RD Recap: Glenn O’Brien Comes to Maxim; Nylon Gets New EIC

The latest media hirings and firings.

Revolving Door

Glenn O’Brien, who had been GQ’s Style Guy before being replaced in August, moves to Maxim, where he’ll be editor at large. Despite the title, indications are that he’s essentially replacing the ousted Kate Lanphear as editor in chief. “Men’s magazines are more juvenile now. It’s like 12 ways to decorate your dorm room. I want to do something for a more mature audience,” O’Brien tells WWD. That is basically what Lanphear wanted to do as well, but perhaps O’Brien will have more success. Or maybe not. Either way, expect more changes at the publication as the new top guy will likely want to insert his own crew into the masthead…

Condé Nast recruits Cameron Blanchard as executive vice president of corporate communications. She comes from NBCUniversal, where she had been senior vice president of corporate communications… Lucky continues its slow, agonizing death as all nine of it last-standing editorial staffers lose their jobs. The Lucky Group CEO Josh Berman insists the publication isn’t done, but the reality doesn’t look good… Nylon promotes Melissa Giannini to editor in chief. She had been deputy editor, a position she’d held for three years since her move from Spin. She takes over for Michelle Lee, who is saying goodbye to the hipster fashion bible… National Geographic is laying off about 180 employees, or 9 percent of its staff, including four at the magazine, in what amounts to the largest layoff in its 127-year history… Read More