The brass at Time Inc. are talking up Cottage Living mag as the company's biggest, most successful launch. What criteria they use to measure such things I can't say but will endeavor to find out.
Investors I know bought Sirius stock not on Howard Stern but on Mel Karmazin's hiring.
New ESPN Classic VP Crowley Sullivan is the brains behind those "instant classics" they're putting on, notably a long, live presentation of the Red Sox' October. Other "instants" include Yale-Harvard, Army-Navy, Texas-Oklahoma and Amherst-Williams. In some Eastern circles, that last one is "the game."
December cover story of Black Enterprise mag, titled "Funny Money," details how much dough today's black comics earn through shows, deals, joint ventures and other revenue streams, and draws comparisons to such poorly remunerated funny folk as Redd Foxx and Moms Mabley.
Revlon's search for a "new image" reminds me that in 1972 when I was trying to position Bazaar as "the thinking woman's fashion mag," Charles Revson snarled amiably, "Brady, don't ever ascribe thought to dames."
Cathie Black and husband Tom Harvey hosted their usual pre-Thanksgiving buffet at the Park Ave. digs. Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue, Fred Graham of Court TV, David and Helen Gurley Brown, Ellen Levine, best-seller Kate White, Newsweek chief Rick Smith, Mario Buatta the decorator and Hearstlings like Gil Maurer.
Harper's Bazaar Publisher Valerie Salembier takes the chair at NYC Police Foundation. Next, Bazaar sells some ads.
Pete Hunsinger reports GQ closed out the "rebuilding year" of 2004 with a small gain of 20 pages, which is pretty neat considering after July they were down 113 pages.
Beth Brenner's hiring at Domino, the new Conde Nast shopping mag for the home, installing two associate publishers, Jill Steinbach Friedson for marketing, Vicki Wellington on the ad side.
Chris Wightman says Golf will post "all-time best ad page and revenue numbers" for a third consecutive year.
A new magazine, Spa Finder, is edited by Gary Walther, formerly editor of Departures. Pete Ellis is the guy behind it and Nancy Sheed from Worth is promoting it.