Cooking star Paula Deen is re-emerging with Internet video network

Paula Deen logoFood personality Paula Deen, who became embroiled in a highly publicized racial controversy last year and lost all of her endorsements and her Food Network TV show, is planning a come-back, but this time online.

Using her website, www.pauladeen.com, as the portal, Deen will serve up a mix of exclusive, subscriber-based videos taped in front of an audience in a Georgia-based production studio. As with her TV show, Ms. Deen and guests will talk and cook food. ‘The Queen of Southern Cuisine’ will “provide her signature Southern dishes and simple, healthy meals in a fun, unscripted format on a daily basis with all-new recipes, episodes and cooking tools,” the website states.

The effort is offered by Paula Deen Ventures and Deen is the majority owner. It is backed by Phoenix, AZ-based Najafi Cos and with Steven Nanula as CEO.

Production of the videos has reportedly already started for a September launch.

Current subscribers will now receive two diabetes magazines for the price of one

Diabetes Self-Management coverDiabetes Self-Management and Diabetes Cooking will merge after both were acquired by Boston, MA-based publisher Madavor Media earlier this year.

“Diabetes Self-Management’s editorial focus provides practical information, focusing on the day-to-day and long-term aspects of diabetes in a positive and upbeat style. It provides readers with news, facts and advice that help them take an active role in learning to live a happier and healthier life with diabetes,” Group Publisher Susan Fitzgerald said in a statement. “Diabetic Cooking is the first and only magazine whose editorial mission is to provide readers with a selection of nutritious recipes that are easy to prepare and diabetes-friendly with full-color photography.”

Distribution includes the printed magazine, digital editions, and a website. Ingrid Strauch, ingrids@rapaportpublishing.com, is editor. Writer’s Guidelines are available on the website. Richard Boland, rboland@rapaportpublishing.com, is Art Director.

Newsweek is returning to print

ImageNEWSWEEK will be back on the newsstand on Friday, March 11, in smaller numbers than in its heyday (70,000 copies vs 3 million.) Editor-in-Chief Jim Lompoco calls it a boutique magazine and at US$7.99 a copy it is definitely a luxury product. Two separate editions will be produced: One for the US and one for Europe.

The editorial will not just be a rehash of the week’s news. “It is good writers doing good reporting with good photographers,” the European editor, Richard Addis, told theguardian.com.

The title is now owned by IBT Media, a network of digital properties founded by two 30-somethings, Johnathan Davis and Etienne Uzac. They acquired it from media mogul Barry Diller, who spent millions but finally gave up on the print edition and combined it with the Daily Beast, the news website. Mr. Davies and Mr. Uzac just tripled the title’s web traffic, so who knows, maybe they can bring the print weekly back to life after all.

Wednesday News Round-Up for October 24th

Were you among the breathless Apple fans anxiously awaiting the iPad mini’s debut yesterday?  Some were underwhelmed, in part because of cost.  While the size is indeed mini (weighing in at just .68 pounds), the price is not ($329).  It’s just $70 less than a full-size iPad, quite a bit higher than Kindle Fire.  Whatever device you’re reading this on, remember that all titles listed with an asterisk* here are included in the Wooden Horse Database.

NEWSWEEK* will actively push current subscribers to make a switch to the digital format ahead of closing the print magazine…

NEWSWEEK* reportedly is negotiating with Time Inc, which wants to buy Newsweek’s print subscriber list.  Time Inc purchased a subscriber list from US NEWS & WORLD REPORT* when its print product was shuttered…

HEALTHY COOKING magazine will shut down, and publisher Reader’s Digest Association will fold the title into TASTE OF HOME*.  Healthy Cooking’s 516,000 subscribers will be transferred to Taste of Home, and Taste of Home’s ‘Healthy Choices’ section will double in size…

TIME* debuted a website redesign, using “responsive design,” which adjusts for all media platforms, and is easier to navigate.  Visitors also will find a less cluttered layout with less red…

Publishers Rodale, Hearst and Time Inc are in talks with TV celeb Dr. Mehmet Oz to develop an eponymous health magazine…

WIRED* magazine announced it will increase its rate base for the eleventh consecutive year, hiking it to 825,000…

THE ADVOCATE*, the nation’s longest-running LGBT magazine, says rumors of its demise are completely false.  Erroneous reports claimed the publication would end at the end of 2012…

AMERICAN ARTIST* announced on October 17 that it has ceased publication after 75 years, and an estimated 45 employees will be laid off.  The magazine is published by Interweave, which was purchased by F + W Media in late July…

YOGA JOURNAL* will raise its rate base for 2013, from 350,000 to 375,000…

VEGETARIAN TIMES* is raising its rate base for next year, to 315,000…

ELLE* accessories director, Kate Davidson Hudson, has left the publication…

ELLE* senior accessories editor, Stefania Allen, has departed from the magazine…

HARPER’S BAZAAR* promoted Nicole Fritton, nfritton@hearst.com, to fashion market & accessories director…

HARPER’S BAZAAR* welcomed Joanna Hillman, jhillman@hearst.com and @johillman, as the new style director…

HARPER’S BAZAAR* named Elise Lipsky-Karasz, no email available, as the new features director, replacing Anamarie Wilson…

MARIE CLAIRE* no longer has assistant fashion editor Ashley Afriyie…

MARIE CLAIRE* promoted Jenna Blaha, jblaha@hearst.com, to assistant fashion editor…

ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST* welcomed new associate market editor Stephanie Schomer, stephanie_schomer@condenast.com…

WSJ. MAGAZINE* now will have Ruth Altchek, ruth.altchek@wsj.com, overseeing both the weekly glossy and the WSJ lifestyle section, in the newly-created post of weekend editorial director…

FOOD & WINE* magazine welcomed new senior editor Kay Chun, kay.chun@aexp.com…

WHITEWALL art and lifestyle magazine named Amani Olu, amani@whitewallmag.com and @amaniolu, as managing editor…

HEALTHLEADERS magazine tapped Jacqueline Fellows, jfellows@healthleadersmedia.com and @JaxFellows, as the publication’s new editor…

Wednesday News Round-Up for October 17th

We spent some time over the weekend watching skydiver Felix Baumbartner’s 24-mile fall from the stratosphere to terra firma.  For those of us who get queasy on a Ferris wheel at the fair, it was pretty remarkable—remarkable meaning terrifying.  Anyhoo, check out the magazine industry news while you’re here.  As always, titles with an asterisk* can be found in our helpful Wooden Horse Database.

T: THE NEW YORK TIMES STYLE MAGAZINE will relaunch on February 17 of next year.  The glossy will sport a new look and higher-quality paper stock, as well as a broader range of culture and style topics related to fashion, beauty, art, design, travel and lifestyle.  Two of the four design-themed issues will be eliminated, as the magazine reduces frequency from 15 to 13 issues per year in 2013, but every issue will contain some design content…

VARIETY reportedly may move its headquarters away from its current Wilshire Boulevard location when its lease expires in February of 2014…

UPTOWN, a regional magazine in Winnipeg, Manitoba, is being absorbed by the Winnipeg Free Press, and will be relaunched as a newspaper supplement on November 1…

PRIVATE LABEL, PRIVATE LABEL INTERNATIONAL and PRIVATE LABEL CHINA, three B2B titles covering store-branded retail products, were acquired by Stagnito Media from E.W. Williams Publications.  The terms of the deal were undisclosed.  Stagnito plans to combine Private Label with their existing title, STORE BRANDS, to create a new magazine, PRIVATE LABEL→ STORE BRANDS…

HARPER’S BAZAAR* lost executive editor Kristina O’Neill, who had been with the magazine for 12 years…

WSJ. MAGAZINE* snagged Kristina O’Neill, Kristina.oneill@wsj.com, as the new editor-in-chief, beginning on October 29.  She replaces Deborah Needleman, who recently left to take the helm at T: THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE…

MARIE CLAIRE* bid farewell to executive editor Joyce Chang…

COSMOPOLITAN* tapped Joyce Chang, joycechang@hearst.com and @moycemarg, as the new executive editor…

TV GUIDE* brought in new executive editor Doug Brod, doug.brod@tvguidemagazine.com…

MEN’S HEALTH* promoted Julie Stewart, julie.stewart@rodale.com and @stewartjulie, as the assistant editor for the magazine…

POZ* magazine promoted Oriol Gutierrez, oriolg@poz.com and @oriolgutierrez, from deputy editor to the new editor-in-chief…

WHIRL MAGAZINE in Pittsburgh hired Andrea Bosco, abosco@whirlmagazine.com, as a senior editor overseeing both the home and wedding guide sections…

FRESH CUT food industry magazine named Lee Dean, fcedit@freshcut.com, as the new editor-in-chief…

Wednesday News Round-Up for September 26th

Apparently, the latest body modification trend in Japan is the ‘bagel forehead,’ which entails a saline injection in the forehead, followed by the recipient poking their thumb in the middle of the blob on his or her face.  A mere 16 hours later, the head doughnut/body art disappears.  Art really is in the eye of the beholder.  While you ponder what you would look like with a bagel forehead, read up on the latest news.  All titles with an asterisk* can be found in our Wooden Horse Database.

THE ECONOMIST* is the first magazine in the world to announce a rate base for its digital edition, a move designed to give advertisers confidence.  The initial rate base is set at 50,000 copies…

Reader’s Digest Association reportedly is almost out of cash, and trying not to default.  The publishing company was downgraded earlier this month by Standard & Poor’s…

MEN’S FASHION Canadian magazine upped its frequency to three times per year, and the latest issue is being sold on newsstands for the first time.  Previously the magazine was available only by subscription…

CONDE NAST TRAVELER* executive editor, James Ireland Baker, has resigned from the magazine.  No replacement has been chosen…

NYLON* magazine appointed new beauty director Katie Dickens, katie@nylonmag.com, who begins on September 27…

M MAGAZINE*, the newly resurrected men’s magazine, made its debut this week…

LODGING magazine said goodbye to editor Len Vermillion…

LODGING magazine appointed new editor Sean Downey, sdowney@lodgingmagazine.com and @seancdowney…

NEW ENGLAND HOME lost managing editor Debbie Hagan…

NEW ENGLAND HOME named Kaitlin Madden, kmadden@nehomemag.com and @KaitMadden, as the new managing editor, replacing Debbie Hagan…

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…