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A NIP AND A TUCK: After a tumultuous few years, Interview magazine — now under the team of editorial director Fabien Baron, editor in chief Stephen Mooallem and creative director Karl Templer — is changing its look. “This magazine has to evolve and change and address contemporary culture,” said president Evanly Schindler, who joined a few months ago and, before that, launched Tar. “It will be anchored in the here and now,” he remarked. Come spring, Schindler said new contributors and photographers will be on the masthead but he declined to provide more details, adding it’s too early to describe how the issue will unfold. This will be the second time Baron redesigns the magazine — the first was when he was co-editorial director with Glenn O’Brien and launched a new look with the September 2008 issue.
IInterview’s October issue will hit newsstands next week. The issue marks the title’s 40th anniversary and features Kristen Stewart of “Twilight” on the cover. Inside, the magazine’s owner, Peter Brant, interviews polo player and Ralph Lauren model Nacho Figueras, Lady Gaga is shot by Matthew Williams and Winona Ryder was interviewed by Mooallem.
This story first appeared in the October 2, 2009 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
— Amy Wicks
D&G TUBE: Could a new era have dawned on fashion shows? Talk of democratic fashion and reaching out to the masses is a hot topic of late, and fuel for the debate comes from Dolce & Gabbana’s latest gamble. The airing of “Pre Show Diaries,” or videos offering glimpses of the designers at work on the spring-summer 2010 collection, alongside hints of the clothes and accessories, and showing the fashion show live on the Dolce & Gabbana Channel on YouTube, generated 16 million hits, according to a company memo. That’s a lot of people clicking to watch the designers’ new spring looks sashay down the runway, especially considering that only 1,000 fashion insiders took in the show at the designer’s Metropol show space in Milan. Furthermore, the high number of hits on the Dolce & Gabbana-branded Google page made it the most viewed branded channel in the world, according to the company.
— Alessandra Ilari
FOR THE TIME BEING: Alpha Media Group has tapped Paul Miller as interim chief executive officer until it can hire a permanent leader for Maxim, maxim.com, Blender.com and its TV-film production arm, AMG Moving Pictures. Miller doesn’t have publishing experience, having been the executive chairman of firearms conglomerate Freedom Group. But he does have a technology background — prior to Freedom Group, he served as chief operating officer of Velocita Wireless and SkyOnline. Alpha Media ceo Stephen Duggan stepped down from the company in September, just a year after he took over the top role. Alpha Media was formed after Quadrangle Group purchased the media assets from Felix Dennis for a reported $250 million; the company is now overseen by a board of directors that includes representatives from Cerebus Capital after a recapitalization of the company’s debt in July.
— Stephanie D. Smith
SETTLING A SCORE: Cityfile.com had to scrub a posting on Cablevision chief executive Jim Dolan that appeared this summer after Dolan filed a defamation lawsuit against the site. The Web site reported July 24 that Dolan considered scrapping its Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes because of poor ticket sales. Though the original item said Cablevision did not respond to an inquiry, Cityfile.com posted a denial by a Cablevision spokeswoman three hours later. But that didn’t do enough to put out the fire — on July 27, Dolan filed the suit in New York State Supreme Court against the site, its founder Remy Stern and the writer of the item, Teri Buhl. Though the two parties never ended up in court, they settled the dispute, and Cityfile agreed to remove the posting from its site. “We now realize that we could have done more to ensure that all relevant facts were included in the article. We have retracted the article and removed it from our Web site, and regret any negative and/or mistaken impressions that resulted from its publication,” read a statement posted on the site Thursday afternoon. The Cityfile.com settlement comes a week after actors Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart filed a lawsuit in California federal district court against Gawker.com for copyright infringement after Gawker.com posted a video of the couple and another friend in the nude. “I’ve actually never seen the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, but after this, I might just have to check it out,” Stern told WWD.
NEW HIRE: Travel + Leisure editor in chief Nancy Novogrod looked close to home for a new creative director: Bernard Scharf, creative director of sister title Departures, will replace Nora Sheehan. Sheehan had been at Travel + Leisure for three years, a term that included a redesign last year. A spokeswoman said no redesign for the magazine is planned, although travelandleisure.com was recently relaunched with new blogs and community functions.
Departures editor in chief Richard David Story is looking both internally and externally for a replacement for Scharf, who had been at the magazine since 1992, the spokeswoman said. Scharf’s term included the company’s first national magazine award, for best single-topic issue.
— Irin Carmon
BIGGER EATS: Starting today, Eater.com is going national. Having already expanded its obsessive, insider-oriented coverage of New York chefs and restaurants to San Francisco and Los Angeles, the Web site network is adding freelance correspondents in Las Vegas, Miami, Chicago and Portland, as well as broader coverage of celebrity chefs and food television. It is also launching a restaurant-industry jobs site. All of the sites are being redesigned, and New York is getting more nightlife coverage from Down By the Hipster blogger Scott Solish. The expansion follows a similar move by a competitor, New York magazine’s Grub Street blog, which went multicity with an integration into the acquisition Menupages.com, though in a few different markets.
Eater’s new national site launches with exclusive sponsorship from the Food Network’s “The Next Iron Chef.”
MADEWELL GETS LUCKY: Lucky Magazine editor at large Elise Loehnen is taking a “denim tour” of five Madewell stores, where she’ll appear in the evening hours as a guest stylist. It’s a new kind of effort by Madewell to stimulate sales and attract crowds. “When I worked at Lucky, I spent my life in stores,” said Gigi Guerra, Madewell’s director of marketing and a former editor at large at the magazine. “I just think that both our sensibilities are genuinely aligned.” The tour, open to everyone, began in Boston earlier this week at the Newbury Street store, continued to the store in the King of Prussia shopping center in Philadelphia on Thursday and will be followed by Tysons Corner in Virginia on Wednesday, Lenox Square in Atlanta two days later, and the Century City Mall in Los Angeles on Oct. 19.
— David Moin