The spokeswoman declined to elaborate on the layoffs, but a Wenner staffer said the cuts occurred in the last few days and stretched across the editorial and business sides of the magazines. They were also equally weighted across all three titles, part of a shift in resources from print to digital, this person explained.
When Robin Williams died last year, mourning fans turned to the web-and Rolling Stone was ready for them.
"It was an incredibly sad moment, but the next day we promoted three cover stories about Robin Williams and the traffic was enormous," says Gus Wenner, son of Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner and the head of digital for Wenner Media. "People wanted to read these portraits, and the quality was there, the writing was there."
For Wenner, that outpouring of interest affirmed an idea that he had been mulling over for months, inspired by a "cover wall" in the magazine's midtown Manhattan offices.
Readly, a company that's changing how people discover and read magazines, has added over 50 new titles from 9 publishers to its service. These include U.S.-based Wenner Media's Rolling Stone and Men's Journal; American Media's Shape, Star, and OK! Magazine; Rodale's Men's Health, Women's Health, and Prevention; Prometheus Global's Adweek, Hollywood Reporter, and Billboard; Hoffman's Cooking with Paula Deen and Victoria; ESPN's ESPN The Magazine; Annie's Country Sampler and Creative Knitting; and InterMedia Outdoor's Guns & Ammo, Handguns, and Fly Fisherman.
Rolling Stone announced today that Michael Provus has been named Publisher, effective immediately. Provus has acted as Associate Publisher of Rolling Stone since 2010.
The great media-world intern revolt didn't arise from an army of underpaid fashion-closet assistants, coffee-order-takers and instant-news-rewrite bloggers suddenly storming the castle in fury.
It began when a 40-something who'd built himself a comfortable career in finance read an article in The New York Times.
In April 2010, Eric Glatt had already quit his job at AIG to pursue his first love-film. He had received certification in the art of film editing and was working as an unpaid intern on Fox Searchlight Production's film, Black Swan.
Adobe announced today a partnership with Samsung on a new digital magazine marketplace called Papergarden. The marketplace will come installed on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablet devices. With the service, Adobe hopes to leverage the DPS Native Android Viewer and streamline the purchase experience. Readers will be able to fully preview, view pricing, and purchase single issues or subscriptions without having to first install the magazine app.
It's a match made in hipster heaven: Nylon, the alt-fashion bible, is merging with style blogger network FashionIndie. A management team consisting of veteran publishing exec Dana Fields, who was formerly group president at Wenner Media and president of FHM magazine, and Internet entrepreneur Joe Mohen announced today that they had purchased Nylon magazine as well as its brother title Nylon Guys, five international editions and digital properties (including the NylonTV YouTube channel) from its current owner, Nylon Holdings Inc. Fields and Mohen will combine Nylon with the FashionIndie network
In a tale of strange bedfellows, Meredith’s Fitness and Wenner Media’s Men’s Journal have struck up a sales alliance to compete with bigger health/fitness players Rodale and American Media Inc.
There’s not much precedent for separately owned titles going to market together, and they usually involve independents.(The Nation and National Review tried it last year to give advertisers a way to deflect backlash they might get from supporting just one of the politically leaning publications. New York and Dwell have joined forces on City Modern, an event series and joint publication.)
Jann Wenner has dismissed the publisher of his flagship Rolling Stone, Matt Mastrangelo. Mastrangelo had been in the position for three years (12 years in all at Wenner Media), and first-quarter ad pages were up 17 percent year over year to 190.
But Wenner is known to shuffle the publishing decks every few years at the magazine he co-founded. Mastrangelo got the word this morning, but apparently was told simply, “They are making a change.”
Recent bulletins from the magazines' front lines have brought horrible news. For the first six months of 2012, single-copy sales fell at 21 of the top 25 U.S. titles measured by the Audit Bureau of Circulations. Some titles fluttered; others plunged. "Like newspapers, magazines have been in a steady slide," David Carr sighed in The New York Times on Monday, "but now, like newspapers, they seem to have reached the edge of the cliff."
By this point we do expect the news to be challenging. But even from the sidelines, the carnage gives me pause.