PASSAGE TO INDIA: Emap plc has plans to tap into India’s burgeoning economy. The firm, which owns titles including Grazia, FHM, WGSN and Arena, said last week it bought a 40.1 percent stake in Next Gen Publishing Ltd., a Mumbai-based magazine publisher, for 3.7 million pounds, or $7.3 million at current exchange. “As one of the fastest growing economies in the world experiencing a marked increase in wealth and consumerism, we see India as a prime market that will be highly receptive to our brands,” said Paul Keenan, Emap’s chief executive of consumer media, in a statement, adding Next Gen is an established publisher of English language consumer titles and business service directories. “Next Gen’s presence in the market will provide us with a strong base from which to explore opportunities.”
Founded in 2005, Next Gen has portfolios of consumer and business-to-business titles. Its consumer titles include Ideal Home and Garden and Smart Photography. This fall, the company plans to launch an Indian edition of FHM.
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— Lucie Greene
ON TARGET: Kate Spade may be under the Liz Claiborne Inc. umbrella now, but that won’t change the development — or budget — of future ad campaigns. For fall, Spade is maintaining its ad budget. Starting in September, the accessories brand will roll out its campaign, based on the theme of “I’ve always wanted to…” Camilla Rutherford, an actress on the HBO series “Rome,” was photographed by Cig Harvey in Southampton on Long Island doing the sorts of things adults have always wanted to do but never found the time for, such as archery, bird-watching and piano practice (well, some adults anyway). Andy Spade said the photo shoot was also captured in a behind-the-scenes film that will play on the company’s Web site. The campaign will begin running in the September issues of Vogue, W, In Style and Town & Country. — Amy Wicks
NEW HIRES: In Style has found a replacement for accessories director Alice Kim, who left her position last month. Meggan Crum joins the title from W, where she held the same position. Crum will join the Time Inc. monthly on July 16. Also at In Style, Nancy Bilyeau has been appointed deputy editor. She joins today from Ladies’ Home Journal, where she negotiated celebrity book excerpts and exclusives and edited the food and front-of-book sections. Bilyeau has also worked at Good Housekeeping, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone and Mademoiselle. — Stephanie D. Smith
P.R. AT CHANEL: Chanel on Friday said it promoted Valerie Duport to director of global press relations, effective Jan. 1. Duport headed the press for Chanel’s watch and jewelry division, which she will continue to direct while adding to her responsibilities the perfume and beauty division. She will also codirect the fashion press with Véronique Perez, head of Chanel’s fashion press department. Marie-Louise de Clermont-Tonnerre continues as head of Chanel’s international public relations department. — Robert Murphy