Mag Rack: Time Throws A Party
During next week's Republican National Convention in New York, Time magazine will present a multimedia exhibition at Madison Square Garden entitled "Campaigns in Time." The exhibition will showcase photographs of presidential campaigns from the past 25 years, including a special tribute to the late President Ronald Reagan. The exhibit will feature milestone campaign speeches delivered via cutting-edge audio technology known as HyperSonic Sound.
Time staged a similar exhibit in July during the Democratic Convention at the FleetCenter in Boston.
Mag Rack received a very important press release this week: "A representative for actress Sharon Stone has acknowledged that Stone mistakenly referred to People magazine in her remarks at an LA event for Project Angel Food this past weekend. Stone was upset at a recent magazine report that alleged she'd had a facelift. The magazine which made the claim was in fact Us Weekly, not People, as her rep confirms."
Thanks for clearing that up, guys.
CurtCo Media is launching Robb Report Vacation Homes, a quarterly luxury lifestyle publication devoted to the exclusive world of multiple home ownership.
The magazine, which will debut Aug. 31 with an initial distribution of 100,000 copies, will provide readers with a look at extraordinary homes, including beachfront properties, vineyard retreats, ranches, country houses, golf resorts, mountain chalets, and equestrian estates.
No word on when Donald Trump will launch a competing magazine, entitled My Homes.
Readers of Sunday's New York Times will be more hernia-prone than usual, as style magazine T launches. T, which will replace the paper's old "Part II" publications ("Women's Fashions of the Times" and the like), features Kate Winslet on the cover (looking sad and distant). It's no Vogue, but it's loaded with pretty pictures of bags, shoes, and dresses.
T will be published eight times a year. Besides men's and women's fashion, upcoming issues will focus on design, food and entertainment.
Last week, Mag Rack goofed. In taking a look at the biggest-selling newsstand titles, we listed Glamour as selling more than 1,388,868 single copies. In fact, that figure represents Glamour's subscriptions. At newsstand, Glamour actually sold an average of 972,769 copies through June of this year. Still a very solid number, although not nearly as huge as we stated. Mag Rack regrets the error.
* Dennis USA's The Week is raising its rate base to 300,000 in 2005, up 50 percent from 2004. Paid circulation was up 38 percent, according to the latest Audit Bureau of Circulations data (through June of 2004).
* Self magazine is celebrating its 25th anniversary this September.
* Rodale's trade book division has acquired the rights to Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin's memoir, written by Michael Silver, a senior writer at Sports Illustrated. "Golden Girl: How Natalie Coughlin Fought Back From the Brink, Challenged Her Sport's Conventional Wisdom and Became America's Swimming Champion" is slated to be published in Fall 2005.
* Last week, Eddie Brannan was named associate publisher of Trace magazine, and Leonard Burnett, who is working on the newly launched Uptown magazine, was named publisher at large. Trace is a "transcultural styles and ideas" magazine that mixes music, fashion, and art through cutting-edge editorial and photo spreads.
* Redbook is hosting its seventh annual Mothers and Shakers awards luncheon on Monday, Sept. 20 at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in New York. This year's honorees include Jamie-Lynn DiScala, Daisy Fuentes, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Uma Thurman. This year's special honoree is Senator John Kerry. To be completely honest, Mag Rack is more excited about meeting Buffy and Meadow than the possible future president of the United States.