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More Griffin: Insiders Spin Firing
February 18, 2011

The media world is still a ways away from getting to the bottom of what was really behind the abrupt firing of Time Inc. chairman and CEO Jack Griffin, but considering how short Griffin’s tenure was, and the way his exit leaves Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes exposed, this much must be true: There’s probably more to the story than the official company line that Griffin was fired after a mere six months on the job because his leadership style didn’t “mesh” with Time Inc.

Next Issue Consortium Falls Down to Earth
February 15, 2011

Once, Next Issue Media looked like it might have a bright future. An unprecedented collaboration by five of publishing’s biggest companies, Next Issue was intended to secure their digital future by preparing magazines for digital delivery and creating an iTunes-like online newsstand from which to sell them.

Condé Nast to Launch Magazine Editions for Google’s Android
February 14, 2011

Condé Nast announced on Monday the launch of digital editions of its magazines for Google’s Android. The announcement comes less than a week after Time Inc.’s Sports Illustrated announced an “all-access” initiative allowing customers to access SI content on all devices for one price – and partnered with Google to do so

Media Is Biggest Sector In 2010 Corporate Defaults
February 14, 2011

In this digital age, the media and entertainment industry may be struggling to hold the public’s attention, but they certainly caught the eye of their creditors.

That’s because a third of all large corporations that defaulted on their debt in 2010 were media or entertainment companies, according to a Standard & Poor’s report issued this week.

Sports Illustrated Adds App Subscriptions
February 14, 2011

Time Inc. launched its version of the digital future of magazines Friday—introducing a single subscription for print, computers, tablets and mobile devices—but gave no update on if and when this would include subscriptions on Apple's iPad, the dominant device among a new generation of tablet computers.

Apple, Google and the Publishers: Here’s How to Make Subscriptions Work
February 10, 2011

In recent weeks, we’ve heard growing concern from magazine and newspaper publishers regarding the challenge of providing content for mobile media while preserving their print franchises. The concern is nothing new, but it’s apparent that content providers are at risk of losing track of their customers like toddlers in a shopping mall.

Magazines' Place as Paid Content Once Again Erodes
February 9, 2011

Magazines have lost a little bit of paid circulation -- again.

Glossy publishers still counted more than 308 million paying readers in the new semiannual circulation report from the Audit Bureau of Circulations despite the latest drip of declines. That's a hefty customer base even if it's down from nearly 312 million in the report a year earlier. And it's not certain that magazines are merely helplessly losing ground among the media passions Americans will pay for.

Time Inc., HP Challenging Apple's Dominance
February 9, 2011

Hewlett-Packard’s Palm unit is getting ready to unveil its entry into the tablet market in San Francisco today, and Time Inc. will be the exclusive magazine publishing partner on the new device.

Hachette Staffers Headin' for Exits
February 8, 2011

It's a stampede for the exits at Hachette Filipacchi Media.

Out of a workforce that numbers about 600 people, at least 120 are expected to be gone by the time the Hearst takeover closes early in the third quarter, said one executive.

ABC Reports Top 25 U.S. Consumer Magazines
February 7, 2011

The Audit Bureau of Circulations released the semiannual FAS-FAX report for U.S. and Canadian consumer magazines today. The FAS-FAX report includes top-line circulation data for all magazine members.

AOL Acquires Huffington Post
February 7, 2011

AOL, the online media company that has recently snatched several smaller content firms, has agreed to purchase news blog service The Huffington Post for $315 million, the two companies announced Monday.

Online Retailers Discover the Joy of Journalism
February 4, 2011

One of the things that sets Net-a-Porter apart from its online competitors is former journalist Natalie Massenet's brainwave of pairing designer clothing for sale alongside snappy editorial web content - and a glossy magazine sent out to her customers. It's a formula that keeps fans loyal, and Net-a-Porter's success (a database of 3m unique users and 170 countries so far) has inspired other retailers to employ journalists to produce customer magazines, as well as branded online e-zines, blogs, video and shopping guides.

Printer Praises Postal Plant Consolidations
February 4, 2011

The U.S. Postal Service's stepped-up efforts to consolidate its mail-processing facilities is good news for printers that handle dropshipped mail, according to a printing executive.

Playboy App Won't Open Floodgates for Porn on iPad
February 2, 2011

We've long suspected that one secret to major financial success on the iPad is pornography, but Steve Jobs has always firmly vetoed any sort of explicit content. With the news that Playboy is coming to the iPad in an uncensored version in March, debate about the matter is heated. But it doesn't mean porn is coming.

iPad Mags Need A New Blueprint
February 1, 2011

Ever since the iPad came out, print media companies have been feeling their way in this new medium, but so far they've just been stumbling over themselves.
They are latching onto the iPad as a new walled garden where people will somehow magically pay for articles they can get for free in their browsers. But if they want people to pay, the experience has to be better than on the Web, and usually it's not.

Who Is Making Money in the iPad App Store?
January 31, 2011

In its latest TV spot for the iPad, Apple boasts more than 60,000 apps now available for the tablet device. That is good news and bad news. Certainly, it speaks to the robust developer economy that has sprung up around the iPad.