'GQ' publisher to succeed Galotti at 'Vogue'

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Conde Nast Publications plugged the first hole left by the departures of New Yorker Editor in Chief Tina Brown and Vogue VP-Publisher Ron Galotti, who left for a new venture at Miramax Films.

Richard Beckman, 38, publisher of GQ, another Conde Nast publication, was named as Mr. Galotti's successor. Company insiders said a successor for Ms. Brown may be named as early as next week; a successor for Mr. Beckman may also be named next week.

Ms. Brown and Mr. Galotti will become chairman and president, respectively, of the new Miramax venture, which will produce a monthly magazine, as well as film and TV programming; it will also publish books. Miramax, Ms. Brown and Mr. Galotti will be partners in the new venture.

Ms. Brown and Mr. Galotti worked together for two years in the past when she was editor in chief of Conde Nast's Vanity Fair and he was its publisher.

Ms. Brown's contract with The New Yorker expired July 1, and renewal talks fell apart when Conde Nast insisted on a five-year commitment from her. Ms. Brown told her surprised staff that was longer than she was willing to stay.

The New Yorker, in a move that generated controversey, recently was merged into parent Conde Nast despite earlier assurances from Chairman S.I. Newhouse Jr. it would remain a separate operation. Ms. Brown announced her resignation to her staff at The New Yorker July 8, after breaking the news to Mr. Newhouse over an earlier breakfast. Mr. Newhouse addressed the magazine's staff July 9, assuring them the frequency of the magazine would not change, and that saving money was not his goal.

Mr. Galotti announced his resignation to his staff July 8 in an emotional meeting at which he said he was very excited about his opportunity but that the decision was hard, given the great satisfaction he had in running Vogue.

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