Consumer Reports

Preparing for the Industry’s Future
April 1, 2008

The 2008 Publishing Business Conference & Expo—held March 10-12 in New York City—was the setting for a meeting of many of publishing’s top minds. With more than 1,000 magazine and book publishing industry executives in attendance, the Publishing Business Conference & Expo featured two-and-a-half days of intensive conference sessions addressing the biggest issues facing publishers today. Held concurrently, the expo hosted more than 100 exhibitors showcasing publishing technologies and services. The show, produced by Publishing Executive and Book Business magazines, this year featured its new Publishing Business brand; it formerly was two co-located events, the Publishing Executive Conference & Expo and the Book Business

Consumers Union’s Gold Standard
September 1, 2007

By Jim Calder There is the kind of loyalty that keeps an employee at a company for a decade or two, maybe even three. And then there is the kind of loyalty that is exemplified by 2007 Hall of Fame inductee Louis Milani. For 53 years, Milani has worked for one company: Consumers Union (CU)—the Yonkers, N.Y.-based nonprofit organization that publishes Consumer Reports magazine (circulation approximately 4.3 million), two newsletters, books and other special-interest publications. Today, Milani is senior director, publishing operations and business affairs, overseeing paper, print, fulfillment and logistics partnerships for CU’s information products, mainly Consumer Reports. And after more than

Industry Executives’ Appointments, Promotions, Transfers and More
April 13, 2007

• PC World and Macworld promote Michael Carroll to SVP/group publisher, and name Paul Zampitella publisher of Macworld.• Ken Beach joins Hanley Wood as executive vice president, corporate sales.• Consumers Union promotes Kim Kleman to editor-in-chief of Consumer Reports magazine.• Mike Martin is named president of Cygnus Business Media - publishing.• Carolyn Kremins is named…

Call for Speakers at National Publishing Conference
September 8, 2006

The Publishing Executive Conference and Expo is inviting applications from publishing executives to speak at its 2007 conference, to be held March 5-6, at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. This prestigious event draws thousands of publishing industry executives from around the country and features sessions on magazine manufacturing, production and workflow; publishing management and business development; and interactive publishing. Speakers at the 2006 conference hailed from many of the industry’s leading publishing organizations, including Time Inc., Consumer Reports, The New Yorker, PennWell, VNU Business Publications, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Hearst Business Media, ALM, CMP Media Inc., Business Week, Ziff Davis Media Inc.,

The New Role of the Magazine Printer
September 1, 2006

It’s ironic that when selecting a printer today, printing may be one of the least important criterion. More and more, publishers are choosing printers based on their distribution capabilities, management tools and proactive customer service reps. “The trend overall seems to be that print vendors are providing additional services …,” says John Sartoris, group production director at VNU Business Publications. “Whether it’s workflow solutions or specific project solutions, print vendors are relied upon as partners to provide resources and even marketing solutions that may cover print, direct marketing, e-media and logistics.” Examples of printers helping publishers in areas other than printing have always happened,

Consumer Reports’ VP and Editorial Director Kevin McKean ... on ShopSmart’s Debut and Future Plans
August 18, 2006

No longer content to serve only the four million subscribers to Consumer Reports magazine, nonprofit publisher Consumers Union decided to enter the increasingly competitive market of shopping magazines targeted at women. ShopSmart, like its older sibling, features pages and pages of buying advice, without ads. The new launch is available at newsstands only, for now, and is aimed at women aged 30-plus. Vice President and Editorial Director Kevin McKean talked to InBox about the challenges of entering a crowded market and the advantages of publishing an ad-free magazine. InBox: Was it a challenge to launch a shopping magazine in a market that’s already so crowded? Kevin

Magazine Industry Conference ‘Strikes Chord’ With Publishing Executives
June 1, 2006

Not even a George Clooney sighting could disrupt the 2006 Publishing Executive/PrintMedia Conference and Expo, which took place March 20-22 at the Hilton New York. The celebrity was filming his latest picture just feet away from the conference’s registration area and—predictably—attracted all sorts of ogling from attendees and passers-by, but it was the conference and expo that proved the stars of the week. Much like the industry it serves, the conference found itself in an unprecedented state of evolution when it kicked off on Monday, March 20. Amid revolutionary changes in the world of magazine publishing, this year’s conference expanded with the theme “How

American Mag Conference Draws Big Picture with Good Details
December 1, 2005

It's no wonder 600-some magazine executives headed to Fajardo, Puerto Rico, in October for the American Magazine Conference. The big names on the docket were a draw for publishers and editors alike—Martha Stewart; Susan Lyne, president and CEO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia; Sarah Chubb, president, CondéNet; James Kelly, managing editor, Time; and the chief editors of Glamour, National Geographic, Elle and GQ, among many others. The conference is a members-only event hosted by the Magazine Publishers of America Inc. (MPA) and the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME), so those who aren't members of the organizations missed out. This year's