MOORE’S TOP PEOPLE: Ann Moore, who was appointed chief executive of Time Inc. three weeks ago, isn’t dawdling over building her own team. She has promoted Nora McAniff, currently president of the People magazine group, to executive vice president of the company responsible for its New York-based women’s monthlies, such as In Style and Real Simple, as well as the Parenting Group, People, Teen People and People en Español, and Time Inc.’s relationship with Essence. The president’s post of the People group won’t be filled.
John Squires, who was president of Entertainment Weekly, has also been named an executive vice president, with the added responsibility for consumer marketing. He will remain the point person for the company’s relationship with AOL and will continue to have oversight of Entertainment Weekly. The company will soon name a successor to him as president of Entertainment Weekly. Time magazine, for which Moore previously had oversight, will now be handled by executive vice president Michael Klingensmith, who continues to oversee Sports Illustrated, American Express Publishing and other titles.
HOW TO LOSE FRIENDS AND ALIENATE PEOPLE, PT. 2: One sure way to see your stock price drop faster than a domestic doyenne in the middle of an insider trading scandal is to wind up as a blind item in a New York City gossip column for having boasted that you’re on the short list to replace Vanity Fair editor in chief Graydon Carter.
On Sunday, Vanity Fair contributing editor Vicky Ward was written up in Michael Gross’ column for doing just that. As it turns out, it was decided last month that Ward would be moving out of Vanity Fair’s Times Square digs; instead, she’ll be working for the magazine from home. While she’ll retain her title, her focus will be on her own stories, rather than on editing others. When reached by phone, Ward said simply, “Graydon is brilliant at his job, he loves it and plans on being there for a long time.”
Still, some were surprised by how similar the chain of events was to Ward’s tenure at Talk, where she was executive editor until July 2001. “When she was at Talk,” said a former colleague, “she went all over town telling everyone she was Tina’s [Brown] eyes and ears, and this was after she’d been relieved of practically every editing duty she had. She’s very charming though.”
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A Vanity Fair spokeswoman expressed nothing but confidence in Ward, however, saying, “Vicky has been and will continue to be a very valuable contributor to the magazine.”
MOVING TO NEW YORK: New York Magazine has found a replacement for Michael Picon, its art director who quit last month after the magazine hired Danilo Black, Roger Black’s design firm, as a consultant. And, quel surprise, his replacement is David Matt, a Danilo Black partner who will start at New York after Labor Day.
1-800-KLUM: GQ has devised a sultry RSVP system for its forthcoming 45th anniversary party on Sept. 4: Invitees are prompted to dial an 800 number, where a prerecorded message from GQ’s September cover girl, Heidi Klum, awaits them. After asking callers for their vital information, Heidi promises, “I’ll save a piece of cake for you.” As it turns out, cake is the visual leitmotif for the September issue: Both front and back covers feature Klum darting out of one.