TRANSATLANTIC TRUMAN: James Truman is returning to the magazine world, but not to New York. In his new post as chief executive officer and managing editor of LTB Holding Ltd., Truman, the former editorial director of Condé Nast (parent of WWD), will be based in London, although he noted the job will entail “regular trips to New York.”
It also will entail launching “several new international cultural publications,” according to a bare-bones statement LTB put out last week announcing his hire. That raises the question of whether one of them might be a spiritual descendant of the arts-and-culture magazine he shepherded to the prototype stage during his final months at Condé Nast. (The company’s reluctance to move ahead with a launch figured in his decision to quit.) “It’s certainly possible some of the thinking behind the CN art magazine will surface elsewhere,” he said via e-mail. “But since I haven’t started the job yet, the question strikes me as a little early.”
Or not, seeing as LTB founder and president Louise MacBain had been pursuing him for the job ever since his departure from Condé Nast in January. Truman, who spent much of the intervening time traveling and living in Spain, finally met with her upon his arrival in London several weeks ago. He is scheduled to start mid-November.
As for his girlfriend, Leanne Shapton, who also collaborated on the Condé Nast prototype, she is working on a book of writings and drawings for Farrar Strauss Giroux. — Jeff Bercovici
VANITY’S CHILD: Fashion director Anne McNally is technically only employed by Vanity Fair for another two weeks or so, but she should have no trouble keeping tabs on her former co-workers. McNally’s daughter, Jessica, who has been working in VF’s fashion department since 2003 when she started as an intern, will continue in her present capacity as a freelancer even after her mother leaves the magazine next month. (Vanity Fair, like WWD, is part of Condé Nast Publications Inc.)
As for recent talk that Vanity Fair’s other fashion director, Elizabeth Saltzman Walker, who’s now based in London, would be given a different title to clear the way for a new fashion director to revamp the department, the magazine’s spokeswoman said: “Graydon [Carter, VF’s editor in chief] and Elizabeth are discussing how to best organize the department now.”
In other news, Vanity Fair’s list of summer interns may not have been populated with impressive names, but its fall roster certainly is: Elizabeth Hanks, daughter of actor Tom Hanks, recently joined the magazine as a freelance research associate. — Sara James
TIME AND SPACE: It was a power scene at Time managing editor Jim Kelly’s apartment Monday night, as Mike Wallace, Charlie Rose, New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly and others gathered to congratulate Jay Carney on his promotion to Time’s Washington bureau chief. (Carney, whose wife is ABC News correspondent Claire Shipman, succeeds Michael Duffy, now an assistant managing editor at Time.) No less a personage than Mayor Michael Bloomberg offered the toast, concluding, “My only regret is you don’t work for that better journalism company, Bloomberg.”
But the party’s real star was Jim Kelly’s six-year-old son, who scrambled around in a neon orange, realistically detailed NASA jumpsuit. Despite the season, Kelly said the outfit was not, in fact, a Halloween costume. “I’ve got one, too,” he added. “Mine’s kind of snug, though.” — J.B.
MILLER SIGHTING: At least Judith Miller isn’t shy about sharing her viewpoints. Recently, the embattled New York Times reporter, whose weapons-of-mass-destruction coverage arguably helped justify the U.S. invasion of Iraq, was said to be riding around Sag Harbor in a car affixed with a “Support Our Troops” bumper sticker.
Now, someone just needs to send her one that says, “Support a Federal Shield Law.” — S.J.