LITTLE LUCE COUP: Dissecting Ashlee Simpson‘s love life and scoring the first photos of Renee Zellweger and Kenny Chesney‘s ill-fated wedding earned People magazine-of-the-year honors at Time Inc.’s eighth annual Henry Luce awards, held Wednesday in the Time & Life building’s conference center.
The weekly was cited specifically for the Zellweger-Chesney photos, an exclusive interview with the Scott Peterson prosecution team, Hurricane Katrina coverage and stories on Ashlee Simpson’s new boyfriend and “those crazy Washington lovebirds, TV reporter Andrea Mitchell and former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan.” Said one attendee: “They showed the Katrina photos, and those were great, but then they brought up the Renee Zellweger marriage or divorce or whatever, and that’s when I lost it.”
Editors from the company’s various titles gathered for a lunch of grilled chicken and shrimp “with some sort of pilaf,” as awards were handed out in 11 categories. Time magazine scored three — for outstanding story, deadline (for Time Asia’s tsunami coverage) and reporting; Travel + Leisure won for design — an interesting twist, since T + L’s design director, Emily Crawford, was evidently just pushed out to make way for new creative director Nora Sheehan; Field & Stream got best photography; cover of the year went to People en Español; Essence won for public service; All You took personal service; Money won for special interests; Sports Illustrated was honored for best Web site, and Fortune was a co-winner with Time in the reporting category.
Fifty-year Time Inc. veteran Roy Rowan was honored for lifetime achievement.
“The funny thing is, they tell you in advance how many people you can bring, and you only get extra seats if you’ve won an award, so everyone knows the outcome in advance,” said one Time Inc. staffer.
The final round of judging was done by outgoing Time Inc. corporate editor Isolde Motley, former managing editor of Money Lanny Jones, former Time Inc. editorial director Dick Stolley and current editor in chief, John Huey. It was Huey’s first year presiding.
— Sara James
LIFE SENTENCE: Have you ever found yourself thinking there just aren’t enough magazines that cover the lifestyles of celebrities and fashion insiders? Probably not. But apparently Harper’s Bazaar feels there’s room for another entry in the field. In October, it will publish A Fashionable Life, a supplement inspired by the magazine’s section of that name, which purveys such tidbits as Karl Lagerfeld‘s favorite cookie recipe and Peter Som‘s packing tips. The 64-page issue will be mailed to subscribers on Oct. 1, to arrive between the October and November issues. Its 32 editorial pages will cover interiors, entertaining and travel.
Sarah Bailey, Bazaar’s deputy editor in chief, said the idea of publishing A Fashionable Life as a stand-alone supplement came out of research showing readers consistently rate the section as one of their favorite parts of the magazine. “It’s literally news you can use from fashion-world personalities,” she said.
Bailey is credited on the supplement’s masthead as editor in chief, while Glenda Bailey, who holds that title at Bazaar, will serve as A Fashionable Life’s editorial director.
It can’t be ignored that Bazaar rival Vogue will also be publishing its own extra issue devoted to home life, called Vogue Living, this fall. Bailey, of course, said there was no connection. “This idea didn’t happen as a response to anything anyone else is doing.”
— Jeff Bercovici
IN STYLE EXITS: A few boxes have been packed at In Style in recent weeks. Instead of returning to the magazine after maternity leave, market director Larissa Thomson is heading to Self to replace Ruth Basloe as fashion market director. Features editor Marisa Fox is also exiting her full-time post at In Style, though a spokeswoman said Fox would continue to work on book projects for the magazine. During the most recent round of Time Inc. layoffs, the magazine lost its public relations department. (In Style, Real Simple, Essence and Parenting now share a p.r. team.) And longtime photo editor Maureen Griffin, one of the last remaining staffers to have been at In Style since its launch, is said to be considering her next move, though she is still with the magazine. The spokeswoman declined to comment on Griffin’s status and said it was policy not to discuss personnel matters.
MORGAN’S TABLOID SHOCKER: Piers Morgan, former editor of London’s News of the World and most recently the Daily Mirror, is back in action at the helm of a new tabloid — and there’s not a trace of smut. First News, a weekly paper targeted at readers age 9-12, features headlines like “Rooney Broke His What?” about champion footballer Wayne Rooney‘s damaged metatarsal; “Is Blaine Bonkers?” about David Blaine‘s planned underwater stunt, and “Criminals Set Free,” which refers to a recent political scandal involving foreign criminals. The first, 24-page issue hits the stands today in the U.K., with a cover price of 1 pound, or $1.85. The initial print run is 350,000, and the publishers are Steve and Sarah Jane Thomson, founders and chiefs of Thomson Intermedia plc, which offers media monitoring and brand communication research. The editor is Nicky Cox, who’s launched a series of children’s magazines in Britain. “This will be the voice of children,” said Morgan during the paper’s launch Thursday on Downing Street, at the home of Gordon Brown, Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer. “Editorially, we speak at their level and don’t patronize them. Children will be involved in our weekly editorial meetings … and we hope to become a forum for national debates on children’s issues.” Jamie Oliver will write a regular food and nutrition column, and David and Victoria Beckham are expected to contribute their thoughts on sports and fashion, respectively. The paper is Britain’s first weekly newspaper targeted at children, and follows in the steps of the successful French title, Mon Quotidien (My Daily).
— Samantha Conti