Meredith Corp., the Des Moines, Iowa-based publisher of 25 subscription magazines and more than 200 special interest titles, announced its acquisition of Healia, a consumer health search engine, this week. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Healia, headquartered in Bellevue, Wash., uses proprietary, patent-pending content filtering technology to link consumers with answers to their health and wellness-related questions. Meredith’s move is an effort to strengthen a common component of many of its titles, says Meredith Publishing Group President Jack Griffin, by providing trusted health information to women. “The demand for health information is booming and is of particular interest to women,” he said.
Tracy Windrum didn't like his job. If he had, he wouldn't be getting inducted into the PrintMedia Hall of Fame. His first full-time job as a Wagner College grad and a Syracuse University post-grad (where he earned his MBA) was preparing production cost budgets for Time Inc. He started in the spring of 1974, and People magazine had just been launched and was among the titles Windrum worked on, as were Sports Illustrated and Money. Windrum learned quickly, however, that hard numbers just weren't his thing. "After two years, I had enough with the finance job. I told my boss over lunch that I
Primedia hired long-time magazine editor Elizabeth Crow as the company's first editorial director for its more than 150 magazines, which include Seventeen, Motor Trend, and Automobile. Crow, who started her career as an editorial assistant with The New Yorker, says moving to Primedia is a homecoming of sorts as she spent eight years as executive editor of Primedia-owned New York magazine. She leaves Rodale's women's health group where she was editorial director since April 2001, responsible for overseeing such publications as Prevention magazine. At Primedia she will report to David Ferm, president of magazines and media. "I am thrilled to move to Primedia because their magazines
Valentine's Day wasn't all wine and roses for 60 employees of the Sesame Workshop. According to recent reports, the multimedia network cut dozens of jobs in an attempt to scale down production in both television and print. And while rumors that the network's Sesame Street Magazine would also succumb to Big Bird's beef, the network announced the popular kids magazine is being turned over to AOL Time Warner's Parenting Group, the current publisher of Parenting and Family Life magazines. With a mission to tout virtues such as innovation, optimism, knowledge and diversity, Sesame Street's non-profit publishing venture is not alone in recent cutbacks.
The New Yorker magazine Publisher David Carey, quit Condé Nast to manage Gruner & Jahr's USA Business Information Group. Carey, 39, is president and CEO overseeing recently acquired Inc. and Fast Company magazines. The publisher reports Carey's hiring is part of Gruner & Jahr's efforts towiden its presence in the US. Gruner & Jahr, 74.9 percent owned by German Bertelsmann AG and 25.1 percent by Jahr Group, publishes such magazines as YM, Family Circle, Fitness, Parents and the new Rosie. At The New Yorker, Carey boasted 2,408 advertising pages in 2000, up 16 percent from the year before, according to the Publishers Information