Fast News for June 2, 2011

Fast News for June 2, 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.

>> Tag Sale at Martha's: Martha Stewart Living (which includes the namesake magazine and TV show, as well as Everyday Food, and licensing agreements) is officially for sale. Shares of Martha Stewart Living shot up on news the company is in play, but the company still has a market value of just a shade under $280 million. At its peak, the company was worth $1.9 billion in February 2005, just before the lifestyle guru emerged from a West Virginia prison.

>> Shelter Category @ Home: The shelter magazine category, which has gone through a major pruning over the past 10 years, has found new life in the digital world. No less than 4 interior design magazines now exist online, lead by Lonny, created by staffers from the shuttered Domino magazine.

>> A Playboy Goes Mental: James Kaminsky, an industry veteran who's held top editorial slots at Playboy, Rolling Stone, Men's Journal and Maxim has been named editor-in-chief of the newest Dennis acquisition, Mental Floss, a bi-monthly compendium of factoids, listicles and esoterica.

>> Swinging the Axe at Hachette: Just a day after completing their deal to buy Hachette Filipacchi Media, Hearst has begun handing out pink slips. The expected body count should reach over 100 by year's end.

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