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On Thursday night, the newest editor-in-chief in the Conde Nast pantheon, Brides editor, Anne Fulenwider posed for a photograph with her new bosses, executives John Bellando and Jill Bright, and her husband Bryan Blatstein. As they arranged themselves, a drink slipped out of hand, shattering upon impact and splashing the celebrants with champagne.
Not long after Scott Dadich was appointed executive editor of digital magazine development for all of Condé Nast, “the tops of the mastheads,” as the senior editorial staffs are called, filed into the company’s fourth-floor lecture hall for a series of meetings. Condé’s new iPad king was holding court.
This wasn’t the first time the tastemakers of 4 Times Square had met Mr. Dadich. He’d been shopping “that Wired thing” around the company since it debuted in iTunes’ App Store in May 2010 to considerable fanfare and a flurry of downloads.
But this time, Mr. Dadich faced a few more sets of crossed arms.
Barbara Fairchild is leaving Bon Appetit after 32 years at the magazine, Conde Nast announced this afternoon. She will remain editor-in-chief until a successor is named.
Last year, after Conde Nast made the surprising decision of closing Gourmet and retaining Bon Ap, Ms. Fairchild was hailed as sort of a forgotten hero at Conde Nast. Apparently, her position Read More
Conde Nast decided a summer Friday afternoon would be the perfect time to announce a new president at the company. Bob Sauerberg is becoming the president of Conde Nast, and will be responsible for moving “the company to a new business model focused around digital connectivity, technology development, and consumer insight,” according to a press Read More
Two announcements out of 4 Times Square today, both of which the company hopes help move it ever so slowly into the future, even if these are concessions that would have been unimaginable to Si Newhouse and many editors within the company just two years ago.
First up, welcome special editions! On the Read More
Condé Nast group president David Carey met with Chuck Townsend at 9 a.m. this morning to tell him he was replacing Cathie Black as president of Hearst magazines.
“Five minutes into the conversation today, he just got it,” said Mr. Carey in a phone interview with The Observer. (We wonder what those first five minutes Read More
Conde Nast is bringing Gourmet back in the form of an app.
It’s an experiment for Conde Nast: They’ll take a magazine they folded (because they said it lost too much money) and replace the printed product and the employees they laid off there with a big internet community. And the Gourmet archives.
The “Gourmet Read More
Step right up, boys and girls, it’s a Condé contest! And Si Newhouse and Chuck Townsend want to hear from YOU!
In the lobbies of 4 Times Square and Condé’s buildings on Sixth Avenue and Third Avenue, you’ll find a flyer with the words: The Power of Suggestion.
Mr. Newhouse and Mr. Townsend want to Read More
RUB THE SLEEP out of your eyes, kiddies, and welcome home!
For years, the month of January has sent a cold winter chill down the spine of Condé Nast employees. It’s the time of the Si Surprise! He returns to work from his December vacation spot in Vienna, takes a look at the numbers, waves Read More
Just eight years after Si Newhouse spent tens of millions to move Condé Nast into 4 Times Square, he was ready to move out.
In the first week of October 2007, Mr. Newhouse signed a deal with the real estate developer Douglas Durst to build a new tower for his company over a Read More