Larry Hackett, the Managing Editor of People, is also the new President of The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME). After he was elected Hackett told the other ASME members – who were at Remi for their annual meeting – that changes needed to be made to ASME’s award categories and to the Ellie award ceremony. Adweek reports:
‘I think in some of the categories there could be a sense of, Which of these are not like the others?’ he [Hackett] said. ‘We want to take a look and see if we might sharpen it a bit.’ As for the timing of the event itself, he was more definitive: ‘That just can’t happen again.’
That’s bound to be music to the ears of everyone in the industry. The Ellie categories put magazines that didn’t belong together in the same bunch (People was paired with Fast Company) and the ceremony lasted until almost midnight. Now, if Hackett can just do something about that halibut.