Publishing Industry Soundbytes 4-18-03
Posted on April 18, 2003
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Launches and Redesigns
Primedia Inc. announced that Thomas S. Rogers has decided to resign as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. This decision was made mutually by Mr. Rogers
and the Board of Directors based on differences regarding the future direction of the Company.
Steven P. Gosset, a veteran
reporter, editor, and producer, has joined PR Newswire's Feature
News Service department as editorial services manager.
Based in New York, Gosset will provide counsel to PR
Newswire's feature news clients, oversee the further development of
the service and conduct client workshops and staff training,
according to Fred Ferguson, director of the Feature News Service.
For the past seven years, Gosset worked as an editor and reporter
at CBS Radio Network.
Jillaina Wachendorf, senior vice
president of marketing for Starz Encore Group LLC (Starz Encore),
announced the appointment of veteran journalist Thomas (Tom) P.
Southwick to the post of vice president, corporate communications.
Reporting to Wachendorf, Southwick replaces Paul Jacobson who left
Starz Encore in January to take the position of deputy communications
director for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN).
Southwick, 54, worked as a journalist
in Massachusetts and Washington before serving for three years as
press secretary to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA). From 1981-1988
Southwick worked for cable industry trade newspaper Multichannel
News, first as managing editor and later as editor. In 1988 he
founded, with the backing of Paul Kagan Associates, the weekly Cable
, where he served as publisher and columnist.
In 1994 Cable World was purchased by Cowles Business Media where
Southwick was named vice president of new business development.
He is the author of Distant Signals: How Cable
Changed the World of Telecommunications
, a history of the first 50
years of the cable industry.
Ziff Davis Media Inc. announced the promotion of Sloan Seymour to
Senior Vice President, Enterprise Group, which includes eWEEK, Baseline
and CIO Insight
magazines. Seymour, who joined the company in June 1986, will continue
as Publisher of Baseline
magazine. He will report directly to Robert
F. Callahan, Chairman and CEO of Ziff Davis Media.
As Senior Vice President of the Enterprise Group, Seymour will
be responsible for developing integrated marketing
initiatives -- print advertising, custom media, research and
face-to-face events -- that help our customers meet their marketing
Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive (WPNI) announced that Caroline Little has been named president and chief operating officer of the company. Little, who
has served as COO for the last three years, will now oversee all of
the company's business operations, including advertising sales, Jobs,
Cars and Real Estate and other transaction services.
Little joined WPNI in 1997 as general counsel. In 1998 she was
promoted to vice president, administration and general counsel. She
became senior vice president of business affairs and general counsel
in 1999, and chief operating officer in April 2000. Prior to joining
WPNI, Little was deputy general counsel at U.S. News & World Report,
The Atlantic Monthly
and Fast Company
The company also announced that Mary Moslander
will assume the new role of vice president, strategy and product
development. Moslander previously served as the vice president and
general manager, Jobs, Cars and Real Estate.
Thomas R. Norton, vice president
of operations at the York (Pa.) Newspaper Co., has been named managing director of NAA-Ifra
Technical Solutions LLC, a new joint operation between the Newspaper Association of America and Ifra, a German-based international association of newspaper and media
publishing technology. Norton and his team will be responsible for
developing training programs, consulting services, research projects
and seminars on cutting-edge issues and technologies in newspaper
Carolyn Bekkedahl, Executive
Vice President of American Media, Inc. and Publishing Director of
the Weider Active Lifestyle Group, has named Randy Frank Leeds as
the new publisher of Natural Health
Ms. Leeds had been with Fitness
magazine since 1996, most recently
as Associate Publisher. Prior to Fitness
, she had managed her own
company, Frank Marketing Inc., and worked extensively in the cable
President of the Reed Business Information (RBI) New Product
Information Division, has announced the appointment of Sabrina Crow
as Vice President/Publishing Director of the division's manufacturing
publications. Reed Business Information is a provider of
business-to-business publications and a member of Reed Elsevier
Group plc. As Vice President/Publishing Director,
Crow will play a strategic role in leading the Morris Plains-based
manufacturing publications, which include Chemical Equipment,
and Production Technology News
, to more
prominent positions within the markets they serve. Crow will report
to Ungaro. Previously, Crow served as CEO of Freedom Magazines
International and publisher of Latin Trade
NewsStand Inc., a
digital distributor for print media publishers, announced that
Michele Chaboudy has joined the executive team as Chief Marketing
Officer. Prior to NewsStand, Ms. Chaboudy spent more than 18 years
in various marketing and product management positions in consumer
and business-to-business companies. She most recently served as
Vice President of Marketing for Zinio Systems, where she developed
the company's early corporate and product marketing.
Holt, Rinehart and Winston -- a
publisher of textbooks and educational materials for grades
six through 12 -- announced that Don Lankiewicz has been named
to the position of senior vice president and publisher.
Lankiewicz joins Holt from Harcourt School Publishers, a sister
company under the Harcourt Education umbrella, where he was vice
president for social studies editorial. Before joining Harcourt
in 1986, he worked for Charles E. Merrill Publishing Company (now
Glencoe). He started his education career as a high school social
studies teacher. Mr. Lankiewicz has worked on a variety of
well-respected social studies and health programs for Harcourt and
MarketWatch.com, Inc., a provider of financial news and
information, announced that it has named Douglas Appleton as the company's General Counsel.
As General Counsel, Appleton is responsible for MarketWatch.com
legal affairs, including contract negotiation, mergers and
acquisitions, litigation, corporate governance and securities
compliance. Prior to joining MarketWatch.com in March 2003, Appleton
was the Associate General Counsel at Handspring, Inc., a
manufacturer of handheld computer and wireless communicator
products, and as General Counsel for SecuGen Corporation, a
privately held technology company that manufactures and develops
fingerprint biometric devices.
Veteran sales executive Gabrielle
Richard has been named Business Wire's Washington DC Regional
Manager, it was announced by Cathy Baron Tamraz, president of the
Reed Business Information (RBI),a provider of business-to-business information and a member of the Reed Elsevier Group plc, has announced the appointment
of Stephen Moylan as Vice President and Publishing Director for EDN.
Moylan comes to RBI from magazine publisher,
Ziff Davis, where as Executive Vice President, he was responsible
for corporate sales, marketing, research and the Enterprise Group
Rediff.com, an online provider of news, information,
communication, entertainment and shopping services for Indians,
announced the launch of 'Rediff Blogs' a service that allows a
user to publish their thoughts and ideas directly on the web.
Advanced Relational Technology
Inc., (ART), the parent of Chief Architect, and Meredith Corporation, publisher of
Better Homes and Gardens
entered into a licensing agreement. Under the terms of the agreement,
the consumer and design editorial expertise of Better Homes and
and the home software developed
under the ART Chief Architect brand will collaborate to create a
consumer software series for home design and architecture.
The product series will launch early
this summer under the name Better Homes and Gardens Home
Designer 6.0, and will present an array of architectural design
features to help homeowners create a vision of their dream home.
Publishers Group West (PGW), the
contract book distribution arm of Advanced Marketing Services, Inc.
and a distributor for independent publishers, has announced the addition of five new publishers for whom PGW will manage distribution beginning in the Fall of 2003.
The new publishers include Chrysalis Children's Books, a book
division of Chrysalis Books and part of the British multimedia
company Chrysalis Group; Sanctuary Publishing Limited, part of
the Sanctuary Group plc in England, which includes both recording
and music publishing; Inner Ocean Publishing; Squaresville
Productions; and Income Dynamics. In addition, three PGW publishers
have recently added to their publishing programs as well. Avalon
Publishing Group in New York welcomed an exciting new literary
publishing division, Shoemaker and Hoard. New York Review Books
launched Classic Children's Books and Soft Skull Press will
introduce their new children's imprint Red Rattle at BookExpo
IGN Entertainment -- home to IGN.com, the web's largest
information and entertainment destination for video gamers --
announced that it has acquired VE3D, a preeminent online site
for up-to-the minute gaming news.
IGN's acquisition of the VE3D website from BA Ventures, LLC,
enhances IGN's reach among fans of PC games.
VE3D offers in-depth coverage of action and strategy PC games, which
complements the in-depth coverage of massively multiplayer online
role-playing PC games (MMORPGs) provided by IGN's Vault Network.
Trans Media Exchange, Inc. (TMX), a provider of online media content and
information management technology, has announced a partnership
agreement to distribute Cherry Lane's music content through TMX's global network of extranet sites.
R.R. Bowker, a publisher of bibliographic information, and
Global eXchange Services, Inc. (GXS) announced that they have
put in place a new multi-year partnership agreement to develop
and operate the next generation of Pubnet, the publishing
industry's core electronic commerce service. GXS will provide the
underlying application infrastructure and communications network
for Pubnet, with GXS and Bowker working together to
enhance Pubnet to incorporate rapid response, order and fulfillment
visibility, and expansion to general merchandise transactions.
Pubnet users exchange over 2
million transactions each year, with one-stop access for the
more than 2,500 booksellers worldwide ordering over 1 million
titles directly from more than 100 publishers and wholesalers,
representing more than 4,000 imprints. R.R. Bowker, which
previously held a 25 percent stake in Pubnet, recently acquired
the remaining 75 percent of the electronic commerce service.
Heritage Partners, Inc. announced its investment in Enterprise NewsMedia LLC, which owns The Patriot Ledger and The Brockton Enterprise, two dominant
suburban daily newspapers south of Boston. Headquartered in Quincy,
Mass., Enterprise was founded in 1996 to acquire and manage a
collection of community newspapers.
Besides The Patriot Ledger
and The Brockton Enterprise
Enterprise NewsMedia owns MPG Newspapers, a holding company for
nine award winning weekly newspapers.
Launches and Redesigns
Activision, Inc., a
developer, publisher and distributor of video games
and other interactive entertainment products, announced
that it has launched a completely new and updated website at
activision.com. The site has been redesigned to most
effectively integrate the communications needs of Activision's
customers, business partners and associates.
The site offers information on Activision's upcoming games,
as well as information about the company.
In addition to viewing featured game branded webpages,
visitors can sign up to receive news and special offers via email.
Players can also sample new demo releases, listen to CD quality
game audio clips, view video clips and game trailers and obtain
information on the latest Activision game promotions.
Books24x7, a subsidiary of
SkillSoft PLC and the developer of online
Referenceware for IT and business professionals, has
announced FinancePro, a new offering targeted to corporate
financial professionals. FinancePro is a collection of more
than 100 unabridged financial titles from 12 leading publishers
such as John Wiley & Sons, McGraw-Hill, Oxford University Press,
MIT Press, and AMACOM.
Newsblotter.com has officially began operations by providing breaking news stories and investigative journalism. Newsblotter.com is
operated and wholly owned by Spectra Corporation based in Las
Vegas, NV. The navigation of Newsblotter.com
is based on news from geographic regions and interest areas. The
Newsblotter.com staff researches articles and news events from
around the world and posts them on the Newsblotter.com website.
eNature.com, a nature resource, has announced the launch of the Online Sibley Guide to Birds. SibleyGuidetoBirds.com presents birding information
combined with interactive tools to help bird-watchers. eNature.com licensed
the bestselling content of The Sibley Guide to Birds
follow-up book, The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior
then added interactive tools to help birders identify and learn
about birds, and document their birding experiences. The fee-based
website has an annual subscription fee of $29.95.
On Thursday, April 17, the Los Angeles Times
, a new weekly section that captures the experience of home life in Southern California.
King, who joined The Times
in March, is a veteran journalist with
expertise in home coverage. Most recently she was senior articles
editor for Architectural Digest
, where she oversaw the magazine's
editorial department. She also served as senior editor and writer
for Town & Country
and was a freelance writer for Harper's Bazaar
and Good Housekeeping
The New York Times has
unveiled a national education program, called The New York
Times Knowledge Network, which will unite all of The Times's
innovative education efforts nationwide.
The New York Times Knowledge Network
is a resource to help parents and educators enhance
student learning at all education levels, particularly in the
areas of analytical reading, critical thinking, problem-solving,
vocabulary and writing.
To promote The New York Times Knowledge Network program, The
Times is launching a national branding campaign with the
tagline "Inspiring Thought." In addition to
the image campaign, The Times
will also feature new direct marketing
creative designed to increase summer subscriptions at select college
NetNews Tracker is a bot that searches newsgroups twice each day
for the phrases that you choose, then delivers new hits to you via email. Each hit includes an excerpt and link to the full posting. NetNews Tracker was created by technology writer Kevin Savetz as a personal research tool. When colleagues showed an interest in it, Kevin added a Web interface
and made it available to the public. Savetz has contributed to
more than 100 publications and websites in the past decade.
NetNews Tracker can used to monitor thousands of newsgroups
for postings that mention a name, company, URL, or any other
topic of interest.
The relaxation website Self-Guided.com is now offering ten "inner tips" for coping with the stress of war and terrorism. These inner tips � drawn from the
books and recordings of Joel Levey and Michelle Levey, leading
authors and stress experts � involve specific ways people can
manage their own responses to these events, and thus lower their
own levels of stress and anxiety.
Joel Levey and Michelle Levey are the authors of Living in
(Conari Press, 1999), Simple Meditation and Relaxation
(Conari Press, 1998), and The Fine Arts of Relaxation,
Concentration & Meditation
(Wisdom Publications, revised edition
Paula Wiseman Books, an imprint
of Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and Simon & Schuster
Children's Publishing, announced plans to publish a picture
book by identical twin National Football League stars Tiki and
Ronde Barber. By My Brother's Side
, scheduled for publication in
fall 2004, will tell the Barbers' story of growing up together
as close brothers who always supported and encouraged each other,
no matter how steep the obstacles. An illustrator for the project
will be named later.
The agreement was negotiated by Paula Wiseman, Editorial Director for
Paula Wiseman Books, and Mark Lepselter at Maxximum Marketing on
behalf of Tiki and Ronde Barber.
Actress Faith Ford, recipient of
five Emmy Award nominations and two consecutive Golden Globe Award
nominations for her ten-year portrayal of reporter "Corky Sherwood"
on the CBS series Murphy Brown
, is at work on her first cookbook,
Cooking with Faith
, to be published by Scribner in May of 2004.
Richard Abate at International Creative Management Negotiated the
agreement, which is for North American rights, with Beth Wareham,
Director of Lifestyle Publishing at Scribner.
The new Christian Science Monitor
archive provide access to Pulitzer-winning coverage of world events in ProQuest Historical Newspapers. ProQuest Historical Newspapers is created and distributed by ProQuest Information and Learning, a
unit of ProQuest Company. The full run of the Monitor
from 1908 to
1990 in ProQuest Historical Newspapers offers access to this
newspaper's unique perspective. The database includes
each page from every issue in PDF files. More than 800,000 pages of
articles comprise the newly digitized archive and ProQuest will add
a year of coverage every year.
Game Informer announced growth in its guaranteed rate base of over 17% from 850,000 to 1,000,000 paid readers for the July - December 2003 period.