ALL FOR OBAMA: Newspapers quickly capitalized on the election of Barack Obama as the 44th president and it was, of course, only a matter of time before monthly magazines got into the game. V magazine was already at the printer when Obama was elected, but editor in chief Stephen Gan had 50,000 “Obama’s in the House” red, white and blue stickers printed and affixed to magazine covers at the last minute.
Bruce Weber shot Beyoncé for the cover, and the songstress arrived at the shoot in an Obama state of mind, wearing an Obama T-shirt and with the president-elect’s surname manicured on her fingernails. “The issues are on their way to newsstands and is our own small way of commemorating the moment,” said Gan. Also in the issue is Steven Meisel’s take on a recent U.K. trend, “dogging,” in which young couples engage in explicit activities in parked cars and public parks. Meisel shot 28 pages and the model-filled images represent his first shoot for the magazine.
This story first appeared in the November 10, 2008 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
— Amy Wicks
MATTERS MOVES IN: Craig Matters has been named managing editor of Money, confirming a WWD report Friday saying he was a favorite to replace Eric Schurenberg, who was removed Thursday. Matters was Schurenberg’s deputy for four years before moving to Fortune in May to serve as executive editor. In a memo to employees, Time Inc. editor in chief John Huey called Matters “a change agent and an aggressive, entrepreneurial editor.”
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