Behind the Latest Restructuring at Condé Nast

first_imgLast month, the company announced it was shuttering the print edition of Teen Vogue in order to invest in the brand’s growing digital presence, while also making reductions in the frequencies of several other titles. Meanwhile, it launched six new digital brands and recently unveiled an expanded 23 Stories’ Creative Group under creative director Dirk Standen, which the company says now caters to “more than a dozen big external clients” like 20th Century Fox and Lincoln.Per comScore data, the company hit a record 113 million web visitors across its portfolio in October, and in November topped one billion total video views across its own brands’ platforms, YouTube, and Facebook.“We are already seeing results within the sales division of a more unified approach to the market, and there is clear momentum heading into Q1 2018, pacing well ahead of last year at this time,” Blanchard adds.In a holiday note to staffers this week, CEO Bob Sauerberg pointed to the restructuring of Allure and Teen Vogue, the hiring of Radhika Jones as Graydon Carter’s successor at Vanity Fair, the launches of digital brands like them, and The New Yorker’s Pulitzer Prize, among several other things, as highlights of the year.“We make the best content in the world, and that is something that will never change,” Sauerberg wrote. “No matter what new platform, trend or app disrupts our industry next, it will be our content that matters the most.” Major changes are afoot at Condé Nast as the publisher continues to evolve its operations to meet changing demands from consumers and advertisers alike.Responding to a Sunday New York Post report that the company was “poised to take a scalpel to its corporate side” after losing $100 million this year, Condé Nast chief communications officer Cameron Blanchard tells Folio:, “We are going to … look at the corporate functions to make sure that these areas are best set up to support the new business and editorial structures we put in place over this past year.”Those new structures, which took shape through multiple reorganizations in late 2016 and early 2017, were primarily aimed at driving efficiency by increasing collaboration across departments.Where publishers were once responsible for individual brands, chief business officers now oversee multiple titles. A unified sales and marketing team, under the banner “Condé Nast One,” reports to chief revenue and marketing officer Pamela Drucker Mann. Fashion and beauty editors collaborate on content for brands across the company’s portfolio, and formerly disparate creative, copy, and research teams were merged to operate in a more cross-brand manner a little over a year ago.As with most media-company restructurings, those shifts were followed by multiple rounds of layoffs, and Blanchard acknowledges, “We will resource more heavily in the growth areas, which may result in some duplications in others,” but insists the changes are not a cost-cutting exercise, but a restructuring to support the aforementioned changes elsewhere within the company.A privately held company, Condé Nast does not publicly disclose its finances, but its moves over the past year indicate that its evolution is at least in large part aimed at cutting costs tied to print in order to further embrace new revenue from digital media, events, and its recently expanded creative services unit, 23 Stories, which acquired experiential agency Pop2Life in March and produced a two-day Teen Vogue Summit in Los Angeles earlier this month.last_img read more

Middlesex Sheriffs Office Receives State Grant For Popular Youth Summer Camp

first_imgCHELMSFORD, MA — The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Youth Public Safety Academy (YPSA) will be able to expand its capacity by as many as 100 cadets this summer thanks to a $23,000 grant from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian announced on Wednesday.“Nearly 1,200 youngsters have applied to YPSA this year, and the continuing success of the camp comes from our terrific partnerships with our fellow law enforcement and government agencies,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “Thanks to the Baker Administration and EOPSS, we will be able to hire two extra counselors and purchase the additional equipment necessary to accept 100 more cadets over the course of the summer. This grant will make a real difference in the lives of these youngsters who may not otherwise be able to attend YPSA.”This marks the second consecutive year the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (MSO) has been awarded the grant through the Commonwealth’s Law Enforcement and Youth Partnerships Summer Day Program. The initiative, administered by EOPSS, is designed to support summer recreational and educational learning opportunities with local law enforcement.“We are honored to partner with the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office to allow more young people to take part in this valuable program,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Security Thomas Turco. “Creating strong, positive relationships between law enforcement and the community is a priority for us and one that is clearly shared by Sheriff Koutoujian and his team.”YPSA is a week-long camp designed for children ages 8-12 who live in Middlesex County. Cadets spend the week with MSO staff as well as police officers and firefighters from their hometown, forming important bonds with their local law enforcement officials. Cadets also participate in classroom and practical activities designed to teach them important public safety skills including a simulated fire safety trailer offered by the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services, a challenge course held at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Billerica, and demonstrations offered by the MSO and partner agencies.The Academy is run at the MSO Training Academy in Chelmsford, with transportation, breakfast and lunch provided for each cadet. YPSA runs for six, one-week sessions each summer. Spots remain available for cadets in several communities including, but not limited to, Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Cambridge, Hudson, Maynard, Natick, Newton, Waltham and Watertown. Families can register their children by going to https://www.middlesexsheriff.org/ypsa.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedAttorney General Awards Middlesex Sheriff’s Office A Healthy Summer Youth Jobs GrantIn “Police Log”51 Wilmington Students Graduate From Middlesex Sheriff’s Youth Public Safety AcademyIn “Government”Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Awarded State Grant To Help Support Youth Public Safety AcademyIn “Police Log”last_img read more

CES 2019 I just bent a smartphone in half without breaking it

first_img The idea of a bending, foldable smartphone display has been something the tech industry has been chasing for years, but none of the prototypes or wild concepts created in the pursuit of the flexible phone have made it to market.  At least not until now. Shortly after Samsung showed off its latest bendable display prototype, Royole revealed the FlexPai, telling CNET in November that it wasn’t a concept. It wasn’t a prototype. It was a real phone that was already for sale in China. Now, that same device is making the rounds at CES 2019 — and while it wasn’t the first time the bendable phone has graced the pages of CNET, it was the first time our most destructive prone editor got their hands on it. So, after years of resisting the urge to snap my favorite tablet in half just to see if I could make it bend, I finally lived the dream. I folded the FlexPai in half. Quickly. Violently. It was immensely satisfying — and when I was done, the tablet was perfectly fine.019-royole-flexpai-phone-ces-2019 Sarah Tew/CNET That, it seems, is half of the phone’s selling point. Yes, the FlexPai’s foldable display allows it to transform between phone and tablet form factors, but it also means that the device is less susceptible to screen damage. The flexible, plastic screen won’t crack or shatter in the way a glass display would, to the point that Royole calls it “virtually unbreakable.” That kind of durability is certainly appealing. Unfortunately, the phone experience isn’t.The Flexpai is technically an Android 9 device, but to make Google’s OS play nice with the phone’s unique display, Royole had bake in a some heavy tweaks. The resulting experience is called “Water OS,” named for the way icons seem to flow across the screen as it’s unfolded. At least, that’s how it’s supposed to work — in practice, the phone often glitched out and changed apps as I unfolded it, the result of the screen reading my fingers on the opposite side of the fold as I bent the device. On the other hand, there’s a true delight in the FlexPai’s namesake feature. The plastic that encases the phone feels a little cheap, but the gimmick itself doesn’t. The bright AMOLED display looks stunning no matter which way you bend it. All told, the world’s first flexible phone is a very mixed experience. There’s a cathartic joy in being able to bend the device any which way, but it feels like an incomplete experience. It’s not a prototype, but it doesn’t feel like a device that’s fully ready for market, either. That’s probably why Royole is only releasing it internationally as a $1,318 developer kit — hoping to attract developers interested in what might be the future of flagship smartphones. Tags All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 See it Share your voice Sarah Tew/CNET Every time I pick up a new smartphone, tablet or gadget, I suddenly develop a mild case of sadism. “I bet I could snap this thing in half,” I think to myself. I never do, but that overwhelming urge to bend expensive technology in on itself never goes away. At CES 2019, I finally encountered a gadget that could bend to my destructive will: The Royole FlexPai. The world’s first foldable phone. 85 Photos CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Google Samsung CES 2019 Now playing: Watch this: $1,318 Royole FlexPai 0 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Post a comment Mentioned Above Royole FlexPai Phones Tablets 3:00 Preview • Royole FlexPai: First foldable phone beats Samsung to the punch Royole FlexPai, the world’s first foldable phone, bends…last_img read more

Vijay Mallya resigns from Rajya Sabha

first_imgVijay Mallya on Monday resigned from the membership of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of Indian Parliament, according to reports. In a letter from London, where the businessman has been residing after leaving India in the first week of March, he called it quits from being a Rajya Sabha member.”I don’t want my name and reputation to be further dragged in the mud and since recent events suggest that I will not get a fair trial or justice, I am hereby resigning as a member of the Rajya Sabha with immediate effect,” the liquor baron said in his resignation letter, as reported by NDTV.The Parliamentary Ethics Committee was scheduled to meet on Tuesday and was likely to expel the MP from the upper house.An MP for 10 years, Mallya had claimed that there was no change in his net assets during his entire political stint, the Hindustan Times reported.In his first interview to the media since leaving India, the businessman revealed on April 29 that he has no plans to leave the United Kingdom and that he was “in a forced exile.”On April 28, the ministry of external affairs (MEA) had written to the high commission of the UK in New Delhi requesting his deportation. Earlier the MEA revoked Mallya’s passport and a Mumbai court issued a non-bailable warrant against him after he failed to appear before the Enforcement Directorate to join the probe in money-laundering case.Mallya, who first made his foray into politics in early 2000s, was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2002 as an independent member from his home state of Karnataka with the support of the Congress party and Janata Dal (Secular). In 2010, he was re-elected for a second term, this time with the backing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the JD(S). His term comes to an end in July 2016.A consortium of 17 lender banks have taken Mallya to the courts for defaulting on loans to the tune of Rs. 7,000 crore with regard to his now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines alone. His other concerns owe another Rs. 2,000 crore to the banks.last_img read more

PM to start election campaign soon

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister and Awami League (AL) president Sheikh Hasina will begin her party’s election campaign on 30 January, almost a year ahead of the upcoming national parliamentary polls.She will visit Barisal on 8 February and then other divisional cities as part of her polls campaign tour, party leaders said.Premier Hasina will then start touring the administrative districts, in view of their importance for the AL during the parliamentary elections.Other central AL leaders will in the meantime start their countrywide campaign from 26 January, they said. A total of 15 separate teams have been formed for these tours.A office has been set up in the city’s Dhanmondi to manage election strategies, monitoring and organisational activities.In the past, Hasina had always begun her election campaign after the election schedule was announced. She used to start or end her campaign by visiting the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal (RH).According to senior AL leaders, this is a ‘pre-election campaign’. The premier will have several more tours after the polls schedule is announced, sources in the party said.The premier, while addressing the nation to mark the completion of her government’s four years at the helm, spoke on when and how the next elections will take place.In her 12 January address to the nation, Hasina expressed her optimism that all the parties registered with the election commission (EC) would join the elections to be held under her government.Hasina’s speech has heated up the election-oriented political activities in the country. Things are likely to heat up further with the divisional and district wise election campaign of the prime minister and other AL leaders, observers say.AL leaders think there is no chance of repeating the 5 January 2014 election as BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia is determined to participate in the next elections.The AL leaders also feel that early campaigning is needed to control the situation to address any grudges among the people as the government has stayed in power for two continuous terms. The party’s internal conflicts with more than one candidate vying for nomination in most of the seats is also an issue, party leaders admitted.AL presidium member Abdur Razzak told Prothom Alo that there is no other option than campaigning. The Awami League will definitely win if the people are apprised of the development works of the government, he added. He said that the party will be much stronger after prime minister and the party committees complete their respected tours.City corporation, national polls both in sightThe Awami League and government sources said along with visiting the shrine and holding political rallies, the prime minster during her Sylhet tour will inaugurate and lay the foundation of several development projects. All her official visits outside of Dhaka will include political rallies.Reliable AL sources said the divisional tours are being carried out with the national and city corporation elections in view. The city corporation elections in five cities – Gazipur, Rajshahi, Khulna, Sylhet and Barisal – are expected to be held in March-April.According to the local government election rules, the prime minister, ministers, and member of the parliament, cannot participate in any election campaign.That is why the ruling party chief is expected to complete her divisional tour before the election schedule is announced.BNP candidates won in all  these five city corporation elections in 2013.15 teams of central leadersEach of the 15 teams of the central leaders comprises six to 16 members. These teams will hold rallies and meetings from upazila to district level till the announcement of the national election schedule. The party has 76 organisational districts across the country, distributed among these teams.AL presidium member Faruk Khan said the committees will hold meetings to explain to the people the merits of electing Awami AL candidates. The committees will also make people understand the demerits of electing the BNP-Jamaat alliance candidates and the loss they have done to the country, he added.A central AL leader, on condition of anonymity, said party chief Sheikh Hasina has asked the party leaders to highlight two factors. Firstly, the development done by the government and secondly, the violence allegedly committed by BNP-Jamaat men and the graft case against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and her family.The publication section of the party has been instructed to publish booklets on a large scale on the development works done by the government and also highlighting the negative activities of the BNP.Sushashoner Jonno Nagorik (Sujan) secretary Bodiul Alam said it is the AL’s political right to show the government’s development and to promote the negative activity of the opposition. But, he said, there is also the question as to whether the other parties are getting the same right or not as the opposition is not allowed to hold any programme and is attacked in the streets.According to him, there should be level-playing field for everyone.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Saimul Huda.last_img read more

Republicans Continue to Deny DC Liberation

first_imgDel. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) advocates for the District in the U.S. House of Representatives.House Republicans turned back a local effort to loosen federal control over the District’s budget on May 25. Lawmakers voted 240 to 179 to approve H.R. 5233, a bill that stipulates that the District does not have the authority to enact changes to the appropriation and budgetary process of the District government.The hotly debated measure, which now heads to the Senate, would repeal a 2012 District-passed measure called the Local Budget Autonomy Act (LBAA) that reaffirms the city’s authority to pass a budget for its local funds without a Congressional appropriation. The act would allow a city budget to take effect 30 days after its passage, if Congress fails to approve a joint resolution declaring the budget void.House Republicans said the District act violates the 1973 Home Rule Act as well as the core intent of the U.S. Constitution. “If the bill is implemented, it would allow the District government to appropriate money without the need for any federal action,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) said the GOP bill was an effort to stop the District from using local funds for abortions. He accused the city government of running fast and loose with the Constitution. “However, in keeping with Congress’s authority as the supreme legislative body for the District, the way that that money is spent is still subject to congressional approval,” he said.Local area Democrats in Congress protested the Republican effort to overturn the rights of taxpaying D.C. residents, suggesting that city voters should have the same rights to govern spending as those taxpayers living in states with populations smaller than the District. Supporters of the bill say it will mean the city has lower borrowing costs, more accurate revenue and expenditure forecasts, and improved agency operations. Perhaps, most importantly, it will remove the threat that federal government shutdowns can also shut down the District government.In March, a D.C. Superior Court Justice sided with city officials, agreeing that D.C. had the right to control local funds. The effort to control local spending without Congressional oversight is part of a larger effort to win statehood for the city.D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton and House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) spoke in favor of local autonomy and against the GOP legislation, which they said would harm the city’s finances. “This bill manages to be unprincipled and impractical at the same time,” Norton said during a floor debate. “It is profoundly undemocratic for any member of Congress in the 21st century to declare that he has authority over any other jurisdiction except his own.”last_img read more

Netflix Will Cut Bird Box Footage of Canadian TrainCrash Tragedy

first_img Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 In a tweet Thursday, Roy (translated from French), said: “This gesture was expected out of respect for the victims of this horrific drama, their loved ones and the entire community of #LacMégantic. This result shows that by being in solidarity and by putting our efforts together, anything is possible.”The edited version of “Bird Box” eliminating the Lac-Mégantic stock footage is expected to be updated on the service within a few weeks. That footage is being replaced with a clip from an older U.S. TV series (not stock footage); Netflix didn’t identify the TV show.The footage of the Lac-Mégantic disaster used in “Bird Box” came from stock-footage house Pond5. In a statement, New York-based Pond5 said, “It has recently come to our attention that our footage depicting the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster was taken out of context and used in entertainment programming. We deeply regret that this happened and sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended, especially the victims and their families.” Pond5-supplied footage from the train crash also was used in the third season of Netflix’s “Travelers,” which Netflix had already agreed to remove. Pond5 also said it is contacting all customers who have purchased any related clips “to ensure they are aware of the sensitive nature of this footage.”“Bird Box” has registered as one of Netflix’s most popular originals ever. The streamer boasted of the strong reception for the thriller, claiming 45 million member accounts watched at least 70% of Sandra Bullock-starrer in the first seven days of its Dec. 21 release — and upwards of 80 million in the first four weeks. The initial claim was bolstered by Nielsen data.In “Bird Box,” Bullock plays a single mom trying to save her kid’s lives after some kind of alien creatures (not shown in the movie) descend on Earth and somehow inflict psychic trauma that causes people to kill themselves. Survivors must wear blindfolds or be exposed to supernatural entities that embody their deepest fears and drive them to suicide.“Bird Box” is directed by Susanne Bier, based on Josh Malerman’s 2014 novel of the same name. The cast also includes Trevante Rhodes (“Moonlight”) and Bullock’s “Ocean’s 8” co-star Sarah Paulson, along with John Malkovich, Jacki Weaver, Danielle Macdonald, Lil Rel Howery, BD Wong, Machine Gun Kelly and Tom Hollander.center_img Netflix, in an about-face after an outcry over footage in its original film “Bird Box” of the 2013 deadly train disaster in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, said it will now remove the offending segment.“Netflix and the filmmakers of ‘Bird Box’ have decided to replace the clip,” a company spokesman said in an email to Variety. “We’re sorry for any pain caused to the Lac-Mégantic community.”Previously, Netflix had said it would not remove the footage showing the aftermath of the train crash, which killed an estimated 47 people after a freight train carrying crude oil derailed in the downtown area of the town of Lac-Mégantic. But after pressure from Canadian officials — including Quebec culture and communications minister Nathalie Roy, who in January sent an open letter to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings urging the footage to be cut — Netflix decided to remove the clip.last_img read more