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NEW HOME: On Jan. 24, Condé Nast International chairman Jonathan Newhouse received a call from Fabien Baron, who told him that he would be resigning from French Vogue to head to Brant Publications — publisher of Interview, Art in America and The Magazine Antiques — as an editorial director. After Newhouse got off the phone, he called Ingrid Sischy. “As soon as I heard, I immediately wanted to talk to her,” Newhouse said. “I’ve known her for 10 to 12 years. We see each other at the shows and stay at the same hotel in Paris.”
Some time later, after meeting with Sischy and Sandy Brant, who served as chief executive officer, president and publisher of Brant Publications, Newhouse created two new positions for them as international editors of the existing Vanity Fairs in Italy and Germany and the upcoming Spanish edition, which will launch in September. They will also work on any future launches of the title in Europe. Down the line, Newhouse predicted the company will look at Asia for future launches of the magazine.
This story first appeared in the March 18, 2008 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
While Brant and Sischy were in Paris for the collections in February, they met with the editors of each magazine. Sischy didn’t say exactly what the duo will be editing in the immediate future, but it will fall within the worlds of fashion, Hollywood and art. Brant added that while her most recent job titles rest solely on the business side, she had a hand on the editorial coverage at Brant, including the covers of Art in America and the art and movie coverage in Interview. As for their new jobs, they will work from “wherever we happen to be,” Sischy said.
Brant had been with Brant Publications for the past 23 years and sold her interest in the company to co-owner and ex-husband Peter Brant. Sischy had served as editor in chief of Interview since 1990. Sischy will continue to be a contributing editor to the U.S. edition of Vanity Fair. — Amy Wicks
SUGAR RUSH: Daily Candy and American Express will launch a local version of Daily Candy Deals today that will provide discounts at local vendors in four cities. The third Tuesday of each month, Daily Candy will e-mail Local Deals versions of its regular Deals newsletter in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco that will outline five discounts — four chosen by Daily Candy editors and an additional one chosen by American Express. The discounts will offer up to 25 percent off at select stores, but AmEx cardholders can receive an additional 10 percent off on all of the deals offered (of the 2.5 million subscribers to Daily Candy, 51 percent are AmEx cardholders).
Daily Candy will also launch consumer events in each town, a move toward marketing offline that the company has been slow to approach. “This is somewhat new for us,” said Daily Candy chief executive Pete Sheinbaum. “We’ve been approached by our marketing partners to branch out.” — Stephanie D. Smith
EMAP’S NEW CEO: There’s a new chief executive at Emap Communications, the B2B publisher that will soon belong to Apax Partners and the Guardian Media Group. Eden Bidco, the company formed by the two parties to acquire Emap Communications, on Monday tapped David Gilbertson as the company’s ceo, effective March 20 when Eden Bidco’s acquisition of Emap Communications is set to be completed. In December, Eden Bidco agreed to acquire the company for 1 billion pounds, or $2 billion at current exchange.
Gilbertson most recently held the post of ceo of Informa plc, a London-based information, publishing and events business, from which he resigned Monday. He replaces Derek Carter, who had served as Emap Communications’ chief executive for the past 11 years. Following the expected completion of Eden Bidco’s takeover of Emap Thursday, the company will be delisted from the London Stock Exchange. — Nina Jones