Fast News for March 29, 2011

Fast News for March 29, 2011 SPD MEDIA MIX is our regular list of publication design, digital, and media news and updates. Please send your links and news items to SPD at and we'll add them to the Mix.

>> Back on the Radar: After going dark for a couple of years, the founder of Radar, Maer Roshan, is back with a new media property: The site will focus on addiction, recovery, rehab.

>> Hearst's Growth SpurtMag giant Hearst is set to buy Lagardere's US group Hachette Filipacchi, which publishes Elle, Woman's Day, and Car and Driver. The deal will inch Hearst closer to US magazine giant Time Inc. in overall size.

>> New Stuff for Dennis: Felix Dennis, the founder of Maxim, Stuff, and The Week, recently purchased Mental Floss,the irreverent magazine and media company that brought us swimsuit photos of Albert Einstein and Eleanor Roosevelt. It will run separately from Dennis Publishing and will keep its offices (and retail store!) in Chesterland, Ohio. Its 12 employees will remain on the payroll, but its HQ will move to Manhattan.

>> Good. News. According to Good co-founder and creative director Casey Caplowethings at the magazine are looking up. Money is coming in, but not from venture capitalists. Good is opening an advertising wing to complement its editorial operation. "We view our business in two pieces: all the media stuff, and now our new unit 'Good to Business," where the indie publisher will look to help companies brainstorm more socially-conscious campaigns.

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