Articles by Tony Silber

Reinhardt Out as Prism Restructures

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Prism Business Media, in a move announced to staff Monday, has restructured its divisions and, in the process, eliminated the position of senior vice president Jeff Reinhardt, who had been associated with the company's marketing and other properties through an 18-year tenure spanning four owners.

The Tipping Point

First the bad news: Print advertising in tech magazines is declining by five percent. That's according to CMP Media CEO Steve Weitzner, and it feels about right, and no one is disputing him. In fact, at a speech at the Jordan, Edmiston CEO Dinner at ABM's Spring Meeting last month, Weitzner also flatly said that the weekly news

Memo to Editors: Get Involved in Customers’ Growth

"If your customers' business is growing, your business is growing." Dan McCarthy The church-state divide is one of the strongest psychological barriers in publishing. Nothing gets an editor worked up faster than when someone from the "ad side" seems to interfere. Suspicion is automatic. But the truth is that every publishing company has two essential

Enthusiast Media’s True Believer

Aspire Media CEO Clay Hall remembers when he realized the extraordinary value of enthusiast magazines. He had spent the early part of his career in city magazines and moved to enthusiast media in 1983 when he was hired to run Southwest Art by former Texas governor John Connelly. "The business model was completely different," he remembers. "First, it reached people all over

Canon Communications Ex-CEO Forms New Company

Even as Canon Communications is acquiring a portfolio of Reed shows, former Canon CEO Bill Cobert is starting a new company to seek media-industry acquisitions. The company, called EBITDA Media, has one employee now, Cobert himself. But Cobert says it's likely that he will have at least one acquisition in place in six to 12 months.

The No-Brainer

Why does it seem so hard for some publishers to understand the concept of magazine media as a brand-based business? Where print is a strong component, but only one of several. At the Western Publications Association Conference last month, I sat in on the half-day Executive Management Workshop (which FOLIO: sponsored). One of the attendees challenged a speaker, saying that the additional

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