Jann Wenner’s Biography May Finally Arrive | Industry Notes
David Rothkopf is out at Foreign Policy, SIPA reveals award finalists, and more from around the industry...
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The long awaited and historically ill-fated Jann Wenner biography may soon be here, after all. At the very least we have a tentative release date.
Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine — penned by New York magazine's resident profiler, Joe Hagan —arrives on bookshelves this October, publisher Knopf Doubleday, a division of Penguin Random House, revealed today.
The biography, Knopf teases, is based on both "extensive interviews" with Wenner as well as original reporting — including yet-unseen volumes of Wenner's own correspondence and on-the-record interviews with Annie Leibovitz, Tom Wolfe, David Geffen, and a litany of entertainment icons like Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, and Elton John. Naturally, Knopf's announcement also promises a healthy serving of "secret deals and pacts, near-fatal drug overdoses, and epic infidelities and sex triangles."
First announced back in 2014, the Wenner/Hagan/Knopf collaboration follows a series of abandoned attempts to pull off the same project — most recently, a deal with Random House's Speigel & Grau imprint and writer Rich Cohen, reportedly worth seven figures, fell through when Wenner backed out in 2011. That followed a similar 2004 deal with Knopf and writer Lewis McAdams, which also reportedly deteriorated when its subject grew cold feet.
"It was originally Jann Wenner’s idea," Hagan told Entertainment Weekly in an interview published Monday. "That began a sometimes knotty conversation. How would it work? We finally agreed the book had to be independent. I would report and write it, and he would provide all the access I needed. But he would not have approval over the material."
Whether the third time will be the charm for Random House, of course, remains to be seen. But with Wenner on the media circuit in recent weeks promoting Rolling Stone 's 50th anniversary this year, the time appears ripe for a long-awaited tell-all.
Rothkopf Out at Foreign Policy
David Rothkopf has stepped down as CEO and editor-at-large at Foreign Policy, a role he's held since 2012, a spokesperson for the bimonthly title confirms to Folio:.
The news was first broken by Politico's Hadas Gold, who adds that the exit was abrupt, and staffers were "totally caught off guard," according to a source. Rothkopf's most recent contribution to Foreign Policy was dated May 10.
The spokesperson provided the following statement, which includes a quote from Rothkopf, on behalf of the company:
David Rothkopf is leaving his role as CEO and Editor of the FP Group effective immediately. Rothkopf said, "Working with the team at FP has been one of the great privileges of my career and I am extremely proud of the growth we have achieved as an organization editorially and from a business perspective." Rothkopf indicated that he will be pursuing other new business and writing projects in the months ahead.
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SIPA Reveals Finalists for 38th Annual SIPAwards
SIPA — the Specialized Information Publishers Association — announced today the finalists for the 38th annual SIPAwards competition, the winners of which will be revealed and recognized at SIPA's annual conference, June 5–7 in Washington, D.C.
A group of around 40 industry judges selected a trio of finalists for each of 29 categories, including the David Swit Award for best investigative reporting and the Margie Weiner Award for best marketing campaign. In the interest of keeping up with the trends, new categories added this year include "Best Use of Data" and "Best Lead Generation Program."
Of the 70-plus entries deemed finalists, three outlets lead the way with six nods each: Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters' science and intellectual property division, which became an independent company last year); DecisionHealth, a financial news provider to the healthcare industry; and petroleum industry pricing and news agency OPIS.
PaperClip Communications also earned five finalist nods for its Parent Institute division, as well as a sixth for a training binder aimed at helping college and university administrators respond to sexual assault investigations with sensitivity to the alleged victims.