American Magazine Conference 2007

Video Highlights From the American Magazine Conference

Report From the Boca Raton Resort & Club

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BOCA RATON (AdAge.com) -- The annual American Magazine Conference at the Boca Raton Resort & Club has been marked with lively speakers and weighty issues. Below are some video highlights from the event.

Ad Age Videography by Steve Raddock

BOB NARDELLI: SUCCESS BREEDS ARROGANCE

Criticizing the sprawling corporation he took over just 100 days ago, Chrysler CEO Bob Nardelli told the AMC that "success breeds arrogance and complacency," and that was something the automaker has to guard against. "We lost our way on a couple of things," he said.

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WENDA HARRIS MILLARD: "WE'RE GOING TO PAY THE PRICE"

Wenda Harris Millard, who left Yahoo to become president of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia in June, chastised the publishing industry for undervaluing its product for so many years. She said "bad circulation practices have characterized this industry for decades and we're really going to pay the price now."

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JACK KLIGER: BASHING NON-MPA "WIMP" PUBLISHERS

Magazine Publishers Association Chairman and Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. CEO Jack Kliger bashed what he characterized as "wimp" publishers, those who reap the benefits of the MPA's work but decline to be members of the organization.

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ARIANNA HUFFINGTON: NEXT BIG THING: DISCONNECTING

Huffington Post Editor Arianna Huffington said a new trend starting to take hold was a strong desire among many to disconnect from their laptops, Blackberries and cellphones to reconnect with themselves.

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EDITORS' PANEL: "EVOLVE OR DIE"

Discussing the current environment of magazine publishing, Adam Moss, editor of New York magazine, told the Editors' Panel that "the basic quality you need as an editor is fairly severe ADD, and this new environment just rewards the scattered brain." More succinctly, Angela Burt-Murray, editor of Essence, characterized the new realities of the job as "evolve or die."

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BETH COMSTOCK: THE GOLDEN AGE OF MEDIA

NBC Universal President-Digital Media and Market Development Beth Comstock declared that we are in "the golden age of media." She said the average consumer spends about 12 hours a day with media but actually achieves that in nine hours.

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