For the second time this month, Jann Wenner has lost a high-profile editor. On the heels of Michael Caruso’s sudden departure from Men’s Journal, Bob Wallace, the editor in chief of Wenner Books, left the company last week. According to Wenner insiders, Wallace and Wenner had clashed over the limited marketing and promotion resources being put into the two-year-old imprint.
Wallace had headed Wenner Books since 2003, when it was founded as on outlit for publishing titles inspired by Wenner magazines. Among Wallace’s offerings are the poker title Aces and Kings, the romance chronicle Brad and Jen: The Rise and Fall of Hollywood’s Golden Couple, and Bling Bling: Hip-Hop’s Crown Jewels.
Wallace could not be reached for comment; his Wenner phone extension was disconnected. A Wenner spokesperson said: “Wenner books is alive and well with a full catalogue for 2006 including titles from Us Weekly, Rolling Stone, and Men’s Journal. Bob Wallace, who has had a long, esteemed career with Wenner Media, left his position on Friday and will pursue other opportunities. The departure was amicable.”