Jann Wenner has dismissed the publisher of his flagship Rolling Stone, Matt Mastrangelo. Mastrangelo had been in the position for three years (12 years in all at Wenner Media), and first-quarter ad pages were up 17 percent year over year to 190.
But Wenner is known to shuffle the publishing decks every few years at the magazine he co-founded. Mastrangelo got the word this morning, but apparently was told simply, “They are making a change.”
It’s not the only recent change at the brand; last month, Wenner put his 22-year-old son Gus in charge of RollingStone.com.
During Mastrangelo's time there, Rolling Stone launched a contest to choose an upcoming band for its cover; relaunched its website, having taken back control of it from RealNetworks; and published a Spanish-language issue. Mastrangelo said he leaves "incredibly proud of our accomplishments," pointing out that business is up.
"It is what it is," he said. "It’s the right of the owner to make those decisions, and I can’t dwell on it. I’ve been here 12 years. I’ve learned a lot on the digital side and branded content side.”
A Wenner spokeswoman gave no time frame for when a replacement will be named.