RD Recap: The New Republic Is for Sale; Changes at Allure

The latest media hirings and firings.

Revolving Door

The New Republic is up for sale, with owner Chris Hughes admitting defeat. “As a business, we have launched a brand marketing studio called Novel, built a flexible and fast mobile website, and developed our own content management system,” the Facebook co-founder wrote. “We have made it possible for The New Republic to survive and begin to flourish in its second century. Yet I will be the first to admit that when I took on this challenge nearly four years ago, I underestimated the difficulty of transitioning an old and traditional institution into a digital media company in today’s quickly evolving climate.” So, what now? One media watcher’s best guess: “Despite the long odds, we haven’t seen the last iteration of the New Republic.” That’s probably true, but which staffers will remain?…

Allure undergoes changes now that new editor in chief Michelle Lee is in charge. She started by jettisoning roughly 15 staffers, big names that included creative director Paul Cavaco and design director Deanna Filippo. In their place she hires former Nylon staffer Renee Rupcich as design director, Teen Vogue’s Amanda Meigher to be managing editor, Rachael Wang as fashion director and senior photo editor Jeremy Allen… Bloomberg Businessweek poaches Robert Kolker from New York, where he spent 17 years. He’ll work on the project and investigations team… Meanwhile, Amanda Dobbins is moving to LA for a gig with Bill Simmons‘ new venture, whatever it may be…. Read More…