Magazines

New Ownership Could Spell Big Changes for SI Swimsuit Edition
May 9, 2018 at 3:26 pm

Are modesty ponchos and chaste coverups coming to the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue? Multiple sources tell Page Six that the annual annals of female anatomy is facing a sticky situation after Sports Illustrated was purchased by the wholesome Midwestern folks at Meredith along with other Time Inc.…

Meredith Has 150 Possible Buyers for Big-Name Magazines
May 7, 2018 at 1:57 pm

More than 150 potential buyers are circling some or all of the four magazines that Meredith is selling off— Time, Sports Illustrated, Fortune and Money. “The deadline is May 11 for first-round bids,” according to Meredith CEO Tom Harty. He made his comments exclusively to Media Ink following the company’s first-ever appearance Thursday morning at the…

Wait! Don't Kill That Magazine
April 23, 2018 at 9:57 am

As if plummeting ad revenue and rising paper prices weren’t bad enough, now the threat of skyrocketing postal rates has successful publishers like ESPN and Meredith talking about shutting down magazines. But euthanizing money-losing titles isn’t always the best answer. Just because your accounting system says the magazine is unprofitable doesn’t mean you’ll be better off ceasing publication. (I…

Once Focused on Scale, Hearst is Cutting Back on Aggregation and Viral Fluff
April 23, 2018 at 9:53 am

Digital scale used to be the watchword at Hearst Magazines, but it’s now joining the stampede to original reporting. Back in January 2017, only one of the company’s top 50 stories included some research or reporting or both, said Kate Lewis, svp and editorial director of Hearst Magazines Digital Media. The vast majority of those…

The Return of MAD Magazine
April 20, 2018 at 10:44 am

MORE THAN 40 years ago this month, MAD Magazine founder William M. Gaines managed to outrage hundreds of his loyal readers, all by barely lifting a finger. For the April 1974 issue of his happily juvenile comedy rag—a mix of pop-culture parodies, political humor, and sound-effect-saturated comic strips—Gaines’ staff went with a cover illustration guaranteed to shock school…

Is It Time to Put Your Magazine Out of Its Misery?
April 11, 2018 at 10:02 am

Many U.S. magazines are barely keeping their heads above water. And with further advertising declines, more paper price increases, a newsstand system that’s circling the drain and the prospect of huge postal increases, it’s likely to get uglier in Magazine Land. No doubt we’ll see more titles give up on their magazines and go digital-only.…

Future Publishing Confirms Newbay Media Acquisition
April 4, 2018 at 9:08 am

Future Publishing has confirmed its purchase of US content business Newbay Media for £13.8m, broadening the publishers reach across conferences, magazines, events, digital content and data services. Straddling London and New York Newbay also possesses a large B2B portfolio, publishing specialist titles such as Music Week, MCV and PCR, and also has a significant consumer reach…

Cosmopolitan Drawn into US Culture Wars as Conservatives Urge Others to Follow Walmart's Lead
April 2, 2018 at 10:29 am

Even in the digital age, choosing a magazine at the supermarket checkout aisle is an enduring American tradition. Shoppers at the country’s biggest retailer were spoilt for choice this week if they wanted to devour scurrilous tabloid allegations about Hollywood celebrities and the health, sexual proclivities and drinking habits of the British royal family. Impulse-buying…

Do You Have an “Ugly Baby” in Your Magazine Lineup?
March 30, 2018 at 8:00 am

In episode 85 of the popular sitcom The Seinfeld Show, Jerry and Elaine have a conversation about ugly babies. In it, they agree that some babies are simply not that attractive, but they also agree that no one ever talks about it. It is an unwritten rule that you don’t point out the ugly babies.…