Wednesday News Round-Up for September 19th

Yes, the leaves are barely changing, but Toys ‘R Us is out with a list of this year’s hottest Christmas toys.  The list proves that everything comes back around if you wait long enough.  A new version of Furby, the fuzzy robot, is back, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Secret Sewer Lair apparently is in demand.  Who would have guessed?  For now, let’s forget about Christmas and focus on the latest industry news.  All titles with an asterisk* are included in the Wooden Horse Database.

DEPARTURES*, the American Express luxury magazine, will increase its rate base to 900,000 in 2013…

PREVENTION* will reposition its editorial content and unveil a revamp in January of 2013…

FAMILY FUN* will debut a relaunch with the October issue, including new content and a new look.  The changes have been in the works since Meredith acquired the magazine from Disney in February of this year.  Three new categories—create, play and explore—divide the publication, with expanded departments for learning, health and travel.  Readers also will notice new graphics for both the print and digital editions…

Conde Nast has asked its publishers to cut 5% from their budgets, due to a weak ad market…

GOLF DIGEST* cut staffers last week…

TEEN VOGUE* made staff cuts last week…

Hearst CEO Frank Bennack has tapped the company’s COO, Steven Swartz, to take over for him.  No date for the change has been announced…

THOROUGHBRED TIMES, covering horse racing and breeding, ceased operations on Friday, September 14.  Financial shortfalls reportedly were to blame…

BRIDES* magazine no longer has weddings style assistant Larysa Balko…

EVERY DAY WITH RACHAEL RAY* snagged Abbie Kozolchyk, abbie.kozolchyk@meredith.com, as the new beauty and travel editor…

BUDGET TRAVEL* named Gillian Telling, Gillian.telling@budgettravel.com, as the new editor-in-chief…

CFO MAGAZINE* promoted Taylor Provost, taylorprovost@cfo.com, to editor for technology…

SAN DIEGO HOME/GARDEN LIFESTYLES earlier this month lost Editor-in-Chief Ron Donoho.  No replacement has been named…

PLANSPONSOR magazine promoted Kristen Heinzinger, kheinzinger@assetinternational.com, to associate editor…

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