Memo Pad: Jobs Available… ‘Project Runway’ Still in Demand…

A few big magazine publisher jobs are open, but there are some challenges facing those going for the top spots at Glamour, Women’s Health and Real Simple.

JOBS AVAILABLE: A few big magazine publisher jobs are open, but there are some challenges facing those going for the top spots at Glamour, Women’s Health and Real Simple. At Glamour, publishing director Bill Wackermann is still in charge there in addition to overseeing W, Bon Appétit and Details — and since he’s just closed the most profitable September issue in the magazine’s history, executives at Condé Nast aren’t in a hurry to find a publisher, who would report to Wackermann. Several publishers in the building at 4 Times Square have raised their hands for the Glamour job, but Wackermann is still looking. The search could take as long as a year, a source said.

At Women’s Health, group publisher Mary Murcko wants to find a digitally savvy successor to Jack Essig, who departed a few weeks ago for Esquire. Murcko said a decision will be made within the next two weeks. At a rooftop cocktail reception on Tuesday evening to welcome new Men’s Health publisher Ronan Gardner, Women’s Health editor in chief Michele Promaulayko said: “The ideal candidate will possess a lot of creative firepower and have ideas for how to bring the brand to life in new and inventive ways,” she said. Women’s Health won a general excellence award at the National Magazine Awards in May.

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Over at Time Inc., the hunt for a publisher at Real Simple began last week, after Kevin White left to become publisher of Health, succeeding David Watt. A spokeswoman said it’s too early to predict when a new hire will be made. “The stakes are so high on generating revenue now that many are relying on the publishers that are out there, but the truth is, new talent is needed,” said one insider. “It’s risky to take a chance on someone new and people aren’t exactly leaving other industries for publishing right now, but a fresh perspective is really needed.”

STILL IN DEMAND: After eight seasons and countless design challenges, some wondered if viewers would return for a ninth season of “Project Runway,” which made its debut on Thursday. It turns out the show still has legs, with the premiere episode easily beating last season’s debut. About 2.75 million people tuned in to Lifetime to watch Heidi Klum, Michael Kors, Marie Claire’s Nina Garcia and Tim Gunn welcome a new season of designers. This figure beats last season’s premiere of 2.54 million viewers, according to Nielsen. The data is based on live and same-day viewership, which includes those that watched it on DVR after the show originally aired.

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