MOVING ON UP: Vogue has a new design director. The magazine on Tuesday tapped Danko Steiner, its current art director, to move up the masthead and replace longtime design director Charles Churchward, who resigned from his post after 13 years to pursue personal projects. Steiner has been with Vogue since 2005, joining the magazine from Harper’s Bazaar, where he was design director for four years. Steiner was also a designer at Visionaire. The transition will happen in July, after the close of the September issue. “Working with Charlie, when you’re around people like that you don’t realize what you learn along the way,” Steiner said of Churchward. “I really admire his dedication to the magazine and the overall vision that he tried to maintain.” A search for Steiner’s replacement is under way. — Stephanie D. Smith
A NEW ENTERTAINMENT: Lisa Berman has been photography director at Portfolio since fall 2005 (well before any issues appeared in spring 2007), but, after 16 years at Condé Nast, she’s heading to Time Inc.’s Entertainment Weekly to oversee photography for the magazine’s impending redesign. “I’m really proud of the launch of the magazine, but felt it was time for me to make a change,” she told WWD, though she declined to give further details on what was in store at EW. That magazine’s latest look, which is being led by new design director Brian Anstey, will appear in July. A spokeswoman for Portfolio said the magazine was interviewing candidates for the top photo job.
Meanwhile, EW has lured another Condé Nast staffer as its new director of event marketing. Julie Moore, who held the same post at Vanity Fair, will move over to the weekly, replacing Sheila Kelly, who’s left the magazine.
— Irin Carmon
COSMOPOLITAN IS MORE THAN JUST A WORD: Is Cosmopolitan magazine the inspiration for a new hotel, casino and beach club being built in Las Vegas? Hearst Communications Inc. thinks so — and it filed a complaint on Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against Cosmo Senior Borrower LLC as well as 3700 Associates LLC, the resort’s owner and developer. The Hearst suit alleges the defendants are seeking to trade off of the publisher’s “famous, long-established family of marks…and [the defendant] has stated its intention to use those marks in connection with goods and services that are the same as or related to the goods and services to which the public associates the marks with [Hearst Communications Inc.].”
Located on the Las Vegas Strip, the Cosmopolitan Resort & Casino is a $3 billion project from owner-developer 3700 Associates, which is expected to be completed in late 2009. Hearst is concerned that people might incorrectly associate the female-empowering magazine with the hotel, casino and beach club (or the drink). Among other things, Hearst noted in the complaint that the defendants’ use of Cosmopolitan and Cosmo-based marks in commerce have diluted and are likely to dilute the “fame and distinctiveness” of the Cosmopolitan, Cosmo and Cosmogirl marks.
Hearst is seeking punitive damages of at least $500,000, and wants the U.S. Patent and Trademark office to deny registration — or cancel it — for any marks that might “unfairly compete” with Hearst. In addition, Hearst also wants the defendants’ Web site domain name, cosmolv.com. A spokeswoman at 3700 Associates declined to comment. — Amy Wicks
Glam Buy: Glam Media Inc. said Tuesday that it has acquired London-based Monetise Ltd., a company that sells ad space for online sites such as Flixster and TV Guide. The terms were undisclosed. Glam, which publishes its own women’s lifestyle content and serves ads on independent sites aimed at women, has raised a total of $115 million in venture capital to date. By counting traffic on sites in its ad network, the three-year-old site has quickly become the number-one site for women’s content, beating out iVillage and CondéNet, according to comScore Media Matrix Inc.
— Cate T. Corcoran
BEST NOT TO ANSWER AT ALL: David Granger shows off his sensitive side in the July issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. The editor in chief of Esquire magazine, also owned by Hearst, was given the unenviable task of answering the question, “What do you like most about us [women]?” as part of O’s feature asking eight male writers “Men! What Are You Thinking?” Granger’s response will no doubt score some brownie points with the opposite sex: “We love it when you sit down on the side of the bed and kiss us for no reason,” he writes. “We can’t get over that. We love it when you ask us for advice on something that really matters to you. We love the way you smell right after you finish exercising. We love the way you look just before you wake up in the morning. We love it when you argue with us about something — movies, sports, politics — that really doesn’t matter. We love the way you will fill a silence at a dinner party and we love the way you give us guidance when it comes to our mothers. We love the way you look when you’re half-dressed or half-undressed. We love
your certainty, even when you’re sure we’re wrong. And we love your hair.”
Granger also offers insight into how important sex is and a simple trick for getting men to do stuff around the house.
“The things I need to know about women are more situational than eternal,” he writes and, recognizing the thin ice he’s on in presenting himself as an expert: “I’ve also found it’s better not to ask.” — A.W.