Bauer Launches Three New Magazines – CLOSER, GIRL’S WORLD and CELEBRATE WITH WOMAN’S WORLD

Bauer logoGerman-owned media giant Bauer Publishing is launching three new magazines in the second half of 2013: CLOSER, GIRL’S WORLD and CELEBRATE WITH WOMAN’S WORLD. All three will rely on newsstand sales.

Closer is a new weekly magazine described as a hybrid of a celebrity weekly and women’s lifestyle magazine.

Bauer already published a magazine called CLOSER in Europe. Even though the US Closer will focus on celebrities, it will have a mix of other women-focused articles, unlike its European counterpart, which exclusively covers celebrities.

Closer will be targeted to an “underserved” segment of the population, Generation X, and will focus on their favorite stars, who publisher Marc Richards says are overlooked by other celebrity magazines. Rather than taking the rip-them-to-shreds approach, these unnamed Gen X stars will be portrayed in a positive light. The editorial will also provide authoritative advice on fashion, beauty, health, fitness, diet, recipes and decorating, all tailored to Generation X.

Closer will be launched in November with a marketing gimmick designed to grab readers: 2 million copies of the debut issue will be sold for 25 cents. After that the price will jump to $3.99. Annabel Vered is editor-in-chief.

Celebrate with Woman’s World is a new magazine that celebrates the holidays, seasons and special times of year. It’s an extension of WOMAN’S WORLD.

Woman’s World focuses on the needs and interests of today’s woman, both on a personal and on a family level. Editorial covers mind, body and spirit, as well as food, affordable fashion, craft ideas and home decorating.

Celebrate with Woman’s World will be published six times a year. Stephanie Sable is editor-in-chief of both Woman’s World publications.

Girl’s World is an introductory celebrity lifestyle magazine for girls 7 to 11. It will be published seven times a year and Marisa Sandora is editor-in-chief.

No email addresses are available at this time for these editors, and none of these magazines have an online presence yet.

SmartCEO Expands into New York

NEW YORK SMARTCEO is a new monthly magazine that provides business executives in the New York metropolitan area with advice, analysis and tools to grow their business.
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SmartCeo publishes three other regional business magazines, BALTIMORE SMARTCEO, PHILADELPHIA SMARTCEO and WASHINGTON SMARTCEO. All four magazines are targeted to business executives and publish stories of local business leaders, illustrating lessons learned from a CEO perspective. The magazines cover growing companies of all sizes, spanning all industries, from entrepreneurial start-ups and private, multi-generational businesses, to the largest, publicly traded firms and government contractors. The editorial also includes features, interviews, case studies and columns designed to help the regions’ CEOs face the daily challenge of running a business. The magazines’ tagline is “required reading for growing companies.”

New York SmartCEO has a circulation of 15,000. EMI Media Inc. owns SmartCEO and is headquartered in Baltimore. Rachel Cieri is managing editor for all four publications, rachel@smartceo.com. Press releases should be sent to editorial@smartceo.com.

Houston Gets Entertainment and News Magazine

Houstonia Magazine CoverHOUSTONIA is a new monthly magazine covering Houston, TX area events, restaurants, leisure activities and art scene, as well as local news stories. Its goal is to mix in-depth news stories, provocative essays and guides to the best of Houston.

According to its Writer’s Guidelines, Houstonia is always accepting story pitches for these departments: Ice House, Bayougraphy, Space City, Urban Brawl, Clutch City, H-Town Diary, Open Road, On the Table, and On the Town, as well as for full-length feature stories on news, culture or lifestyle.

Its reader have a medium age of 42, an average household income of $191,000 and 63% have executive, professional or managerial jobs. The magazine has a circulation of 65,000 and is sold at more than 730 grocery stores, bookstores, and specialty stores across metropolitan Houston.

Houstonia is published by SagaCity Media Inc., which also publishes PORTLAND MONTHLY and SEATTLE MET. Email editorial inquiries and press releases to news@houstoniamag.com; freelance writer submissions should be emailed to Editor-in-Chief John Wilburn, editor@houstoniamag.com.

New Arts and Culture Magazine Provides Global Flavor

Anew magazine coverANEW is a new biannual arts and culture magazine that opens a window on society through the images and words of the people who make culture, such as artists, authors, designers, filmmakers, publishers and opinion leaders.

Its main topic is contemporary art, but instead of discussing art, the magazine showcases it through its cover and images. Anew provides space for “artists” of all mediums to discuss society’s major issues and how the “artist” represents an international and fundamental intelligentsia that shapes modern culture and mindsets. It covers an eclectic range of topics, from food to science.

90,000 copies of Anew are distributed worldwide through bookshops, newsstands, concept stores and museum shops, including New York’s MOMA and Miami’s Art Basel. Priced at $24 and weighing in at approximately 250 pages, Anew is designed to be a coffee table collectable.

Francesco Bonami is the editor-in-chief. For more information, email info@anewmag.com.

THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER Transforms from Newspaper to Magazine

THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER is a new free weekly magazine focused on national politics and policy, investigative reporting and commentary. It’s a reincarnation of the newspaper with the same title, which ceased publication this week.

However, the new magazine will not cover local news.

“We have made a name for ourselves with our newspaper and expect to make an even bigger impact with an expanded staff focusing on national issues,” said Editor Stephen G. Smith. However, The Denver Business Journal reported that The Washington Examiner has also laid off 70% of its staff.

A memo published by the Washington City Paper describes the new magazine as “a center-right version of political publications like The Hill.”

The magazine will be aimed at leaders in government, politics, advocacy groups, public affairs and academia. It’ll have a circulation of 42,000 and be distributed in locations in the Washington D.C. region. 12,000 will be shipped to the nation’s 50 statehouses.

Denver-based Clarity Media Group owns The Washington Examiner. Smith can be reached at editor@washingtonexaminer.com.

Photographers: UK Fashion and Design Magazine Goes International

Urban-Coco-CoverURBAN COCO is a UK-based fashion magazine that focuses solely on independent and emerging designers in the fashion industry. It showcases clothes from unearthed designers and its goal is to give raw talent in the fashion industry a platform to get noticed.

Each edition includes high fashion editorials, which are shot around the world. The magazine is targeted to fun, fearless females who love all things fashion.

Urban Coco established an online presence in 2010, and two years later began publishing a monthly print magazine that focuses on Leeds, UK. In March of this year, it launched a quarterly international edition distributed in 20 countries. It’s available in North America at magazine shops and bookstores, including locations in New York City; Chicago; Houston; Portland, Oregon; cities throughout California; Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.

Urban Coco is based in Leeds, UK. Laura Bartlett is the editor and she confirmed that the magazine will accept pitches from North American writers, photographers and PR professionals, Laura@urban-coco.com.

Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publication Focuses on Home Improvement

Refresh coverREFRESH is a new biannual magazine that combines decorative and remodeling-lite updates that show ideas for making every room of a home feel fresh. It includes projects, products and real homes, all presented with an enthusiastic, can-do tone.

Refresh is a Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest publication. It gives consumers do-it-yourself information on how to tackle quick updates throughout the house, from easy decorating ideas to small-scale replacements of existing fixtures and finishes.

Currently this magazine doesn’t have an online presence. Don’t confuse this publication with the British gay magazine REFRESH, which is ubiquitous on the web.

This magazine has a distribution of 275,000, and is published by Meredith Corp. based in Des Moines, Iowa. Lacey Howard is the editor, lacey.howard@meredith.com.