Folio: Wire | 8.16.07
AMC Gets Rather
Continuing its long and storied tradition of high-profile names with political leanings, the American Magazine Conference has secured ex-CBS newsman Dan Rather as its keynote speaker. According to Magazine Publishers of America VP Howard Polskin, Rather will moderate the conference’s "Handicapping the 2008 Presidential Election" panel on October 29. The panel will include Time political analyst Mark Halperin, Nation editor Katrina vander Heuvel and a panelist to be named. Last year’s conference featured a conversation between Barack Obama and New Yorker editor David Remnick — the day after Obama hinted at his eventual presidential run on Meet The Press.
Rev Run’s Daughter to Launch Teen Magazine
It may be a scary time in the magazine industry for launches, but don’t tell that to the Run DMC family. Angela Simmons, daughter of the legendary rap group’s Rev Run and F.I.T. student, is developing a magazine based on her regular column in Word Up! magazine, Rundown, featured, naturally, on her Dad’s eponymous MTV reality show, Run’s House. The magazine will hit newsstands in October.
Smithsonian Adds 13th Issue
Smithsonian magazine is adding an extra issue, "America’s Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences: 37 Under 36," devoted to the "young visionaries who are shaping the nation’s culture now." The issue, due October 16, is being sponsored by Dow Chemical. The magazine will host a black-tie gala next month in conjunction with the issue. Smithsonian is also creating a dedicated Cultural Leaders blog tie-in.
Paste magazine has partnered with American Airlines and the Beat Marketing agency to produce Paste Beat, a two-hour monthly in-flight audio series for AA’s 4.2 million passengers featuring interviews and live performances culled from the Decatur, Georgia-based magazine’s private concert series. The in-flight magazine, though, remains American Way.
CMP’s Second Life Solution
CMP Technology announced earlier this week that it is "the first global media company to be certified as a full-service Second Life developer" by Linden Labs, the online world’s creators. CMP is banking on helping companies traverse Second Life’s "emerging metaverse" with "a broad range of Second Life services" that include everything from conceptualization to multimedia engineering and virtual event production, like CMP’s upcoming Life 2.0 event. Its last Second Life event, Dr. Dobb’s Journal’s Life 2.0 Spring Summit, drew over 1,000 software architects.
Network Communications Launches Interactive Division
Like every other publisher in the magazine industry, Network Communications Inc., publisher of the Real Estate Book, Apartment Finder and assorted regional real estate titles with a reported readership of 12 million, is looking to bolster its online presence, and today announced that it is launching an interactive division. Last month, NCI announced a partnership with Google.
Questex Acquires "The Show"
Questex, a Newton, Massachusetts-based outfit, today announced the acquisition of Oxford, Mississippi-based Oxford Publishing, producers of The Show, the "largest and fastest growing beverage and food event in the Western Hemisphere." Terms were not disclosed. Oxford also publishes Nightclub & Bar Magazine and ¡Salud! y Buen Provecho, the nation’s "first publication specifically for Latin bar operators."