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STEPPING DOWN: BlackBook Media Corp. editor in chief and editorial director Ray Rogers has resigned after 15 months at the helm of the pop culture title. While at BlackBook, Rogers redesigned the magazine and, in addition to his own responsibilities, sources say he assumed the duties of photo editor, fashion director and executive features editor. Former photo editor Rose Fiorentino left in January and former fashion director Elizabeth Sulcer was moved into “at large” status in May. Before Rogers, Steve Garbarino served as editor in chief but left to become editor at large for Maxim.

Ari Horowitz, chief executive officer of BlackBook, said the company is still committed to the magazine but is focused on its digital and mobile platforms. He said it’s not true Rogers was handling all the additional jobs, noting the staff has become more integrated across all media platforms. Horowitz added the primary business of BlackBook is its access program and building custom mobile city guides for media companies.

The shift in focus away from “entertainment journalism and fashion editorial content” to the brand’s guidebook-related digital business and a lack of support staff led Rogers to resign, said one insider. When reached for comment, Rogers confirmed his resignation to WWD. His last issue is September, with Claire Danes on the cover, shot by Sante D’Orazio. — Amy Wicks

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