OK! Ousts Creative Director Nixon

The revolving door continues to turn at Northern & Shell’s OK! magazine, which fired creative director Jason Oliver Nixon after less than a month there, a spokesperson said.

Nixon was helping guide a planned redesign that would have pumped up OK!’s celebrity lifestyle content. His abrupt departure leaves questions about the timing of the redesign, which is now in the hands of editor Sarah Ivens and Mark Pasetsky, who signed on this week as a cover consultant. Pasetsky’s last magazine gig was at Bauer Publishing, where he was formerly editor and general manager of celeb weekly Life & Style.

Ivens, the founding editor of OK! when it launched in the U.S. three years ago, was replaced by Susan Toepfer last fall, only to return as a temporary editor when Toepfer was let go three months later.

Despite all the upheaval, OK! is still posting year-over-year growth, with ad pages up 17.6 percent to 358 this year through June 1, according to the Mediaweek Monitor.

Newsstand sales are another matter, though. For the first two months of 2009, OK!’s single-copy sales were, for the most part, below its single-copy average of 490,417 for the second half of ’08; and the magazine has missed its rate base by four out of its first seven issues, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulation’s Rapid Report.

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