RD Recap: Kate Lanphear Out at Maxim; Roll Call Gets New EIC

The latest media hirings and firings.

Kate Lanphear is out at Maxim, half a year after debuting her vision for the former lad magazine. “Working at Maxim has truly been a rewarding experience,” she said in a statement. “I’m proud of everything all of us at Maxim have accomplished and how far the magazine has come in the past year.” The redesigned mag failed to get traction on the newsstand, with sales falling from 131,000 to fewer than 90,000, an over 40,000 drop. And while the decision by the former T: The New York Times Style Magazine style director to make Maxim classier drew in some fashion advertisers, it wasn’t enough to save her job. For Sardar Biglari, the investor who purchased the publication roughly 18 months ago, the way forward has included ousting Lanphear’s creative team in recent months and, now, his hand-picked editor in chief…

Roll Call poaches Melinda Henneberger from Bloomberg Politics, where she had been senior writer. She’ll be editor in chief of the publication and vp of CQ Roll Call… Natalie Jackson gets promoted to senior polling editor of Huffington Post’s polling team, replacing Mark Blumenthal, who was poached by SurveyMonkey. Ariel Edwards-Levy takes over as director of polling… Saeed Jones moves up from literary editor to executive editor of culture at BuzzFeed… Read More