TV Guide

An Old Favorite Finding Its Way in a Digital World
December 8, 2006

It was announced earlier this week that Ian Birch, the editor in chief of TV Guide, will now also serve as the company’s executive vice president and chief content officer.

Gemstar-TV Guide said he would work to “develop and expand upon cross-platform content initiatives.”

Birch came on board with TV Guide in 2004, and he helped oversee the 2005 relaunch that saw the digest-sized magazine become a full-sized entertainment book.

Do you think Birch’s new position is simply a new title, a sign of growing problems for the once-dominating publication, or indication of a publisher finding its way in the new digital environment

A Shocking New World
September 1, 2006

Remember the days when Publisher’s Clearinghouse was more than a jackpot for one lucky winner, when it was an easy way for magazines to turn subs into profit? Well, Ed McMahon may no longer be knocking on the publishing door with a fat check, but industry insiders believe that everything from the Web to taking a more visual outlook to print can still turn a healthy profit. Picture This If a picture is worth a thousand words then Mike Hammer, editor in chief of New York-based Shock, the highly publicized new Hachette-Filipacchi title, is about to save a ton on those pesky

A Recipe for a Successful Launch
December 1, 2005

Rachael Ray is reported to have bountiful energy and a genuine passion for her job. Just watch any one of her four Food Network programs to see her energy and optimism in action. That's right, four: "30 Minute Meals," "$40 a Day," "Rachael Ray's Tasty Travels" and "Inside Dish with Rachael Ray." And she's working on a new syndicated talk show for fall 2006, with the support of such big names in TV programming as King World and Harpo Productions backing the show. The Rachael Ray brand is hot. And Ray's boundless energy will serve her well as she follows in the footsteps of

Last Rites for the Hard Proof
June 24, 2005

Hard Proof Here's a compelling prediction: monitor-based proofing systems will replace hardcopies by the end of 2005. Skeptical? Don't be. Proofing is often cited as the final barrier to implementing an all-digital workflow. But it won't be for long. Paper-based analog proofs will virtually disappear by mid 2005, replaced by digital technology that's already much faster, more flexible, and far less expensive. There are compelling reasons to believe this prediction will prove true, not the least of which is the history of printing and proofing. Printing's history is marked by constant improvements. New techniques and technologies that helped 'get the word out' faster made the printed page

Gold Ink Awards Competition Deadline Extended
May 1, 2005

North American Publishing Company (NAPCO) has announced that the deadline for submitting entries to the 18th annual Gold Ink Awards competition has been extended. The late entry deadline has been extended to May 18, with a $10 late fee per entry. The judging process will take place over the course of several days, beginning May 20, during which each submitted piece will be analyzed by top publishing executives who will judge the entries based on their production/manufacturing and aesthetic quality. This year's judges include: - Greg Captain, manager, The New Yorker imaging center, Conde Nast Publications - Jane Chero, vice president, production, North American Publishing Co. -

Honor thy CSR
April 1, 2005

Publication-printing companies have slowly changed from a commodity vendor (supplying printing) to a service vendor (fulfilling the publisher's objectives). Successful printers realize that selling services gets and keeps customers. Customers become dependent on a vendor who helps them to be more efficient and profitable. And it is the customer service representative (CSR) who is the link to that relationship. It's the CSR's job to work directly with the publishers and gather all the needed instructions to produce their magazines. The CSR also enters that data into company management systems, tracks its progression and, in some cases, helps prepare invoices. CSRs put out 'fires' and

Veteran Celebrity Journalist Joins Us
June 1, 2002

Us magazine, which has undergone somewhat of a rebirth since Wenner Media named Bonnie Fuller editor-in-chief in February, named veteran celebrity journalist Jeanne Wolf among five new hires appointed to the staff. Wolf takes on the role of editor-at-large bringing with her a large network of contacts with Hollywood stars and power brokers. She has served as editor-at-large: entertainment for Redbook and has been a contributing editor with TV Guide magazine. Her television credits include Nightline, Good Morning America and E!, as well as an eponymous PBS show Jeanne Wolf With. Joining Wolf are Ken Baker, West Coast bureau chief, responsible for overseeing Hollywood magazine reporting;

When Size Matters
January 1, 2001

If bigger really is better, the International Holographic Paper Company must be the best—at producing notable holograms, that is. The dot-matrix designers recently produced the world's largest commercial hologram for Warehouse, a U.K.-based retail clothing store chain. The six ft.-display poster was produced by IHP's new hologram system, the iScan Interferometric Scanning System. Not only was the iScan able to produce a poster 20-times larger than any other commercial hologram, it was able to do it 500 times faster than ever before, and at a fraction of the cost. The record-breaking poster was produced using two hologram masters that were shot in

Newsstand and Deliver
January 1, 2001

This year's election proved to be an all too painful reminder that making predictions can be a very risky business. Dating back to the introduction of radio and then T.V., a dire future has been predicted for magazine publishing time and time again. All the while, the number of titles and total page counts has continued to rise. So far, the same trend is shaping up for the warnings sounded about the impact of the Internet on printed publications. The Internet actually has had the opposite effect on the market, with Internet-related titles being one of the fastest-growing categories and Websites/companies spending big

Working With a Net
June 1, 2000

TV Guide turns to an automated solution for preflighting and digital ad submission. In television, there are many recognizable icons—the NBC Peacock, the tell-tale ticking of 60 Minutes' stopwatch, the CBS eyeball—but few rival the TV lover's most sacred companion, TV Guide. Published weekly by the TV Guide Magazine Group, New York City, TV Guide offers a compact, easy-to-grab-from-the-coffee-table alternative to channel surfing. Those precious ads What keeps the publication thriving, like many other magazines, is its advertising base. "We receive ads from more than 700 different advertisers," remarks Tim Davis, graphics manager for TV Guide's advertising production department. "And we're confronted