Thursday, October 19, 2017

Rick Cambell, formerly longtime Rogers editor and exec, has died

He leaves his wife, Beth Thompson and children Jordan, Drew and Chad. A celebration of Rick's life will be held at Mississaugua Golf and Country Club on Friday, October 20th at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to Crohn's and Colitis Canada.

Hearst buys Rodale Inc. and its titles, including Men's Health, Prevention and Runner's World

Hearst has bought Rodale Inc. in a deal which is said to be less than $250 million. It's but one of a number of consolidations taking place in the industry.

Rodale, publishes Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Prevention, Rodale’s Organic Life, Runner’s World and Bicycling. It also includes Rodale Books and an international division with which Hearst already has a joint venture. 

Critical to the deal was the assumption by New York-based Hearst of $30 million in unfunded pension liability and losses from real estate deals and vendor contracts. The deal may therefore wind up amounting to $100 million or less. 
One source characterised the deal as a “stunning collapse” of Rodale. The collapse is indicative of a broader change in the magazine industry, as smaller publishers, such as Wenner Media, are now closing or selling off titles.
David Carey, president of Hearst Magazines, said
“Maria Rodale has grown her family’s business into a peerless authority that reaches an enormous audience. Hearst and Rodale are already publishing partners around the world, including the U.K., the Netherlands and Japan, and we’ve seen first-hand how the content resonates. We are pleased to add them and all of Rodale’s brands to our vibrant and varied global portfolio, providing readers with dependable information and offering marketers unbeatable scale and a trustworthy environment in the increasingly important health and wellness space.”

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Frank mag apologizes, modifies cartoon image criticized as "racist"

A cartoon in Frank magazine is being altered because of complaints it was racist in its depiction of black poet and activist El Jones, according to a story from Canadian Press. 
"Andrew Douglas, the managing editor of the Atlantic region version of Frank magazine, apologized to readers on Tuesday, saying he’s fearful that the depiction of El Jones among a group of protesters in the cartoon could attract racists to the publication," [the Sun story said.]
The cartoon depicted Jones with a jutting chin and sloping forehead. A number of people were intending to mount a boycott and get the magazine removed from stores.
Jones said she views the cartoon as a throwback to racist images in magazines in the 1800s that depicted African men and women as having features closer to primates than Caucasians.
“It’s an animalistic way of representing Africans as monkeys ... Anyone familiar with the history of racism and the history of racist depictions can see this immediately,” said Jones, who holds a women’s studies chair at Mount Saint Vincent University and is a former Halifax poet laureate.


Quote, unquote: On not trusting Facebook & Google

[Jason Calacanis, an Internet entrepreneur] contends that Google and Facebook are destroying media companies in a systematic way. Print advertising, he points out, has declined to levels not seen since 1975. Digital advertising spend is dominated by Facebook and Google. “Facebook & Google don’t care about us, our industry, or this cow,” he said in one slide. “Don’t trust them!” Instead, the future of media is in direct relationships with audiences, centered around five principles:
  • Keep costs low.
  • Be absurdly focused.
  • Challenge your audience to pay.
  • Don’t trust intermediaries, bypass them.
  • Stop giving free content to Google, Facebook and Snapchat
-- from column by Tony Silber, reviewing some of the presentations from the C-Summit, including the closing keynote. 


Quote, unquote: The costs of making art

"Rarely when looking at art do we consider the cost of materials. We judge if it’s good or not and are perhaps aware of its financial worth; we talk about the market (dealer/collectors), secondary market (auction houses) and supply (artist’s artworks as commodities). But typically the mechanics of production, the material costs of creating an artwork’s value, are overlooked."
-- Yaniya Lee, writing in Canadian Art about artist Sara Cwynar's costs of production. 


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Working Woman's Magazine

-- October 6, New Yorker

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Maisonneuve short story withdrawn as Journey Prize finalist because of "striking similarities"

A short story"The Most Human Part of You", published in Maisonneuve magazine by Richard Kelly Kemick is no longer a finalist for Writers Trust/McClelland and Stewart Journey Prize. It will no longer be included in the Journey Prize anthology, said publisher Jennifer Varkonyi in a statement published by the magazine.
"The story was removed from consideration for the prize after striking similarities between his story and "The Dog of the Marriage" by Amy Hempel were discovered.... Maisonneuve is deeply distressed by the discovery of similarities between the two stories. Given the circumstances, Maisonneuve has removed the short story from our website, and the issue in which the story originally appeared will no longer be available."
The Writers Trust and McClelland and Stewart issued a joint statement that said, in part
"Recently, the Writers’ Trust of Canada and McClelland & Stewart were made aware of questions about Richard Kelly Kemick’s story “The Most Human Part of You,” one of the stories that had recently been announced as a finalist for the 2017 Journey Prize. After careful review, M&S has serious concerns about similarities between Mr. Kemick’s story and Amy Hempel’s story “The Dog of the Marriage.” Because of these concerns, Richard Kelly Kemick is no longer eligible for the Journey Prize and his work will not appear in The Journey Prize Stories, the anthology whose contents represent the longlist for the competition. 
"Our jury will now select the 2017 winner of the Journey Prize from the two remaining finalists previously announced: Sharon Bala’s “Butter Tea at Starbucks” and Darlene Naponse’s “She Is Water.” The winner will be announced by the Writers’ Trust of Canada on November 14, 2017, as part of its Writers’ Trust Awards event in Toronto."
A second story selected by the jury from a longlist for the Journey Prize anthology has also been withdrawn. The Unitarian Church's Annual Young Writer's Short Story Competition, published by The New Quarterly, won Kemick his second-straight gold medal at this year's National Magazine Awards. 

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Tuesday, October 03, 2017

FASHION magazine celebrates 40 years with specially commissioned "tulle" portrait cover

Fashion magazine is celebrating 40 years of style publishing with a specially commissioned cover for its November issue. It is a tulle portrait of Canadian model Amber Whitcomb by celebrated London, England, artist Benjamin Shine.
The artwork, valued at over C$30,000 is to be auctioned at a private event with the proceeds to be used to support emerging fashion design talent at Ryerson University.  

The print edition of the magazine will be on newsstands October 9 in Canada and on October 24 in the U.S. at selected Barnes & Noble locations.

The cover shoot includes access to a cinematic short film by Erik Swain. In the film, Witcomb recites Lord Byron’s famed poem “She Walks in Beauty,” which is the theme for the cover and the cover feature. A 19-page fall fashion shoot with Witcomb highlights the season’s defining looks; and a special 20-page feature includes archival images as well as interviews from past contributors. Behind-the-scenes anniversary-related content is available at
“This has been an epic experience,” said Noreen Flanagan, editor-in-chief of FASHION [in a release]. “I was taken with Benjamin’s work when I saw the tulle piece he created for Maison Margiela earlier this year. I was intrigued with the idea of him creating one for our cover because tulle is such a celebratory fabric. It’s traditionally worn at the most significant moments in our lives. Turning 40 is significant—whether you’re a woman or a magazine!”

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C. J. Graphics acquires printing, pre-press and bindery firm Annan & Sons

C. J. Graphics has acquired Annan & Sons, a well-known printing, pre-press and bindery trade shop. With the merger, many of the Annan staff and management -- including Paul and John Annan -- are joining C.J. Graphics at the end of October.
Jay Mandarino, president and CEO of C.J. Graphics, said
"The Annans are some of the most ethical, honest and hard-working people in our industry. Over 30 years ago when I started as a print broker, I had the privilege of working with their father and company founder Don Annan, and I was fortunate to get to know the family and their incredible staff. Don was one of the first people to extend me credit to purchase printing from his company, and I will never forget that. Their company has been known as one of the first true trade shops, with a focus on high quality, in the country. Several years ago, the company began to expand and focus their energy into dealing directly with clients. This meant less and less trade work, making the merger very appealing due to the lack of crossover between accounts.”
Earlier this year, the C.J. Group of companies sold three existing buildings in Toronto and consolidated in a 260,000 square foot facility in Mississauga  and added mailing service as well as a new large-format litho press and a new digital press. The whole move involves an investment of $25 million.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Chatelaine: The Big Dish aims at women and
food culture

Chatelaine is hosting a day-long, woman-focussed food event called The Big Dish on Sunday, October 29, highlighting the achievements of women in the food industry and featuring agricultural producers, celebrity chefs, food bloggers, restaurant owners, food activists, entrepreneurs, and more. Keynote speaker is chef Lynn Crawford.  
"Chatelaine: The Big Dish brings together two things at the very heart of Chatelaine's identity: championing Canadian women and really good food," said Lianne George, editor in chief, Chatelaine. "This event will serve as a platform for the many talented, creative women working in the industry – as well as those who are deeply interested in the subject of food – to connect and share ideas about everything from food trends and production to entrepreneurism and culture. And, of course, to eat."
Tickets for the day are $199 plus HST, which includes all food and drink, access to all keynotes and panels and networking opportunities and sponsor giveaways. The event is at 99 Sudbury near Queen St. W and Dufferin St.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Support will continue for Canada Periodical Fund

The Canada Periodical Fund is going to continue to be the principal support for Canadian magazines and paid community newspapers, according to a speech by Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly. The announcement is one result of the comprehensive review of federal cultural policy and support for creative industries. It's something for which Magazines Canada has been lobbying.

Minister Joly signalled that the federal government recognizes the important role Canadian magazines play, both culturally and economically, and that Canadian Heritage officials will pursue their work to review and modernize the Canada Periodical Fund, all the while continuing to support the Canadian magazine sector.
"Whether they provide a guide to your own city or bring new intelligence to trade professionals, Canadian magazines build communities of readership that are unique and very important," said Scott Jamieson, Magazines Canada board chair. "Serving a geographic or linguistic group, focussed on an artistic practice, delivering entertainment and news, or exploring sexual identity, Canadian magazines' communities of readership are as diverse as Canadian society itself."

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Ad Age redesigns, top to bottom

Advertising Age, the U.S. bible of the advertising industry, is undergoing a complete redesign, not only its print edition but also its website. It becomes officially what everyone has called it for years -- Ad Age -- and will have a new look, logo, colour and palate, said a story in the New York Post

The first issue on Monday will have a series of covers, including controversy-plagued NBC anchor Megyn Kelly and a trio of Facebookers including Sheryl Sandberg.

Braiker says the new Ad Age will feature a more contemporary aesthetic and (most crucially) heavier cover stock — a costly investment at time when many mags are reducing frequency. 

Editor Brian Braiker insists there is plenty of money to be made from print pubs — even those with limited focus and niche audiences like Ad Age. Editor Brian Braiker says the redesign will transform the publication from a mere trade to a bona fide cultural must-read.

"This isn't merely a new look," an announcement said. "This isn't window dressing. This is a new Ad Age for a new advertising age. Things are moving faster every day. Which means they'll never be this slow again."

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Mags Canada calls for continued strong cultural exemption for magazines in NAFTA negotiations

Magazines Canada is calling for maintaining a strong cultural exemption in the North American Free Trade Agreement , which is now being renegotiated. 
"The cultural exemption in NAFTA is essential for the continued sustainability and growth of Canada's creative industries, of which Canadian magazines are proud to be a part," said Magazines Canada CEO, Matthew Holmes [in a release
"Maintain a strong
cultural exemption"
-- Matthew Holmes
"Canada has a long history of ensuring that Canadian citizens are able to find and access Canadian voices and perspectives on a range of issues, whether politics and news, artistic practice or business insights. A continued cultural exemption provision in NAFTA is crucial in order to preserve Canadians' access to quality Canadian content—especially now that so much of what is produced elsewhere is only one click away. 
The association says that Canada's nearly 2,700 business-to-business, consumer and cultural magazines contribute approximately $1.7 billion to Canada's GDP. Canadian magazines are produced in every province and territory across the country, and are published in 34 different languages.

Over three-quarters of Canadians of all ages read magazines: 60% of these read magazines in print-only, while 92% read via a combination of print and digital platforms, 
the association said. While the Canadian magazine sector recognizes print's legacy, it also drives digital innovation in media: offering Canadian content via the web, tablet, mobile, social media and video. The jobs that Canadian magazines create also support many other industries: from agriculture, finance and the professions, to journalism, information technology and the arts.


Friday, September 22, 2017

Mag world view: RS on the block; Vermont Life, too; The 1.5-kg Wallpaper*; handling quitters

Monday, September 18, 2017

Ottawa cottage show acquired by Blue Ant and added to Cottage Life Media portfolio

Cottage Life Media has added to its portfolio of consumer shows with the acquisition by its parent company Blue Ant Media of the Ottawa-based Cottage and Backyard Show from Caneast Shows. It has been re-branded as the Ottawa Cottage Life and Backyard Show. The three-day spring events will be joining the Spring and Fall Cottage Life Shows in Toronto, the Edmonton Cottage Life and Cabin Show and the Seasons Christmas Show in Toronto. 

Cottage Life Media is a division of Blue Ant Media, a privately held international content producer with operations in Los Angeles, Singapore, Auckland, Dunedin, London, Sydney, Beijing and Taipei.