Keith Kelly reports this morning that, though the merger has not yet been finalized between Newsweek and The Daily Beast, Tina Brown’s already staffing up the venture.
Her first hire is Dirk Barnett, who will fill the role of creative director. Mr. Barnnett came from Lucky, which is currently in the middle of a brand renovation itself under former Jane editor Brandon Holley, who returned to Condé to take the job.
Mr. Barnett came from Maxim and was only at the Lucky job two days before accepting Ms. Brown’s offer.
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