Amid all those executive suite changes at Conde Nast, Hearst's Cathie Black made an interesting move at Cosmopolitan, elevating Donna Kalajian Lagani to Cosmo group publisher (the big book plus new Cosmo Girl, etc.) and named Associate Publisher-Advertising Susan Plagemann to Donna's chair. Over lunch with both and with Editor Kate White, I was told Cosmo newsstand for the first time in 10 years is more than two million, despite a cover price boost to $3.50. Total circ is 2.9 mil, up 11.5% over the year before. Donna says this is third consecutive year of rate base increases and of higher earnings (PIB Revenue now is $226 million). As for the great Kate, she says Helen Gurley Brown's book, "I'm Wild Again," will be out in February and there'll be big doings at Cosmo.
New senior account manager at Travel & Leisure is Sharon Briden, ex-New Yorker ad saleswoman.
Stephen Colvin sends along an apology. After announcing Maxim's rate base would rise to 1.35 million in the first half, he now admits it will go to 1.5 million. Says his face is red and all that. Can't tell from a b&w photo. Oh, yeah, babes & laffs Maxim will also go to 12 times next year. Meanwhile, in the mano-a-mano category, November Esquire (with a tasty Charlize Theron on the cover) ran 192 pages in total; GQ with three guys on the cover, ran 500 pages.
Big doings Dec. 2 at the Good Housekeeping Institute in New York where GH Editor in Chief Ellen Levine and Publisher Pat Haegele host a festive evening to promote their January 2000 issue celebrating "a century of brands and product excellence."
Tom & Meredith Brokaw being honored Nov. 30 at The Pierre in New York by Children's Health Fund. Dinner chairs are Gordon Parks and Gloria Vanderbilt.
Onward & upward with Men's Health. The Rodale book boosts its rate base by 100,000 to 1,625,000 in January. Ten straight years of increases.
At Golf, Randy Mills is the new national ad director.
Jim Cramer's role is expanding at Fox News Channel. TheStreet.com whiz and hedge fund manager will now also be seen Saturdays and Sundays with market advice. Fox topper Roger Ailes calls Cramer "the John Madden of stock market analysis."
Tomorrow evening at the Sky Club in Manhattan Magazine Publishers of America toasts the retiring Don Kummerfeld for his service to magazine publishing.
Weekend Journal will lift a glass Thursday for Dorothy Gaiter & John Brecher who write the "Tastings" column and have a new book out, "The Wall Street Journal Guide to Wine." A votre sante!
In Newport, R.I., Sailing Co. (Miller Sports Group) promoted Jason White to Northeast ad manager for marine sales. When did they start selling Marines?
Cheers to Steven Grune, new publisher of Midwest Living, a Meredith mag. He's 36 and was with Redbook.