MOVING ON: Perry Van der Meer has resigned as managing editor of Harper’s Bazaar, WWD has learned. Van der Meer didn’t return a phone call seeking comment, and a Harper’s Bazaar spokeswoman declined comment.
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In other news, Elizabeth Lamont, beauty editor, has left Bazaar to join Vogue as beauty editor, reporting to Sarah Brown, beauty director.
THE MOGUL DOTH PROTEST TOO MUCH: Three weeks ago, Michael Eisner went out to East Hampton to stay as the houseguest of entertainment lawyer John Eastman (aka Linda McCartney’s brother). While there, the Disney mogul went to dinner at investment banker Alan Patricof’s, where a source said he spent the evening trashing Joe Roth, the former chairman of Disney Studios who fell out with Eisner only to go on to head Revolution Studios, the studio currently flying high from the blockbuster success of Vin Diesel’s “XXX.” Eisner also told guests that he was the only real mogul thanks to the ousters of Bob Pittman at AOL Time Warner and Thomas Middlehoff at Bertelsmann. But now, Eisner’s future isn’t looking too promising either and some — including the guests at Eastman’s — are all wondering: Is Joe Roth on the short list to succeed him?
PRUDISH GAP: The Gap’s new ads will appear in more than 35 magazines this fall, but one category where you won’t find them is the “beer and babes” titles such as FHM, Maxim and Stuff.
According to sources, Gap has three women in its media department who feel the “laddie” magazines “objectify women” and won’t place ads in them.
Dana Fields, executive publisher and president of FHM, would only say: “The client in San Francisco has made it clear that they don’t feel this category is appropriate for the Gap. They say they don’t feel the image of the Gap is in keeping with the laddie category.”
“I personally don’t agree with that line of thinking,” said Fields. “Men and women know that J.Lo or Shakira or Anna Kournikova are fantasy. Women’s magazines that consistently emphasize thinness and how to nail the guy and have 15 orgasms in an hour are a lot more problematic for American women in general than putting a sexy celebrity on the cover. Men look at it and think it’s a fantasy, they don’t go and dump their girlfriend.”
Stephen Colvin, president of Dennis Publishing, which publishes Maxim, Stuff and Blender, said Gap advertised in Maxim in 1998 and 1999, but hasn’t advertised since.
“They’ve chosen not to reach our 20 million guys through all our titles,” said Colvin.
“Obviously, we’d love to do business with them,” he said.
Between FHM, Maxim and Stuff, their combined rate bases are 4.6 million.
“We really have a wide mix of print publications we use. We feel confident the mix is what we need for the ‘Every Generation’ message,” said a Gap spokeswoman.
HINT TV: The guys behind hintmag.com are getting ready for the small screen. They’ve inked a deal with Sky One in London to host a daily TV show named after their four-year-old column, “Chic Happens.” Only one drawback. It’s for British TV viewers only. The show will be a cross between the “Today” show and “Friends,” said Horacio Silva, who will co-host with his business partner, Ben Widdicombe. Shine Productions will tape the shows in New York two to three weeks before they air. “That will neuter our gossip, so it will have more fashion content,” said Widdicombe. In addition to fashion, the show will cover celebrity culture and “the glamorous lives people in New York live,” said Silva. The show debuts in late October.
GLAMOUR IN GEAR: In these tough economic times, cheaper magazines do sell. Just ask British Glamour, which made its debut in the spring of last year, and already has risen to the top of the women’s glossy heap thanks to a cover price that is half that of its competition. Average monthly circulation of the Condé Nast title for the period January-June 2002 hit 520,193 — a 19.2 percent rise over the same period last year. The little magazine — which measures about 8 1/2 inches by 6 1/2 inches and costs $2.25 an issue — is now the bestselling women’s monthly glossy in the U.K., surpassing British Cosmopolitan, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary year. Glamour’s U.K. newsstand sales rose 21.8 percent to 457,276 for the period, while U.K. subscriptions sales were 50,182 — an increase of over 32,000. And Glamour also is conquering Cosmo on the Continent, where its pint-sized German and Italian editions have surpassed the circulation of Cosmopolitan in those respective countries, Jonathan Newhouse, chairman of Condé Nast International, said.
MARTHA’S DEADLINE DAY: Today is the deadline for Martha Stewart, who is being investigated for possible insider trading, to hand over to the House Energy and Commerce Committee her phone, e-mail and other records related to her sale of ImClone Systems Inc. stock the day before it plummeted on the announcement that the Food and Drug Administration had not approved its new cancer drug. If she fails to comply with the deadline, the panel is expected to subpoena her records and possibly Stewart herself, according to reports.
MO’ FASHION TV: Those not ‘feeling it’ for the Judy Licht-dominated “Full Frontal Fashion” can take solace — more fashion-related TV will be coming this fall. New York-based Heritage Networks will be presenting a new syndicated show, “’N Gear,” a half-hour program geared to the young adult market. Hosted by ubiquitous hunk Tyson Beckford, “’N Gear” will go behind-the-scenes with designers, models and celebrities. Its focus, however, will be more Baby Phat than Balenciaga. “Despite their spending power, the vast urban market has been largely ignored in fashion-related television programming,” said Heritage Networks president Frank Mercado Valdes. “Historically, fashion programming has been dedicated to high-end fashion.” Other labels “‘N Gear” will highlight include Diesel, Sean John, Triple Five Soul, Roca-Wear, and Enyce. In the New York market, “‘N Gear” will air at midnight Saturdays on CBS beginning Oct. 5.
Heritage Networks will also be launching “Livin’ Large.” In the magazine-format mold of “Access Hollywood” and “Entertainment Tonight,” “Livin’ Large” will profile the lives of the young, hip, and famous and will feature hosts Carmen Electra and Kadeem Hardison. “Livin’ Large” will bow on Sept. 28, airing in the New York market on Saturdays at 7 p.m. on UPN.