There's a significant changing of the guard taking place at Hearst where it was announced today that longtime Esquire editor in chief David Granger will step down after nearly 20 years leading the iconic publication. His replacement: Jay Fielden, the editor responsible for transforming Town & Country from dusty publication to buzzy brand.
From the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to a charity event in Beverly Hills, media personalities from tech to Hollywood were out in full force.
Hearst has named a new top editor at Popular Mechanics following current editor in chief Jim Meigs saying that he would leave the title after 10 years to work on a book project.
For a lifestyle network that’s being positioned as a destination for what David Granger calls “the high normal American male,” a port of call for well turned-out gents who take their bourbon neat and have strong opinions about Jonathan Franzen, NBCUniversal’s Esquire Network at first blush seemed to be weirdly obsessed with Louboutins and brunch.
David Granger has presided over Esquire for 16 years, an unusually long tenure for the editor in chief of a magazine these days. In that time, America has been pounded by the dot-com bust, 9/11 and the Great Recession. Intertwined with those events came huge changes for American males.
Male viewers whose tastes run more sophisticated than gaming and wrestling can take heart: Hearst's Esquire magazine is getting together with NBCUniversal to launch the Esquire Network for intelligent and stylish men.
At first glance, there seems to be no lack of work-related publications for the modern man. But take away the lists of enormous companies (or their enormously wealthy CEOs) and entrepreneurial fairy tales, and there’s not a lot of pragmatic content. So says Esquire, which is hoping to fill the gap with a new supplement, Esquire, Working.
Across town from Michael’s, New York’s power-lunch hot spot of lore, Docks Oyster Bar has supplanted Patroon as the destination for McCann Erickson execs, while 3,000 miles away, ad types are finding their way to San Francisco hangouts like Anchor & Hope and Old Ship Saloon.
Last November, editors of Esquire’s worldwide editions came together for a day to discuss the state of man around the world. The April issue of Esquire, out this week, contains the fruits of that summit.