PARADE OF LOOTING: Talent seems to move in circles in the media world.
When Time Inc. hired Nathan Lump to helm Travel + Leisure, the editor, a former employee at T: The New York Times Magazine, looted a handful of T alumnae, including online director Jesse Ashlock as features director. Ashlock, who oversaw all of T’s online content, left the title late last year, and was never replaced. Following buyouts at The Times, the newspaper began looking at growth areas and turned to Deborah Needleman’s T, which lacked a meaningful Web presence compared with its parent.
Tasked with relaunching the Web site in time for New York Fashion Week this fall, T is now beginning to configure a team. Needleman turned to New York Magazine’s The Cut for staff, poaching senior editor Isabel Wilkinson from The Cut’s editorial director Stella Bugbee’s team.
Bugbee, who has called Needleman a “mentor,” referencing the years the duo worked together at Domino, is in the process of building her own mini fashion empire. Insiders told WWD that The Cut is broadening its editorial direction to include more women-centric issues beyond fashion and beauty — an endeavor that entails making new hires. For several months, Bugbee, who is growing her team, has been on the hunt for a deputy editor, a new position. At the same time, Buzzfeed poached associate editor Kat Stoeffel earlier this year.
With fewer bodies manning the department, summer may turn out to be busier than Bugbee had imagined.