it is true I am a messenger with a megaphone.”
— Whitney Beckett